Lori Gilder

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

Lori Gilder

Hallways are Rooms Too: Design Them for Living

When thinking about design projects to tackle in your home, hallways can often be overlooked.  Unlike the foyer, hallways are typically thought of as transition spaces, but the reality is…hallways are rooms too!  The amount of foot traffic that passes through these corridors can rival 405 Freeway at times.  Aside from the occasional gallery of family photos, most hallways remain under-stated under-designed and under-whelming.  But the reality is these passageways have a loads of potential for creative expression and functionality and should be treated with the same love and attention as the other rooms in your home. Images Via: Decorpad and Pinterest With a few key design elements you can turn a neglected hallway into a great looking space that you enjoy everyday during your "rush hour" traffic. Add a Punch of Color: Many hallways can seem small, cramped and dark. This can be a great place to go bold with some pops of color.  There are several ways to achieve this, depending on your comfort level.  From colorful artwork adorning the walls, to simply painting out the doors or walls in your favorite shades,  the hallway can benefit from a burst of color.   Consider introducing a colorful floor runner, painted furniture pieces or accent with colorful accessories.  A small console table with a bouquet of flowers, a colorful stack of vintage suitcases, or colorful frames for family photos can all add a touch of boldness to liven up your hallway. Image Via: Elle Decor Image Via: Pinterest Showcase Your Collectables: I know a lot of us have some unusual objets which we've collected from our travels over the years.  The hallway is an ideal space to showcase those unique finds as they will instantly add to the personalization of your home and create points of interest or focal points. Whether it's a quirky find from an antique shop or objects from exotic ports, find the perfect spot to highlight them down the hallway. Image Via: Rue Magazine Extra Storage: No matter the home, extra storage space is always a welcome feature and the hallway can be a great place to find it.  Narrow shelves can be recessed into the walls to hold books for households of avid readers or to showcase anything from trophies to treasures.  Hallways near entrances can have unique coat hooks and wall-mounted mail sorters to help keep the home organized.  You can also take advantage of the space between studs in your wall and create small built-in cabinets that can store anything from rolled-up linens to seasonal decorations. Image Via: Pinterest Integration: Transforming your hallway from a walkway to a utilitarian and functional area is a great idea if you have the space.  Console tables are an incredibly versatile addition to any hallway, and with the addition of a small chair can easily make a cute and functional desk area.  If you have a wide enough hallway or landing off your staircase, add a window seat along with bookshelves for a quiet spot to rest, reflect and read.  Image Via Houzz There are so many creative ways to spruce up all types of hallways…so don't let yours go to waste! Call 310-788-0990 or contact me for additional design tips for your home or for help with transforming your space.  


A Mid-Century Modern Home Tour: The Kitchen

As we continue the tour of a mid-century modern style, it's time to step into the room that continues to be the heart and soul of the home - the kitchen!  Over the years the kitchen has evolved into a multi-purpose space.  There are times it will serve as a four star restaurant, gourmet deli, dining room, office, entertainment room, living room - and all around social hub! In more modern environments the open kitchen layout and design integrates well into the overall architecture of the home particularly when orienting the kitchen toward the open living space.  Below is the new kitchen floor plan of  our #PalmSprings project.  By removing  existing walls and re-orienting the workspace toward the expansive living area and spectacular mountain view, natural light will instantly flood the living ares of the home. Open Spaces, Natural Tones, Clean Lines – The open floor plan allows you to interact with your guests while you are in  entertainment mode, making it a much more social, approachable and inclusive experience. Deep architectural elements complimented by light natural tones and clean and simple lines lend a distinctive modern charm to the kitchen. Image via Mid Century Home Let the Wood Take Center Stage – Natural wood tones and multiple species are common in this design style. Showcasing the beauty of these woods through the cabinetry and seating is an ideal place to highlight their natural beauty. Image via Pinterest Built-in Banquette and Modern Chairs – These days, a kitchen is not complete without a comfy seating area to enjoy the food and the company of family and friends. Regardless of the size, a sleek built-in banquette would work beautifully within a mid-century modern inspired kitchen. Introduce a pop of color on the tabletop and sprinkle a few Arne Jacobsen chairs around and you have the most stylish breakfast nook for you and homework center for the kids! Image Via Pinterest Use the Right Lighting – Good lighting is essential to a well-functioning kitchen design no matter what style, and selecting a favorite mid century modern pendant for that space can really pack a punch! Whether you're hanging pendants over your kitchen island or a single fixture over dining table, find your favorite piece. Does the sparkle of a sputnik-like chandelier give you the look you're after  or is it the avocado PH pendant light?  Either way a stylized modern fixture like these will instantly speak the mid century modern lingo. Image via Apartment Therapy I would love to help you design your modern kitchen and full home remodel.  Contact me at Interior Makeovers, Inc. by calling 310-788-0990.    


