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Interiors Fit For Royalty

April 26th, 2011 by Lori Gilder | No Comments


Photo: John Stillwell/Corbis

I have a confession to make.   I’m a Royal Wedding geek!  I can’t wait until Friday morning 4am where I’ll be whisked away to London’s Westminster Abbey (along with a billion or so other guests – who’s invitations were lost in the mail along with mine) to witness the pageantry, the spectacle, and the Pomp and Circumstance of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s lavish Royal nuptials.

The spectacular gothic architecture of the Abbey with its elongated walls and vaulted ceilings, vibrant stained glass windows and spectacular colors and textures make this the ideal setting for the “Wedding of the Century”.


Westminster Abbey

I’m particularly interested is seeing “Catherine’s” choice of wedding gown.  Nina Garcia, the Marie Claire fashion director and “Project Runway” judge, considers Kate Middleton’s style as “contemporary, sophisticated, easy, effortless, and often sporty.” “She often dresses conservatively but it’s very ladylike,” says Garcia.  I’m eager to see which style of dress she will choose to wear.

I’m also fascinated to see how Kate’s “contemporary, sophisticated, conservative and sporty fashion style will translate into her interior design style?

Kate and William have hired “family friend” Beverly Hills Interior Designer to the stars Kenneth Bordewick to makeover their 4,000 sq. ft. farmhouse in North Wales.  Kenneth is a friend of Prince Charles and previously designed the library at London’s royal Clarence House.

“They want it to be casual and contemporary.  It won’t be classical or old-fashioned at all” said Kenneth. “They know that the rest of their lives is going to be very traditional and want to let their hair down now with a typical young, newlywed house.” he said.

So based on this client profile, will William and Kate’s casual and contemporary farmhouse contain undertones of a more Country Classic approach, a Traditionally Elegant ambiance, or Transitional Chic environment?

By the way I hear Kate loves to cook – so all eyes are on the kitchen as well.

Kenneth shares these 2 interiors below, which give us a glimpse into William and Kate’s “Royal Taste.”


Designer:  Kenneth Bordewick                          Beverly Hills Luxury Interiors LLC


Designer:  Kenneth Bordewick                           Beverly Hills Luxury Interiors LLC

I also wanted to share a few more images with you that I feel are fit for the couple’s farmhouse design aesthetic.

Enjoy – and let me know which ones make you feel regal?


Classic Bathroom


Designer: Mary McDonald


Designer: Kathryn Ireland


Designer: Mark Cutler

Stay Inspired!

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Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca. © 2011 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc.

Decorating On A Budget

September 9th, 2010 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

I have a question for you.  What goes through your mind when you’re flipping through those stunning high-end home design magazines?  Are you thinking: “Wow if I just had that budget I could live like a queen too!”  Or are you feeling: “If I only had that extra space then I could really show off my style!”

Well, it’s easy to get the high-end designer look for a fraction of the cost.  You just need the right inspiration, a solid direction and know where to look.

When it comes to making your house the home you’ve always wanted – consider Budget Decorating Online, your one-stop resource for all kinds of decorating projects on any budget. They have assembled a team of interior design pros to share their insider tips and trends to help guide you through your home design projects – at reasonable costs.  From learning how to avoid the biggest decorating blunders to making small spaces seem larger – these pros lead you down the path of least resistance, empowering you with everything you’ll need to finally live in the home you’ve only dreamed of.

As a new online contributor to Budget Decorating Online, I suggest you grab your laptop and settle in with your morning coffee and check out this fabulous decorating resource. www.budgetdecoratingonline.com/about-us/

You’ll find accessible design ideas for all your home design projects.  So get started now – It’s all at your fingertips!

Stay Inspired!

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

5 Modern Bathroom Design Ideas

August 3rd, 2010 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

Would you say your overall design style sleek and chic?  Do you enjoy the true architecture of a space with its linear simplicity rather that an overly adorned and accessorized space?  If you’d like to translate your modern vision into your Master Bath here are a few design ideas to help get you started.
1.  Cabinetry

  • When it comes time to selecting the design of your cabinetry lean toward clean, crisp and streamlined furniture.
  • To create a lighter and sleek bathroom environment consider cantilevered cabinetry secured to the wall creating a minimal look to the vanity piece.  Create some drama with strip lighting added to the bottom side of the cabinet – which will cast a warm glow to the floor below.
  • Provide additional built in wall-to-wall storage elsewhere in the bathroom to compensate for the reduced storage in the vanity area.
  • Deep dark rich woods evoke a sense of warmth to the clean lines of contemporary design.

