Architectural Interior Design
I recently caught up with the latest episodes of Downton Abbey, the increasingly popular British drama, and it made a huge impression on me....so much so that I seemed to be stuck in a British accent at the end of my four day marathon. All of the visuals and historical details flooded me with both intrigue and inspiration. Downton Abbey may be a fictional estate, but the mansion is filmed in the very real Highclere Castle. Highclere Castle is a building with a long history, but it underwent extensive renovations in the mid-19th century and now features a primarily Elizabethan Revival style. From the intricate exterior architecture to the richly decorated interiors, the setting of Highclere Castle adds depth to every scene of the series. There is something luxurious, yet oddly comforting about the Victorian estate. In the rooms inhabited by the aristocracy, intricately detailed patterns and accent pieces add layers of interest. The French green silks which adorn the walls of this Drawing Room creates a jewel-box-like atmosphere and their hand-picked appearance gives the space a very personalized air. The grand Saloon and its Gothic style of architecture functions as the heart of Highclere Castle and Downton Abbey. Here the intricate Spanish leather wall coverings clad the walls of the saloon, creating the most spectacular texture and detail. Below is a detail of the Saloon's embossed leather walls. The colors, tones and texture mirror the Gothic arches throughout the space. The Mercia bedroom is known best for its four poster bed adorned with 18th Century silks and coordinating furniture. The Library is one of the more popular rooms used for filming "Downton" and is still used by its owners The Earl and Countess of Camarvon to this day as a favorite space to lounge before and after lunch and dinner. Which is your favorite room in Downton Abbey? Looking forward to the next installment aren't you? Stay Inspired! Photo Credits: 1.) Architectural Digest 2-6) Highclere Castle
In our last World Tour of Design, we visited Spain and took a look at its Mediterranean-influenced architecture. In this week's World Tour, I'm off to Kenya to explore the culture and design of this incredible country. Traversing the Kenyan plains on Safari is on my "wish list", "to do list" and "bucket list", but for now lets peek inside their design aesthetic. Much of Kenya's current art and design pulls inspiration from the natural environment and the rich cultural heritage of its various tribes. Modern Kenyan artists frequently paint semi-abstracted human figures, similar to the distorted figures commonly seen in the sculpture of the region. Sculpture itself is very prominent in Kenyan design, and including more three-dimensional work than paintings in your home decorating is a great way to incorporate some of the atmosphere of Kenya in your home. Natural materials, particularly wood and plant material like palm and grasses, are also commonly featured in Kenyan design. Wood furniture, especially in organic forms, and decorative plants can be used in your home's interior to further enhance a Kenyan design theme. Printed fabrics are another heavily-used element in Kenyan design and culture. Colors tend to be warm and reflect the tans, golds, reds, and oranges of the Savannah. Introduce some geometric patterns in the fabrics and small touches of animal print in your design. I would love to help you design a home with inspiration from Kenyan art and culture! Just contact me at Interior Makeovers Inc. by calling 310-788-0990 or emailing Lori@InteriorMakeovers.com! Photo Credits: 1.) House Beautiful 2.) Houzz 3.) Martin Lawrence Bullard 4.) House Beautiful
The past year has been an exciting one for home design, but now that we've ushered in a new year it's time to take a look at the most popular trends for this year. Home design trends for 2013 are building on many of those established in 2012, like open floor plans and energy-efficient design, with an overall attitude shifting toward easy, simple living with low-maintenance materials and streamlined design. Take a look at which home design trends reign supreme: Outdoor Living Spaces Outdoor living spaces continue to be popular in 2013, with seamless transitions from interior to exterior spaces. Outdoor spaces feature everything from cozy seating, entertainment