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Leave No Stone Unturned With These Pebble Inspired Design Elements

June 23rd, 2013 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

When it comes to finding ideas for the unique touches that set a home apart, I often like to turn to the outdoors for my interior design inspiration.  Trees and branches inspire intricate and elegant design elements, while flowers bring beauty and color into a space, but these are fairly common sources of design inspiration.

A favorite natural element that brings a sense of tranquility and stability to a space are rocks or pebbles.  Pebbles are often associated with babbling brooks, lakeside beaches and spa retreats, so if you bring pebble-inspired design elements into your home you can emulate some of this serenity.  Here are some great ideas for incorporating pebbles in your home:

  • Pebble Border – To provide a sense of calmness in your bathroom space, using a pebble accent for your walls is a great way to go. A simple pebble border that runs around the entire bathroom area is enough to provide a unique natural texture that complements your design.
  • Pebble Backsplash – You can also give pebbles a more prominent role in your bathroom design by using them in your backsplash. The thing I love about pebbles is that they come in a number of different colors and tones from light, medium or  dark designs.


  • Pebble Walls – Don’t be afraid to go all out- an entire wall of pebble tile is a great way to create a focal point in the bathroom. Here I incorporated stacked pebbles on all four walls of this poolside powder room.Choose other natural elements such as wood and stone to compliment it.

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  • Pebble Floors – You can add a pebble border to your floor to add texture, or you can even create a pit of actual pebbles in which to place your freestanding bathtub for an added element of luxury. We incorporated this pebble floor below, in this master bathroom renovation.  My physician client loved the idea of the uneven natural floor underfoot as it tends to massage the feet at various pressure points.

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  • Pebble Accessories – A clear bowl full of pebbles is an easy way to add a touch of natural beauty to any room.  You can also add a few pebble shaped candles to your design for a fun and unusual accent.


These are just a few ways that you can use pebbles as interior design inspiration. For more architectural interior design advice, visit me at Interior Makeovers.

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Photo 2: Lori Gilder/Interior Makeovers

Photo 3: Apartment Therapy

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Design Challenges: The Lofty Living Room

October 18th, 2012 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

We all love high ceilings!  They make a room feel spacious, bright, and open, which is why so many homes feature an impressive two-story living or family room.  Tall windows flood the space with plenty of natural light, and two-story fireplaces can make a gorgeous impact on your home.  Unfortunately, there are times these two-story spaces can come with a two-story blank wall that can seem overwhelming in its size and emptiness.  These tall and massive walls can present a major design challenge at times, but there are ways to handle these large blank canvases to make them a beautiful feature and focal point within your home.

Add Moldings

Moldings,wainscoting and beefy trims can add instant detail and architectural interest to the walls, at the same time anchoring and framing decorative additions, like the large sconces and the art in this room.  Applying these details creates instant character and more intimacy to an otherwise lofty space.

 Creating Frames on a Two Story Wall

Create Recessed Niches

Carving out  niches into your wall with recessed lighting provides a spectacular setting for highlighting art, flower arrangements, or your priceless collections.

 Creating Recessed Displays

Large-Scale Art Arrangements

You can either find a single large-scale piece of art to fill the wall or several pieces that can be artfully arranged within its own vignette.  Lay out a template in advance to ensure the scale of the pieces you’re using for your wall collage are proportionate to the volume of the space it occupies.

 Art Arrangement on a Two Story Wall

I would love to help you handle any major design challenges in your home!  Feel free to contact me at Interior Makeovers Inc. by calling 310-788-0990 if you have a design dilemma that needs solving.

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Photos via Houzz

A Redesigned Home Continues its Acting Career

October 11th, 2012 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

A few years ago I redesigned a home for a client, never anticipating that that same home would one day earn a place on the big screen.  In December of 2011, however, I received the pleasant surprise that the home had become a set piece in Answers to Nothing, a Dane Cook movie that was released that month.

I was once again surprised to discover that the very same home has added another line to its film resume, this time appearing in a very cute Dr. Scholl’s commercial.  Take a look:

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For comparison, here’s the screenshot of the kitchen I designed for this client as it appeared in Answers to Nothing:

Kitchen in Answers to Nothing

It just goes to show you never know when your projects are going to develop a life of their own and go to completely unexpected places.  If this home continues its film career, maybe one day we’ll see it on the red carpet!

I would love to help you redesign your house into a beautiful home fit for filming.  If you want a star-studded house, feel free to contact me at Interior Makeovers Inc. by calling 310-788-0990.

