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.

7 of the Hottest Bathroom Trends To Avoid or Embrace?

Dear Laurel, I’d love it if you could do a post about bathrooms; well, specifically some of the bathroomView full post »

20 Little Known Small Room Ideas to Maximize Space

We’ve been talking a lot recently about maximizing small spaces and hidden storage. This post has someView full post »

The New Distance Learning Center and Home Office 2020

Dear Laurel, Please, please, please do a post about how to set up a home office and distance learningView full post »

The Transformation of My Scary Bathroom Vanity

Happy Labor Day Weekend, Everyone! Guess what? My darling son Cale is with me in Bronxville for the longView full post »

16 Tiny Kitchens That Prove That Bigger Isn’t Always Better

Hi Everyone, Well, the other day when I was researching hidden rooms/secret doors and hidden storage, I cameView full post »

21 Best Hidden Storage Ideas, Stairs, Kitchens, Bathrooms

Hi Everyone, Today, I’m tackling the subject of hidden storage ideas for your home. This is related toView full post »

18 Secret Doors You Will Be Inspired To Have!

The other day when I was researching for the post about faux windows, I came across a related topic. SecretView full post »

No Windows? No Problem. Help 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 »

The 21 Funniest Laurel Home Blog Posts

Hey Everyone, First of all, thank you all so much for your wonderful words of advice regarding the update of myView full post »

Update on My Search for a New Home

Hey Guys, Today is a post that’s about me, mostly. I could use some sage advice. And, you guys are always aView full post »

Ground Zero For The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2020

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale updated 8.21.2020   Welcome the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2020!   As IView full post »

14 Common Home Painting Mistakes You Might Be Making

Thanks so much for all of your great comments and suggestions for Sunday’s post about dark houseView full post »

Is A Dark Exterior House Color A Good Idea?

Dear Laurel, My name is John, and I’ve been following your blog for a while and love it. My partner and IView full post »

Don’t Take Away Our Ceiling Fans – We Need Them!

Dear Laurel, I love you. I love your blog but there’s something I need to get off my chest. We areView full post »

A Long Narrow Hallway – Help For A Dark Scary Mess

Dear Laurel! I’d love to see a post on how to decorate a dark, long, narrow hallway. What to do to keep itView full post »

30 Cheap Table Lamps + Sources + What Size to Get

Hi Everyone, There was a request to do cheap table lamps next. Okay, fine. “inexpensive” tableView full post »

36 Cheap Sofas and Chairs that Look Expensive

Hi Everyone, So glad that many of you enjoyed Wednesday’s post about cheap fabrics that lookView full post »

77 Budget Fabrics That Look Rich + Sources!

Oh, man! I hope everyone’s okay with this heat-wave we’re having. And, thank you so much for all ofView full post »

54 Iconic Designer Fabrics To Make Your Room Look Rich

Phew! It is very hot here in the northeast. I haven’t listened to the national weather, but I imagine thatView full post »

15 Serene Green Paint Colors Not Called Green

I’ve always loved the color green. But, not all shades of green. And, this is especially true for wallView full post »

Mouldings and Doors – Too Many Options- She’s Stumped

Dear Laurel, We are in the process of planning a new house to be built. And, it’s proving to be moreView full post »

Painted Hardwood Floors – Good Idea or a Bad One?

Hi Everyone, I’ve been thinking a lot about painted hardwood floors these days and want to address theView full post »

The Number One Decorating Mistake and How To Avoid It

Hi Everyone! Happy 4th of July if you live in the USA! Guess where I am? Yes, I’m back in Northampton, MA.View full post »

Little Known Exquisite, Affordable Wallpaper Murals & Art

Hi Everyone, I’m so excited to share this post with you about some of the most exquisite and affordableView full post »

My 20 All-Time Favorite Benjamin Moore Paint Colors

Hi Everyone, Whew! What a week it’s been. I’m back in New York for the time being. My tooth gotView full post »

A Compelling Reason To Buy a House instead of Renting

Hi Guys, Happy Father’s Day! Please bear with me here as I indulge you in my real life once again. A LOTView full post »

Exquisite Homes and Gardens in Northampton, MA

Hi Everyone, Thank you so much for all of your sweet, supportive comments. I’m still going to try andView full post »

The Best Neutral Color Scheme – How To Get it Right

Hi Everyone, I’m so glad you enjoyed Sunday’s post about Liz’s lovely home in Florida. And,View full post »

I Kind of Hate My Too Formal Dining Room

Dear Laurel, I very much enjoyed your blog post talking about mixing modern and traditionalView full post »

Tour of Historic Deerfield – Prepare to be Blown Away

Hey Guys, Many of you know that my mid-week post usually comes out in the wee hours of Wednesday. But, this is aView full post »

New Traditional Decorating – Little Known Ideas You’ll Love

Hey Everyone, Wow! It’s the last day of May. And, today, the weather in Northampton, MA, was a perfectView full post »

My Dream Home – Here’s What It Looks Like

Hi Guys, Well, I guess every six months, or so, I just have to dream about my dream home. Or, at least one ofView full post »

Outdoor Living and Furnishings You’ll Love Inside or Out!

Hi Guys,   *Happy Memorial Day Weekend!   I have some very good news that I just realized. The summerView full post »

5 Classic Kitchen Combos, Cabinets, Hardware, Lighting…

Hi Everyone, People sometimes ask me if I miss being a working designer? Well, the answer isView full post »

12 Farrow and Ball Colors For The Perfect English Kitchen

Hi Guys, Greetings from the charming town of Northampton, Massachusetts! That is if you did not see my HOT SALESView full post »

12 No-Fail Classic Kitchen Cabinet Colors

Hi Everyone, Well, this post started as something else, and the other post is one I want to do. But, it’sView full post »