Posts Tagged ‘Interior Design’

Hallways are Rooms Too: Design Them for Living

December 15th, 2013 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

When thinking about design projects to tackle in your home, hallways can often be overlooked.  Unlike the foyer, hallways are typically thought of as transition spaces, but the reality is…hallways are rooms too!  The amount of foot traffic that passes through these corridors can rival 405 Freeway at times.  Aside from the occasional gallery of family photos, most hallways remain under-stated under-designed and under-whelming.  But the reality is these passageways have a loads of potential for creative expression and functionality and should be treated with the same love and attention as the other rooms in your home.

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Images Via: Decorpad and Pinterest

With a few key design elements you can turn a neglected hallway into a great looking space that you enjoy everyday during your “rush hour” traffic.

Add a Punch of Color:

Many hallways can seem small, cramped and dark. This can be a great place to go bold with some pops of color.  There are several ways to achieve this, depending on your comfort level.  From colorful artwork adorning the walls, to simply painting out the doors or walls in your favorite shades,  the hallway can benefit from a burst of color.   Consider introducing a colorful floor runner, painted furniture pieces or accent with colorful accessories.  A small console table with a bouquet of flowers, a colorful stack of vintage suitcases, or colorful frames for family photos can all add a touch of boldness to liven up your hallway.


Image Via: Elle Decor

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Image Via: Pinterest

Showcase Your Collectables:

I know a lot of us have some unusual objets which we’ve collected from our travels over the years.  The hallway is an ideal space to showcase those unique finds as they will instantly add to the personalization of your home and create points of interest or focal points. Whether it’s a quirky find from an antique shop or objects from exotic ports, find the perfect spot to highlight them down the hallway.

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Image Via: Rue Magazine

Extra Storage:

No matter the home, extra storage space is always a welcome feature and the hallway can be a great place to find it.  Narrow shelves can be recessed into the walls to hold books for households of avid readers or to showcase anything from trophies to treasures.  Hallways near entrances can have unique coat hooks and wall-mounted mail sorters to help keep the home organized.  You can also take advantage of the space between studs in your wall and create small built-in cabinets that can store anything from rolled-up linens to seasonal decorations.

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Transforming your hallway from a walkway to a utilitarian and functional area is a great idea if you have the space.  Console tables are an incredibly versatile addition to any hallway, and with the addition of a small chair can easily make a cute and functional desk area.  If you have a wide enough hallway or landing off your staircase, add a window seat along with bookshelves for a quiet spot to rest, reflect and read. 
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There are so many creative ways to spruce up all types of hallways…so don’t let yours go to waste!
Call 310-788-0990 or contact me for additional design tips for your home or for help with transforming your space.


A Mid-Century Modern Home Tour: The Living Room

October 17th, 2013 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

My work in Palm Springs continues, and so does my tour of the possibilities of a mid-century modern home.  In this post, I’d like to talk about how you can incorporate mid-century modern design into your living room.

The living room is typically the social hub of the home for your family and friends, particularly when it’s also acting as the family room, den or TV room.  For these reasons, your mid-century modern living room must epitomize both comfort and style.

Selecting the ideal furniture:  Low-slung chairs and couches in neutral colors keep the room feeling open and spacious while providing plenty of seating.  Incorporating a mixture of natural woods with steel and glass accents in your coffee table, end tables, lighting fixtures, and any shelves or cabinetry is a great way to preserve the mid-century modern mixture of natural elements with industrial influences.  Tapered legs are a common feature of the furniture of this design style, so look for pieces that incorporate this design.

Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Bring the Outdoors In:  Floor to ceiling windows allow light to stream into the living room and connect the indoor space to the beauty of the outdoors. Live plants are also a common feature of mid-century modern rooms, so having some live houseplants in decorative pots featuring a strong and colorful pattern makes great accent pieces for tabletops or room corners.


Color and Design: Mid-Century modern is all about simplicity and functionality, so choose a signature piece of art or furniture you want to display and don’t detract from its visual impact with extraneous clutter or distracting color.  Neutral tones should comprise the majority of the room.  A graphic rug, interesting piece of artwork, brightly colored chair, or unusual feature like a suspended fireplace will add color and interest to the space without making feel busy and cluttered.


For more ideas and tips for designing your home in mid-century modern style, contact me online at Interior Makeovers, Inc.or give me a call at 310-788-0990 for a design consultation.


Image Credits:

1.) Decoist

2.) Modernica  Blog

3.) Casa da Arbitare

Blogger19 Reunion: Target House A St. Jude Partner

August 19th, 2013 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

As a part of Brizo’s Blogger19 Reunion tour of St. Jude’s facilities, we were taken on a tour of the Target House.  This facility, opened in 1999 as a generous gift from Target, provides long-term housing for St. Jude patients and their families when treatments last anywhere from three months to three years.  The goal was to make a private safe haven for families to live and feel at home during the on going stresses of long-term treatment.

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Target House – Elephant Mascot representing long life, strength and playfulness.

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The Target House is is flooded with natural light and bright colors, making it a very cheerful place from the moment you walk through the doors.  While it is designed to be a sterile and easy-to-clean environment, it achieves this without the chemical and cold feeling of a hospital.  The floors are hardwood and low-nap carpets rather than cold tile, giving the place a warm and homey feeling.

Crown molding, wainscoting, rich wood accents, and spaces and furnishings designed and donated by celebrities make it very easy to forget you’re in a hospital environment.

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The Sean White Great Room – 70′s Rock & Roll Inspired Room

Families that stay at the Target House can enjoy private apartment suites with everything they need for day-to-day living and access to free laundry facilities.  In addition to giving families their private spaces, the designers of the Target House also understood the need for a supportive community and included plenty of common spaces for the enjoyment of the residents.  There is a library full of books and movies, a music room, an arts and crafts room, and plenty of playing areas.  There is also a communal dining room and kitchen available if families have days where they don’t want to use the kitchens provided in their private apartments.


The Tiger Woods Library


Brad Paisley Room


 Guitar Light Fixture – Brilliant!

The final result is not just a beautiful design, but a healing one for both the patient and their family.  The Target House helps to turn the terrible and frightening task of battling pediatric cancer into a more comfortable stay for the entire family.  It embodies the true spirit and meaning of “home” by creating an environment which is beautiful, safe and comfortable!

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.

Photo  1:  Pinterest

Photo 2: Lori Gilder/Interior Makeovers

Photo 3: Apartment Therapy

Photo 4: Lori Gilder/Interior Makeovers

Photo 5: Pinterest

Barber Wilsons & Co. Making Taps Fit for Royalty

April 12th, 2013 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

If Downton Abbey still has you in its grips, you will love this next #BlogTourNYC Sponsor!  England-based Barber Wilsons & Co. is a creator of fine plumbing fixtures in gorgeous traditional British style.


Barber Wilsons & Co.’s luxury plumbing fixtures are designed for everything from kitchen and bathroom sinks to showers, tubs, and bidets, all in a variety of traditional designs.  To complete the collection, they also have accessories like lever handles and bath plugs to match.  One of their finest features is a Mastercraft styled thermostatic shower valve, which provides the ultimate control over your shower’s temperature.

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This company is the oldest water fittings company in the UK, having been around for more than a hundred years.  They have had plenty of time to perfect their craft and design plumbing fixtures fit for a queen– literally!

In addition to a long and prestigious history, Barber Wilsons & Co. holds a Royal warrant from Her Majesty the Queen of England for at least five years of supplying superb goods or services to her.  The tradition of Royal warrants has been around since the Middle Ages to formally recognize excellent service to the Royal family, and it has very strict guidelines that must be met in order for a business to achieve and keep such an honor.



If you love the traditional style and want fixtures fit for a queen, incorporate these exquisite fittings from Barber Wilsons & Co. into your next bathroom renovation project.  Share your thoughts on these beautiful fittings in the comments below!

Image 1: Barber Wilsons & Co.

Image  2:  Elle Decor

Image 3: Modenus

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Large Kitchen Islands for Form and Function

February 26th, 2013 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

Home renovations that focus on the kitchen are a favorite among homeowners, and the kitchen is often cited as an area of the home in need of a makeover -both for function and aesthetics.  One way to add style and function to your kitchen is incorporating a large, multi-purpose island to the space. With an endless array of designs and kitchen layouts a large island will instantly improve the overall function of your home’s hub.

