Author Archives: Laurel Bern

My style is definitely steeped in history and tradition, but at the same time, I love to keep it new and fresh and ever-evolving. I love timeless rooms that one can’t really tell exactly when they were done, however, sometimes to keep things interesting, we add a bit of the unexpected. In my blog I share what I love about interior design and in my shop I offer a few of my favorites.

The Dreamiest Bedrooms and Where I Go For My Bed Linens

Dear Laurel, Thanks for the post about the bedrooms and the furniture. I wish I could see it all more together.View full post »

Seven Different Winning Combinations For Your Bedroom

Dear Laurel, I need help with my bedroom, but I don’t see much on your blog about bedrooms. Well, at leastView full post »

Your Home Office Could Be Dangerous For Your Health

Hi Everyone, I’ve taken some sage advice that some of you gave me and have decided on occasion toView full post »

I’m Struggling To Furnish My Large Living Room

Dear Laurel, I’m hoping that other people have this problem so that you can write about it. But my problemView full post »

I Hate My New Area Rug But My Decorator Thinks It’s Fabulous!

Dear Laurel, I’m hoping that you can turn this into a post. It’s about my new area rug. It’sView full post »

Side, Occasional, Lamp, Accent + End Tables. What’s the Difference?

Dear Laurel, Loved the coffee table post. But now, I need help with the end tables. But first of all–View full post »

20 Fabulous Coffee Tables + How To Pair With The Right Sofa

Dear Laurel, Who knew that this decorating your home thing was so difficult? Oh, I know. You do. And now, I doView full post »

The Death Of The Boring Beige Living Room

It seems that I have two things on the brain. Okay, it’s more than two things. But these two things areView full post »

The Worst Decorating Mistake You’re Most Likely Making

Hey Guys, First of all, before I get into the topic of the worst decorating mistake you’re most likelyView full post »

Blogger Burnout Is No Joke + My Favorite Home Furnishings!

Some of you may recall that I said the other day that I would be on vacay this week, for a few days. Well, I am,View full post »

Dated Tuscan Home Transforms With Blue and White Decor

Dear Laurel, I am new to your blog and I truly love it……and your sense of humor (probably cuz that is mine!). AsView full post »

When Did Color Become a Dirty Word In Interiors?

I received a real note the other day that sparked an idea for a post.   You are one of the few [designers]View full post »

Isn’t There Some Way To Get Less Expensive Curtains That Still Look Great?

Dear Laurel, Fine. Call me a clueless idiot. I had no idea. NO IDEA how much it was going to cost to furnishView full post »

The Dining Room Chairs Cost What???

Dear Laurel, Loved the post about the dining rooms and not doing a matched set. But I’m having some issuesView full post »

A Young Traditional Family Room Needs A Little Help. (just a little)

This isn’t a “Dear Laurel” exactly. It’s from a dear reader, though. Karen K. First ofView full post »

Is There Any Hope For A Windowless Room?

Hey Guys, A number of you have expressed interest in what to do if you have a windowless room. It’s aView full post »

Help me please. My husband wants a matched set of dining room furniture

Dear Laurel, It’s me again, Barb Brake-Frunt. Thank you so much for the terrific post about the livingView full post »

I Just Inherited All Of My Granny’s Hideously Dated Living Room Furniture

Dear Laurel, Ya know life is so difficult sometimes. My grandmother passed away 3 years ago at the age of 97 andView full post »

My Room Isn’t Blue. Can I still Do Blue and White Chinoiserie?

Dear Laurel, I’ve been loving all of the blue and white Chinoiserie porcelains you’ve beenView full post »

The Tricks You Need To Know For Decorating Above Cabinets

A lot of us have cabinets that don’t hit the ceiling. These may be in the kitchen, usually as a built-in,View full post »

My Kitchen Appliances Have Died. Now what?

Okay, it’s not all of the appliances, but the refrigerator is on life-support. Here’s whatView full post »

The Trick To Mixing Modern and Traditional Furniture

A real Dear Laurel letter about mixing Modern and Traditional Furniture   Dear Laurel, I hope you can offerView full post »

My Beige Decor Is Making Me Sick

Dear Laurel, It should really be “Oh, Laurel,” Ten years ago, we moved into our dream home. We builtView full post »

The Best Upholstery Fabrics And Some You Should Never Use!

The other day I received a real Dear Laurel letter about wanting to know about the best upholstery fabrics andView full post »

Life Is Over. He NEEDS A Hideous Recliner Chair.

***WARNING*** This post contains graphic material that may cause vertigo and/or nausea in the aestheticallyView full post »

He Said “If I Wanted Farmhouse Style, I’d Go Live On a @#$%^&* Farm!”

Dear Laurel, Oh, I’m sure this is going to be boring for you. I am soon to be married (for the third time)View full post »

The Shameful Ways Design Bloggers Make Money

Hey Guys, This is a rare kind of post, but think of it as a State of the Laurel Home Address. I am absolutelyView full post »

A Mother’s Day Gift For You – 365 Days of The Year

Hey Everyone, It’s a bit different kind of post today– A Mother’s Day Gift– for everyone whoView full post »

Need a New Kitchen But Can’t Get Myself Off Of the Kitchen Floor!

kitchen-floor Dear Laurel, I have lived in my apartment for over four years and I think it’s time I did somethingView full post »

An Epiphany About A Bathroom Remodel While Sitting In My Tub

Fine. I’m a masochist. I admit it. I mean, I must be because I’m going to discuss a kitchen andView full post »

How To Create The Mark D Sikes Look For Your Patio Furniture

So glad that you enjoyed the Mark D Sikes inspired post from Sunday. There were several requests after that andView full post »

How To Get The Mark D Sikes Look For A Lot Less Money

Oh dear… I’m in trouble already. Why, you ask? Well, first of all, let me make it perfectly clearView full post »

The Best (and most beautiful) House Plants for Cleaner Air

Hey Guys– I’ve had some requests to do a post about house plants. I did do one post a while backView full post »

The Little Known Reason That Mother’s Day Kind of Sucks

Hey Guys, First of all thank you so much for the dozens of you who took the time to help this tired designer! ItView full post »

I (Laurel) Need Your Help. Decorating Help.

Oh, stop looking at me like you just discovered that the earth is flat after all! You heard me correctly. I meanView full post »

My Horrid Roof Is The Color Of ____ And The Exterior Paint Colors Don’t Work

Dear Laurel, I am hoping and praying that you will do a post or ten posts about exterior paint colors. But,View full post »