Laurel and Cale’s Trip to New Hampshire Caught on Video

Hi Everyone,

Whew! What a week it’s been! So much has happened, so this needs to be a relatively brief post.


Wait, Laurel? Didn’t you take a trip to New Hampshire a few days ago, to visit Crown Point Cabinetry? Aren’t you going to tell us about that?


Yes, I did go to see Crown Point. And yes, it was so fantastic I’m crying happy tears. But, no, I’m not writing about it today, and I’m not writing about it for this Wednesday, either, most likely. However, I think I’ll be able to manage it by a week from today.


I’m not complaining, but I’ve created a bit of a blogenstein.


What I mean by that is I’m doing too much, and it’s catching up with me in a not-very-good way. Therefore, I have to find a way to make things a little easier on myself. So, for today, I’m only going to give you a very brief preview of our trip to Crown Point Cabinetry in the form of some short videos I made.

Anyway, I know y’all are busy at this time of year as well.


I’m so proud of myself, too! I’ve never gotten into video. And, I must admit my skills are far lagging behind others I’ve acquired over the years.


The reason is simple. I can’t do it all. However, I think you might enjoy these videos. You’ll see why in a sec. I hope they uploaded okay. If not, click WATCH ON YOUTUBE.

As you can see below, Google hates me. Look at the first video. Do you see what Google chose for a thumbnail? That is not what I chose. It’s what Google chose because he hates me.



“We’re in the car.”

omg. That’s genius, Laurel.

Thankfully, Cale has the best taste in music to entertain us on our trip to New Hampshire, while we rolled along the route that took us along the easternmost part of Vermont most of the way.



We’ve arrived. See below. I’m getting a little better at this video thing. I hope you like it.



I had to break this one up because Laurel said one of those words some people find offensive.

The last one below will take us inside the Crown Point headquarters.



I am going to spare you the remaining video from this scene entitled.

“Living Inside Laurel’s Purse.”


Clearly, Laurel doesn’t yet know when she’s recording and when she’s not. I hope you found it entertaining.

As I said, this is a short post. There will be more to come, very soon, about Crown Point. If you missed the introductory post, please check it out here.

However, completely switching gears and leaving you with something beautiful, I have three photos, my darling assistant, Melissa, just shared with me of her newly built sunroom. Yes, this is a new addition to her antique home in New Jersey.


Please know that it is not yet finished.


Melissa Sunroom black and white floor

This is all new. I don’t know where the cool windows are from. Oh, wait. I just found out!


Melissa said:

“The windows are vintage from a 1910 Tudor in town. They popped up on a local swap site, and Nancy saw them and called me asap. 

Turns out my contractor was working on that house, so I picked up a bunch of them. I’ve restored four and have two left to do. They are yellow now…will be painting them green soon.”


Oh, it’s so funny. I didn’t even notice the yellow window until Melissa pointed it out!


Melissa Sunroom with darling Chocolate Brown Doggi

I think this room is stunning and totally starting to come together! While I don’t know a lot of details, I do know that it’s a brand-new addition to Melissa’s antique home near the Jersey coast. Melissa reminded me that she purchased this fabulous daybed from Chairish after I had put it in the HOT SALES last year. 

Of course, it’s waiting for a new cushion. I’ll be sure to post more pics when the room is all finished.


Melissa’s darling chocolate-colored furbaby is the perfect accessory. It is obvious she thinks this room was built just for her. (or him)


Many of you will recall that I’ve featured Melissa’s kitchen numerous times on the blog. As with the kitchen, keeping room, and upstairs bathroom, Melissa worked with a great friend and darling blog reader, Nancy Keyes.


Nancy-Keyes-library-keeping room - coordinate lighting

Yes, Nancy Keyes of the giga-gorgeous kitchen, and lives in a neighboring town close to Melissa. Above is a view from the keeping room into the kitchen. Visitors have often asked. “Where is the kitchen?” I love that. Incidentally, it was Nancy who recommended Melissa to me about five years ago when I desperately needed help.

Nancy’s work was also featured in this recent post about a beautiful kitchen facelift.


I realize that a very dark green isn’t the first color that comes to mind when one thinks of a sunroom.


Shouldn’t it be light and bright?

Sure, it can be. However, I think this deep cool green paint color will feel refreshing in the summertime, and cozy in the cold months. I believe it’s air-conditioned.


Laurel, do you know the paint color?


As a matter of fact, I do. :]

It’s Benjamin Moore Essex Green.

Benjamin Moore Essex Green


Essex green is very close to the Laurel Home Essential Paint Collection color, Hunter Green.

This is a reminder that all of my rockin’ interior design guides are on sale right now, through December 28. I’ve created some great bundles, as well, for even more savings! Please remember that the prices are going up in January to higher than they were before the sale.

Windsor Smith dark green and white sunroom dining area


Nancy and Melissa were inspired by the sunroom designed by Windsor Smith, pictured above and below.


I wrote more about this wonderful sunroom in this post about chintz. I recall being so excited because I finally figured out the name and location of that fabulous floral fabric on the chair.




Below, is one more vignette from Melissa’s gorgeous new sunroom.


 wall color Benjamin Moore Essex Green
Nancy helped Melissa with the chic styling. The framed art photos are by Nancy’s husband, Marc. I love the neo-classical lamps and black accents. Well, I love all of it!


I very much appreciate sunrooms that don’t scream SUNROOM. If you would like to see more, please check out these older posts.


This one is in the manner of Tory Burch’s gorgeous sunroom.

And, this post features a wide variety of sunrooms, and the European version referred to as an orangerie.

Okay, I am sticking to my word.

I hope you got some laughs from my silly videos, and enjoyed Melissa’s exquisite new sunroom.


By the way. Are you looking for some fantastic paint samples from Samplize?


I love these no-mess samples that are also more affordable than the sample test pots. You can reposition them, and they won’t mess up your walls. Please click this link or the image above to get your wonderful Samplize paint samples. They use the actual paint, so the colors are dead-on accurate. They carry Benjamin Moore, Farrow & Ball, Sherwin- Williams, and PPG.

That’s all for now! I hope you enjoyed the previews of the trip to New Hampshire, and Melissa’s new sunroom.


PS: Please check out the newly updated HOT SALES

and HOLIDAY SHOP, too!

PPS: There have been some requests for more information about the yodeler from the second video. His name is Don Walser, and the song is Rolling Stone from Texas.

Below is a live version from 1998. Sadly, Don passed away in 2006. He was 72.

24 Responses

  1. I love the sunroom and love the color. I am tempted to use it in my sunroom here in the south, where summer heat is intense. The holdback is that, unlike Melissa’s lovely windows, I have windows that have white muntins between the glass (6 over6) so would not be able to paint them, or the white vinyl sashes. I’m guessing that the dark green would make white windows stick out unattractively?

  2. Wow! Melissa and Nancy Keyes strike again! That sunroom is stunning. I couldn’t love it more! The floor, ceiling, windows, the paint color and the styling (which I know is not yet complete) are all fabulous. Those two are so talented :] Laurel, what I loved about your videos was the chance to hear your voice. I don’t think I’ve heard it before in all the years I’ve been “hanging out” with you! I can’t stop cracking up when you said, “Careful, Cale, there’s a car coming.” You are such a gem :]

  3. Love that sunroom!!! The color, reclaimed windoww and tile floor. Spot on perfect! And yes please, the name of the yodeler ;-))

  4. so we got to see a lot of Cale’s butt…we want to see his FACE next time!!! your videos are a riot! good post

  5. Hi Laurel,
    Always so much fun to see our projects! The sunroom is turning out beautifully. Melissa has become a pro at the window restoration. We didn’t have a definite idea when the project started and it has evolved as it happened. After some upholstery, installation of art and maybe a Chinese Deco rug it will be ready for a “close up”.

  6. Oh, oh, oh! I love that sunroom!!! sunroof!!!! I have an enclosed porch that is my laundry/mudroom, and the white and blue paints I’ve tried just aren’t working. But that green is PERFECT! And I’ve wanted a black checkerboard floor for years. My darling husband is going to visit his folks for a week before Christmas…maybe my boys and I will transform the laundry while he’s gone??!!! 🤭

    Congratulations, Melissa! And thanks for sharing, Laurel! I’m excited to see those cabinets!!

  7. If I know you, and I feel like I do, if you decide to make more videos, you will become very proficient. What I don’t know about video making would fill a book, but I’ll offer a couple of tips anyway. A video is a story, so shoot a beginning, middle and ending. Practice losing your camera/phone/video-recorder steady (it does take practice!). Be mindful if you narrate and consider background noise. Have fun—you’ve already nailed that one.

    1. Haha! Thanks Emily. Those crazy videos were taken when I thought I had turned the video camera off! I thought I just needed to hit the button twice. But, sometimes, it’s more. I know now that I need to see the red numbers. Also, I don’t have any real editing software, so all I can do is cut, but I can’t cut and put pieces of video together. The problem is even if I could, I can’t.

      I’m already doing way too much, and it caught up with me this week.

  8. The sunroom is already gorgeous. The color, the floor, that vignette in the corner and the art — all of it is wonderful. It really captures the look and feel of the inspiration. Don’t know about the videos — no time or appropriate place to look at them for a while.

  9. Essex green is my favorite color. I used it on my deck because I wanted the structure to blend with the outdoor greenery, not stand out and obscure nature’s green around my house. I also used Essex green in my kitchen for lower cupboards and in my family for some trim.

  10. That sun room is a stunner!

    The videos are…Laurel should keep her day job and probably not go into video production. Lol.

  11. Got a big kick out of the videos. I would say that they are “non-traditional,” and yet they seemed to capture the general mood. However, if I happened to pass the building I would not recognize it from the video . . .

    Melissa’s sun room is already gorgeous. Looking forward to seeing it when it is finished.

  12. Hi Laurel,
    Melissa’s beautiful sunroom is wonderful inspiration for my own. Granted, mine is tiny compared to hers but her paint color is perfect. And her checked floor is such a classic design choice.
    I can’t wait to see more of your trip to Crown Point.

  13. Wow, that sunroom is gorgeous! I’ve been thinking of painting mine dark green for a long time now, and I am convinced that it is the perfect color. The dark color recedes and the outdoors becomes the focal point. Just lovely!
    Looking forward to seeing the post about Crown Point!

  14. Your son is so sweet… drives his Mom to NH, provides musical entertainment on the way, and remembers to hold the door open for you as you enter the building! You did good Laurel!!!

  15. Samplize is amazing! I recommend them to everyone.

    Beautiful sunroom, Melissa! Love the green shade you chose with the black and gold accents. Well done!

  16. The sunroom is amazing! love the colour and the pup, well that’s the best accessory you could ever have.Melissa’s home looks lovely and the Myers influence is perfect.

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