systems, fireplaces or fire pits, to full outdoor gourmet kitchens. Why not extend the summer for as long as you can and implement a few of these luxuries into your backyard space? Finished Basements and Attic Spaces Developing an unfinished basement or attic is fast becoming a smart and sensible remodeling project. Renovating and finishing undeveloped space that already exists in your home, instantly increases your home's square footage and its overall value! When craving that extra space it makes good sense to finish these undeveloped rooms rather than adding onto the home. Basements and attics are ideal spaces for creating media rooms, offices, studios, or that much needed extra bedroom. Open Floor Plans The open floor plan is a trend that is here to stay. It has been increasingly popular over that past few years and will continue well on into 2013 and beyond. Open spaces floods natural light throughout your home, facilitates conversation between rooms. allows for greater flexibility in the use of adjacent spaces and makes your home feel that much larger. If you don't currently have an open floor plan, consider removing a wall or two to improve the flow. You'll be glad you did! Energy Efficiency and Improved Air Quality Energy efficient home building continues to grow in popularity, allowing home owners to live more comfortably and save money. Consider replacing old windows, furnaces, and water heaters with new energy efficient models and incorporating automated systems to continue improving the efficiency of your home. New HVAC and solar heating technology can also improve the efficiency and comfort of your home. Quartz Kitchen Countertops Granite has been dethroned by quartz in 2013. The countless color options, its high durability, and low-maintenance makes quartz surfaces highly appealing to homeowners. The colors and finish options are endless and are ideal countertop solutions for any kitchen or bath design style. Bathroom Remodels Bathroom remodeling was huge last year and is fast becoming as popular as kitchen renovations. We are seeing a distinctive touch of luxury returning to master baths. This is becoming the most coveted space - a retreat to escape to at the end of a hectic day. Free standing tubs, walk-in showers with frameless glass, and European style wet baths are trending this year. Hardwood Flooring The timeless natural hardwood floor returns to popularity in 2013, trending this year are the lighter shades and stains. The salvaged look is also hot, with hand-scraped wide planks. Which home design trend are you most excited about seeing in 2013? Stay Inspired! Photo Credits: 1.) Houzz 2.) Southern Accents 3.) Houzz 4.) GreenPlanetBuilding.com 5.) Caesarstone.com 6.) House Beautiful 7.) Houzz
In our last World Tour of Design, we took a look at Japanese architecture and design. On this World Tour, in honor of my recent entry into the Tile of Spain: Passport to Creativity 2013 contest, I'd like to travel to Spain and take a look at their design, from Spanish Colonial to modern Spanish architecture. Spanish design, like a lot of design styles in the Mediterranean region, is heavily influenced by its environment. Common colors are drawn from the coast, from the blues and greens of the sea to the whites and browns of the shore. Materials common to this style also influence the color palette, such as terracotta and copper. Texture, minimal accessorizing, and the use of metal accents and rich tapestries are also distinguishing features of Spanish design. The minimal accessorizing and primarily neutral color palette of Spanish interior design also complements a more modern style of architecture that is currently appearing in Spain, like this gorgeous house in Valencia, Spain. In the United States, we see the influence of Spanish colonists in the design aesthetics of the southwestern states. As with architecture and design in Spain, the Spanish Colonial style of the American southwest draws influences from its landscape, which in this case means using desert colors of sand, red, pink, purple, and white. Similarly to Spanish style, Spanish Colonial also features tiles, metal accents, woven wall hangings, and pottery. I'd love to help you design your home with influences of Spanish or Spanish colonial style! Just contact me at Interior Makeovers Inc. by calling 310-788-0990 or emailing Lori@InteriorMakeovers.com!