Reviving Wallpaper in Refreshing Ways

Modern wallpaper comes in such a wide variety of designs, colors, and even textures that there is a look and style for everyone.  I am a big fan of elegant treatments and interesting textures. Whether you are treating all four walls of your living room, or using remnant pieces for pops of color and texture ,there are endless ways you can create gorgeous effects with just a little bit of wallpaper in your home. Step Up To The Challenge I've seen plenty of creative painted staircases, so why not use wallpaper? A subtle design lends an elegant effect to stair risers, but you can also take the opportunity to let the bolder side of your personality shine through with a bright wallpaper pattern.   Behind The Scenes Use leftover wallpaper pieces to accent shelves and even small table spaces. You can line inside table legs with strips of wallpaper. Clear gloss sprayed on top of wallpaper gives it a shiny patina and helps protect the surface.   Framing Choose a wallpaper design you absolutely love and frame it as large-scale artwork.  Using three large strips of wallpaper framed with molding or a large picture frame will create balance and cover most of one wall.  There is plenty of wallpaper available that looks like artwork, so this is an easy look to pull off.   Lights, Action! Cover your lampshade with patterned wallpaper using a spray mount.  It's such an easy way to create the look of custom lighting, and you can tie it in with other wallpapered elements in the room.   Dress Your Drawers What an eye-pleasing treat to open a plain, old drawer and see a burst of color and design. Use wallpaper to line the bottom sections of kitchen, bath or office drawers.   Remember, your space should reflect your unique style and personality, and incorporating wallpaper into your design plan can help. For additional interior design trends, tips and ideas for your home or office, contact us at Interior Makeovers, Inc. by calling 310-788-0990.   Photo Credits: 1-3.) Houzz 4-5.) BHG


Blogger19 Reunion: Target House A St. Jude Partner

As a part of Brizo's Blogger19 Reunion tour of St. Jude's facilities, we were taken on a tour of the Target House.  This facility, opened in 1999 as a generous gift from Target, provides long-term housing for St. Jude patients and their families when treatments last anywhere from three months to three years.  The goal was to make a private safe haven for families to live and feel at home during the on going stresses of long-term treatment. Target House - Elephant Mascot representing long life, strength and playfulness. The Target House is is flooded with natural light and bright colors, making it a very cheerful place from the moment you walk through the doors.  While it is designed to be a sterile and easy-to-clean environment, it achieves this without the chemical and cold feeling of a hospital.  The floors are hardwood and low-nap carpets rather than cold tile, giving the place a warm and homey feeling. Crown molding, wainscoting, rich wood accents, and spaces and furnishings designed and donated by celebrities make it very easy to forget you're in a hospital environment. The Sean White Great Room - 70's Rock & Roll Inspired Room Families that stay at the Target House can enjoy private apartment suites with everything they need for day-to-day living and access to free laundry facilities.  In addition to giving families their private spaces, the designers of the Target House also understood the need for a supportive community and included plenty of common spaces for the enjoyment of the residents.  There is a library full of books and movies, a music room, an arts and crafts room, and plenty of playing areas.  There is also a communal dining room and kitchen available if families have days where they don't want to use the kitchens provided in their private apartments. The Tiger Woods Library Brad Paisley Room  Guitar Light Fixture - Brilliant! The final result is not just a beautiful design, but a healing one for both the patient and their family.  The Target House helps to turn the terrible and frightening task of battling pediatric cancer into a more comfortable stay for the entire family.  It embodies the true spirit and meaning of "home" by creating an environment which is beautiful, safe and comfortable!


