The 15 Most Beautiful Blog Posts on Laurel Home



I hope everyone is doing well!

Every year for Mother’s Day, I do a special post to honor the woman who gave us life.


This year’s gift in honor of Mom is The 15 most beautiful blog posts on Laurel Home.


Laurel, forgive me for interrupting, but aren’t there more than 15 beautiful blog posts?


Thank you, well, yes, I think so. Although, I do occasionally cringe when I read some older posts. Like, did I really say that? Or, why did I post that image? What I thought was pretty fantastic 10 or 11 years ago, I would be embarrassed to put out today.

These 15 blog posts are not in any kind of order. Please enjoy the 15 most beautiful decorating blog posts on Laurel Home! I love all of these posts and the designers featured in them. (note: The numbers go from 1-12, but there are at least 15 beautiful blog posts linked to in the post.)


1. The Exceptional Interior Designer You’ve Never Heard of


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photo by Rod Collins

Well, that’s what I said in 2016. However, if you’ve been following me for a year or more, you’ve definitely heard of Furlow Gatewood, the incredibly talented antiquarian and interior designer.


One Man's Folly, The Exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood

If you only get one interior design book, One Man’s Folly, The Exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood is at the top of my list.


2. No surprise here. It’s the follow-up tribute post to Furlow Gatewood


This post has all new imagery I published a few days after Furlow Gatewood passed away at 101. Incidentally, if you don’t already know, his full name is Timothy Furlow Gatewood. You can see his home empty here.


3. A16-Color Spring-Inspired Whole-House Paint Palette


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John Singer Sargent, Lady Agnew of Lochnaw (1865 – 1932)


I wrote this post in 2016, shortly after the Laurel Home Essential Paint Collection came out. The 16 colors in this post are all in the LH paint collection of 144 Benjamin Moore colors. The LH Paint Collection is a guide I’m exceedingly proud of. It was like giving birth for 18 months, however. lol


I’m unsure how I toughed it out, but I think it was worth it.


There’s a companion guide where I put all the colors in palettes and make mood boards using 40 colors. You can find out about this unique palette and home furnishings collection here.


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Okay, back to the 12 most beautiful blog posts on Laurel Home.


4.  20 Stunning Lifestyle Instagram Feeds You Must Follow


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How can you go wrong featuring these superb designers and photographers who post unique content on Instagram? I delight in finding these incredibly talented people. I save my favorites in my electronic notebook. I’m sure I have at least another 100 accounts that are amazing. So, sometime this year, I need to update this post.

Above, the jaw-droppingly wonderful Danish gardener Gina (GNCGarden) on Instagram.

There are a lot of pics showing dozens of potted hydrangeas. Mad respect. I have only two potted hydrangeas and struggle to keep their insane thirst quenched in the hot summer months. She must have one wicked irrigation setup.




Sorry, Guys, for another interruption, but this is BIG. I have signed the contract, and my renovation is set to begin on June 5th, 2023! Therefore, I am open to all of the hand-holding available. Virtual handholding also works.


5. The Secret to Getting Cohesive Room Colors and Furnishings


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This is the most recent edition of my feature on Maura Endres’ gorgeous home in New Jersey. Please be sure to follow Maura,  m.o.endres, on Instagram. I discovered Maura while in Italy in 2016. Or rather, she was commenting on my pics of Italy on my feed. So, I nonchalantly looked at her feed and was blown away by her effortless-looking style and exceptional taste! I want everything she has!

Please note that I haven’t included a direct link to another fantastic designer from New Jersey, Nancy Keyes. But that’s because many posts link to her and her beautiful home. But, just in case, this is my favorite post which features Nancy’s timeless and drop-dead gorgeous kitchen.


You can also find Nancy Keyes on Instagram. Please follow her there.


 6. Secret for Creating a 25-Color Whole House Color Palette


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This one’s another super-beautifuldecorating post featuring some excellent paint colors and palette inspiration.


7. The Best Neutral Color Scheme – How to Get it Right


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Part I  of this post features the incredible home of Steve Cordony in Australia.

Part II is how to get Steve Cordony look for less.

