Category Archives: architecture

Our Home’s Difficult Floor Plan Is Giving Me Fits!

Dear Laurel, I don’t know what we were thinking, but our home has the most difficult floor plan, andView full post »

Classical Interior Architecture – The Most Important Element

A while back, after this post came out about blue paint colors, Val wrote this comment concerning interiorView full post »

30 Astonishingly Beautiful and Best Front Door Colors

Happy Mother’s Day!   My mommy and me the summer of 1958, Evansville, Indiana. This is a specialView full post »

Staircase Decor, 3 Common Mistakes + what to do instead

Hi Everyone, Happy Easter and Passover!   A while back, I received a real Dear Laurel note asking aboutView full post »

The British Are Coming! Superb Interior Design from the UK

Hi Everyone, How are y’all doing this mid-January weekend? It’s been either freeeeezing or mild thisView full post »

Crown Moulding and Why It’s Driving You Nuts!

Hi Everyone, Well, here we are in the new year 2022. It’s cold outside. I need a shower. And, I’mView full post »

A Rare Idea for hiding the radiator + Happy Anniversary!

Hi Everyone, Happy first day of winter. The sun is returning! In a bit, we’ll get to an idea I’veView full post »

Please Help The Rest of Us With Low Ceilings!

Dear Laurel, I love your blog and have gotten your Rolodex and your paint collection and paint palettes.View full post »

Otis House-Surpising Lessons From A Late 18th C. Home

Hi Everyone, A week and a half ago, I was treated to a tour of the Otis House, a late 18th century built in theView full post »

Boston Marathon 2021 + Back Bay Houses Early Fall

First of all, thank you all so much for your loving and kind messages. I’m still reading through them.View full post »

No Foyer Entry-We Enter 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 »

The Magnificent Front Doors of Beacon Hill

Hi Everyone, Anyone who’s read this blog for a few years has probably surmised that I prefer painted brickView full post »

An Astonishing Home Exterior Transformation Before & After

Hi Everyone, And, a very Happy 4th of July to all of my fellow Americans! Guess where I’m headed to? Yes,View full post »

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 »

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 »