Blogger19 Reunion: Visit to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

On day 1 of the #Blogger19 Reunion, we were taken on a tour of the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  This hospital is a beautifully designed, state of the art facility that is surprisingly cheerful and full of smiles- not what you'd expect from any hospital, much less one that treats such serious illnesses in children...and this is only one aspect of St. Jude that makes this hospital an exceptional facility on every level! Morning breakfast and Introduction to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Founder Danny Thomas Hospitals are often associated with white, sterile environments, austere design, and expensive bills, but St. Jude breaks these assumptions.  No one leaves St. Jude with an astronomical bill- or a bill of any kind.  Treatment, whether outpatient or inpatient, and all other expenses associated with treatment are covered entirely by private and corporate donations. As you might expect, this adds up to a rather hefty operating cost for the hospital- $1.8 million per day.  While a portion of these costs are covered by government grants, the vast majority of it comes from donations from companies like Brizo and individuals like you and me.  In addition, because St. Jude is a research hospital, they have been instrumental in the astronomical increase in childhood cancer survival rates- now 80-94% instead of the 20% from the hospital's inception in 1962. The Danny Thomas Research Center displays flags honoring contributing researchers from around the world. In addition to the difference the hospital makes in its daily operation, St. Jude has also broken boundaries in its design.  They place significant value on the input and comfort of the patients and their families.  Multiple design themes are most important throughout this facility.  The second floor themes range from the zoo to fairytale and travel...while the fourth floor is all recreational themed - which include swimming, track and hot air ballooning. Waiting rooms are designed to be private and quiet, inpatient suites are sound-proofed, and the entire facility is colorfully and very thoughtfully decorated with their patients in mind. Image Via Haizlip Studio Image Via Haizlip Studio Patient artwork is also on display expressing their courage and determination through the personal journeys and challenges they face. At the end of our tour, we were able to spend some time with these beautiful children working on some fun art activities...and here is a doll house that my little friend decorated. Touring St. Jude Children's Research Hospital was beyond impressive.  This is an exceptional and highly specialized cancer facility with an infrastructure that rivals a small city! To help this groundbreaking hospital continue their important work, make a donation today!


Experiencing the Blogger19 Reunion in Memphis

I recently returned home from Memphis, where I attended a truly eye-opening design event.  The Blogger19 Reunion, hosted by Brizo, was three full days of tours, projects, and a host of emotional experiences.  I was part of a group of designers and bloggers who also attended Brizo's New York Fashion Week, and what an amazing opportunity to reconnect with old friends... and to see behind-the-scenes of the Brizo factory and the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and their related Target House. St. Jude might seem like an unusual destination for 80 designers and architects, even if it's in the same city as a luxury faucet manufacturer, but Brizo is a proud Sponsor of the Hospital's work and one of its big fundraising projects, the Dream Home Giveaway.  Brizo not only invited us to see their factory, but also to witness first hand the philosophy and design concept of the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Facility and the Target House, which provides housing for families of those children undergoing extensive long-term treatment. Brizo's work with St. Jude and the Dream Home Giveaway is an extension of their forward-thinking approach to their business.  The brand is known for collaboration, not only with good causes like St. Jude but with fashion designer Jason Wu as well as with our group of bloggers. This collaborative approach allows Brizo to stay on the cutting edge of faucet design, delivering innovative styles that include the features that designers and homeowners crave.  They are focused on increasingly sustainable designs as well as convenience and ease of use in the kitchen and bathroom.  Even if I didn't already love the aesthetic beauty of their faucets and shower systems, their commitment to making the world a better and more creative place would earn my loyalty to Brizo as a brand. Be sure to check back soon for more on my trip to Memphis and about Brizo's work with St. Jude!


Intricacy in Metal: The Work of Michael Aram

When I was in New York participating in #BlogTourNYC, I had the opportunity to visit the gallery of designer Michael Aram.  This talented artist creates intricate and organic metal creations for the home, merging art and function with the skills and passion he found while visiting India. His work brings the natural beauty of plants, feathers, and the ocean into delicately detailed metal pieces.  Much of his work serves a functional purpose in addition to an aesthetic one; his collections include products like picture frames, serving dishes, and candlesticks that can all be used around the home.  The pieces are made with traditional techniques by his own hand, which lends them life and personality even beyond the gorgeous details present in tree bark vases and the soft lines of a feather-inspired tray. Any of the pieces in Michael Aram's extensive collection of work would make a delightful addition to a home design.  Imagine serving dinner and surprising your guests when the beautiful acorn sculptures nestled on an oxidized bronze leaf turn out to be the salt and pepper shaker.  You bring out honey in a goldplate apple with a clever arrow-shaft spoon, recalling the story of William Tell.  Bread is served in a metal basket made of silvery woven vines and leaves, and candles flicker from branch-inspired candleholders. Seeing Aram's work in person is even more incredible than the online images.  His collections were displayed in a renovated Chelsea Carriage House Showroom, which was the perfect location to set off his ornate pieces.  We had the privilege to hear him talk about his work, his inspiration, and the life-changing trip to India that started it all.  The love he has for his work shows in his speaking as well as in the final products, and it's inspiring to see.   I would love to hear your thoughts on Michael Aram's work and how you would use his products to add enchantment to your own home! Stay Inspired!