The Elegance of Antique Glass

September 24th, 2012 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

If you want to add a touch of elegance and instant character to your home’s interior, antique glass tile is an incredible way to make a statement.  The mirrored surface reflects light in the room, expanding the whole space and at he same time makes the room appear more spacious than it is.  While both of these effects can also be accomplished with regular mirrored surfaces, the personality of antiqued glass creates a sense of warmth and a singular charm.  Its aged appearance gives a room a comforting lived-in atmosphere that is very welcoming to experience.

One of the greatest things about antique glass tile is its versatility.  It can be used in any room as tiling or as an accent feature, and it mixes well with a variety of decorating styles.  It blends well with a vintage or eclectic decor,  fits in beautifully with classic or traditional interiors and helps to balance more modern designs.  Take a look at these beautiful examples for inspiration in  your own home!

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Ann Sacks Visage Tile


Antiqued Bathroom Mirror

You can find antique glass from several sources, but I particularly love the gorgeous appearance of the Visage tile from Ann Sacks.  Jockimo is another favorite of mine, especially because of its versatility in style and size.  I would love to help you find the perfect place in your home for this beautiful antique glass, so feel free to contact us at Interior Makeovers Inc. by calling 310-788-0990 or emailing


Photo Credits:
1.) Elle Decor
2.) Ann Sacks
3.) Plush Palate
4.) Jockimo

Designing An Open Floor Plan

March 11th, 2012 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

A popular home renovation trend is to re-purpose and  re-configure traditional layouts into more open spaces.  Removing interior walls not only improves the flow to a home, it also creates an open and flexible floor plan, which is more casual, comfortable and versatile for families who love to entertain.   But before you start the process, let me share some advice.

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

How To Create A Summer Escape At Home

July 27th, 2010 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

Whether you call it a beach house, summer cottage or weekend pied-a-terre – who says you can’t create your own coastal look at home.

  • Beach house style living gives you the luxury of living more casually but with great sophistication and style.
  • White tends to be the most used color in interior design. Is white a true color or rather the lack of it?  Regardless, 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.
  • Treat your ceiling to some volume if at all possible with exposed beams and truss work, and add some 8” tongue and grooved paneling to your ceilings and/or
  • 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 living – perfect for achieving that summer-like cottage environment.
  • Maximize your outdoor views whether it’s your pool, patio, deck or lake, with bi-fold or sliding doors – that tuck neatly away – to extend the interior out to the exterior.
  • Grab inspiration from your home’s natural environment – so when it comes time to select your color palette – let your outdoor property 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 having to leave your vacation home.

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.

Designing Your Stairway to Heaven

February 25th, 2010 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

Let’s face it.  That grand sweeping staircase from Gone With The Wind is an architectural detail that appeals to many, yet realized by few.

When you’re building, renovating or remodeling your home, redesigning your ordinary staircase and transforming it into the extraordinary – will not only create an architectural focal point – but will instantly transform your foyer into a spectacular showpiece.

In my last post we talked about the importance of determining the run and type of stair that bests suits for home.  Whether you’re working with a Straight Run, L-Shape, U-Shape, Spiral or Curve, here are some straight- forward tips and clever design ideas to keep in mind when styling your stairs:

  • Strategy and Planning. – If your main staircase is situated in your foyer it MUST be welcoming and inviting.  If space allows create a sense of graciousness by going beyond the minimum code requirements.  Adding an extra foot or two in width to the stairs creates a more impressive reception.
  • Create a Sense of Grandeur – Enlarge the bottom step of your staircase by making them wider than the ones above.  Curve the entire step on each side and extend them beyond the newel posts always making sure that bottom stair faces into the space it occupies.
  • Character and Personality - In many cases your staircase provides a first impression of your home and sets the stage for what’s to follow.  So make sure its design is reflective of your home’s TRUE style.  Inject your personality into the details.
  • Customized Details – To infuse some artistic and architectural details customize your railings.  Depending on your home’s architectural style, rather than utilizing a builders’ standard wooden spindle and handrail, why not introduce a mixture of materials like metals and woods or concrete and glass and turn a practical staircase into a unique design feature.
  • Be Creative – If you’re short on storage space, utilize the wasted space beneath the stairs by either designing built-in bookshelves to house your favorite collection of periodicals, discreetly design drawers in the risers to store extra shoes and slippers, or sneak in a sleek powder room to accommodate the overflow of house guests.

I hope these images inspire you in some way.

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Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca. © 2010 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc.