Posts Tagged ‘Home renovations’

The National Kitchen and Bath Association Turns 50 This Year!

April 26th, 2013 by Lori Gilder | 1 Comment

After returning from the exciting #BlogTourNYC event and The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show also known as KBIS, I was able to see some emerging trends and new products in the industry and enjoyed the opportunity to spend time and exchange ideas with the incredibly talented designers.  The National Kitchen and Bath Association, which was also a Sponsor of #BlogTourNYC, has outdone itself with KBIS 2013, and with good reason: this year marks the NKBA’s 50th anniversary - and they are celebrating in NOLA!

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NKBA began as the American Institute of Kitchen Dealers in 1963, intended as an organization to help designers, builders, and other industry professionals communicate and learn from each other.  In the past 50 years, they have grown to an organization of nearly 60,000 members while still staying true to their original goal.

In fact, thanks to KBIS and the NKBA I was among eight designers invited to the show to design and present various spaces geared to a specific demographic using a new interactive and experiential platform called QueX Technology.  (More on that in my next post).

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Consumer education is a major goal of the NKBA, and one of the points they have stressed through the BlogTour is that they want consumers to understand the true value of working with a design professional.  With the increasingly easy access to design resources like Houzz, HGTV, and even blogs like this one, the DIY trend has blossomed among homeowners who want to create a whole new look for the home.  If you have a strong grasp on color theory and psychology, small home upgrades like painting are pretty straightforward, but there are numerous small and subtle factors that affect what works and what doesn’t work within a space.

The trained design professional, especially one with extensive experience, has encountered these challenges and caveats and knows how to work within a space making it the best it can be.  A picture of your dream kitchen online or in a magazine is incredibly inspiring, but a trained designer will guide and execute all the elements of the project customizing that design – geared specifically for their client.  This ultimately creates a truly successful project -while saving you time-money-and stress!

Stay tuned for more information from the KBIS show and the Design Studio work I did there!

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Photo Credits:

1.) KBIS

2.) NKBA

 

Blog Tour NYC- New Technology from Mr. Steam

March 11th, 2013 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

Mr-Steam-iSteam-ModelI’ll be on my way to New York City next week to start Modenus’s Blog Tour and I just can’t wait!  There are so many fabulous sponsors that help make this tour possible.  One in particular that I have  worked with several times in the past: Mr. Steam.  Mr. Steam is a luxurious steam shower and accessory manufacturer – always on the cutting edge of technology and offers the finest in spa-like products for the home.

Imagine having a shower system that plays music and releases relaxing scents and therapeutic colors with the warm, encompassing steam, and then stepping out to a warm, fresh towel from a towel warmer….Sound like heaven?  We all know the benefits of steam bathing – from clearing respiratory congestion to moisturizing and softening dry skin – Mr. Steam’s state-of -the-art technology and innovation creates a spa-like”experience”  that is second to none.  This is exactly why we’ve specified and installed many Mr. Steam products for our clients over the years in both new construction and Master Bath renovations – and our clients could not be happier!

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Now, Mr. Steam is once again pushing the boundaries of luxury steam shower technology with the new iSteam, a touch panel control system that greatly enhances the experience of the steam shower.  The iSteam panel is simple in its design, recesses flush into the wall and is available in both black and white finishes. It  provides a user-friendly interface that allows you ultimate control over every aspect of your shower, from music to aromatherapy. As an extra option you could include the iGenie which will preheat your steam shower from up to 100 feet away!

 

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This new technology is an incredible indicator of Mr. Steam’s ability to stay ahead of the game in the changing face of the world.  Our homes, phones, and lifestyles are becoming “smarter” and more automated and convenient as time passes, and by integrating both smart phone and home automation technology into one easy-to-use panel, Mr. Steam shows initiative in driving this trend.  There’s a reason they’ve been around for more than 50 years, after all.

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Stay tuned for more updates from the #BlogTourNYC, and share your own thoughts about the Mr. Steam showers and the iSteam touch panel in the comments!

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It’s All in the Details: Adding the Finishing Touches to a Home Design

March 7th, 2013 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

When planning a major renovation of any space in your home, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and become overwhelmed with the massive changes taking place.  Walls are removed, kitchen’s are gutted and dust is flying….just for starters. Everything old becomes new again – new cabinetry, appliances, floors and furniture are installed – with new colors infused throughout . Yet some of the most important elements of the overall design can be the finishing touches and subtle details that are nestled inside. It’s these details which make a house…..your home!

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Once the big changes are made, the final touches and details provides the room with a sense character which unifies the entire design.  It’s like the garnish on a dish or the right accessories to complete an outfit; without the details the room would look new and function well, but look …a little flat.

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Spectacular lighting is one detail that should never be overlooked.  The right lighting can transform the mundane to magnificent. In a”modern” environment blend recessed lighting with a sculptural element, for a simple and very effective detail.  Well-chosen light fixtures really acts as the  jewelry for a room.

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Selecting the proper display items, decorative accessories, and artwork to suit an overall design can be a major challenge.  You want them to reflect your personality and tastes, but they also need to work well with the other colors, styles, and design elements in the room. A single, piece of  artwork  or spectacular chandelier that pack a punch will not only create a focal point in the room, but add your personality to the space.

What are your favorite finishing touches?  Share them with me in the comments or on my Facebook page!

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Images via Better Homes & Gardens, Pinterest, Architectural Digest

In Love With White Countertops

December 27th, 2012 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

What is it about crisp white kitchen countertops that captivates our hearts?  Is it the cleanliness and purity that speaks volumes or the reflective qualities that brighten the overall space? This kitchen design trend has been popular for years, and works beautifully with any kitchen cabinet finish and style.  Its versatility is endless and has an overwhelming appeal to many design savvy homeowners.

White kitchen countertops create a crisp punch to small spaces and offers a modern, upscale appeal.

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Using Glassos….Photo image: Julian Wass Designer: Louse Brooks

If you are designing a new kitchen, white is a fantastic starting point. When your kitchen features white surfaces, any accent colors you add can really pop!

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White is a timeless choice that will promote your home’s marketability. Here are a few design tips for your home that may help when doing a kitchen makeover:
  • White gives a kitchen a very clean and open appearance and enhances the brightness of both natural and artificial lighting in the room.
  • Plastic laminate counters are history. Instead, choose from several luxurious white materials for your countertops and islands.
  • White granites have the luxurious feel of marble at a lower cost. They also have a subtle infusion of color that only serves to bring out the white beauty of the stone.
  • Quartz is the highest-rated and most affordable countertop surfaces. There are several white choices and all of them are wonderful!
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Image via: Houzz.com Designer: Timothy Corrigan Countertop white thassos

White Caesarstone® is an engineered 95% quartz, very adaptable to most kitchens. Its stains can usually be eliminated with baking soda.  GLASSOS® is a crystallized glass with an intense white surface. It claims to be harder than most granites and offers greater stain proofing, scratch-resistance and never needs to be sealed!. Let’s investigate this one!

I would love to help you design your kitchen with beautiful white surfaces!  Contact me at Interior Makeovers Inc. by calling 310-788-0990 and let’s turn your vision into a reality!

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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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 Lori@InteriorMakeovers.com.

 

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

Things to Consider When Choosing a Kitchen Backsplash

September 21st, 2012 by Lori Gilder | 3 Comments

A backsplash is an important part of kitchen design for both function and style. Kitchens are messy places, and backsplashes not only protect your wall surfaces from the splatter of oils and sauces, they can also create an incredible visual impact in your kitchen.

Materials

Choosing the material for your backsplash is the first step to creating a beautiful design. There are several options, from traditional tile to modern metal.  Ceramic tile comes in a variety of shapes and colors, as does glass tile.  Back-painted sheets of glass are another option for a more modern and minimalist kitchen, and much easier to clean than smaller tiles.  For a more traditional look in your kitchen painted beadboard with a durable high-gloss paint is a great choice, while stainless steel and metal tiles are excellent for an unexpected and modern design.

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Colors

Most backsplash materials lend themselves to a variety of color choices.  When you choose your colors, it’s important to always keep the conceptual design of the kitchen in mind.  A backsplash can create contrast in your kitchen; for example, if your cabinets and countertops are a dark material, choosing a lighter color for your backsplash will help create that balance in the overall kitchen design.  Alternatively, you can extend the color of your countertop into your backsplash or create an interesting visual impact with multiple colors of tile.