Coffee Lovers – Prepare Your Senses for the Scanomat Top Brewer

Over the past couple of months I have been sharing some insights into #BlogTourNYC and the wonderful sponsors, events and products we were privy to.   The Architectural Digest Home Design Show was a highlight for me,  and while the design inspiration, launch of new product lines and parties were fantastic, I wanted to share one of my favorite finds with you from the show. For those of you who really know me, you know how I absolutely love coffee - I need my cup of jo to start my day...and sometimes a few more in between. I don't know about you, but I've spent plenty of time preparing my coffee machine or in line at various coffee shops throughout the city for the cappuccino  I crave but don't always have the time to make at home.  If only I could have coffee on tap... Well, Scanomat has heard this wish and they have created an incredible revolution in coffee making technology.  The Scanomat Top Brewer looks like a simple tap, but it is so much more.  Designed to install easily in any countertop, this coffee maker has the smallest milk foamer in the world and it's self-cleaning.  The foamer heats fresh milk on demand, and the tap can also provide cold water, cold milk, hot water, and even steam for blanching your vegetables. As if that's not enough, the Top Brewer can be connected to your iPhone or iPad to brew your favorite coffee drink from an extensive menu.  If you're having a conversation with someone on your iPhone, don't worry; there is a finger touch keyboard built into the tabletop so that you can still brew your favorite coffee - so cool! I tried a cappucino made with the Top Brewer at the show, and it was absolutely delicious! It's almost silent, too, so you never have to worry about disturbing the other members of your family while foaming your milk.  An ideal for that state of the art kitchen or your master bedroom suite. I would love to help you design a luxury kitchen or master suite with the Scanomat Top Brewer.  Contact me at Interior Makeovers, Inc. for more information! Stay Inspired!   Image via Scanomat


Jenn-Air’s Luxury Appliances Add Must-Have Functions to a Kitchen

After the breakfast at the Poggenpohl showroom in the beginning of #BlogTourNYC we were able to make our way through the Architectural Digest Home Design Show, Jenn-Air, another sponsor of the tour had a huge presence at the show. I spent some time in the Jenn-Air booth looking at the variety of top-of-the-line appliances on display, which included some beautiful wall ovens and a stunning, slightly arced stainless steel downdraft hood that retracted back into the countertop when not being used. The Jenn-Air Accolade downdraft vent combines exquisite style and innovation.  It is constructed of glass and stainless steel, and when operational, the glass panel washes LED lighting over the cooking surface.  The hidden controls help contribute to its sleek and modern design. Seeing all these luxury Jenn-Air appliances took me back to my childhood for a moment, remembering when my parents remodeled the kitchen of our home back in the mid-70's.  As a part of the renovation, they installed the Jenn-Air  indoor barbecue.  Not the most popular appliance to add into a kitchen then, but growing up in Winnipeg Canada where the sub zero temperatures  would plummet to 40 degrees below zero on any winter day, I guess you could say that barbecuing indoors was a way for us to extend our very short summer season - or so we believed. Well Jenn-Air has come a long way since then. They displayed several luxury specialty appliances at the show, including a wine cooler and their new built-in coffee maker.  Incorporating a few of these innovative appliances into your kitchen renovation will set your kitchen apart from the rest...just like the barbecue my parents installed into our family kitchen just a few years ago.  . Jenn-Air is a highly respected company for luxury appliances and their products have been featured in many prominent kitchen designs, including the House Beautiful kitchen I mentioned in my last post.  At the show, they not only had their booth, they also showcased their appliances Jenn-Air Master Class Culinary stage, where they sponsored a series of Master Class Studio seminars.  All told, it was an incredible experience to see the new products and innovations coming from Jenn-Air! Thank you Modenus and the #BlogTourNYC Sponsors Poggenpohl, Blanco, Silestone, Miele, Mr. Steam, Du Verre, Barber Wilsons, Jenn Air, Victoria + Albert Baths, NKBA Stay Inspired!   Fourth Photo via House Beautiful


