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My Invitation to BlogTourNYC

February 20th, 2013 by Lori Gilder | 3 Comments

Ok…. so for the past few weeks I’ve been dying to share a secret.

I have been invited by Modenus along with 13 other designers/ bloggers to join BlogTourNYC next month…and I’m beyond excited!

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I am so honored to be among such an amazingly talented group of designers and writers. This is the 2nd year that BlogTour will be gracing the streets of New York and this time I’m one of the lucky ones, invited by Modenus, to visit my favorite City and share all the design festivities with you.  From the Architectural Digest Home Design Show – to various design tours and hip cocktail parties, I will tweet, post, instagram and pin my way through Manhattan keeping you plugged in to #BlogTourNYC with a daily dose of what’s new and fabulous on the New York Design Scene!

I’m also looking forward to meeting this talented group, and making some new friends from the US, Canada and from “across the pond”.

So here we are from L to R:

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1. Kate Watson-Smyth: Mad About the House  2. Zoe Brewer:  3. Mike Welton:

4. Irene Turner: Little Bits of Beauty   5. Emily Blunden: Atticus and Finch  6. Marie-Louise Munter: Miss Design Says

7. Gem Barton:  8. Ricarda Nieswandt: 23qm Stil   9. Lisa Goulet: Lisa Goulet Design

10. Michael Ryan: Michael Ryan Design  11. Louisa Blackmore: West Egg Blog  12. Heather Jenkinson: Living in a Pretty How Town

13. Desiree Groenedal: Vosgesparis   14…..and me Lori Gilder:


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Bringing That Beach Style Home

July 6th, 2011 by Lori Gilder | 5 Comments

Beach style living gives you the luxury of living more casually but with great sophistication and style.  So if you’ve just returned from a beach vacation and you want to bring that coastal vibe home with you, here are some design ideas to help give you the look you’re after.

Photo Via Coastal Living Image: Lisa Romerein

White tends to be the most used color in interior design. It’s extremely malleable, easily transitional and highly reflective creating a bright and cheery atmosphere even on the gloomiest days. Using white walls, ceilings, floors, moldings as the dominant color in a home might seem a like a recipe for disaster to some, but the reality is it enlarges small spaces at the same time acting as the ideal backdrop for making every day practical items pop like works of art.  The space feels lighter and airier.

Photo via Elle Decor   Meg Ryan’s Kitchen

·      Treat your ceiling to some volume if at all possible with exposed beams and truss work, or add some 8” tongue and groove paneling to your ceilings for some added volume and cottage atmosphere. 

Everyone loves the dark deep rich tones of wood floors over the past few years, but to achieve that lighter and brighter “beachy” environment consider going blonde. Sand your floorboards and refinish them in a myriad of ways by using natural linseed oils, white wax oils, lyes or white soaps to get the latest look. A lighter looking floor allows the wood’s character to show through, which tends to create a more rustic feel. Top it off with a natural area rug for added texture and comfort. Incorporating a host of organic materials such as bamboos, rattans and natural woods creates a sense of both casual and natural style of living.


Photo via Coastal Living

Maximize your outdoor views whether it’s your pool, patio, deck or beach with bi-fold or sliding doors – that tuck easily away – to integrate the interior with the exterior and extend your interior living space to the outdoors.  Grab inspiration from your home’s natural environment – so when it comes time to select your color palette – let the natural environment beyond help guide your color inspiration.

       Use slipcovers on seating – and provide yourself with multiple sets in alternating fabrics and colors for the changing seasons.  Do the same with your accessories – shifting from spring/summer and fall/winter without ever leaving your vacation home.


Photo via Elle Decor

Photo Via Elle Decor

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Please leave your 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. © 2011 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc.

New York Fashion Week Here I Come

February 8th, 2011 by Lori Gilder | 1 Comment

The countdown is on!  Tomorrow morning I’m off to New York and Mercedes Benz Fashion Week!  I’m really over the moon excited for this incredible opportunity – so thank you again Brizo for being such gracious hosts!!  I don’t know if I’m more excited to learn more about their state-of- the-art technology and fashion-forward designs – attending Jason Wu’s Fashion Show – or meeting this exceptional group of architecture and design bloggers.

Now I’d like to introduce you to this elite group of talented writers, designers and architects – so please take a moment or two and visit their websites/blogs – You’ll be glad you did.

Nicholas Lovelady Leslie Fine
Carmen Christensen Raina Cox
JB Bartkowiak
Patricia Davis Brown
Roberta Kravette Arne Salvesen
Michelle Carangi Jonathan Legate
Michelle Wiebe Kymberly Weiner
Eric Miller Nicole Dufour Durocher
Sean Culman Patricia Davis Brown
Richard W. Herb Jennifer Rector
Tamara Stephenson And Myself

Sensori Custom Shower

Venuto SmartTouch

So for the next few days we will be immersed in all things design. Where we will witness the fusion of technology, design and high fashion resulting in state-of-the-art products that promise to transform any kitchen and bath renovation into a high-style lifestyle.  Why should high fashion be limited to just the runway?

