Category Archives: interior design

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 »

These Interior Design Trends in 2022 Will be Huge!

Interior Design Trends in 2022 that will be huge. Sorry, those aren’t my words. However, I bet theView full post »

120+ of My Favorite Interior Design Books + Gardens!

Hi Everyone, Someone asked me within the last few weeks when on earth I was going to update the bookView 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 »

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 »