Barber Wilsons & Co. Making Taps Fit for Royalty

If Downton Abbey still has you in its grips, you will love this next #BlogTourNYC Sponsor!  England-based Barber Wilsons & Co. is a creator of fine plumbing fixtures in gorgeous traditional British style. Barber Wilsons & Co.'s luxury plumbing fixtures are designed for everything from kitchen and bathroom sinks to showers, tubs, and bidets, all in a variety of traditional designs.  To complete the collection, they also have accessories like lever handles and bath plugs to match.  One of their finest features is a Mastercraft styled thermostatic shower valve, which provides the ultimate control over your shower's temperature. This company is the oldest water fittings company in the UK, having been around for more than a hundred years.  They have had plenty of time to perfect their craft and design plumbing fixtures fit for a queen-- literally! In addition to a long and prestigious history, Barber Wilsons & Co. holds a Royal warrant from Her Majesty the Queen of England for at least five years of supplying superb goods or services to her.  The tradition of Royal warrants has been around since the Middle Ages to formally recognize excellent service to the Royal family, and it has very strict guidelines that must be met in order for a business to achieve and keep such an honor. If you love the traditional style and want fixtures fit for a queen, incorporate these exquisite fittings from Barber Wilsons & Co. into your next bathroom renovation project.  Share your thoughts on these beautiful fittings in the comments below! Image 1: Barber Wilsons & Co. Image  2:  Elle Decor Image 3: Modenus Stay Inspired!


Blog Tour Sponsor Poggenpohl Kitchens Featured in Three Major Magazines

In my last two posts, I discussed two of the three sponsors present at the media breakfast I enjoyed on my first day on the #BlogtourNYC, which took place in the showroom of our third sponsor: Poggenpohl.  Poggenpohl is a German kitchen design company that has been truly revolutionary in the past 120 years - they're even responsible for introducing the concept of the kitchen island, proving they are driven by innovation. Poggenpohl now offers the largest range of color and material choices with an emphasis on natural walnut and ash heartwood  cabinet fronts. Blending these wooden fronts with their new neutrals in colors of white, sand and grey creates a new modern aesthetic proving that modern design can be interesting, warm and inviting. Recently, Poggenpohl partnered with Hearst Publishing's Designer Visions Showhouse to create unique kitchens that were designed to reflect the styles of three well-known design magazines: Elle Decor, Veranda, and House Beautiful.  With the help of two other #BlogTourNYC sponsors, Jenn-Air and Silestone, and designers Matthew Patrick Smyth, Antony Todd and David Rockwell, they were able to create three truly dreamy kitchens.  My favorite tile source Ann Sacks were also a partnered in this Showhouse. In the Elle Decor kitchen, light sand-colored Poggenpohl cabinetry with contemporary pulls contrasts against a large, stormy Ann Sacks tile backsplash and rich gray Silestone countertops.  The effect is modern, sleek, and delicate mixture of masculine and feminine aesthetics. In the Veranda kitchen, the presence of two large windows flooded the kitchen with light, allowing the designer to choose Poggenpohl cabinets in a moody gray with beautiful violet undertones.  Mirrored tile (one of my favorites) from Ann Sacks reflect the light from the windows, helping to create a brighter, larger-looking kitchen. The House Beautiful kitchen has a lot of energy in its design, largely a result of the distinct horizontal grain in the Poggenpohl cabinetry chosen.  A mid-tone gray tile covers the back wall, while a light neutral Silestone countertop works with the light tones of the cabinets to create an airy and cheerful kitchen space. Last year, Poggenpohl celebrated its 120th anniversary, making it the oldest kitchen innovator in the world.  They continue their legacy with cutting-edge design and an eye to the future, an approach that is bound to lead them through another successful 120 years!  I want to thank them for their sponsorship at this wonderful event, and I look forward to seeing more innovative design from them! Many thanks to the  #BlogTourNYC Sponsors Poggenpohl, Silestone and Jenn Air. Stay Inspired! Photo credits: 1.) Quintessence 2.) Elle Decor 3.) Veranda 4.) House Beautiful 5.) Lori Gilder


