Category Archives: interior design

Timeless Interiors Or A Passing Trend? How To Tell The Difference

The other day I got an interesting email from a reader. It is edited, but not for meaning, only to shorten it aView full post »

The Most Amazing English Country House Of Them All

Hey Everyone,   Before we get into today’s beautiful topic. (well, I think so) about the most amazingView full post »

A Friendly Kind of Week In Home Furnishings

Fabulous sales at Williams Sonoma Home   Well, it’s Friday and I guess I’m back in the saddle,View full post »

A Reader Needs Your Help With Her Small Living – Dining Room

Hey Guys! Before we dive, or you dive into helping a wonderful reader who needs a little living-dining roomView full post »

Hanging With Ben Pentreath + Need Your Help Again!

I’m just warning you. I haven’t even started to write this post, but it might end up being myView full post »

Window Panels Have Her Stumped, But It’s Actually The Least Of Her Problems

A real “dear laurel” letter about window panels.   Hi Laurel, This is a two-part question: IView full post »

Help For a Small Family Room That’s Not Quite Coming Together

Hi Everyone. As promised this is part II of last Wednesday’s post about a small family room.   TheView full post »

A Fabulous and Rare Upholstery Sale by One Of my Favorite Vendors

Hi Guys, Well, I may begin to do Friday’s hot sales as a blog post after all. But there are still the hotView full post »

Hot Sales – Special Edition – Labor Day 2017

What’s going on??? Why are you updating the hot sales page in a blog post? The reason why is that I have aView full post »

The Living Room TV As We’ve Known it, Is Over

Hanging my head in shame… a little. It’s about Sunday’s post about clever ways to hide yourView full post »

How To Make Your TV Wires Disappear Once and For All

Hey Everyone, A lot of you have been asking me how to make their TV Wires Disappear And, while we’re atView full post »

The Horrible Thing She Said About Decorating Genius Darryl Carter

I mean, it was downright nasty and for me and a lot of other people, quite a shocker! But three years ago, aView full post »

Your Home Office Could Be Dangerous For Your Health

Hi Everyone, I’ve taken some sage advice that some of you gave me and have decided on occasion toView full post »

I Hate My New Area Rug But My Decorator Thinks It’s Fabulous!

Dear Laurel, I’m hoping that you can turn this into a post. It’s about my new area rug. It’sView full post »

When Did Color Become a Dirty Word In Interiors?

I received a real note the other day that sparked an idea for a post.   You are one of the few [designers]View full post »

A Young Traditional Family Room Needs A Little Help. (just a little)

This isn’t a “Dear Laurel” exactly. It’s from a dear reader, though. Karen K. First ofView full post »

Is There Any Hope 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 »

Help me please. My husband wants a matched set of dining room furniture

Dear Laurel, It’s me again, Barb Brake-Frunt. Thank you so much for the terrific post about the livingView full post »

I Just Inherited All Of My Granny’s Hideously Dated Living Room Furniture

Dear Laurel, Ya know life is so difficult sometimes. My grandmother passed away 3 years ago at the age of 97 andView full post »

My Room Isn’t Blue. Can I still Do Blue and White Chinoiserie?

Dear Laurel, I’ve been loving all of the blue and white Chinoiserie porcelains you’ve beenView full post »

The Tricks You Need To Know For Decorating Above Cabinets

A lot of us have cabinets that don’t hit the ceiling. These may be in the kitchen, usually as a built-in,View full post »

The Trick To Mixing Modern and Traditional Furniture

A real Dear Laurel letter about mixing Modern and Traditional Furniture   Dear Laurel, I hope you can offerView full post »

My Beige Decor Is Making Me Sick

Dear Laurel, It should really be “Oh, Laurel,” Ten years ago, we moved into our dream home. We builtView full post »

The Best Upholstery Fabrics And Some You Should Never Use!

The other day I received a real Dear Laurel letter about wanting to know about the best upholstery fabrics andView full post »

He Said “If I Wanted Farmhouse Style, I’d Go Live On a @#$%^&* Farm!”

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 »

A Mother’s Day Gift For You – 365 Days of The Year

Hey Everyone, It’s a bit different kind of post today– A Mother’s Day Gift– for everyone whoView full post »

Need a New Kitchen But Can’t Get Myself Off Of the Kitchen Floor!

kitchen-floor Dear Laurel, I have lived in my apartment for over four years and I think it’s time I did somethingView full post »

An Epiphany About A Bathroom Remodel While Sitting In My Tub

Fine. I’m a masochist. I admit it. I mean, I must be because I’m going to discuss a kitchen andView full post »

How To Create The Mark D Sikes Look For Your Patio Furniture

So glad that you enjoyed the Mark D Sikes inspired post from Sunday. There were several requests after that andView full post »

How To Get The Mark D Sikes Look For A Lot Less Money

Oh dear… I’m in trouble already. Why, you ask? Well, first of all, let me make it perfectly clearView full post »

The Best (and most beautiful) House Plants for Cleaner Air

Hey Guys– I’ve had some requests to do a post about house plants. I did do one post a while backView full post »

The Little Known Reason That Mother’s Day Kind of Sucks

Hey Guys, First of all thank you so much for the dozens of you who took the time to help this tired designer! ItView full post »

I (Laurel) Need Your Help. Decorating Help.

Oh, stop looking at me like you just discovered that the earth is flat after all! You heard me correctly. I meanView full post »

My Horrid Roof Is The Color Of ____ And The Exterior Paint Colors Don’t Work

Dear Laurel, I am hoping and praying that you will do a post or ten posts about exterior paint colors. But,View full post »

Little Known Insider Tips for Getting Expensive Looking Decor + Sources

Oh dear, another reader who wants expensive looking decor and fell short…   Dear Laurel, I’mView full post »

Lamp Shades – Everything You Always Wanted To Know

Dear Laurel, I just found two of the most beautiful lamps at a consignment shop. The woman said that they hadView full post »