Category Archives: interior design

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 »

Christmas Decorating – How Do You Do It?

Christmas Decorating. Many of you long-time readers may have already realized, but Laurel never posts anythingView full post »

21 Common and Hideous Interior Design Mistakes

Today, I want to go over one of my favorite topics.   INTERIOR DESIGN MISTEAKS ;]   Oops! I meantView full post »

Mirror, Mirror Over The Mantel – What Size To Get?

Hi Everyone, Welcome to “standard time!” Since Boston is one of the easternmost cities inView 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 »

Quirky Kitchen Elements that Add Up To Charm

Hi Everyone, I think it has rained nearly every day this week. At the very least, it’s been overcast. IView full post »

Benjamin COTY 2022 – A Color For The Sages

Hi Everyone, Before we get into the Color of the Year – Benjamin Moore COTY 2022. I just have to say thatView full post »

An Open Concept Apartment Remodel Disaster

Hi Everyone! Guess where I am today? Well, I won’t make you think too hard, so I’ll just tellView full post »

The Little Known Cure For Renovation Procrastination

Dear Laurel, About a year ago, I purchased my dream home in my dream city. I feel so blessed to have been ableView full post »

October 3, 2021 Incident – I Need Your Help

Hi Everyone, This is very difficult for me. I’d rather that everything always be beautiful and rosy. But,View full post »

He said: “No Stuffy China Cabinet Like My Mother Has”

Dear Laurel, My husband and I are just starting with our home. We have a large dining room which was used as aView full post »

9 Little-Known Paint Colors Decorators Are Obsessed With

Hi Everyone, I hope you’re having a great week! Apologies for making you slog through the wallpaperView full post »

Wallpaper – The Complete Guide To Avoid Screwing It Up!

Actually, I could write a week’s worth of blog posts and then some about what you need to know aboutView 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 »

Bookshelf Styling-The Ultimate Guide with Templates!

Hi Everyone, Oh, I know. The post is soooo late. But, at least it’s out. Very early on, I did a post,View full post »

8 Guest Bathroom Designs – My Secret Process

Hi Everyone, As most of you know, I no longer take on new clients. However, in the past couple of years, I haveView full post »

The Most Durable Painted Cabinet Finish-12 Pros Weigh In

Dear Laurel, I hope you can help me. We’re going to be renovating our kitchen. The cabinets WILL beView full post »

A No-Fail Decorating Plan In Time for Christmas

Dear Laurel, Oh, I hope you can do a blog post about this. I searched high and low on your blog, and IView full post »

Area Rugs, Best and Worst Fibers + Myths + Care Tips

Okay, this is a complete overhaul of two very old posts about area rugs. I’ll save you the trouble ofView full post »

Is It Classic Furniture or Something I’ll Grow To Hate?

This is an actual Dear Laurel email I received wanting to know how to tell if she’s getting classicView full post »

Roman Shades Weren’t Built in a Day

Roman Shades are one of my favorite window treatments. And this post is going to go over everything you need toView full post »

Don’t Be Seduced By Chintz! A Personal Story

In the realm of interior design and decorating, I daresay one word is probably one of the most polarizingView full post »

The Color Pink – Revered and Hated. Here’s Why

Hi Everyone, I hope you’re having a good week. I have some great news.   Yes, I have my Instagram accountView full post »

Throw Pillows – Everything You Need to Know

And, Why I’m Proud To Be Called A Pillow Fluffer!   When I was in design school back in the lateView full post »

A Formula for Eclectic Interiors To Avoid Matchy Furniture

In response to Sunday’s post, a comment from Terry has inspired this blog post about a simple formula forView full post »

Exquisite Bedroom Furnishings Inspired By Mark D Sikes!

(oops! Apologies if you’ve already this post! That was a mistake.) Hi Everyone, I’ve had a full weekView full post »

Six Drab Paint Colors – Should You Try Them?

Hi Everyone, Oh, my word! It finally stopped raining! Fortunately, no flooding in Boston. But, it sure is niceView full post »

The Classic Kitchen – A Complete Source List

Hi Everyone, Can I just say, Wow? Like, really WOW! Both Mary and I are overwhelmed with your kind words aboutView full post »

F&B Calke Green + An Iconic Wallpaper = Kitchen Heaven!

Hi Everyone, I think it finally stopped raining in Boston. But, it rained something fierce when I was inView full post »

An Attainable Kitchen Makeover You’re Going To Love

Hi Everyone, I hope you had a great holiday! I’m in New York and having a fantastic workation!  But, I wasView 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 »

The Ultimate Window Treatment Guide

Hi Everyone, A while back, I created a post about interior window shutters. And, for some crazy reason, I tackedView full post »

The One White Trim and Wall Color That Works Every Time

Dear Laurel, I know you’ve gone over this before. And, I’ve read all of your posts about trim andView full post »

Classic White Kitchens – How To Avoid The Sterile Look

Dear Laurel, I am so excited to see all of your renovation plans. It has inspired me to finally redo ourView full post »

Dark Rooms – Are They Handsome or Depressing?

Happy Father’s Day!!!   I’m not sure if I did a specific Father’s Day Post last year. LetView 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 »