Silestone’s White Zeus and the New Neutrals

Silestone by Cosentino was another of the generous #BlogTourNYC sponsors who was present at our welcome breakfast on the first day of the tour.  In addition to being a sponsor on the Modenus Blog Tour, Silestone is the manufacturer of a brilliant original compound of the same name, made with natural quartz featuring bacteriostatic protection.  For this reason, Silestone is an ideal material for kitchen countertops and bathrooms thanks to its completely unique antibacterial compound. At the breakfast we had the chance to enjoy a presentation by the company's Vice President of Marketing, Lorenzo Marquez.  He was proudly introducing a new line of neutral colors available for the Silestone collection.  Called the "Nebula Series," this group of six new neutrals is inspired by nebulae, the cosmic clouds of gas from which stars are born.  These colors are beautifully subtle, with quiet veining that creates a sense of depth similar to looking into the night sky, especially the Doradus color.  Each color includes the standard features of Silestone products, including a non-porous, antibacterial surface with a high level of durability.  Take a look at this design featuring the Altair color: What I was most excited about, however, was the introduction of the new White Zeus Extreme surface.  White countertops have always been a favorite of mine, and I'm not alone- so many of my clients have pined after them too!  White Zeus Extreme takes white countertops to a whole new level, offering the whitest white available on the market.  This surface is ideal for modern, transitional and traditional kitchens and bath designs and compliments stainless appliances beautifully.  Sleek and simple or  or distinctively detailed, just vary the edge style to suit your design aesthetic and you'll have the perfect surface for your countertops. When contrasted with black appliances and details, your kitchen takes on instant drama and sophistication: absolutely beautiful! Some homeowners tend to shy away from white counters fearing they may be more difficult to maintain and keep clean, especially those as bright as White Zeus Extreme.  The joy of Silestone, however, is that its non-porous surface requires very little maintenance to keep its beauty.  In addition to its natural durability and antibacterial properties, Silestone doesn't require sealant like natural stone countertops. Between their low-maintenance features and wide variety of colors (in addition to the new neutrals they've just released!) the possibilities are endless!  This material is so versatile, I can't think of a design where I couldn't use it! Be sure to stay tuned for more updates from the Blog Tour!   Stay Inspired!   Image 1: Lori Gilder Images 2,3,4,5 : Silestone


Sleek Stylish and Architectural Blanco’s New Collection

Blog Tour was one of the most incredible and inspiring design experiences I've had the privilege to enjoy. Day 1 began with a welcome breakfast at the Poggenpohl Showroom hosted by #BlogTourNYC sponsors Poggenpohl, Blanco and Silestone. Blanco, the German manufacturer and leading innovator in luxury sink and faucet design, is known for its elegant and cutting-edge fixtures....which is exactly what we witnessed first hand!  The ALTA™ Compact faucets were proudly showcased front and center - displaying each new color and finish for all to see. Color finishes include: Anthracite, Biscotti, Cafe Brown, Cinder, Truffle, White, Chrome and Satin Nickel. This modern and sleekly geometric fixture is ideal for any classic,contemporary or transitional style kitchen.  Its compact design will also work perfectly within a butler's pantry or for a wet bar, secondary sink or laundry room. This latest collection of faucets is designed with "real living" in mind.  They use less water, are highly durable and easily maintained which has universal appeal,  covering all demographics and lifestyles. Did I mention that the Alta Faucet swivels 120 degrees and pulls out to provide its dual spray feature?  How's that for flexibility? The Alta Faucet isn't just for compact sinks or spaces however.  Take a look at the image below.  It also compliments the generously sized architectural MODEX kitchen sink workstation - illustrating just how versatile this faucet really is. From the showroom floor we had the privilege of hearing from Christy Emens, the Social Media Manager of Blanco America. She had plenty of insights to share into the award winning MODEX workstation sink and the new neutrals, specifically - the  SILGRANIT II - color Cinder. With a blend of gray, black and brown this new color integrates seemlessly into any countertop style.  Best of all it is resistant to fading, scratching and staining and will maintain its timeless beauty for years to come. A Modern Classic! Now, if you want to go bold with a faucet for this sink, the Blanco Culina Semi-Professional clearly makes a statement!  Its tall and elegantly curving design features a flexible coiled steel spring spout, held in place by a magnetic holder.  It also has a dual spray feature and a water saving model available, which is perfect for the professional kitchens and the serious household chef. Check back for more updates and information about the exciting home design products featured at #BlogtourNYC To be continued... Many thanks to the Modenus BlogtourNYC sponsors Poggenpohl, Blanco, Silestone by Cosentino, Miele, Mr. Steam, Du Verre, Victoria + Albert, Barber Wilsons, Jenn Air and NKBA! Images 1 + 4: Lori Gilder Images 2+3: Blanco Stay Inspired!    