Every year I look forward to attending the annual Modernism Week - an 11-day celebration of mid-century modern architecture and design. This style of design is incredibly popular in LA and in Palm Springs, where Modernism Week is held each year. From poolside cocktail parties to dinner shows to exhibitions and various tours, this exciting event is a sort of Woodstock for fans of mid-century modern design - and revisiting the good old "Rat Pack" days! This year, you have the opportunity to win free tickets to the 2013 Modernism Week! They are holding several challenges to win these tickets to some of the festival's most popular events, and the latest one was announced at 12:01 this morning. This is their first Instagram competition, with an emphasis on interior design. The challenge is called "ABODE" and features special guest judge Angela Elias from Casa Sugar. To compete in the "ABODE" challenge, start by following @modernism_week on Instagram. Then you can submit as many photos as you want, tagged as #ModernismProject and #abode. The deadline is 11:59 PST on December 3rd. If you win, you will receive two free tickets to the Modernism Week Show Preview Reception held on February 15 from 6-9 PM. The tickets are worth $150 and allow you to be among the first to view and shop the full collection of furniture, art, and objects while enjoying wine and hors d'oeuvres. Let me know if you participate in the contest, and best of luck! I love this event and can't wait to see you there! Stay Inspired! Photo Challenge Photo by @ljoliet
In our previous World Tour of Design, we visited the romantic and varied design aesthetic of France. This week we travel a little farther East to the Land of the Rising Sun: Japan. Japanese design differs from most classic Western design in its clean, minimalist style and open spaces. While many Western homes tend to be filled with an abundance of furniture, art and accessories - in rooms separated by walls and doors, Japanese design prefers a more spacious, clean, and less adorned appearance. Furniture is kept at a minimum and in fact in the more traditional homes, most furniture is low to the floor. Low tables with floor cushions for seating makes the overall space feel more voluminous, and the entire interior feel more open and light. Large sliding doors creates a beautiful flow from one room to the next. Japanese design also integrates nature into both materials and decor. Materials commonly used in Japanese homes include tatami straw, bamboo, rice paper, wood and rock. Fountains, plants, and plant-inspired decor also feature prominently in many Japanese interiors, and many also open up to the outdoors with the use of sliding doors - which provides a seamless transition from the interior to the exterior. The exterior architecture of traditional Japanese homes is built with wood, straw, bark, paper, and similar materials. Stone is rarely used in exterior design. Walls do not support the structure; rather, posts and lintels carry the weight of the roof while walls are often thin and movable. The roof is the most prominent feature of the architecture, notable for its gentle curve and large size. If you enjoy clean lines and minimalist, open spaces, bringing elements of Japanese design into your own home might suit you very well. I would love to help you design your zen-like Japanese-inspired interior! Simply contact me at Interior Makeovers Inc. by calling 310-788-0990 or emailing Lori@InteriorMakeovers.com. Stay Inspired! Photo Credits: 1.) Freshome 2.) Houzz 3.) Wikimedia Commons
On our last World Tour of Design, we took a look at the features of Mexican design. On this week's tour, we're visiting a country that has been extremely influential in both art and architecture for the past several centuries: France. French design, like the country itself, inspires an atmosphere of romanticism, luxury, and timeless taste. France has a rich architectural history, with a mixture of buildings in styles ranging from Gothic to Baroque to Rococo to Art Nouveau. The incredible variety of architectural styles you can find in Paris alone, much less the rest of France, leaves you open to plenty of possibilities when adding a French flair to your design. One approach you could take is choosing a favorite building in France and incorporating your favorite elements of its architectural style into your design. Perhaps the most popular French style in American decorating is the French Country or French Provincial style. This characteristic style features rustic weathering, ruffles, and simple furnishings. It's less ornate than a lot of famous French architecture, but more accessible and comfortable for everyday living while still retaining an elegant flair. The colors and patterns in a French Country design are inspired by the colors and plants of the French countryside, so French Country interiors tend to be light, bright, and refreshing in appearance. I would love to help you design your home with a French inspiration! Feel free to contact me at Interior Makeovers Inc. by calling 310-788-0990 or emailing Lori@InteriorMakeovers.com. Photo Credits: 1.) HousePict.com 2.) Wikipedia Commons 3.) Shelterness
The bold and saturated colors popular in 2012 are being replaced in 2013 with more subtle and softer hues. Paint company Benjamin Moore has recently released its 2013 color of the year, a light pastel shade of yellow called "Lemon Sorbet." This cheerful shade tends to rejuvenate and stimulate your mind, body and soul - epitomizes warmth and is a fitting choice for an increasingly optimistic atmosphere - and a sunny outlook to the future. Using Lemon Sorbet in your home is a great way to introduce a feeling of happiness to a room. Its light tones keep it from becoming overwhelming or uncomfortable, and it's a great color for reflecting natural light to brighten up a space. This shade works well with the other pastel colors that are predicted to become popular in 2013, as well as many of the stronger hues from 2012. A room full of pastel shades is very calming and bright, while a space that contrasts pastels with strong accent colors creates a more vibrant atmosphere. What do you think of the shift to brighter pastel colors in 2013? Share your opinions in the comments; I'd love to hear from you! I would also love to help you design your home with the trending colors of 2013; just contact me at Interior Makeovers Inc. by calling 310-788-0990 or emailing Lori@InteriorMakeovers.com. Stay Inspired! Photo Credits: 1.) Luxe 2.) Houzz 3.) K+BB Collective
