120+ of My Favorite Interior Design Books + Gardens!

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Cool Holiday Gifts for 2021 – 50 Under $50.00

Hi Everyone, I hope you had a beautiful Thanksgiving! Ours in New York was lovely as Mary’s a fantasticView full post »

A Jewel Box Powder Room You’re Going To Love!

  Hi Everyone, I’m back in New York for a few days to spend the holiday with my friend Mary of theView 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 »

The 40 Best Etsy Shops For Home Furnishings in 2022

Hi Everyone, Okay, not to be (too) confusing, and this is NOT my 150 Best Shops on Etsy for HomeView 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 »

Is An Unorthodox Small Unkitchen A Good Idea?

Hi Everyone, Thank you all so much for your immensely kind comments regarding my small unkitchen designView 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 »

Finding The Elusive Round Dining Table That Extends

One of my favorite rooms to furnish in a home is the dining room. And my favorite table shape is a round diningView full post »

Boston Marathon 2021 + Back Bay Houses Early Fall

First of all, thank you all so much for your loving and kind messages. I’m still reading through them.View 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 »

My September 11th Story – 20 Years Later

Well, this wasn’t the plan for today. The plan was to produce two posts. This one, and one purely interiorView 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 »

Help for a Recliner Chair Nightmare-20 Gorgeous Recliners!

Hi Guys, Before I get into the post about the cool (and not-so-cool) recliner chairs, please read until the endView 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 »

The Magnificent Front Doors of Beacon Hill

Hi Everyone, Anyone who’s read this blog for a few years has probably surmised that I prefer painted brickView full post »