2.  Fixtures

  • Crisp clean and sleek white fixtures speak to the contemporary/modern design.
  • If space allows introduce one of the hottest trends – a free- standing bathtub.  They are available in all shapes and sizes and nothing creates a more dramatic focal point in the bathroom than an exquisite free-standing tub. Simply position it in front of a spectacular picture window with a breathtaking view as the backdrop.

3.  Surfaces and Materials

  • Utilize solid surfaces for countertops, whether quartz, limestone, granite, concrete or glass to give it a clean contemporary look.  Keep the edges simple and square for easy maintenance and sophisticated style.
  • Always introduce an interesting backsplash material in contrast to the counter top color and material.  Whatever the surface I like to apply it on all walls from floor to ceiling.  It creates instant architecture and adds great detail and drama to the space.
  • Glass tile, mosaic, stone or ceramic details are just a few of the highly decorative backsplash products out on the market today that create a sense of modern style.
  • Keep geometry in mind when selecting the material for your contemporary backsplash.  Consider tile shapes that are rectangular, oversized, or small mosaics to create detail in the pattern of the application.  If the tile is oversized and rectilinear install it in a brick pattern. If it’s shape is longer and thinner then stacking the tile creates a very interesting modern vibe.  Stay away from the common square tile in any size.

4.  Luxurious Shower

  • Create a steam shower with multiple rain heads, and body sprays.  If your budget allows, add chromatherapy and aromatherapy to your master bath wish list as well.  These fittings represent the epitome of modern luxury design.  Don’t forget a built in bench and access panel to hide the steam system.
  • Design a full seamless glass enclosure from floor to ceiling and finish the interior with complimentary mosaics or stone tile to set it apart from the rest of the space.  This glass enclosure creates a more visually open space within the overall space.

5.  Accessories

  • Remember to keep clutter and display to a minimum.
  • Accessorize with towels in a bright color for punch or stainless steel and woods. Keep everything to a minimum and clutter free.
  • Select chrome, nickel or silver toned drawer/door pulls, towel bars, towel hooks and paper holders for sparkle.
  • Frame vanity mirrors in woods or silver tones – in similar finishes to the other accessories adorning your modern bath.

Draw the bath and enjoy the modern luxuries of your new space.

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

10 Ways To Transform Your Family Room

March 3rd, 2010 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

You’ve been collecting photos, articles and all kinds of inspiration from magazines and websites for years.  You’ve imagined, visualized and dreamed about your “ideal” home for as long as you can remember (and you have the files to prove it).

For years you’ve envisioned yourself curled up in front of your spectacular fireplace reading the current NY Times bestseller, inviting your family and friends over for that super bowl party, and kicking back and relaxing with your kids after a great summer barbeque.

Your family room is the second most popular space in the home after the kitchen – a multi-functional place where we’re anchored as a family – so isn’t it time to get your vision down on paper, call a contractor and make it happen in time for spring?

Here are 10 Great Design Tips and Guidelines To Help Get You Started.

  1. Open your family room to adjoining spaces so the room is visible from the kitchen and dining room, ultimately inviting everyone in.
  2. Define these open spaces by introducing some architectural elements such as arches, columns, and other details.
  3. If possible add floor-to-ceiling windows along the entire length of the exterior wall to introduce more natural light while maximizing your view.
  4. Increase the overall height of your space by introducing a vaulted ceiling Creating a sense of volume will instantly make your room feel more spacious.
  5. Plan your home entertainment system early on in the design phase to ensure that all electrical wiring and any integrated systems meet your needs.
  6. Create one major focal point within this space. Install your large screen plasma TV within the fireplace wall  (if you have one).
  7. The furniture layout should be oriented toward the focal point of the space.  Don’t be inclined to line up your furniture pieces up against the wall thinking it creates more space.  It doesn’t.
  8. Custom design or purchase comfortable sofas, upholstered in durable, easy-to-clean and forgiving fabric. This informal and relaxing gathering space should function the way you really need it to.
  9. Be aware of traffic patterns when planning a furniture layout.  The ability to walk through the room without navigating through a maze of furniture is key.
  10. Plan for your family room to have multiple light sources. The combination of general, task, and accent lighting (all on dimmers) creates drama and produces an amazing effect over the entire space.

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