For me, learning how Brizo’s design team conceptualizes, innovates and produces their award winning products –and ultimately launches them into the marketplace will be a huge highlight.   Oh Yeah – THE JASON WU FASHION SHOW will be an enormous thrill!

I’ll be armed with my camera, flip and laptop – ready to report back with some great coverage!

See you then.

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. © 2011 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc.

Designing With Mirrors

August 31st, 2010 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

Sometimes the simplest changes can create the greatest impact in your home – and adding mirrors to your design scheme is one of them. I’m not just referring to wall hung mirrors – although they are always beautiful – but introducing strategically placed mirrored surfaces in your foyer, kitchen, bath, living room, dining room or bedroom.  Reflective surfaces brighten a space and create that extra layer of sparkle and texture, at the same time visually increasing a sense of space.

Here are some stunning ideas for adding that spectacular look to your room.


  • Mirroring the adjacent wall to the entry with a large oversized frame will transform a dark and dingy foyer into a bright and spectacular space.
  • Or take it a step further and adhere some beveled-mirrored tiles to the entire wall with a beautiful glass chandelier suspended from above.
  • If large mirrors aren’t for you then consider a mirrored chest at the entry with your favorite piece of art above highlighted with a crystal or glass table lamp and finished with an exquisite arrangement of fresh flowers.


  • Add some instant light and reflection in your kitchen with a mirrored backsplash.  Do you have a killer view of the ocean or a spectacular English garden?  What better way than to highlight it and integrate the interior with the exterior for a panoramic view.
  • For added texture apply either glass or mirrored mosaic tiles to the backsplash and you’ll still achieve that shimmer and shine.


  • The use of multiple mirrored surfaces will open up a small space and create a sense of elegance and glamour. Consider mirroring the entire wall from the top of the countertop material all the way to the ceiling.  It will visually double the size of a smaller bathroom and reflect the natural light.
  • A mirror placed across from the bathroom window also adds depth to the room.
  • Reflective backsplashes also work and will create a similar effect or antique mirrored tiles.

Living Room

  • In a more traditional home apply mirrored sections on the walls in framed in molding and paneling for a crisp classic style – enhancing your furniture and creating a bright beautiful space.
  • For a more contemporary flair introduce a crisp and cool fireplace surround to double the glow of the fire when lit.
  • Or add some beveled mirrors or tiles with glass rosette insets for a more traditional style.
  • Free standing glass screens will definitely add some drama along with a mirror mounted over a mirrored surface to provide you with a greater sense of detail and depth.


  • Whether you have a built in closet or a French wardrobe, mirror your closet doors to not only expand the light and space but to also provide you a sense of elegance
  • Introduce mirrored nightstands by adding glamour to your storage.

Incorporating mirrors into your interior design plans is an easy way to add light, space and airiness to your room . For larger rooms, it adds a new dimension to the space. Play around with different mirror shapes and reflective surfaces.  I know you’ll find the perfect solution to spicing up the ambiance of every room in your house.

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. © 2010 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc.

Home Renovations and Geology 101

December 17th, 2009 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

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According to the Geologist, Liz and Mark Brown’s current home is built on liquefaction soil.  Welcome to California!

What is soil liquefaction?
Liquefaction occurs in saturated soils and sands. The soil transforms from a solid to a liquefied state.  When liquefaction occurs (as in the event of an earthquake) the strength of the soil can be compromised temporarily by the shaking earth, and as a result, that soil deposit has a tough time supporting the structure’s foundation, which could cause it to tilt or sink. Think of it in terms of a “quicksand” scenario.

This geological investigation will identify those soil conditions and literally tell structural engineers how the foundation must be designed. Now you can see why digging and testing the soil conditions for this type of home addition and renovation project is imperative.  Soil testing is an integral part of designing your home and more specifically the foundation it’s built on, as it has a direct link to the earth and rock below.

The required “Geological Engineering Liquefaction and Foundation Investigation”, will expose a variety of properties contained within the various layers of soil, which will in turn Week 5-2 Image 2provide the structural engineer with all the information he’ll need to design the proper, solid foundation for all areas of this home renovation project.

Now it’s my job to provide the geologist with a Topographic Land Survey of the existing property (which the Browns had copies of from a few years back), and a site plan, indicating each new proposed addition to the existing structure.  This information will provide the geologists with a roadmap as to the number of drill sites they’ll need to provide throughout the property.

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