Lori Gilder

Lori Gilder is an award-winning Architectural Interior Designer known for her clean, architectural lines and comfortable California Modern style.

Architectural Interior Design

Design Inspiration For 2010!

Whether you’re renovating, remodeling or re-decorating your home, sometimes the toughest part is actually taking that first step and coming up with a concept or idea – that suits you and the way your family lives.  When you draw a blank, consult with the experts for inspiration.  By that I mean the dozens of design magazines out there on the market today that can help you with your design dilemma. More often than not I’ve heard clients say, “I know what I don’t like”. So, now begins your quest to search for some kind of inspiration – something that speaks to you, and trust me you’ll start to see a pattern of what you do like emerge. Do you gravitate toward French provincial or Country Chic? Maybe you’re the type who favors modernism or an eclectic feel to your home.  Whatever your tastes, there is definitely a magazine out there for you to get you headed in the right direction. But, remember a few things when choosing a magazine for inspiration. Choose a publication that reflects your style and budget.  Some of the very high-end magazines depict very high-end concepts, materials and furnishings.  You may not be able to replicate exactly what you see on those pages, but why not take away some great inspirational ideas and make them your own. If your home is large and spacious, flipping through a magazine that features small space solutions will not be the right publication for you.  The same applies for smaller spaces.  It helps to know what framework you’re working within. Choose the design style you’re most drawn to, or at least one that reflects the architecture of your home, then select the magazines based on that similarity. Don’t judge a magazine by its cover.  That image is on a front page for a reason – to catch your eye and sell the issue.  What you’re interested in is also the content on the inside.  Does this issue offer you insightful and helpful articles that will help you with your design projects?  Are there resource lists or how-to articles to get you started?  That’s what you want to look for – not only the pretty pictures. Which rooms or spaces are you redecorating or renovating?  There are space specific design magazines out there targeting different rooms throughout the home.  Obviously you’ll find more specific information on Kitchens and Baths special interest publications, than you would in a Metropolitan Home issue. Finally look online!  There are online resources that you can easily save, link and bookmark for later. Inspiration is endless – and magazines are a great place to start – you just need to know where to look. 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: “How to Avoid the 15 Most Common Decorating Mistakes” Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca. © 2009 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc


Make The Most Of Your Eat-In Kitchen With A Cozy Banquette

I learned what a “banquette” was at about 6 years old. (Although I wasn’t aware of the term at the time.)  It was at my childhood friend Bobby’s house on Waverley Street – right there in his kitchen, sat two built-in upholstered benches, with a shiny white table in between – just like the ones you see at the diner.  It was small, cozy, and the most unique thing I’d ever seen.  I loved it! I loved it so much I installed one in my own home – many years later. I love nestling in on the weekends with my morning coffee, lingering over great dinner conversations at my friend’s home – and I love designing them for my clients. No two banquettes are the same.  Each one has a personality of its own – fitting seamlessly in to the most unexpected spaces – never failing to provide a tremendous sense of style and comfort.  It’s where families gather to share their events of the day and where we feel enveloped with a sense of warmth and protection at night. Best of all a banquette is suitable for any style of kitchen. These banquettes typically require less space for traffic flow, provide great additional storage solutions and ultimately seats more than conventional table and chairs. Take a look around your kitchen and neighboring spaces and see how you could make the most of your kitchen dining area with a space saving banquette. Maybe you have an old butlers pantry, awkward corner, inefficient laundry area or window alcove that’s a perfect fit.  Bay windows are an ideal spot for banquette dining, and could potentially seat 6 – 8 people comfortably. 7 Tips To Consider When Designing And Building A Banquette. Function. -Know how you want this dining area to function for you. Will it be used for homework, computer time, reading, lounging or for meals only?  Design it accordingly. Comfort. - For a more comfortable seat consider a cushion of 4-5” thick, and be aware of the firmness of that seat.  It will compress and ultimately change the height slightly.  With a cushion this thick, your base seat should be 14-15” high (finished from the floor).  It may seem low, but once the luxurious cushions are installed the proportion will be perfect.  Lastly, angle the back slightly to allow for maximum comfort. Size. - If you’re opting for a more contemporary look without any seat cushions at all, then the finished height of the seat base should be 18” high (from the floor) and have a seat depth of a minimum of 18” (for your tush).  When upholstering the seat and back, provide a good 24” overall for depth of seat which will allow for the thickness of the upholstered back.  Measure a favorite chair at home to help you determine the finished height and depth you like. Shape. - Banquettes can be designed in all shapes and sizes and ultimately depends on how much space you’re working with.  L-shaped, U-shaped, curved or straight, your banquette will become a focal point in your kitchen. Space. - Each person will occupy approx. 24-30” of space to comfortably eat while using a fork and knife.  That said consider 24 square feet will seat 4 people. Practicality. - Upholstering the banquette seats and backs in a faux leather, vinyl, or outdoor fabric will make it much easier to maintain and is also much simpler to slide in and out of.   Loose cushions become more problematic and are less comfy – and it’s all about the comfort factor! Storage. - I prefer large storage drawers beneath the seat rather than hinged lids.  It’s much easier to operate and access.  Making things even easier have an operable drawer pull out from the side of the banquette base if possible. 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: “How to Avoid the 15 Most Common Decorating Mistakes” Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca. © 2009 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc


Dare To Dream?