BlogTour NYC Sponsor- Victoria + Albert Adds Exceptional Luxury to the Bath

Well the countdown is on. In five days I will be heading to Manhattan for #BlogTourNYC where I will meet and greet the brilliant Veronika Miller,CEO and Founder of Modenus and the creator of BlogTour, along with all the incredible Sponsors who have made this event possible.  Sharing this experience with 13 other design bloggers from around the globe will no doubt leave an indelible mark and I'm truly honored to be among such creative and talented designers and bloggers.  Thank you Veronika! As an interior designer I'm constantly on the hunt for new and exciting materials and products that are innovative, strikingly beautiful and take some fresh angles on design. Introducing these unique elements into my design and renovation projects pleases my clients and sets their home apart from the rest. One of the product Sponsors I'm looking forward to meeting and experiencing first hand at the Architectural Digest Home Show is Victoria + Albert, a British Company specializing in creating stunning free standing bathtubs and basins. They will be featuring the Cabrits bath at the show and I'm ready to take it for a test drive. The organic shape of this tub is delightfully modern and its contours are designed for comfort regardless of your height.  A gently sloping bottom supports your body and a swooping, tall headrest area gives you the perfect place to relax your head during a long soak. Another bathtub I love: the Ravello.  This bath glows with elegance and sophistication.  Its clean lines and gentle sloping symmetry make it a beautiful and unique element to any design style. One of the most interesting aspects about the Victoria + Albert baths goes beyond their innovative style. They are fabricated from a material that is unique to them and their brand. It's called ENGLISHCAST®, and it is made from a combination of resin and volcanic limestone. This unique material allows them to cast their tubs in a single piece, and the final product is stain resistant, extremely strong, and long-lasting.  Its insulating properties make it warm to the touch, and it can even be painted for a customized look. I'm very much looking forward to experiencing these products first hand.  Incorporating one of these spectacular pieces into a bathroom renovation project would be the ultimate in quality and style.  I'd love to hear your thoughts on them in the comments or on my Facebook page! Stay Inspired! Images Courtesy of: Modenus,  Victoria + Albert 


2012 Design Quarter Holiday Crawl

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the inaugural 2012 Design Quarter Holiday Crawl.  This open house event in Los Angeles' La Cienega Design Quarter featured thirteen participating showrooms coming together in an effort to raise funds for the Charitable Children's Guild, which supports LA's Orthopedic Hospital. I was thrilled to have my friend and fab kitchen designer Rebecca Reynolds in town for this great evening.  We started at Egg & Dart Home, (which c0-hosted the event) where we were able to experience some of the industry's finest home fashion designs.  This exquisite showroom sparkles with spectacular lighting fixtures by Niermann Weeks, Borghase and Ron Jesse Lighting... which highlights the most elegant furnishings from Adriana Hoyos,  Christopher Kennedy and many more in between. After our personal tour from Egg & Dart Home owner Keith Hudson, we grabbed a shuttle to Mecox Gardens, a fabulous source of antiques, re-editions and original designs from around the world.  Their collections are so well curated that there is no shortage of sourcing pieces for any type of home design style. While at the Holiday Crawl, I got to meet and chat with Kathy Levine, an incredibly talented woman who designs and manufactures fine antique-style pillows and other accessories.  As an avid animal lover, I fell in love with her Belgian Linen dog and horse appliquéd pillows....a must have! She also had hand-embroidered Suzani pillows and appliqued hand towels, which would make the perfect hostess gift for the holidays! All told, it was a wonderful event and I thoroughly enjoyed my time there.  What is your favorite holiday event in LA?


Passport To Creativity Contest For A Trip To Spain

It's been about a month now since I began a weekly "World Tour of Design" series and if I'm lucky I just might be able to tour a country myself soon....and I'll take you with me.   I recently entered the Tile of Spain: Passport to Creativity 2013 contest to win an architectural trip to Spain!  It's been way too long since I last visited the country and I would LOVE to get back there!  So why not enter a contest....right?   This contest, is open to accredited architects and interior designers from across the country and like most contests we needed to answer a series of questions and submit a photo of ourselves somehow involved with Spanish Tile. As you can see from these photos, the product line is absolutely stunning.  Materials are available in a variety of striking graphic patterns, sizes and finishes.   There is no shortage of gorgeous applications for these tile products, some of which you can see in the project portfolio at Porcelanosa, one of the largest tile distributors in the United States. These state-of-the-art porcelain tiles  integrate beautifully into any design style. If I am one of the lucky ones chosen for this tour of Spain, I will have the opportunity to immerse myself in the local culture, learn firsthand about the architecture, design, and cuisine, and learn so much more about this innovative porcelain product and how it can impact our design vision and inspire us for future projects .  I would also attend the International Ceramic Tile and Bath Furnishings Show, which is bound to be full of inspiration. I would love to help you design your home and incorporate sleek Spanish Tile into your home renovation project!  Feel free to contact me at Interior Makeovers Inc. by calling 310-788-0990 or emailing Lori@InteriorMakeovers.com! Stay Inspired!