I adore his timeless, fresh, new-traditional rooms.


8. No list of the most beautiful blog posts on Laurel Home would be complete without the incredible Gerald Bland, his gorgeous NYC shop, and equally magnificent homes.


This reminds me; I was looking up Fine paints of Europe earlier today and saw a kitchen that reminded me of Bunny Williams’ sophisticated and very dark kitchen.

I’m including the Youtube video created by Stacy Bewkes of Quintessence and video partner, interior designer, Susanna Salk.


YouTube video

While all of it is terrific, the part I want you to hear is Bunny explaining how she chose her cabinet color. It ties nicely with Wednesday’s post about the best white cabinet colors. Sorry for the cliché, but the struggle is real!


9. A Novel Way to Get Priceless Art Masterpieces for Cheap


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I adore gorgeous European art. I don’t know why, for I was raised in the middle of a cornfield in southern Indiana (Evansville). That certainly explains the corny jokes.

Incidentally, since this was written, I did locate a company that can blow up an image to be quite large without losing any resolution. I’m sorry, I don’t have that information right now. I’d have to spend some time digging for it.


10. My Tribute post to Darryl Carter


Darryl Carter, a lawyer turned interior designer (and amongst a large group of designers arrested in Florida), has a unique style people adore or dislike. I belong to the group of adoring fans. Darryl’s sophisticated monochromatic rooms are like little lessons in creating interesting spaces without a lot of riotous color OR pattern. Like, zilch.

However, you will always find variations of his tones and accents of black and gold. And sometimes, a little color. I never get tired of looking at his designs. And I do believe they will never look dated.


11. Mark D. Sikes


These are my two favorite Mark D. Sikes how-to get-the-Mark-D. Sikes look posts.

Living Rooms


His work is the epitome of beauty, as signified in his book, Beautiful, and the sequel, More Beautiful.


12. Color Palettes from Nature + Springtime in Boston


Beacon Street Boston Beauty in Spring

This might be the most beautiful blog post of them all. Bostonians will most likely recognize this stunning Beacon Street beauty, above.


Isabella Stuart Gardner Home 150 Beacon St

And, the gorgeous gated entrance, next door to the home Isabella Stuart Gardner lived in as a young bride. Actually, that is not true. Her home was in the same location. However, it was torn down in the early 20th century. This is after she moved to the top floor of what is now known as the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum.


Below is Mrs. Gardner and her husband’s home in the late 19th century.


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There’s a plaque posted on the fence. Here’s what it said:


Again, this is not the home where the famous art heist took place. However, I have visited the Gardner Museum four times, and it is the coolest place ever.


John Singer Sargent The Spanish Dancer

I took this photo of John Singer Sargent’s Spanish Dancer when I was there in May 2017

Courtyard Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum

And, I’m closing with a photo I took during that visit of the breathtaking courtyard at the Gardner Museum. I want to revisit this fantastic place very soon.

Well, I hope you enjoyed what I think are some of the most beautiful blog posts on Laurel Home. I can’t believe my renovation is actually going to begin in 22 days!



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35 Responses

  1. Great post, Laurel. It’s a handy guide for first-time readers (like me). Sort of like a sampler at a restaurant so you can get a taste of several different items at once. 🙂

    BTW: That “cringe” from reading old blog posts? Very common! I think anyone who’s blogged for any length of time can relate. I started back in 2005, and I alternate between “Wow, that was pretty good” to “Oh my goodness, that’s horrible” whenever I read my old stuff.

  2. The very first picture of a dining room by Furlow Gatewood has a ceiling fan!! I’m so happy. And Happy Mother’s Day to everyone.

  3. Laurel,
    In my opinion you have the most fabulous blog going! I absolutely love every episode. I too am an architectural interior designer – for the past 35 years. It is so refreshing to have the opportunity to read your information and suggestions that are CORRECT and make sense. You are providing your readers with information you have studied, used and learned in a manner that would be very hard to find, in such a concise manner, anyway else. What a blessing!

