Episode 127: Laurel Bern

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Laurel Bern is a Westchester County NY Interior designer.  She’s been a residential interior designer and decorator since 1988 and still loves it just as much today as she did then!  After a short career as a dancer, etc, she went back to college for an interior design degree. She’s always been a passionate admirer of all of the arts and think that any attempt to make this world a more beautiful place is a good idea. Somewhere in there she got married and had her first son. Then they moved out of Manhattan to the Northern Westchester “ruburbs.” After a year of being completely Mommy and Me’d out, she took a job at a local decorating store. That is where she really got her feet wet. However, after son #2 was born, she realized that she wanted to have more flexibility and took the leap and that was when her design business was born. That was in 1996 and ever since she’s enjoyed helping hundreds of clients furnish and decorate their homes.


Her style is steeped in history and tradition, but at the same time, she loves to keep it new and fresh and ever-evolving. She loves timeless rooms that one can’t really tell exactly when they were done, however, sometimes to keep things interesting, she adds a bit of the unexpected. It’s the subtle complexities which make a room rich. Historically— architecture, interiors, fashion, music and art are always tied together stylistically. It is immensely satisfying to  help clients create spaces that are personal and unique to their lifestyle and tastes. Her number one priority is to always be mindful that the home she’s helping to create is not hers.

Her work has been published in Better Homes and Gardens and Westchester Home and Garden Magazine, where she’s also a frequent contributor.

When she’s not interior designing, blogging, PINTERESTING, HOUZZING, POLYVORING, GOOGLING, TWITTERING, FACEBOOKING and back linking like mad, she watches HGTV and the Food Network.  She’s always had a great love for the exquisite art of classical ballet and still take classes whenever she can. She also enjoys baking, entertaining and looking at other people’s gorgeous gardens.

Visit Laurel’s Webiste here 

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  1. […] A few weeks ago, out of the blue, I was asked to be on James Swan’s Million Dollar Decorating Podcast. […]

  2. Dolores on 07/06/2016 at 7:12 AM

    There are only two blogs that I seriously follow: one is Joni’s Cote de Texas, and the other one is Laurel’s blog, “Laurel Home”.
    I particularly love Laurel’s blog because it truly is a sophisticated teaching blog of the highest caliber and funny to boot! I can’t thank her enough for the amount of time she devotes to her loyal readers..
    Loved listening to this podcast! Thank you!

    • Laurel Bern on 07/12/2016 at 1:42 PM

      Hi Dolores,

      Thank you for such a sweet comment. Blogging is something that I enjoy immensely and through it have become a better and more knowledgeable designer. I’m incredibly grateful for loyal fans like you! xo

  3. Terri on 07/06/2016 at 9:10 AM

    Awesome interview! So nice to put a voice to all your great posts!

    • Laurel Bern on 07/12/2016 at 1:42 PM

      Hi Terri,

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! xo

  4. Leah Ansel on 07/11/2016 at 2:00 PM

    Excellent interview! Laurel has such great taste, experience and sense of humor! I love reading her blogs and I loved listening to her speak!

  5. Laurel Bern on 07/12/2016 at 1:44 PM

    Hi Leah,

    Thanks so much! It means so much, especially coming from such a talented designer as yourself! xo

  6. Sharon on 07/30/2016 at 4:26 PM

    Hi Laurel!
    Really enjoyed the podcast! I am a fairly new follower of yours and you by far are my favorite! I enjoy your sense of humor and your style is dead on wi mine! Love your blog…

  7. HI Laurel ! on 08/14/2016 at 5:14 PM

    Well young lady.. what a surprise to find you again. It was great to listen to your podcast.
    It’s so wonderful to see that you’re doing well with your blogging and interior design career.
    I would love to chat with you when you have some time. My weekends are usually the best time to reach me.

    Philipe C. Doren

  8. Marisa Hawk on 10/29/2016 at 12:23 PM

    Hi again Laurel – I really enjoyed this pod cast. One thing that struck me was how you so smartly invested in hiring people who knew how to help you build your blog and following.

    So smart! I also want to thank you for how you optimize ads on your site. I’ve gone out to try and ready many other blogs. The blinking ads on the sides, and pop ups at the bottom of the screen – that one has to continuously close to read, digest and enjoy the blog content – is maddening. I’m a child of technology, I get that it’s all necessary and money earned makes the world go around – but I’ve gone to the blog to read the blog – I don’t need to be hit over the head with a bat!

    Not only do you design fabulous spaces, your blog is completely pleasurable and well designed. I for one, very much appreciate the tasteful way you endorse reputable companies. I don’t mind any of that at all. I’m going to eventually buy stuff, I want to be educated clearly on why I would choose a particular vendor. You do that so well.

    Thank you!

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