Simple and Elegant Thanksgiving Centerpieces

Thanksgiving has come awfully quickly this year, but there is still plenty of time to perfect the look of your dining room table before it's time for your delicious feast. Last year, I shared some of my favorite Thanksgiving table settings, but this year I'd like to focus on simple and elegant centerpiece ideas.  These centerpieces don't have to take up a lot of space on the table, leaving more room for all the dishes of my favorite meal of the year! Nature-inspired Thanksgiving table centerpieces are some of the most beautiful, affordable, and simple centerpieces to arrange.  While you're hunting down the perfect turkey, consider stopping by a florist for some lovely blooms in autumn colors.  Sure you can always arrange them in a vase, but there are more unique ways to use your flowers in your Thanksgiving decor. For a modern and minimalist approach just a couple of flowers arranged in a glass container will give you the wow factor. Or you could remove the blossoms and arrange them underneath upturned glassware.  You could even add some candles or mini pumpkins on top of the glass stems. Thanksgiving is a feast, so incorporating food into your flower arrangements is a great way to create a decorating theme.  You can color-coordinate flowers with different colors of bell peppers cut to hold them like a vase. Or you could use butternut squash as a vase.  I love this look so much that I'm planning using it for my own table. I'll post a photo of it next week! If you want a centerpiece that will look fresh for longer than flowers, you could try this arrangement of miniature pumpkins held on candlesticks. You can also get your kids involved by having them fill vases with layers of dried legumes, fruits, and nuts to act as a colorful candle holder. How are you decorating your table this year?  Share your ideas in the comments, and have a very Happy Thanksgiving! Stay Inspired!   Photo Credits: 1.) Decoist 2-5.) Better Homes and Gardens 6.) Epicurious


Featured in “Design Hot Spots” in this Month’s Traditional Home Magazine

In this month's edition of Traditional Home Magazine, my friend Tamara Mathews Stevenson wrote a piece featuring the favorite go-to spots for design finds from fifteen designers across the country.  I'm honored to say I was one of the designers chosen for this article, and I shared Calypso St. Barth Home, one of my favorite spots in Santa Monica, California. Tamara is an incredibly talented writer who writes her own very popular blog, so I really appreciated the feature in her article, and I'm honored to be among the other great talents also featured.  Thank you Tamara for inviting me to contribute to your article. Tamara's piece in Traditional Home is a neat interactive map that allows you to click on one of the featured cities and learn more about the designers and their favorite design spots in that area.  It's a fantastic resource if you're looking for design gems around the country. Be sure to take some time to explore the interactive story and be sure to take a look at Tamara's blog, Nest by Tamara.  It's well worth the visit. If you are planning to redesign your home, I would love to help!  Contact me at Interior Makeovers Inc. by calling 310-788-0990 or emailing Lori@InteriorMakeovers.com. Stay Inspired!


New Stark Carpet and Home Showroom Opens

I was recently privileged to attend the grand opening of the new Stark Carpet & Home Showroom in Los Angeles.  The showroom has over 9,000 square feet of custom-designed carpets and rugs that designers like myself can sample for our clients, and it also introduces an exciting new division for retail customers called Stark Home. From the moment you enter the showroom you are hit with inspiration at every turn.  From contemporary to traditional and wools to silks, there is no shortage of styles and patterns to choose from.  For those certain design projects that require specific sizes, shapes, colors and patterns - Stark's custom designed rugs are a specialty . There are thousands of carpets and rugs available at Stark Carpet & Home, from exclusives designed by Alexa Hampton, Sherrill Canet, Charlotte Moss, and more to the incredibly popular Darius Antique Rugs.   In the Stark Home section, you can find a huge array of area rugs, fabrics, wall coverings and gorgeous home accessories to complete your home decor.   You can find the newly opened Stark Carpet & Home Showroom at 805 N. La Cienega Boulevard, right in the middle of the Los Angeles design district.  The selection is truly impressive and worthy of a visit. I would love to help you design your home with the incredible rugs, carpets, and accessories from Stark.  Just contact me at Interior Makeovers Inc. by calling 310-788-0990 or emailing Lori@InteriorMakeovers.com. Stay Inspired!


Bedside Tables For Your Shabby Chic Bedroom

Shabby chic design is definitely a go-to bedroom style for many and selecting bedside tables are an integral part of your bedroom decor - both for function and design. Bedside tables are highly functional furniture pieces that need to provide ample surface area for your lamps, clocks, books, ipad or laptop at the same time compliment the pieces you already have. So what types of nightstands work best with this Shabby Chic style? Here are a few tips to help guide you down the right path while shopping for those bedside tables. I would love to help you design your Master Bedroom. Contact us at Interior Makeovers Inc. 310-788-0990 or email: Lori@InteriorMakeovers.com Looking forward to hearing from you. Stay Inspired!


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