We all love high ceilings! They make a room feel spacious, bright, and open, which is why so many homes feature an impressive two-story living or family room. Tall windows flood the space with plenty of natural light, and two-story fireplaces can make a gorgeous impact on your home. Unfortunately, there are times these two-story spaces can come with a two-story blank wall that can seem overwhelming in its size and emptiness. These tall and massive walls can present a major design challenge at times, but there are ways to handle these large blank canvases to make them a beautiful feature and focal point within your home. Add Moldings Moldings,wainscoting and beefy trims can add instant detail and architectural interest to the walls, at the same time anchoring and framing decorative additions, like the large sconces and the art in this room. Applying these details creates instant character and more intimacy to an otherwise lofty space. Create Recessed Niches Carving out niches into your wall with recessed lighting provides a spectacular setting for highlighting art, flower arrangements, or your priceless collections. Large-Scale Art Arrangements You can either find a single large-scale piece of art to fill the wall or several pieces that can be artfully arranged within its own vignette. Lay out a template in advance to ensure the scale of the pieces you're using for your wall collage are proportionate to the volume of the space it occupies. I would love to help you handle any major design challenges in your home! Feel free to contact me at Interior Makeovers Inc. by calling 310-788-0990 if you have a design dilemma that needs solving. Stay Inspired! Photos via Houzz
I'm starting a new series on this blog where once a week I take you on a design tour to a different country, exploring the distinctive elements that characterize that country's architecture and art and examining how you might be able to use those elements in your own home. This week we're taking a tour of Morocco, a country full of intricate geometric design and rich culture. A trip to Morocco is topping my list of "destination musts". There are two main styles of architecture in Morocco: Andalusian and Southern Kasbah. Andalusian architecture is the more complex of the two styles, featuring complex detailed geometric patterns, white walls, and green stucco roofs. Southern Kasbah is much simpler, primarily featuring impressive color schemes in varying shades of tan. If you want to introduce Moroccan elements into your home design projects, a great place to start is with the distinctive geometric elements. Arch designs in doorways and windows, patterned tile, and rich geometric fabric will all inject Moroccan flair into your home. The Andalusian style which infuses lush colors, patterns and fabrics is a perfect for the interior, where the natural tones of the Kasbah style is beautiful for outdoor rooms and seating areas where its earthy aesthetic integrates with the landscape. What are your favorite elements of Moroccan design? Share your thoughts in the comments, and feel free to contact me at Interior Makeovers Inc. by calling 310-788-0990 for help designing your home with a dash of Moroccan style. Photo Credits: 1-3.) Wikimedia Commons 4-8.) Houzz
Last week I told you a bit about the kitchen renovation project on which I've been working, particularly integrating a custom range hood into the design to use as a focal point. This week, we face another design decision: sourcing the perfect pendant lights to complement the cabinetry, countertop surfaces, backsplash and of course the metal range hood. We will be looking for fixtures to suspend over the island, the peninsula and banquette. Pendant lights come in a wide variety of styles, sizes, shapes and finishes and like the pendant on a necklace, they can be an ornamental and beautiful addition to a room - and in this case highly functional! Because pendant lights come in so many varieties, it can sometimes pose a challenge to narrow down the options when deciding on a particular style of light for your home. My client would love to introduce vintage influences into this kitchen design so we were able to narrow our focus to finding lighting options with vintage qualities. I love these vendors and wanted to share these sources with you. Here are just a few that have caught my eye for various reasons: Circa Lighting Founded in the historic city of Savannah, Georgia, Circa Lighting is a fantastic source for classic pendant light designs with a touch of vintage flair. I love these : the Large Country Industrial Pendant, the Yoke Pendant, and the Grosvenor Single Pendant. Hudson Valley Lighting Vintage style lighting is one of Hudson Valley Lighting's specialties, and their light fixtures have a lot of subtle details that distinguish them from competitors. The Pelham pendant light is available in a multitude of finishes. Zia-Priven Zia-Priven was created by a husband and wife team of designers, Marcia Zia and Paul Priven. This transitional style is distinctive, full of warmth blended with understated elegance (no vintage qualities here). I just love this line. Which pendant light do you think is the best choice? Share your opinion in the comments; I would love to hear from you!
