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A Mid-Century Modern Home Tour: The Kitchen

November 19th, 2013 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

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.

Modern Kitchen Layout

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.



Luxurious Closet Design That Meets Your Every Need

July 11th, 2013 by Lori Gilder | 2 Comments

You can never have too much storage space in a home, especially if you tend to collect belongings.  While most home storage is designed to be purely functional and often hidden behind a closed door, one area of your home where you can invite some luxury into your storage is the master closet.

Luxury Closet - House Beautiful

The master closet is one of the most private areas of your home– so why not be as decadent and indulgent as you want in your design!  Here are just a few ideas for a master closet that will make you swoon:

  • Organization – You’ll want plenty of hanging space for your clothes, and the standard shelf and rod is not going to cut it for a well-organized space.  Custom-designing your closet with built-in storage that can efficiently display shirts, pants, suits, and dresses organized in color stories, will make your primping experience much more pleasant.  This usually requires multiple shelves and hanging areas expertly spaced to make the most of the square footage of the closet.  If you have ample space your  master closet providing multiple drawers will free up floor space in your master bedroom!  And if you must share with your husband (and most of us do) provide him with tie/belt hangers and built-in shoe racks to help keep the closet from becoming haphazard and disorganized.


  • Seating – Comfortable seating is an absolute must! Use a cushioned bench or a full sofa chair, depending on the space available to you.  Not only does this give you a quiet spot to relax, it also makes it easier to put on your shoes in the morning.


  • Lighting –  In addition to having general overhead lighting, consider track lighting to focus on your actual wardrobe. Wall sconces are another wonderful option for getting more light into this room.  Don’t stick with standard light fixtures, either; luxurious fixtures like an overhead chandelier can go a long way toward an incredible-looking space.
  • Full Length Mirror – You don’t want to leave your home with a missed button or a flipped collar!  Full-length mirrors are a must for checking your appearance before you head out.  Choose one with a frame so that it looks like a piece of art in your closet.
  • Vanity – Include a vanity that can be used to apply makeup and put on jewelry.  Ideally, the vanity will have its own lighting and a cushy seat as well as a well-organized drawer for holding your jewels and makeup.

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  • TV – A TV in the closet is a great way to know what weather and traffic to expect from the day as you’re getting ready.  No more running back inside for that jacket!
  • Coffee Station – For extra convenience, install a coffee bar nestled into a corner of the closet, especially if you’re like me and can’t live without those early morning cups.

 Closet with Coffee Bar and Television

For additional design tips and ideas for your home, be sure to visit me online at Interior Makeovers, Inc.. or call us at 310-788-0990. I’d love to help you create your ideal luxury closet space.

Photo credits:

1.) HouseBeautiful

2.) Pinterest

3. ) Decor Pad

4. & 5.) Houzz

Celebrate the Outdoors This Summer

June 29th, 2013 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

This weekend the temps are going to soar here in LA which means that summer is officially here!  This is one of my favorite seasons  for casual gatherings with friends, mostly due to the fact that the weather is ideal for outdoor cookouts and garden parties. So it makes sense that one of the most sought-after home improvement projects over the past several years are comfortable and well-designed outdoor living spaces.  Homeowners in every climate are looking for better ways to enjoy the company of friends in the fresh air in an effort to extend the summer lifestyle.

An outdoor living area can be designed with all the comforts of an indoor space while allowing you to fully take advantage of the gorgeous summertime weather, whether it’s having friends and family over for a barbecue or simply having a place outside where you can enjoy a few quiet moments to yourself.

Here are a few design tips to consider implementing for your outdoor space.

  • Garden Retreat – Create an outdoor space that utilizes a pergola to help shade you from the sun without completely blocking the light. For an area like this, introduce a number of different plants, trees and flowers to help provide a calm and relaxing atmosphere – perfect for reading a book in the afternoon!

House Beautiful Pergola

  • Outdoor Living Room – Planning on entertaining more than a few guests during the summer? A subtle transition from the interior to exterior  will provide you with more livable square footage.  Build an outdoor living space directly outside of your home to help bring some of your indoor comforts out. This elegant extension will provide you with a mini home “resort” feeling which will enhance your quality of life and increase the value of your property!


  • Patio Space – Sometimes, all you need is a small patio. If you like spending casual time with friends, family or by yourself, then a patio is the perfect place to do it. Add a table and surround it with comfortable seating of your choice for an easy to maintain and enjoyable patio area.


These are just a few design tips for your home that you can use to create an outdoor area to enjoy. For more architectural interior design advice, please visit me at Interior Makeovers.

