Quick Start Interior Design Guide for 2023

Hi Everyone,

Yes, there’s a comprehensive interior design guide included in this post. And, yes, it’s free.

But first, I need to tell y’all what’s going on.

If you are reading this post, it means that the newest version of Laurel’s Rolodex, completely updated and with 30 new sources, is available. There is also an updated Etsy Guide with about 222 sources now. This will take you to Sunday’s Etsy post, which gives a good representation of about 60 of the sources in the guide.


There is an update coming out for the Six Figure Income Blogger, which I always say was poorly named.


It’s not so much about blogging as it is about little-known website practices– mistakes I made and see being made all the time. These mistakes hold back businesses from getting shown in Google searches. Anyway, that update is scheduled to come out in two weeks.


This year, for the first time since 2018, all of the guides are going up in price in January.


There are five guides that I’ve created for sale, and you can get introduced to them here.

Once on that page, you’ll find links to more detailed information about each guide.

OR, if you already know, there are buttons that will take you to the purchase products page. 


Okay, I know I sound like a self-aggrandizing idiot, and I hate tooting my own horn.


I am not saying there is no value in interior design school, but 90% of what I know I learned after I got out of design school in 1991. However, I am damned proud of each of my guides and know they provide a wealth of information you can’t find anywhere else. These guides have the info I did not learn in design school.

You can see part of my interior design school portfolio here!

Yet, interior design school for one semester of classes will set you back about $22,000 (including “fees.”) But, that doesn’t include housing, meals, books, supplies, and daily living expenses. Yes, that is one semester. Incidentally, that fee was only about $4,500 in 1990.


My point, however, is that my interior design guides are hugely underpriced for the value they give.


Last summer, I created many new bundles which are always discounted. There may be some I’ve missed, so if there’s a custom bundle you’d like me to put together for you, please write me at admin at laurel bern interiors dot com. (spelled out to avoid spammers.) You’ll always get a discount for getting more than one product, in addition to the current discount for the next month.


That’s right. From now through December 28th, I am also offering 10% off everything!


Okay, the next part is super important for folks who already own my guides, especially if you don’t know what you did with yours. It’s also essential for those planning on purchasing.

I don’t want to bore others with this information.


So, if you own any of the guides and have questions, please go to this page. I have tried to answer the most common questions I get.


The only other thing I’m going to say before we jump into the Quick-Start Interior Design Guide is that I’m going to be away tomorrow and Thursday. Yes, I’ll have access to my email and laptop, but not like I usually am.

I will get back to you within 24 hours, usually much sooner. Incidentally, you do NOT need a Paypal account to order my guides. You can put in your CC information.


Where are you going tomorrow, Laurel?


Well, that’s none of your business. Sorry, I couldn’t resist; I just heard Ellen D say that on camera with a completely straight face. (no pun intended!)

So, here’s where I’m going. I’m taking the train to western Massachusetts (or western mass as we say here), where my darling son will pick me up.

Then, the following day, we are driving to Claremont, New Hampshire, to visit the Crown Point Cabinetry showroom and factory!!! If you missed the post, this is the company I’m using to create my new kitchen cabinets.


I chose them because they can give me everything I need and are also super nice.


Plus, their retail price is HALF the price of the quotes I got here in Boston from two companies nobody’s ever heard of. (shhhhhh… For God’s sake, don’t tell them!) Just kidding. I’m quite sure they already know this. They can offer these much better prices because they are a direct-to-consumer company which is rare for a cabinet company of this size.

Of course, there will be another post featuring Crown Point. This time, I will focus on all the cool things they can do. Please give us a shout-out if you have a Crown Point Kitchen! I am grateful I found them and thankful to fantastic kitchen designer Susan Serra for giving me a helping hand. I highly recommend her for consults or kitchen design help. She takes on projects of any size and will do consultations!


Okay, now for the FREE quick-start interior design guide. It is based on the best of the best content which currently exists here on the blog.


Make no mistake. Deciding what to post and what not to was no easy feat. I did this once before, and I drowned y’all in over 100 posts. Yikes! I’m so sorry! I’m very excited about putting this together for you, so let’s jump in.


I am dividing this quick-start interior design guide into categories.


  • Best Paint Colors (but there are tons more info in my curated paint collection)



  • Kitchens and Baths


  • Space planning interior design info and styling


  • Interior Architecture


If what you’re looking for is not in this quick-start interior design guide, another method to find anything on this blog is to do a search via the little box in the blog sidebar.


You can do it on your mobile device. At the top of every page, you’ll see a magnifying glass by the logo.

Or, you can also do an “old-fashioned” lol google search.


My blogging guide is full of incredibly helpful advice like this and much more.


Let’s begin with our quick-start interior design guide.


Best Paint Colors/ Color Schemes


Okay, I did not include even a quarter of them. However, please see above and use the search box to find any information about the various paint colors and color families. I’ve written about most of them, except the purple family.


Quick- Start Interior Design Guide 2019 GLASS SLIPPER 1632 - Alexa Hampton blue on blue bedroom - Hickory Chair - best pale blue paint colors

Alexa Hampton


20 Favorite Shades of White Paint

When is This Horrid Gray Trend Going To End?

