Category Archives: interior design

Chicago As You’ve Never Seen It Before!

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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 »

15 Hideous Fabric Mistakes (I Made Most of Them)

Although I no longer take interior design clients, I did for 24 years, counting the years working for others.View full post »

French Door/Transom Design + Stair Railing Part II

Hey Everyone, Hope you’re all doing well. I’m on a plane flying to Nashville! I’m going toView full post »

New Staircase Railing Design – Ugh, It’s Not Working!

Last Sunday, we looked at staircase decor, design, and mistakes.    Today, I will share more relatedView 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 »

Our Ugly Brick Fireplace – He Vetoes Painting It!

Dear Laurel, Please don’t ream me out. I’m just a meek little housewife with three kids— and aView full post »

Happy 10-Year Blogiversary-Ten Years of Laurel Home!

Hi Everyone, Yes! The Laurel Home Blog is exactly ten years old today. And, while I’ve removed orView full post »

Hubs Thinks Farmhouse Style Is For Farmers- Period.

Dear Laurel, Oh, I’m sure this is going to be boring for you. I am soon to be married (for the third time)View full post »

Do The Best Dark Blue Paint Colors Make You Blue?

Hey Everyone, Guess where I am on this early spring day in Boston? I won’t leave you in suspense;View full post »

Kitchen Lights – You’d Think This Would Be Easy.

Hi Everyone, Yes, the post is a day late. And even then, I’m struggling. Oh, not in a bad way. TheView full post »

20 Timeless Kitchens You’re Going To Love Forever

20 Timeless Kitchens – eh? Nothing like going out on a long limb to say that a room that could very wellView full post »

The Boston Athenaeum-Boston’s Little Known Crown Jewel

Today, I have a special treat to share with you. Now, some of you definitely know about the Boston Athenaeum.View full post »

All About Hardwood Floors + How To Ruin Them!

Hardwood floors. This subject is so broad that one could have an entire blog devoted to hardwood floors, notView full post »

Rooms With Light Walls Look Larger, Yes Or No?

Common’ Laurel. Is that a trick question? EVERYONE knows that rooms with light walls appear to beView full post »

How To Build A Unified Interior Color Palette

On Sunday, after the last post came out about my favorite decorating trick, Ramona asked some compelling questions in aView full post »

A Secret Decorating Trick Designers Won’t Tell You

And why don’t they want you to know this decorating trick?   Well… I can’t speak forView full post »

Gustavian Swedish Style-How To Get The Look for Less

It’s been a while since I’ve written about one of my favorite styles of furnishings, GustavianView full post »

We Need New Upholstery But Can’t Afford To Buy It

Dear Laurel, I’m a fairly new reader. I found you when I looked for information about great sources forView full post »

A Sophisticated Staircase Gallery Art Wall Template!

Dear Laurel, I love your posts about gallery art walls. However, I don’t think you’ve done oneView full post »

The Best Kitchen Backsplash and My Favorite Options

Hi Everyone, Before we get into my favorite kitchen backsplash, several of you have asked what’s happeningView full post »

The Best Swivel Chairs And Swivel Gliders, too!

Dear Laurel, I love the blog and have been a fan for years. One item I’ve never seen you cover isView full post »

Wendy Oleksiak, A Top Boston Realtor Shares All!

Hi Everyone, Today, I have a special treat for you. Last week I had the privilege of sitting down with WendyView full post »

Are Red Paint Colors Passé?

It’s February, and that means Valentine’s Day is coming up! Therefore, in honor of the day of love,View full post »

Horrid Windows Installed By Drunk Contractor

I was going to do a different post today, but then I felt I didn’t have enough information. So,View full post »

Does Your Living Room Furniture Need To Go On A Diet?

Dear Laurel, In some of your recent posts, you’ve mentioned something about bloated, puffy living roomView full post »

The Horrid Gray Trend – Is It Finally Over?

Dear Laurel, Recently, I’ve read that the gray trend is over and, gasp, we are going back to beige. Do youView full post »

A High-Low Ben Pentreath Living Room – Can It Be Done?

Hi Everyone, Thank you so much for your kind comments from Sunday’s post about the five British designersView 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 »

Problem Ceilings That Could Definitely Wreck Your Room

Some of you begged me to do a post about vaulted ceilings. However, there is a three-year-old post about problemView full post »

The 20 Best Laurel Home Blog Posts 2020 – 2021

***Please note at the end of this post is an important deadline***   Hi Everyone, Well, here it is. This isView 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 »

Holiday Party 2021 + News from the Contractor

Hi Everyone, Today’s post is more of a newsy-type blog post. You know, how people sometimes call blogView full post »

The Number One Lighting Mistake Folks Make

Hi Everyone, I know you’re busy right now. Well, me too! My party is Thursday night, and I still have aView full post »

Come See My Holiday Fireplace mantel Decor – 2022

Greetings from Boston on this unseasonably mild but rainy afternoon. Today, I’m going to share someView full post »

Furniture Terms You May Not Know, But Maybe Should

Do you ever see the same furniture terms over and over, particularly with antiques? Well, come to think of it,View full post »