Category Archives: interior design

The Top Ten Laurel Home Blog Posts for 2019

Hi Guys, In case you missed my note, the reason this is late is because I was very ill yesterday. And, I spentView full post »

Merry Christmas 2019 and Happy Hanukkah 5780

Merry Christmas 2019 and Happy Hanukkah 5780!     Edited January 29, 2020 Yes, that’s me withView full post »

Best Bay Window Treatments + Measuring Guide

Hi Everyone, Before I get into the Bay Window Treatments, I want/need to say that the 333 Hard To Find RulesView full post »

Her Bossy Home Builder Needs To Calm Down!

Recently, I received this real “dear laurel” letter from Kim. And, she’s dealing with a bossyView full post »

Dining Chair and Table Combinations That Rock!

Hi Everyone, Tuesday night’s post looked at 12 classic dining tables. And, as promised, we are going toView full post »

I’m Dreaming Of Blue and White Christmas Decor

Dear Laurel, I really don’t know what I’m going to do. Every year I put up the same old tired redView full post »

Gorgeous Family Room Furnishings on a Shoestring Budget

Hi Everyone, Oh man, before we get into our gorgeous family room furnishings… It sure feels like the calmView full post »

Interior Design Rules – Preview and questions

Hi Everyone, I wasn’t sure if I was going to do a post tonight. That’s because I’m busyView full post »

How To Hang Art – Little Known Ways + Mistakes to Avoid

Ya know… I’ve never actually done a post about how to hang art. I’ve certainly done lots ofView full post »

22 Living Room Lighting Rules You Need To Know

If there’s one thing I routinely see people getting wrong, it’s their living roomView full post »

Difficult Windows – Window Treatment Dos and Don’ts

The topic of difficult windows is one that I get a lot of comments and emails about. So, let’s take a lookView full post »

All About The Exquisite, Enigmatic Art of Grisaille

What is GRISAILLE, you ask? And, no, it’s not a cut of beef or a type of bear. First of all, it isView full post »

Ultimate Window Treatment Guide + Interior Window Shutters

Last week you may recall that I put together a quick start interior design guide with a lot of the best posts inView full post »

Helping A Client With Her Horrid Kitchen (Before Pics)

There is nothing better than taking a horrid kitchen and helping a client make it a lot better. Yes, IView full post »

Quick-Start Interior Design Guide 2019 – Plus News!

Hi Everyone, Yes, a quick-start interior design guide 2019 is included in this post. This is one of these postsView full post »

Flush Mount Ceiling Lights – No Boobs Allowed!

Greetings all from Austin, Texas!   What is going on Laurel? We thought you were in theView full post »

20 Fabulous Shades Of Orange Paint and Furnishings

Ahhh, now that we are well into October, it always feels appropriate to bring out one of the most misunderstood,View full post »

It’s Only The Laundry Room, Nothing To Fear Sweetie

Dear Laurel My laundry room is rather large, and evocative of a British tack room. Well, except it has theView 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 »

Curtain and Drapery Hardware – What You Need To Know

Hi Laurel, While reading this informative article (several times in fact), I became entranced by the windowView full post »

Common Mistakes When Choosing The Best Pale Blue Paint

Dear Laurel, I only discovered your blog a few days ago. I think I was up until 3:00 AM the other day because IView full post »

Sophisticated Twin Beds – 20 Ideas For Grownup Bedrooms

Dear Laurel, Thank you for the beautiful post about masculine bedrooms. Or, at least bedrooms that both men andView full post »

A Masculine Bedroom That She’ll Love too

Dear Laurel, Why is decorating so difficult? This all came about because the other day, I was asking my fiancéView full post »

Buying A Greek Revival Dream Home Might Be A Mistake

Recently, I received an interesting note from a kind reader. Here’s what she said:   Dear Laurel, IView full post »

How To Hide The TV 20 Elegant and Clever Solutions

Hi Everyone, Before we get into the elegant hide the TV solutions, many of you know, but many of you don’tView full post »

Ranch House Decor Mistakes You Might Be Making

Dear Laurel, I loved the post about the split levels and raised ranches. But, what about just a plain old ranchView full post »

40 Outdated Home Trends. But, Are They All Passé?

Last summer, my nemesis (but not really);] Elle Decor, wrote a post about 40 Outdated Home Trends. (please openView full post »

Subway Tile Alternative Everyone Knows About But Me

Dear Laurel, A few months ago you featured the most beautiful kitchen belonging to the interior designer,View full post »

My Top 100 Timeless Furniture Pieces

Hi Everyone,   There’s a lot going on right now which is why the post is a day late. I’llView full post »

Best Fireplace Mantel Proportions – How Not To Muck It Up!

The other day I received this comment from Sue. It’s regarding the correct fireplace mantelView full post »

Best Proportions For Interior Trim – Why You’re Confused

Ugh. Have I ever began a post with the word, “ugh?” I don’t think so.   So, why ugh forView full post »

They Did It Again! A House Flip Done Right!

Hi Everyone, Phew! It’s hot here again in the northeast. Hope y’all have air-conditioning. This is aView full post »

Perfect Architectural Proportions – The No-Fail Formula

Hey Guys, This has been a very architectural time recently. I know that many of you want me to continue with theView full post »

But, WHY is it Bad Architecture? I’ll Tell You Why.

Celestial wrote a comment the other day wanting clarification as to the elements that go into making BADView full post »

Classical Interior Architecture, The Most Important Element

The other day, after the post about blue paint colors, Val wrote this comment concerning interiorView full post »

Nine Fabulous Benjamin Moore Blue Paint Colors

Hi Guys, It’s mid-July and man, don’t we know it here in New York. So, if you’re somewhereView full post »