Brown Residence, Week 2 Liz and Mark Brown have gained great insights (over the last eight years) into how their home has worked for them in the past – and more importantly – what obstacles they face now. Identifying their home’s past successes, living with its present restrictions, and imagining the dream home of their future, provided the Brown’s with a comprehensive “wish list” which helped define their goals for their home renovation and addition project. At the onset of every design project, I encourage my clients to do some homework and create a wish list.  This is the stage where you dream big and the sky’s the limit.  Dream about absolutely everything you envision your home could be! It’s a great exercise and a little indulgent, but if you close your eyes and imagine – every specific detail you’d like to see in your newly renovated dream home – your spacious new master suite, that fabulous kitchen addition with state of the art appliances, or the master bath spa retreat – you may be surprised at what you’re actually able to achieve with the help of a design professional. Liz was a step ahead and within our second meeting she presented me with a wish list two pages long. She’s extremely well organized, capable and well versed in design and construction – and provided me with a comprehensive set of notes itemizing the challenges that her family currently faced. It was an extensive list documenting what they now wanted to achieve with this home renovation project – and more importantly how it should reflect their family’s lifestyle. If you Dream It! You can Live It! 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: “How to Avoid the 15 Most Common Decorating Mistakes” Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca. © 2009 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc


5 Quick Tips To Transform Your Dining Room This Thanksgiving

It’s hard to believe that it’s this time of year again and that Thanksgiving is here! Some of us are traveling and others are hosting – so for those of us who are acting as chef, host and sommelier this weekend – these tips are for you! Eliminate The Clutter. Whether it’s your dining room, living room, family room or outdoor patio that you plan to use for your Thanksgiving feast – the first order of business is to clean up and re-organize that space from top to bottom. Use the time as an excuse to purge and get rid of any unnecessary possessions you’ve been holding on to for years, pack away everything that isn’t needed for the weekend, and scrub your furniture down so it sparkles! Design Inspiration. When it comes to dressing a Thanksgiving table, undoubtedly the greatest source of inspiration is right before your eyes. Walk out your front door and take your kids on a walk through your neighborhood. Collect all the leaves, twigs, branches and pinecones that you can find and create napkin rings, centerpieces or simply scatter them on top of your holiday table with baby pumpkins and gourds. The colors will be spectacular! Don’t forget to spray them with insect repellent when you get home! Layer With Fabrics and Textures. To create a divine table setting, layer several different fabrics over top your wood table. Place mats, linen napkins and table runners in varying textures and tones will set the stage, and create an eye popping and magnificent first impression. If you’re short on runners or cloths, just head over to your discount fabric store, find some complimentary fabrics for next to nothing and finish them with some hemming tape. Place Settings. Have some fun with your table settings. If you have enough for everyone, use your best china, crystal, and silverware to create an effervescent table full of shimmer and sparkle. Add the napkin rings, napkins, and centerpiece and you’ve created a magnificent tablescape. Or for a more casual theme, introduce some plates and dishes and bowls with an eclectic mix of colors, patterns and textures. Regardless of the style – the more layers to your place settings– the more bountiful the room will appear. The Details. It really is all in the details. Hollow out some small baby pumpkins, gourds and acorn squash running them along the entire width of your table – and use them as candleholders. They create a warm luminous glow, enhance the mood and everyone looks beautiful. You can’t beat that! Slipcovers are a great way to dress up your chairs – or just tie some raffia onto the seat backs. Write a special heart felt thanks on each individual place card – share how thankful you are for having them in your life. Finally, sit back and enjoy this special time with your family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving! 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: “How to Avoid the 15 Most Common Decorating Mistakes” Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca. © 2009 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc


The Real World of Architectural Interior Design

Hi there!  I’m Lori Gilder CEO and Founder of Interior Makeovers Inc. and a passionate Architectural Interior Designer. I’ve had the most incredible opportunities over the last two decades designing hundreds of residences throughout Canada, the U.S and Mexico.   Most of these renovations and remodels were dream projects with dream clients – and thankfully – only a few nightmares in between. Yet at the end of the day, each home renovation project and interior makeover provided me with tremendous insights into the real world of residential renovation and construction. I love what I do and I thought it was finally time to share my knowledge and experience with you design savvy homeowners on a broader level. I’d like to take you with me on a very unique and exciting home renovation journey over the next year or two, where you’ll witness the good, the bad and the ugly sides of the home renovation process.  This amazing renovation project will prove to be incredibly exciting—constantly evolving—and never failing to inspire.  So for you renovation junkies out there, this just may be the fix you need. My goal with “Diary of a Renovation” is to document the transformation of a 3600 sq. ft. home from the ordinary to the extraordinary – and share the daily events that occur while dreaming – planning – designing –building and living through a very special home renovation project in Los Angeles California. I invite you to share YOUR renovation stories, design challenges and any helpful insights into the home remodeling world. 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: "How to Avoid the 15 Most Common Decorating Mistakes" Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca. © 2009 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc


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