If you want to add a touch of elegance and instant character to your home's interior, antique glass tile is an incredible way to make a statement. The mirrored surface reflects light in the room, expanding the whole space and at he same time makes the room appear more spacious than it is. While both of these effects can also be accomplished with regular mirrored surfaces, the personality of antiqued glass creates a sense of warmth and a singular charm. Its aged appearance gives a room a comforting lived-in atmosphere that is very welcoming to experience. One of the greatest things about antique glass tile is its versatility. It can be used in any room as tiling or as an accent feature, and it mixes well with a variety of decorating styles. It blends well with a vintage or eclectic decor, fits in beautifully with classic or traditional interiors and helps to balance more modern designs. Take a look at these beautiful examples for inspiration in your own home! You can find antique glass from several sources, but I particularly love the gorgeous appearance of the Visage tile from Ann Sacks. Jockimo is another favorite of mine, especially because of its versatility in style and size. I would love to help you find the perfect place in your home for this beautiful antique glass, so feel free to contact us at Interior Makeovers Inc. by calling 310-788-0990 or emailing Lori@InteriorMakeovers.com. Photo Credits: 1.) Elle Decor 2.) Ann Sacks 3.) Plush Palate 4.) Jockimo
If you live in a small space in Los Angeles, you are probably very familiar with some of the challenges and frustrations of trying to create a beautiful and functional home within the limits of your floor plan. While small spaces can be difficult to design, the challenges they present inspire many creative and innovative styling solutions. Recently, California Home+Design chose seven designers to explore these creative solutions to space limitations in one 1,400 square foot penthouse for their Small Space Big Style exhibit. The resulting design is now open for public viewing at the Hollywood Condos in Los Angeles. Living and Dining Room designed by Christopher Kennedy. Each of the seven designers was given a designated part of the penthouse to design for an imaginary client. Though the space was limited, the materials, colors, and ideas were not, and these designers flourished during this challenge. The chance to use unusual materials and daring color choices was a creatively refreshing experience that resulted in an incredibly inspired space. The penthouse is now a luxurious, chic home that makes the most of its small square footage with innovative space-saving solutions. Bedroom designed by Brian Patrick Flynn You can get inspired for your own small space design by visiting the Small Space Big Style Showhouse between now and November 18. The Showhouse is open from 10 AM to 2 PM on Fridays and from 10 AM to 3 PM on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $20 and are available online or at the door if you pay with credit. Proceeds from the Showhouse benefit the A+D Architecture and Design Museum>Los Angeles, so be sure to come out and support this incredible museum! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-M4aF77W0s Photos via California Home+Design
Check out some of my work featured on Houzz.com today! It's all about crowning your pedestal sink with a fitting mirror. Click here and see! Stay Inspired! I encourage you leave questions or comments below this post, and fill out the form on the right hand side of this page to receive your free copy of my special report: “15 Money Saving Strategies When Planning Your Home Renovation” Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca. © 2012 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc.
Creating a canvas for a beach-themed room is easier than you think. Of course the foundation of that space is selecting the calm and relaxing paint colors that remind you of your favorite beach. Are you drawn to the red, white and blue nautical decor inspired by the adventures of the open sea - the sand inspired palettes of soft whites, faded blues and greens, or a more tropical theme of deep greens, browns and beiges? In this video I share a few very simple tips to make the paint selection process a little easier. So next beach visit take a good look around and grab your color cues. Stay Inspired! I encourage you leave questions or comments below this post, and fill out the form on the right hand side of this page to receive your free copy of my special report: “15 Money Saving Strategies When Planning Your Home Renovation” Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca. © 2012 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc.