    I have loved following your progress as you begin your remodeling. As it happens I have just sold my 1888 home in Franklin, TN. Needed a bit more room to house a granddaughter. And am taking on a builder basic as a super challenge to see if I can make it wonderful. Fingers crossed. Franklin sold the
    first day so I haven’t thought much of it yet.

    Again, thank you for all the wonderful knowledge you supply to the design community. Every example you use is one I have pinned or loved, every comment confirming your lovely taste – and my most favorite – I rarely find anyone as obsessed about proportions as I. Go girl! You are spectacular. And Happy Mothers Day! JoAnne

  4. So happy you will be starting your renovation in 22 days. All your planning will definitely pay off with a great end result. I love your sense of humor and always enjoy reading your posts. Happy Mother’s Day.

  5. Happy Mother’s Day. Congratulations on signing your contract. You’re one step closer to the final reveal. I can’t wait to hear progress reports.

  6. We too are working on a kitchen remodel along with bathrooms. We are purchasing my great grandparent home on family property. We have been doing lead paint mitigation, put the original French doors back in on the exterior and rebuilt the porch. Now that it is time to start the “real” renovations I’m just paralyzed. I am afraid any decision I make is going to be the wrong one. How do you decide where to start? I have been reading your blog obsessively for a year and have Pinterest boards for weeks. I also have a great contractor. But I just can’t make a single decision on anything!!

  7. Thankyou for the lovely special Mothers Day post. All of your posts are lovely and uplifts my spitit. Your photos always transforms me to a beautiful place! You’re fantastic! I always look forward to your mail.

  8. Hi, this is off subject, but i’m painting my door and sidelights. The door is mainly glass. Do i paint all the same color? just the door is painted green and sidelights are white… what do you think? Also there is a double window in the front as well. The house is a southern cottage,,, Thank you so much!

  9. Happy Mother’s Day, Laurel. You certainly made my day extra special! I am truly flattered that you still find my little old home inspiring. All my best best- Maura xxx

  10. Happy Mother’s Day, Laurel. Your blog is filled with so much beauty. This post was pure pleasure. Thank you!

  11. Hello, love your designs, tours and content. The insert that mentions”Freaking over paint colours” has 4 colours of paint. White, French grey, Stone and Ivory, what brand of paint are those colours from? Thank you!

  12. Dear Laurel, my life has been so richly blessed by discovering your blog a few years ago. Thank you for all that you do – sharing your knowledge, humor, and inspiration! Happy Mother’s Day to you and to all the wonderful women (whether they have children or not) who read your blog!

  13. Hi Laurel,
    Happy Mother’s Day. Thank you for all the work you put into your blog. I’ve learned so much. I sure appreciate you sharing your knowledge.

  14. I love the green and blue color composition in the room by Maura Endes. Just beautiful. I adore Furlow Gatewood. There are so many talented interior designers and artists that many people are unaware of. I wonder if you would consider doing post(s) on Gregory Hucek, and Carolyn Quartermaine. I suppose Carolyn is known more for her textile designs, and I don’t know how I would classify Gregory Hucek. He defies classification. To me, his work is fantasy realized. Happy Mother’s Day, Laurel.

  15. Thanks Laurel, the posts are beautiful! I love the soft colors from Downton Abbey. I have a question for Nancy Keyes. Your kitchen cabinet color is beautiful and thanks for sharing the formula. Is the formula for a quart or gallon? Happy mother’s day to all.

  16. Loved this post but wanted you to know that theFurlow Gatewood
    home is in Americus GA not Americas…sp.

  17. Laurel, have I told you how I luuuurve you and your gorgeous blog? It’s always the height of my day when I see your mail in my inbox. I can dreamily wander through your pages for hours. Happy Mothers’ Day to you and all mothers reading here, and many more.

  18. So glad you included Furlow Gatewood. I have his book and pick it up from time to time just to relax and be amazed.

  19. Thank you for another wonderful post, you never disappoint. Happy Mother’s Day Laurel!

  20. Happy Mother’s Day, Dear Laurel! You can imagine my surprise and delight to see our home, once again, with some of my favorite designers of all time. Thank you so much for your beautiful words. They mean a lot! Enjoy your day.

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