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.

Common Mistakes When Choosing The Best Pale Blue Paint

Dear Laurel, I only discovered your blog a few days ago. I think I was up until 3:00 AM the other day because IView full post »

She Wants A Classical Home in Florida. And, Cheap too!

Dear Laurel, It’s mid-September and you know how some people say they love this month the most? Well, forView full post »

The 50 Best Etsy Shops For Home Furnishings

Do you know how many Etsy shops there are? Millions   Therefore, doing a guide (that doesn’t take sixView full post »

Sophisticated Twin Beds – 20 Ideas For Grownup Bedrooms

Dear Laurel, Thank you for the beautiful post about masculine bedrooms. Or, at least bedrooms that both men andView full post »

A Masculine Bedroom That She’ll Love too

Dear Laurel, Why is decorating so difficult? This all came about because the other day, I was asking my fiancéView full post »

Buying A Greek Revival Dream Home Might Be A Mistake

Recently, I received an interesting note from a kind reader. Here’s what she said:   Dear Laurel, IView full post »

How To Hide The TV 20 Elegant and Clever Solutions

Hi Everyone, Before we get into the elegant hide the TV solutions, many of you know, but many of you don’tView full post »

Hard To Find Casegoods – Secret Sources and A Warning!

Hi Everyone, You may recall that a couple of weeks ago we explored 100 or so of my favorite home furnishingsView full post »

Ranch House Decor Mistakes You Might Be Making

Dear Laurel, I loved the post about the split levels and raised ranches. But, what about just a plain old ranchView full post »

40 Outdated Home Trends. But, Are They All Passé?

Last summer, my nemesis (but not really);] Elle Decor, wrote a post about 40 Outdated Home Trends. (please openView full post »

Subway Tile Alternative Everyone Knows About But Me

Dear Laurel, A few months ago you featured the most beautiful kitchen belonging to the interior designer,View full post »

My Top 100 Timeless Furniture Pieces

Hi Everyone,   There’s a lot going on right now which is why the post is a day late. I’llView full post »

Best Fireplace Mantel Proportions – How Not To Muck It Up!

The other day I received this comment from Sue. It’s regarding the correct fireplace mantelView full post »

Best Windows – Size, Type + Is It OK To Do Black Frames?

In recent months, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about windows. And, it’s funny. We’veView full post »

Best Proportions For Interior Trim – Why You’re Confused

Ugh. Have I ever began a post with the word, “ugh?” I don’t think so.   So, why ugh forView full post »

They Did It Again! A House Flip Done Right!

Hi Everyone, Phew! It’s hot here again in the northeast. Hope y’all have air-conditioning. This is aView full post »

Perfect Architectural Proportions – The No-Fail Formula

Hey Guys, This has been a very architectural time recently. I know that many of you want me to continue with theView full post »

But, WHY is it Bad Architecture? I’ll Tell You Why.

Celestial wrote a comment the other day wanting clarification as to the elements that go into making BADView full post »

Classical Interior Architecture, The Most Important Element

The other day, after the post about blue paint colors, Val wrote this comment concerning interiorView full post »

Nine Fabulous Benjamin Moore Blue Paint Colors

Hi Guys, It’s mid-July and man, don’t we know it here in New York. So, if you’re somewhereView full post »

12 Gorgeous Bedrooms + Common Questions Answered

Dear Laurel, I’ve noticed that you don’t have a lot of posts about bedrooms. Is there a reason forView full post »

Ground Zero For The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2019

updated 8.2.2019   Sale Ending Soon!!! It is HERE – The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2019. THE hottestView full post »

Mistakes Guys Make When Decorating To Impress Women

Hey Guys, You know… I used to say “Guys” more often until some feminist I guess…View full post »

20 Stunning Lifestyle Instagram Feeds You Must Follow

Hi Everyone, Being that the entire world is currently on vacay, I decided to do a post I’ve been thinkingView full post »

How To Avoid the Clash of Formal and Casual Furnishings

Hi Everyone, Phew! It is really heating up here in the northeast. Well it IS July. The other day I received aView full post »

How To Achieve Furniture and Color Balance in a Room

Hi Everyone, Wow! We’re winding up June already and I guess gearing up for the holiday week. I say, weekView full post »

Window treatment styles – How to select color, type, pattern

Dear Laurel, I’ve been reading your blog for several years as we’ve been working towards restoringView full post »

Can A Raised Ranch Home Become A Traditional Home?

Dear Laurel- Thank you so much for your straight-forward guidance on your blog! I have very much appreciated theView full post »

50+ Timeless Home Furnishings-Pieces You Need To Know

Hi Everyone, Before I get into today’s 50 plus classic and timeless home furnishings, a few words. MaybeView full post »

Enchanting Garden Tour in Greenwich Connecticut

Happy Father’s Day Everyone!!! Although, this post is probably going to look more appropriate forView full post »

How To Mix Dining Room Chairs Like A Pro

Hi Everyone, As promised, I am continuing with the decor refresh we began last Sunday for a traditionalView full post »

Inherited Furniture That Must Stay – How To Work With It

Dear Laurel, New to your blog! So happy to have stumbled onto it after seeing posts on Pinterest. Have to say,View full post »

Decorating Fatigue – What You Always Need To Remember

The other day, I received an email from a lovely reader, Janis. (name changed) While she has written me numerousView full post »

Easy (and affordable) Ways To Fix A Boring Room

In my opinion, a boring room is a lot like a boring person. Do you know someone who is a crashing bore? I betView full post »

Pottery Barn – Important Info So You Don’t Get Burned

And, I don’t mean sunburned! But, don’t get me wrong. I LOVE Pottery Barn. Always have and probablyView full post »

Are Green and White Rooms Coming Back Soon?

Recently, a lovely reader named Jennifer sent in this comment on the recent post about how to create the perfectView full post »