When it comes to decorating and styling an ocean-themed bedroom, use a clean white canvas, then start by incorporating bright accessories into the space. If you want to create an impact use splashes of the ocean's color combined with neutrals. Introduce these pops of color in bedding, accent pillows and accessories. In this video I share how you can decorate an ocean-themed bedroom with bright fabrics and accessories. I encourage you leave questions or comments below this post, and fill out the form on the right hand side of this page to receive your free copy of my special report: “15 Money Saving Strategies When Planning Your Home Renovation” Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca. © 2012 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc.
The bedroom is all about creating a relaxing and restful retreat no matter the style. But if you''re wanting to extend your summer and create a beachy, tropical or nautical environment there are some very simple design elements to incorporate into your bedroom that will give you exactly what you are looking for. Watch as I share some simple design tips in this eHow video. I encourage you leave questions or comments below this post, and fill out the form on the right hand side of this page to receive your free copy of my special report: “15 Money Saving Strategies When Planning Your Home Renovation” Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca. © 2012 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc.
The open floor plan is becoming increasingly popular in both newly constructed and renovated homes, which at times could pose a few painting challenges along the way – particularly when multiple colors and tones are used from one space to the next. A good rule of thumb is to select a more unified color palette, which will serve as the backdrop to your canvas. By varying the shades of your favorite color, it will set the stage for your furniture and décor. Stay Inspired! I encourage you leave questions or comments below this post, and fill out the form on the right hand side of this page to receive your free copy of my special report: “15 Money Saving Strategies When Planning Your Home Renovation” Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca. © 2012 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc.
Any successful home design and decorating project requires the layering of elements in order to achieve a completed canvas... but that evolves over time. In this eHow Video I share the importance of layering several design elements when decorating a beach bungalow. From architectural details to selecting the right color palette, flooring, furniture and accessories. By implementing these layers of design over time you will have your beach escape exactly the way you envisioned! Stay Inspired! I encourage you leave questions or comments below this post, and fill out the form on the right hand side of this page to receive your free copy of my special report: “15 Money Saving Strategies When Planning Your Home Renovation” Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca. © 2012 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc.
The time has finally arrived where we are neck deep in tile, stone, adhesives and grout. The tile installation for this master bath renovation has begun. These materials provide the overall character to this space and reflects the homeowners’ personal design style and nature-inspired design sensibility. With her profound connection to nature we were instantly drawn to a mixture of organic textures, neutral colors and natural patterns, which we found in stones, pebbles, woods and marbles. It is all about bringing the outdoors in and tactfully combining the five natural elements of earth, fire, water, wood and metal into this space to create a soothing and tranquil spa environment. Here is a visual reminder into the color/material palette of this “Nature-Inspired Master Bath”. Investing in such specialized products and materials in turn requires precision installation! While budget is always a factor in home design and renovation projects – do not select your tile contractor based on price alone! If you have invested in unique and specialty products – then spend a little more and hire the expert proficient in working with these types of materials. This will result in a finished quality product! Intricate spacing, layout and patterning is essential for the installation of the featured bamboo tile wall. The (almost completed) bamboo-inspired wall tile adds a focal point and a sense of drama to this space. The natural pebble shower floor provides a gentle foot massage, while the Italian marble tile floor exudes a natural elegance blending a host of colors – unifying all design elements. This 3’x6” matte stoneware tile installed in a vertical brick pattern on the plumbing wall tends to sooth the heavily textured materials scattered throughout the master bath and compliments the indoor/outdoor vibe. Selecting a grout color for the natural pebbled shower floor can be tricky. If using a similar product – wet the stones first to get a sense of their true finished tone - then choose your grout color. Making a final decision on the countertop surface material while using the matte stoneware tile as the inspiration. Cambria vs. Caesarstone. And the winner is …….. To Be Continued… I would love to help you design your Master Bath Retreat. Contact us at Interior Makeovers Inc.310-788-0990 or email: Lori@InteriorMakeovers.com. Looking forward to hearing from you. Stay Inspired! I encourage you leave questions or comments below this post, and fill out the form on the right hand side of this page to receive your free copy of my special report: “15 Money Saving Strategies When Planning Your Home Renovation” Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca. © 2012 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc.