No Man Is An Island…Unless He’s In The Kitchen

We All Want To Own An Island!

pinterest DIY white open wood island with slab wood top

Most of the definitions of an island include the word isolation. Most say an island is something detached from other things.  Technically all this is true.  However, don’t you think an island in the kitchen is just the opposite of all this?  We do.

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I’ll Have My Cake And Eat It….On A Countertop… Too

Countertop Obsessions


More decisions today are made in our kitchens than in any of the board rooms across this country. This is especially true as life becomes more digital. How many times have you paid bills, planned trips, checked school assignments and synchronized calendars working off your kitchen countertop? We confess, much of this blog gets written in this exact way. Early mornings and very late nights, standing doing last minutes edits or notes for the next great idea we have. With our kitchens being the command hubs, counters have to take on so many different functions.  Because this is a design blog…we say those counters need to look good while doing it! So what better way than to make a countertop look good than to have a cake on it?!

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Accessories Are The Finishing Touches Of An Interior Design

Accessories – It’s All About The Bling!

The Citizenry Black Marble Tray

We don’t have to say it, we love the idea of a LBD! That is, in our closet and in our homes.  What can make or break a LBD are the accessories.   It’s Friday Favorites so let’s finish the week with some fun!

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When Is A House Not A Home?

As Soon As A Homes Goes To Market

It Becomes A House


The minute you consider placing your home on the market is when it needs to become a house again.  It was just a house when you purchased or built it.  It was a business transaction, and a very important one in your life.  After the purchase is when this mere piece of architecture became your home, filled to the brim with your memories and your personalities.  When you decide to pass this house onto someone else, you must look at it as a business transaction, a very large one that you want to be successful.  You are not selling your memories.  Your memories will go with you.  Continue reading “When Is A House Not A Home?”

What Pinterest And Groundhog Day Have In Common

A Year Ago We Didn’t Even Have A Pinterest Page

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Until 2017, Laurel Bledsoe Design did not use Pinterest at all.  You could say we were living under the proverbial rock, or perhaps in the Groundhog’s burrow.

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Unconventional Closets

Designing Dream Dressing Areas

The Container Store Black and White Wall Unit Closet

Today on Friday Favorites we share the many ways to think beyond the constructed closets in our homes.  Before we do, a quick reminder that the January 2018 digital issue of the LBD Magazine is available as a gift to new subscribers, and available by request for those already following LBD every week. Do you know the difference between Staging and Styling our homes?

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The One Element Every Kitchen Needs Can Be Easy To Upgrade

Are You A Faucet Snob?

Sabon Home White Kitchen with Chrome Connected Deck Mount Faucet

More people dream about a kitchen redo than any other type of project in our homes.  We scroll online resources, look at endless home decor magazines and have date nights at the big box stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot drooling over the possibilities.  Sound familiar?  Choices for cabinets, counters and appliances are endless and can be overwhelming.  How about we start with the one element every kitchen needs and perhaps even start our upgrade with the sink faucet.

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What To Wear For A “Fireplace” Stay At Home Date Night

Baby It’s Cold Outside!

Pinterest Fireplace-Hot Tea-Popcorn-Fireplaces-Fuzzy Socks

There is nothing new about fire.  Civilization has used fire for cooking and warmth for eons.  Yet, today more often than not, when we think fire we think about cozy settings.  We think about fireplaces!

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Five Beauties To Grace Your Counter Tops On The Shortest Day Of The Year

Sweet, Spicy and Soothing Winter Recipes

littleblackdomicile and tea bags on black background

The Winter Solstice was yesterday.  The shortest day of the year in terms of daylight. Many I know prefer the long summer days with sun until late in the evening.  However, I think this dark shorty is Mother Nature’s cue for us all to slow down and prepare to spend some quality down time with the ones most important to us.

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