Photo Credits:

1.) House Beautiful

2.) Pinterest

3.) Pop  Sugar

A Recap of My Time at KBIS

May 1st, 2013 by Lori Gilder | 1 Comment

Last post, I talked about the KBIS and NKBA’s 50th anniversary, but today I’d like to go a little deeper into my actual involvement with the show.  While at KBIS, I gave two presentation, joined a panel discussion, and was even on a radio interview.  It was a busy show, but I enjoyed every minute of it.

My two presentations were organized to introduce the revolutionary new showroom technology from QueX.  This technology allows users to interact with a virtual showroom and virtual home designs to help designers and clients work more efficiently together when planning and creating a design project. It takes out much of the guesswork and the chance for miscommunications by providing a “virtual” face to face between the designer, client and any  major supplier or GC – enhancing the collaboration process.

I was thrilled to be among one of eight designers selected to interpret a home space for different generations; my design assignment was the GenX Kitchen.  We created drawings, concept boards and virtual 3D’s of our designs which were then loaded on to the QueX platform –  allowing us to interact with our audience using the multi-touch display screens.

QueX Screen

Our Fabulous Featured Designers: Andie Day, Carmen Christensen, Cheryl Kees Clendenon, Corey Klassen, (me), Meredith Heron, Susan Serra and Tyler Wisler.

Working with QueX technology allows everyone involved to get a full overview of all aspects of the design process, at the same time enhancing the communication between the client and the design team as a whole.

During one presentation

I was also asked by Veronika Miller of Modenus to share some highlights and favorite finds from #BlogTourNYC and the Architectural Digest Home Design Show.  I was joined by other alum from previous Blog Tours: Tamara Stephenson – BlogTour London, Kelly Morisseau – BlogTourNYC, and Brandon Smith – BlogTour Cologne.  They all had some great insights on how to use some of their favorite discoveries as design inspiration.

Finally, I was invited to do a radio interview for MyFixitUpLife.  Mark and Theresa, the hilarious couple behind this helpful website take you on an insiders tour of the home improvement industry.  They hosted three – hour long shows during KBIS and I was lucky enough to get a jam packed 15 minutes with them.  They are so full of life and energy…I could have spoken with them for hours!


I was so glad to have had this opportunity to meet all of these talented people and experience the industry trends and emerging technology.

Stay tuned for more NOLA adventures!

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Designing Your Home to Last

February 26th, 2013 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

If you take the time and energy to plan a home renovation, make sure it is designed to last.  While new paint and accessories are a great way to update a space with a fresh new look, more extensive architectural interior design changes should be made with an eye toward the future.

Answering a few important questions about how you really live will help you develop important design decisions and features within your home. Considering your future plans for more children, an aging parent or a returning college student will help guide your design strategy to add functionality, expand, or repurpose rooms. Looking forward and anticipating the long-term needs of your family will help you enjoy your home and neighborhood for years to come.


It goes without saying that home with a bonus room or a basement is the ideal spot for a children’s playroom- but design it with some flexibility in mind.  Once the children have grown out of that “playroom” the space should easily be repurposed and used as a home office for homework and provide those teens (and parents) with a great living space to hang out with family and friends. If that space includes a full bath…then you’re well on the way to transforming it into a suite for returning college students.


Always invest in the highest quality materials and furnishings your budget will allow!. Avoid trendy items and fads that will undoubtedly become outdated. Instead, purchase quality pieces that get better with age. Investing in quality furniture with classic lines will stand the test of time. And when it comes to colors, select a foundation of neutral on the big ticket items which are then be easily updated with interchangeable accessories in highlighting colors and patterns.

Barbara Barry

Designing a home to last a lifetime can help homeowners create the ideal spaces to raise children and enjoy their retirement years. For more tips for designing a timeless interior, contact me at Interior Makeovers, Inc. by calling 310-788-0990. I’d also be thrilled to hear about your future plans for your home on Facebook!

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Photo Credits:
1.) Windsor Smith
2.)  Barbara Barry
3.) Apartment Therapy


Renovating a Kitchen with a Custom Range Hood

September 27th, 2012 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

One of my current renovation projects is an exciting kitchen renovation.  We will be expanding the size of the kitchen by relocating an adjacent laundry room and utilizing that extra square footage to create a highly functional and extremely beautiful new kitchen.

In order to keep the design feeling focused and purposeful, we had to choose a focal point for the kitchen.  The focal point is the first place to which the eye is drawn when it enters a room, and it acts as an anchor for the rest of the design.  For this kitchen renovation, we are incorporating custom range hood, which will also provide instant character to this space.

