Posts Tagged ‘Home Renovation’

Design in Palm Springs: Desert Modernism

September 17th, 2013 by Lori Gilder | 1 Comment

I am  currently working on a re-design and renovation project in Palm Springs, California…and I’m loving it!  I particularly love the opportunity to work in the primary design style of Palm Springs: Desert Modernism.  A variant of a favorite design style, mid-century modernism, Desert Modernism is extremely prevalent in much of Southern California.  I think I love the simple elegance of the lifestyle most, where the exterior landscape becomes not just the backdrop, but the art of the home.

 

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Like other modern styles, Desert Modernism makes use of straight lines and glass, which makes the space look bright, open, and clean.  Desert Modern style is further influenced by the particular challenges and benefits of living in a desert climate.  It’s not surprising in weather this warm that desert living is pretty informal, and the open interiors reflect this.  You won’t find much chintz or cluttered decor in this style; the rooms are designed to allow you to breathe and move around.  Too many details would feel suffocating in the hot desert climate.

 

This style isn’t barren, however.  Desert Modernism draws inspiration from the beauty of the surrounding desert, often featuring large windows and indoor/outdoor spaces to connect the home to its landscape.  Colors are often bright and airy neutrals, adding to the open atmosphere.  The limited color palette adds to the informal elegance that characterizes Desert Modernism.

 

Let me help you embrace the informal beauty of Desert Modernism in your own home.  Contact me at Interior Makeovers, Inc. at 310-788-0990.

 

Photo 1 via Arcaid/Alamy

Photos 2 & 3 via Houzz

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

 

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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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 Master Bath Renovation – Inspired By Nature

February 2nd, 2012 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

When do you KNOW it’s the right time to renovate your space?

In the case of my “Beach” client, that realization came only after she ordered new sliding mahogany doors and interior storage systems for her existing “his and hers” master bath closets.  While she originally felt those new doors and the custom shelving would improve the overall function and design of her bathroom space – she and her partner quickly realized that wasn’t the case!

You see, before the closet interiors were to be installed  – she would need to replace the old linoleum floor – which then led her to the idea of an up to date vanity which then led her to wanting new and improved lighting – at which point she finally realized that a new Master Bath design plan was critical!

Their dark, dingy, dated and very confined master bath was just begging to be gutted!  The mirrored image floor plan consisted of a long and narrow shower, two very small vanities, dark toilet cubicles, limited storage and an overall a lack of space.

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            The catalyst that started it all. New mahogany closet doors.

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Before His/Her Shower Looking toward “His” closet

As designers we know how essential it is to fully grasp the true essence of a client’s personality and lifestyle – in order to deliver a final product that not only meets their needs but exceed them.

A philanthropic, globe trotting, extreme sport enthusiast, this MD feels most comfortable when surrounded by nature.  So with that said, we will provide her with a unique nature-inspired bath retreat incorporating the materials she loves…. from natural woods and stones to rocks and plants – these elements speak to her distinctive personality and lifestyle.

So stay tuned and follow this unique master bathroom renovation – inspired by nature.

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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.

 

Natural Light is ALWAYS a Bright Idea!

January 30th, 2012 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

Bringing more natural light into your home improves our mood and health and gives us that energy boost we need to help us fight those winter blahs

Here are some great tips and tricks to make your home feel lighter and brighter.

Enjoy this week’s video.

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I would love to help you brighten up your home in time for summer.

Contact us at Interior Makeovers Inc.  310-788-0990.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

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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.

 

Lori’s Renovation Realities: Costly & Unpredictable

December 4th, 2011 by Lori Gilder | 2 Comments

This tip is a TRUE renovation reality. If you don’t plan accordingly for a home renovation you may run out of money. If you don’t want this to happen watch this video to find out how to prepare yourself.

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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. © 2011 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc.

Budgeting For Your Home Renovation

November 6th, 2011 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

Determining how much to spend on your home renovation projects can be overwhelming and confusing.   So what is a wise investment?

Watch my latest video where I share a quick tip on this very subject.

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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.

The Renovation Process – Where To Begin

October 26th, 2011 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

Granted there are some home improvements projects that may not require permits. But having said that, different cities and States do have their own requirements, so make sure to check with your local Building Department before you start. A visit to your local permitting office is the only way to know for sure if you need a permit or not. The officers there will be more than happy to discuss these issues with you so they can avoid future code violations.

In this video I give you THE starting point for when you have decided to go ahead with a renovation.  I would highly recommend starting here :)

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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.

What’s Hot – Home Design Trends

October 18th, 2011 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

Summer is behind us and we’re officially into “Fall” mode, and for many of us the thought of getting our homes “holiday ready” is slowly becoming a reality.

Finding fresh design inspirations for fall 2011 and adding some warmth to your home is as easy as ever – particularly when the runways, magazines, newspapers and television shows keep us abreast as to what’s hot and what’s not from one year to the next.

Here are just a few of the home design trends that have been making their mark recently. I feel most of these trends have the staying power and are on the verge of becoming the new lifestyle standard.

What’s Hot!

Architect: Amy Gardner: Gardner/Mohr Architects

Investing in Your Home: 

Yes the economy remains unpredictable but more and more homeowners are finally “ready” to enhance their quality of life at home. “Nesting” is here to stay and re-thinking the way we really want to live is now a reality.  Implementing high quality sustainable, recycled and renewable materials and products into our homes – is an investment worth making and will withstand the test of time.  It’s smarter, healthier and greener!

 

Photo via: Leslie Goodwin Photography

Multi-Functional Spaces:

Maximizing every inch of space – within the existing footprint – and providing creative and integrated storage solutions throughout your entire home is more important now than ever. Less clutter and greater organization will contain your “stuff” and still allow your home to feel more spacious, uncluttered and inviting.

Photo via:  Neuhaus Design Architecture, P.C.

Re-Interpretation of Design Styles:

From coast to coast the design showrooms are displaying a distinct softening and refinement of the modern interior with a departure from the harsher lines and minimalist trends of the past few years.  Introducing a mixture of many design genres into your room creates an immediate personality and lifestyle – something many design savvy homeowners are craving these days.  With fewer rules than ever before, re-interpreting the past and blending it with the new creates a more authentic and personal interior design style.  Infusing character which has evolved over time – creates that “Timeless” interior.

Photo via: LUX Design Inc.

The New “It” Color:

Each season the color forecasters share the new colors of the moment.  This fall it’s the color – purple!  It defines elegance and refined luxury at the same time represents royalty (and who doesn’t NEED to feel regal from time to time!) This spiritual color also works beautifully with various shades of grey, cream, yellows, rich woods and metallics.

Contact us at Interior Makeovers Inc. 310-788-0990 to discuss your home design visions.

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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.