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Paralyzed By Perfection – Should She Paint Wood Paneling?

We’ve been on a roll discussing painting interior wood trim and now we have a home with copious amounts ofView full post »

The Ugly Truth Behind The Pretty Interiors On Houzz

The last several weeks, there has been much buzz in the interior design community regarding the giant homeView full post »

What Wall Color Will Work With Her Collected Interiors?

Collected Interiors– rooms that look like they evolved over time are probably what most of us are strivingView full post »

What Happens When An Interior Design Pro Has “Designer Block?”

Even for a jaded interior design pro, life can be quite ironic, at times. Right? I mean, for YEARS, IView full post »

Love Me A Warm Color Scheme But Is It Going To Look Dated?

The other day, we had a comment on this post from Amy wanting to know about the advisability of a warm colorView full post »

Is He Right? Are White-Painted Walls Boring?

Dear Laurel, I can’t even get my hubby to like white-painted walls. He thinks white walls with white trim looksView 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 »

The Death Of The Boring Beige Living Room

It seems that I have two things on the brain. Okay, it’s more than two things. But these two things areView full post »

Blogger Burnout Is No Joke + My Favorite Home Furnishings!

Some of you may recall that I said the other day that I would be on vacay this week, for a few days. Well, I am,View full post »

Astonishing Home Makeovers You Won’t Believe

A Special Treat Today from two wonderful readers featuring some astonishing home makeovers! The first one, SarahView full post »

Interior Design Lessons We Can Learn From The Masters

Do you ever look at a beautiful designer-room, say in a magazine or blog and examine it? I mean, really examineView full post »

Will An All Blue and White Home Look Weird?

Hey Everyone, I recently received a real “Dear Laurel” note and here it is:   HiView full post »

25 Seriously Jaw Dropping Urban Gardens

Hey guys, I’m on this garden kick and have collected a vast volume of exquisite gardens. (link to last post ifView full post »

The Most Exquisite Gardens and Landscaping Ever!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! They say it’s the unofficial beginning of summer. And that means more timeView full post »

Why Bunny Williams’ Husband Hates Me

To be clear, I’ve never met Bunny Williams’ husband. And it’s unlikely he’s ever heard of me. But still, heView full post »

The Virtual Alexa Hampton @ The Design Bloggers Conference

Greetings from Atlanta and the Design Bloggers Conference! I arrived here yesterday and already met a lot of View full post »

Masculine Interiors that She Will Like Too Featuring Brown

As an interior designer, there are so many colors and looks that I love. Maybe that’s why I am drawn toView full post »

Hubs Thinks Farmhouse Style Is For Farmers- Period.

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 »

She’s Struggling to Furnish Her Large Living Room

Below are three notes from readers. Each has a large living room and is having trouble. Dear Laurel, I’mView 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Can You Do A Guestroom Suite on a Shoestring Budget?

Hi Everyone, How are y’all doing? I know. It’s December. And, I know that some of you got some snowView full post »

Dark Bathrooms – Here’s What You Need To Know

Hi Everyone, Thanks for all of your terrific input on Sunday’s post about an idea I had to update myView full post »

Painted Hardwood Floors – Good Idea or a Bad One?

Hi Everyone, I’ve been thinking a lot about painted hardwood floors these days and want to address theView full post »

Affordable Home Decor – 18 Ideas You’re Gonna Love

Oh, Laurel, Please, pretty, please, I’m begging you to do a blog post on the topic of affordable homeView full post »

Contemporary Interiors – Are They Trendy or Timeless?

Hi Everyone, Well, I’m doing something I’ve never done before. I’m republishing a recent postView 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 »

Interior Design Business Practices That Erode Trust

This is part II from Sunday’s post about why the residential interior design profession might be inView full post »

Can You Do Bunny Williams Punta Cana Home On a Budget?

Dear Laurel, I love it when you do the high-low posts and was wondering if you could tackle JohnView full post »

Ben Pentreath And The New Guard Of UK Classical Architects

The focus of the trip to England was to see the work of the new guard of classical architects inView full post »

My Decorator Talked Me Into Getting This New Sofa That’s Way Too Bright!

This is a real “dear laurel” letter from a kind reader who just received a new sofa.   DearView full post »

How To Get A Sunroom Like Tory Burch (for a lot less money)

It’s here. September. End of summer. (they say; not me) Oh well. But what it really means for those of us in theView full post »

Dated Tuscan Home Transforms With Blue and White Decor

Dear Laurel, I am new to your blog and I truly love it……and your sense of humor (probably cuz that is mine!). As itView 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 »