Custom Range Hood Designed by Linda McDougald

 Designer: Linda McDougald                                Photo: Rachael Boling

In recent years, the range hood has evolved from the functional-but-boring feature of the kitchen into a beautifully designed focal point that can really enhance the entire style of the kitchen.  Custom range hoods still provide the very necessary function of  ventilation by removing odors and moisture from the home to improve your air quality, but they do so with an artful touch.  From stainless steel, zinc,  perwter or bronze, these range hoods can be customized to blend seamlessly into any kitchen design, and tend to steal the show by becoming the focal point of the entire kitchen.  This is our goal with this current kitchen renovation project.

Here is the new floor plan for the kitchen renovation:

 Floor Plan for the Kitchen Remodel

As you can see, the site lines in this spacious kitchen instantly draw your eyes to the centrally located range.  It is now easily visible from the entryway as well as from the built-in banquette, where the family will spend much of their time gathering and cozying in for those gourmet meals.

Here is an elevation that shows the view of the proposed zinc/stainless barrel shaped range hood:

 Range Hood Elevation

The size of the range hood will undoubtedly complement the new kitchen design and make an impressive statement in the room.

If you’re interested in adding a custom range hood to your kitchen, there are some excellent resources on both the East and the West coast.  It also helps to have the assistance of a professional designer when making design decisions as big as this one, so please feel free to contact me by calling 310-788-0990 or emailing


Custom Range Hood Designed by Linda McDougald, Photo by Rachael Boling

In Search of the Ideal Wood Door for New Kitchen Cabinets

September 11th, 2012 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

When redesigning and redecorating a home, it’s inevitable that certain challenges and restrictions will crop up during the process.  In some ways, designing a home from nothing can be a lot more straightforward than redesigning a home around existing features, especially when the homeowner is particularly attached to one or more of these features.  Solving these challenges is always an exciting exercise in creativity for a designer.

As an example, I am currently working on redesigning a kitchen for a client as a part of an entire home redesign.  The challenge with the kitchen redesign comes from one of its largest features: the countertops.  The client already has gorgeous countertops created from an exotic, distinct, and exclusive granite called Sodalite Blue Granite, and she is understandably very attached to these countertops.  For this reason, the kitchen cannot be entirely re-planned or replaced, and we are limited to the existing framework.

Sodalite Blue Countertop

Because the Sodalite Blue Granite countertops are so distinct and colorful, sourcing wood for the new kitchen cabinets that will compliment the counters is our greatest challenge.  To add to the challenge, the client does not like the appearance of molded doors and feels as though flat doors are too plain for her.

To compliment the cool tones of the Sodalite Blue Granite, we are sourcing wood with warm tones in their finishes.  We’ve chosen a range of options for our client to consider, from a bright and cheerful Beech to a deep and elegant Wenge.  The wood chosen for the cabinets can set the tone for the entire kitchen and help guide the remainder of the redesign and redecorating process.

Wood Door Options

As for the style of the cabinet doors, we are compromising between the more ornate molded doors and a plain flat door by offering the options of adding a slight beveled or routered edge.  This addition will add visual interest to the appearance of the doors while still avoiding the look of molded doors that the client dislikes.

Which wood would you choose to pair with the Sodalite Blue Granite?  We’d love to hear your opinions in the comments!

A Master Bath Renovation – The Finishing Stage

May 8th, 2012 by Lori Gilder | 2 Comments

After weeks of demo and the rough stages we are so thrilled to have finally entered the drywall phase of this renovation.  All the framing, plumbing and electrical revisions have been completed, inspected and approved.  Thankfully we have graduated from the rough stage and are moving on to the finish phase of this master bath renovation.

Things should move along rather quickly from this point forward (or so my client hopes), as the trades prepare for the installation of the exquisite tiles, stone, cabinetry, fixtures and fittings.  Expert preparation on each and every surface is imperative.  We have some unique and specialized materials specified for this nature inspired master bath.  All of which require ideal surface conditions and expert installation techniques to ensure these products shine.

Looking forward to the tile installation coming up next week.

Last post I mentioned our onsite “shear wall” issue and how it seemed to hinder the sizing of our windows and limited the amount of natural light be filtered into the space.  So we “skooched” (a highly technical term) the inner windows slightly to accommodate one more window of equal size – and equally spaced – therefore only needing to re-frame and order one more window of the same size.


 Unfortunately from our last site meeting to this one – the pony wall (which was originally framed 8” too high) was not lowered to the correct height.  Always stay on top of your plans…..have everything documented and double check everything on site!

Here is an exterior view of the beach home with the newly framed windows along the left side.

To Be Continued……..

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Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca. © 2012 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc.

Give Your Home Some Extra TLC!

April 15th, 2012 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

During a renovation take the time and give your home the TLC it REALLY needs… this video and get a better idea of what I mean.

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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.

A “Simple” Addition?

April 8th, 2012 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

Many of my clients WISH that a simple add on could be just that.  But the truth is even a small addition requires precision planning.  Take a peek at this video for some insight.

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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.