Category Archives: architecture

The Magnificent Front Doors of Beacon Hill

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An Astonishing Home Exterior Transformation Before & After

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Staircase Design – Which Comes First Beauty, Or Safety?

Hi Everyone, I’m glad that many of you enjoyed Sunday’s post about some of my favorite classicalView full post »

6 of the Best Classical Architects People Should Copy

Hi Everyone, Oh man, the designs for my place are taking FORever! Interior design is not easy to do. That is ifView full post »

A South African Dream Home Is A Labor Of Love

Hi Everyone, The other day, I got the most darling email from a reader who spent a year renovating a charmingView full post »

All About Wainscoting + The One Thing You Must Never Do

Dear Laurel, My husband and I adore your blog! We especially like the rooms you show with wainscoting and wonderView full post »

My Boston Back Bay House Is Built On A Garbage Dump

Hi Guys, I guess you know by now that I have moved to Back Bay Boston. But, what you may not know is how BackView full post »

French Doors + News About My Boston Apartment

Hi Everyone, Well, I was starting to write one post today, and then my phone rang. It was my upstairs neighborView full post »

A Common Renovation Mess – Can it be Fixed?

Dear Laurel, amazing post! I am wondering if you could make a virtual renovation for Blahblah Beacon St. APT.View full post »

The Killer Spiral Staircase Alternative You Will Love

Hey Guys, Well, it’s back to the apartment today. I’ve been working very hard at coming up with aView full post »

Original Old Home Details – Is it OK to change them?

Hi Everyone, In case you missed the post on Wednesday, I’m in the process of purchasing a new home inView full post »

Astonishing Before and After Home Exterior Shots + News!

Hey Guys, Some of you may have read yesterday when I sent out the HOT SALES that I have a surprise forView 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

The Best Builder Upgrades You May Not Have Considered

Dear Laurel, I found your blog the other day when I was trying to figure out some builder upgrades. And,View full post »

An Easy Renovation Idea To Increase Your Home’s Value

Hey Guys, I’m in San Francisco for the Design Influencer’s Conference. Today, I went out with myView full post »

Is Your Baseboard Heater or Radiator Making You Crazy?

Dear Laurel, I love your blog; it has helped me out on many occasions, most recently on paint color choices. IView 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Curb Appeal Fixes When the Curb Is In Southern Utah

Dear Laurel I am wondering if you could do a blog post on curb appeal fixes. And, if possible, what happens when whereView full post »

Six Problem Ceilings – And How To Fix Them

Today’s post is a HEAVY reworking and combination of two old posts, but the new focus is on problemView full post »

No Foyer Entry – We Walk Straight Into The Living Room

Dear Laurel, I love that post about the entrance to one’s home! However, I have just one little problem.View full post »

Transom Windows – Everything You Need To Know!

The discussion of some small high-up windows from Sunday’s post reminded me, ironically of one my favoriteView full post »

30 Astonishingly Gorgeous Front Door Paint Colors

In honor of Mother’s Day, I have a very special post that some of you have been wanting me to write forView full post »