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.

50 Interior Design Trends for 2020 – In or Out?

Recently, Elle Decor did a post about 50 interior design trends for 2020 – in or out? So, I thought itView full post »

Little Known Ways To Score Free Furniture (or nearly free)

Dear Laurel, I am a very attentive obsessive reader of your posts. Not only do I love the education received, IView full post »

Deconstructing Mark D. Sikes Brilliant Interior Designs

Greetings all! First of all. WE WON!!!   And, I say “we” because without your votes, it wouldView full post »

An Airbnb Residential Loft Renovation in San Diego

Hi Everyone, Greetings from 39,000 feet up in the air. Yes, 39,000 feet. I’m winging it back to New YorkView full post »

Analogous Color Schemes In Interiors – The Right Way

Hi Everyone, Did you see the post the other day about monochromatic color schemes? If you missed it, you canView full post »

Monochromatic Interiors – A Misunderstood Color Scheme

Today, I’d like to focus on MONOCHROMATIC interiors and moonochromatic color schemes. But first of all,View full post »

Hate Your Open Concept Floor Plan? Here’s How To Fix It

Hi Guys and an official Happy New Year 2020! Yes, I took a rare day off on New Year’s eve. However,View full post »

The Top Ten Laurel Home Blog Posts for 2019

Hi Guys, In case you missed my note, the reason this is late is because I was very ill yesterday. And, I spentView full post »

Merry Christmas 2019 and Happy Hanukkah 5780

Merry Christmas 2019 and Happy Hanukkah 5780!     Yes, that’s me with the toothy,View full post »

Magical Christmas Decor Around the World

Greetings all! I’m back upstate for the holidays. And man, I was greeted to a reality check dose of winterView full post »

Why My Disdain for Winter Might Be Misguided

Hi Everyone, How y’all doing one week (or less) before Christmas? This is a reworking of a post from threeView full post »

Best Bay Window Treatments + Measuring Guide

Hi Everyone, Before I get into the Bay Window Treatments, I want/need to say that the 333 Hard To Find RulesView full post »

Her Bossy Home Builder Needs To Calm Down!

Recently, I received this real “dear laurel” letter from Kim. And, she’s dealing with a bossyView full post »

Dining Chair and Table Combinations That Rock!

Hi Everyone, Tuesday night’s post looked at 12 classic dining tables. And, as promised, we are going toView full post »

12 Classic Dining Tables You’re Going to Love

Hi Everyone, Before I get into the 12 classic dining tables and chair combos… I’m beginning thisView full post »

I’m Dreaming Of Blue and White Christmas Decor

Dear Laurel, I really don’t know what I’m going to do. Every year I put up the same old tired redView full post »

A Lake George Thanksgiving 2019 in the Adirondacks

Hi Everyone, Greetings from the Lake George region of the Adirondack Mountains in New York State. I’veView full post »

Gorgeous Family Room Furnishings on a Shoestring Budget

Hi Everyone, Oh man, before we get into our gorgeous family room furnishings… It sure feels like the calmView full post »

333 Decorating Rules You Need To Know is Here

Phew! Hey Guys, I’m so excited to present this new guide to you!!! In case you missed the preview, this guide isView full post »

Interior Design Rules – Preview and questions

Hi Everyone, I wasn’t sure if I was going to do a post tonight. That’s because I’m busyView full post »

How To Hang Art – Little Known Ways + Mistakes to Avoid

Ya know… I’ve never actually done a post about how to hang art. I’ve certainly done lots ofView full post »

22 Living Room Lighting Rules You Need To Know

If there’s one thing I routinely see people getting wrong, it’s their living roomView full post »

Dated Kitchen And No Money – Can It Be Saved?

Dear Laurel, This is a suggestion for a blog post. I have a dated kitchen. It was done 25 years ago, but stillView full post »

Difficult Windows – Window Treatment Dos and Don’ts

The topic of difficult windows is one that I get a lot of comments and emails about. So, let’s take a lookView full post »

All About The Exquisite, Enigmatic Art of Grisaille

What is GRISAILLE, you ask? And, no, it’s not a cut of beef or a type of bear. First of all, it isView full post »

Ultimate Window Treatment Guide + Interior Window Shutters

Last week you may recall that I put together a quick start interior design guide with a lot of the best posts inView full post »

Quick Fix Home Decor-10 Luxurious, Budget-Minded Ideas

Oh Laurel, Please, please, please, I’m begging you to do a blog post on the topic of quick fix home decor.View full post »

Helping A Client With Her Horrid Kitchen (Before Pics)

There is nothing better than taking a horrid kitchen and helping a client make it a lot better. Yes, IView full post »

Quick-Start Interior Design Guide 2019 – Plus News!

Hi Everyone, Yes, a quick-start interior design guide 2019 is included in this post. This is one of these postsView full post »

Flush Mount Ceiling Lights – No Boobs Allowed!

Greetings all from Austin, Texas!   What is going on Laurel? We thought you were in theView full post »

20 Fabulous Shades Of Orange Paint and Furnishings

Ahhh, now that we are well into October, it always feels appropriate to bring out one of the most misunderstood,View full post »

Painted Brick-How to Easily Change It Back After Painting It

Hi Guys, As promised, this is part II of the discussion about brick houses. If you missed part I or would likeView full post »

12 of the Best Paint Colors To Go With Red Brick

Dear Laurel We have a red brick ranch home that we have been renovating on the inside for the last 20 years andView full post »

It’s Only The Laundry Room, Nothing To Fear Sweetie

Dear Laurel My laundry room is rather large, and evocative of a British tack room. Well, except it has theView full post »

Faux Fireplace, a Great Idea or a Disaster?

Dear Laurel, It’s nearly October and well, you know what that means. The holidays are coming… YouView full post »

Curtain and Drapery Hardware – What You Need To Know

Hi Laurel, While reading this informative article (several times in fact), I became entranced by the windowView full post »