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Pattern

You can add simple pattern to your backsplash in several ways.  Choose a ceramic tile with an embossed design and use it as an accent, or  a metal backsplash with an etched pattern.  Even if you choose a solid color of tile, you can create pattern with the shape of the tile or just by layout alone. Installing tile on the horizontal is much more traditional and conservative than laying on the vertical.  Take it a step further and stack the tile as apposed to a brick layout.

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What would you choose for the backsplash in your kitchen? Share your opinions with us in the comments; we’d love to hear your input!

 

Photo Credits:
1.) HGTV
2.) Houzz
3.) Better Homes and Gardens

Lori’s Renovation Realities: The Secret to Renovation

November 27th, 2011 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

In this video I give away the REAL secret to surviving a home renovation….I hope it helps you as much as it has helped my clients in the past!

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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.

How Much To Spend On Renovating Your Home

November 7th, 2011 by Lori Gilder | 2 Comments

If you want to spend your money wisely and make your renovation dollars work the best for you – having a home renovation strategy could potentially save you thousands.

When determining how much to spend on your home improvement projects, it requires some research on your part, as there are a few variables that come into play here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Know Your Neighborhood

  • Setting a realistic budget is very important when renovating your home whether you plan on living there for years or if you’re planning to sell.
  • Research your area and learn what your neighborhood standard will tolerate.
  • This will help you set a realistic budget for your projects and then you can make an informed decision as to where your renovation dollars will be best served.
  • A good rule of thumb in determining how much you should spend on renovating your home is to base it on a percentage of your home’s value.

Learn The Value of Your Own Home

  • You could hire a realtor or appraiser to assess your property and provide you with a current appraisal and how your home relates to the comps in your neighborhood.
  • There is also a great online source www.zillow.com where you enter your address and compare your home with others in your neighborhood on an interactive map.
  • It shows you the range of the property values in your community.  Once you have an idea of your home’s current value you could then start budgeting and planning for your remodeling projects.
  • If you’re renovating your home and plan to stay for 10 years then typically a range of 20%-30% of your home’s value is an acceptable amount to invest.
  • If you’re remodeling it to sell – then a more conservative number to invest might be15% – 20% of your home’s value.  Again, it depends on what your neighborhood can bare – and whether you live in a more modest, middle class or affluent community.

For example – If your home is valued at 350, 000 and your plans are to gut your kitchen space (without any structural changes) by replacing all cabinetry, appliances, fixtures, flooring, countertops and supplementing electrical – and your plans are to move in a couple of years then I’d suggest keeping the cost of the project within 20%. (So spending 70K would be a reasonable investment) And typically a kitchen remodel will have a return on investment of anywhere from 75%-100%.

The Cost vs. Value Report

To really take a peak into the renovation market I highly recommend checking out:

  • Remodeling Magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value report is a fabulous resource where homeowners can compare national and regional averages for about 33 home remodeling and renovation projects in about 80 cities.
  • It provides you with a description of the average projects in your area of the country – which allows you to gage where your project falls within your area – and what kind of ROI you could expect. www.costvsvalue.com.   Click on 2011-12 Cost vs. Value report and zero in on your corner of the country.  It will list the renovation trends of both mid-range and upscale projects.
Contact us at 310-788-0990 to discuss your visions for your dream home renovation!

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.

Lori’s Renovation Realities: Removing A Wall? Expect The Unexpected!

September 29th, 2011 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

Take it from me, YOU JUST NEVER KNOW what you’re going to find. So be PREPARED and be FLEXIBLE!

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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.

 

Which Home Renovations Will Give you the biggest ROI?

September 24th, 2011 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

If you want to spend your money wisely and make your renovation dollars work the best for you, having a home renovation strategy could potentially save you thousands. Determining how much to spend on those home improvement projects—or at least which ones will provide you with the greatest ROI—will require a little research on your part.

To really take a sneak peak into the renovation market, I highly recommend checking out Remodeling Magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value report. It’s a fabulous resource where homeowners can compare national and regional averages for about 33 home remodeling and renovation projects in about 80 cities.

It provides you with a description of the average projects in your area of the country, which allows you to gauge where your project falls within your neck of the woods and what kind of ROI you could expect.

Stay informed about what buyers in your area are looking for is key to any renovation.

In this video I explain how you get the biggest ROI on your renovations. This is always a concern with many of my clients.

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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.