12 of the Best Paint Colors to go with Red Brick


top 20 Benjamin Moore Paint Colors


20 of My Favorite Benjamin Moore Paint Colors

Is My Warm Color Scheme Going to Look Dated?

Selecting The Perfect Color Scheme For Your Home

Palette For No-Fail Paint Colors


Best Furniture and Home Furnishings Info


@jamestfarmer on instagram - persimmon sofa - Quick-Start Interior Design Guide 2019

James T Farmer


This does not get into great detail regarding vendors that you will find in Laurel’s Rolodex, which features 100s of brands and manufacturers.

My Top 100 Timeless Furniture Pieces

24 Cheap Sofas and Chairs That Look High-End


The Ultimate Window Treatment Guide


The Ultimate Window Treatment Guide

Throw Pillows- Everything You Need To Know

End Tables and Table Lamp Pairings

21 Living Room Lighting Rules You Need to Know

Dining Room Lighting

The Trick To Mixing Modern and Traditional Furnishings

The Best Upholstery Fabrics for Pets and Slobs

Rugs and Carpets


one kings lane matouk linens

12 Gorgeous Bedrooms

Art Wall Templates

Great Ways To Hide and/or Decorate Around The TV

How To Achieve Furniture and Color Balance


Kitchens and Baths


Studio Peregalli - Timeless Kitchen - encaustic cement floor - antique table #unkitchen - Quick-Start Interior Design Guide 2019

Studio Peregalli


20 Timeless Kitchens

The New Unkitchen Trend, Is it Here To Stay?

Backsplash Ideas

Durable kitchen Cabinet Paint Finishes

Non-Tacky Kitchen Floor


Space planning interior design info and styling


One living room - six different room layouts - furniture layouts


The 12-Step Decorating Plan That Works Every Time

50 Living Room Decorating Rules You Need To Know

Cost-Saving Decorating Tricks and When to Splurge

Living Room Space Planning Templates


Large Living Room Wall - empty 9 x 24 teal chairs - oil painting - cream walls

Fear Not The Big Living Room Wall

The 40 Best Etsy Shops For Home Furnishings

Fireplace Mantel Styling Made Easy

Does Your Living Room Furniture Need to Go on a Diet?

Interior Architecture


panel moulding and wainscoting of a renovated Paris apartment - Best shades of white paint - original source unknown - Quick-Start Interior Design Guide 2019


All About Hardwood Floors

Best Proportions For Interior Trim and Why You’re Confused

Everything You Need To Know About Wainscoting

Help For A Boxy, Boring Home

Hallway issues


No Foyer Entry - No Problem


No Foyer Entry, We Enter Straight Into the Living Room


Well, I guess that should keep you busy for a while. haha! (not that you’re not already insanely busy)


Also, any post featuring the following interior design geniuses is like a lesson in interior design for free!


These are among my top design gurus. Of course, there are many other designers whose work I adore. However, these are the people I’d hand my keys over to. As you probably know by now, Darling Furlow is no longer with us.

However, Furlow Gatewood’s incredible genius will live on forever.


Also on my short-list of great designers are:


Gerald Bland

Darryl Carter

Gil Schafer

Mark D Sikes

Steve Cordony

William McLure

Please let me know if I left any of your favorite posts out of this Quick-Start Interior Design Guide 2023 – The Best of the Laurel Home Blog.



PS: Please Check Out the Newly Updated Hot Sales – The Serena and Lily 25% off sale is ending tonight November 30th at 11:59 PM PT!

5 Responses

  1. Thank you, Laurel, for putting in all the time to compile this list for us! Bookmarking it. I’m looking forward to hearing about your visit to Crown Point. And I’m excited to see your kitchen dreams come to fruition!

  2. Laurel, you just continue to amaze me with the content you include in your posts! This looks like an incredible guide, even though I haven’t had a chance to check everything out yet. But it is saved to my Favorites and will be reviewed many, many times in the future. I just learn so much from you and appreciate your willingness to educate us, provide us with constant eye-candy, and humor us. Your blog is my one MUST READ each week!
    Looking forward to details on your Crown Point visit! Enjoy and thank you for what you do!!

  3. This blog post pulls it all together! SO much information. Proves why hiring a good designer is money well spent. The tour of Crown Point should be fabulous — can’t wait to read about it. Enjoy the time with your son!

  4. Good Morning Laurel – So excited for your trip with your son. Time shared with our children is more precious than gold.
    I know you have done so much research and I’m confident your kitchen will be a show stopper.
    Look forward to hearing from you when you return as you will give us all the details.
    Stay healthy and enjoy your time away.

  5. I can’t wait to hear about your visit to Crown Point. I’m wondering how they account for ever so slight variations between the drawings and the actual space, since they don’t visit the site. A contractor I know was raving about cabinets he installed. Apparently the manufacturer made the wall ends a little wider than needed, in order to scribe them into the wall. Old houses are rarely straight and square.

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