  • The Everything Island: I really love large islands that serve as the focal point of the kitchen. You can include the sink, counter space, wine storage or microwave if space allows.  Add a few stools and you have the ideal breakfast bar. It adds a distinctive look to a kitchen and welcomes everyone to join in on the fun.
  • Plan Appliance Locations Thoughtfully: Managing the traffic flow throughout a busy kitchen requires some careful planning. Space the work triangle so that appliances have ample clearance when open, never open into each other and the cooks have enough space to work side by side.
  • Cookbook Storage: If you love to cook like I do, open shelves are a great place to store cookbooks and other kitchen miscellany within easy reach. They will also add some great character and color to the kitchen area.
  • Lighting: For a more elegant touch, add glass doors and recess lighting to your island’s cabinetry. This is the ideal spot to display your favorite dishes and highlight your colorful pottery collection.  Multiple layers of  lights are both functional and mood provoking so add dimmers to those light sources.


When designing your kitchen and the island, think about how you really use this room, and how you can maximize the space – and make your island work for you. Are you contemplating a renovation for your kitchen?  I am always hear to help! Connect with me via Facebook or contact me via Interior Makeovers, Inc.

Stay Inspired!


Photo Credits:
Lori Gilder

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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Be Bold – Say it With Stripes

February 7th, 2013 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

Whether you are planning on wearing them or decorating with them, there is no doubt that stripes make a statement. Using stripes in your interiors presents some incredible opportunities to develop personality and a rich style to a room that would otherwise be viewed as …. mediocre. Stripes can be fun, bold, colorful, and create the illusion of volume and space.

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Consider the following for some great interior design inspiration:

  1. Use the direction of the stripes, whether horizontal or vertical, to bring attention to items in the room.
  2. Stripes bring a feeling of order to a space, compliment this with with solid colors in a geometric method around the stripes.
  3. Choosing the right direction of the stripes can make a room appear longer, shorter, taller or smaller.
  4. The width of the stripes that you use will also make a big impact on the appearance of the room. Keep proportion in mind….introduce finer stripes in a quaint spaces and beefier lines in more spacious environments. The visual effect created by this pairing results in a bold texture that is stimulating.  Thin Vertical Stripes
  5. Blend stripes on stripes with solids and floral patterns to add more layering and interest to the room.
  6. Be selective in the colors that you choose to place. Bright colors will often mute anything else they are near, while dilute colors will make a less bold and more elegant mood.
  7. Stripes make an excellent accent to any room and any design style – whether classic, traditional or coastal interiors, consider adding a simple cushion on a bench, or chair slip cover.


If you love the playfulness that can be achieved with the use of stripes but are uncertain of how to make it work for you, I’d be happy to help you design your space.  Just contact me at Interior Makeovers, Inc. for more information!

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Photo Credits:
1.) House Beautiful
2.) Elle Decor
3.) Elle Decor
4.) Country Living


Design with Live Plants for Healthy Living

February 6th, 2013 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

I love nature. The natural world provides comfort, relaxation, and a measure of peace. Live plants can bring some of the health benefits and beauty of nature into your home, where you can enjoy the feeling of a spring day even if it’s snowing a blizzard outside. To get the maximum benefit of using live plants as part of your interior design, follow these tips.

Live Plants in the Kitchen

Health Benefits of Plants 

Using live plants as part of your decor can help make your home a healthy one. Live plants produce oxygen and help purify the air. Though nobody in my house suffers from breathing problems, some of us do get headaches, and we like having clean air without a noisy filter system. Live plants are also beautiful and peaceful, so they help relieve stress.

Plants in the Living Room

Tips for Designing with Plants

Integrating built-in planters within the home creates instant architecture and works with many design styles.  Hanging plants can also create a focal point that sets off a dining space, where a small interior tree can fill an empty corner. Add some lighting from over head or ground up – to accent these plants and trees for some extra drama! Think of terrariums scattered on a dining table or architectural bamboo trees for a sculptural element.

Plants in the Bathroom


Safety Tips

If you have pets at home, be careful about which plants you introduce. Many are toxic, and you want to try and avoid those if you have pets and small children. Do a little research before you invest and get the right ones for you.

Vines on a Bathroom Wall

I would love to help you find creative ways to design with live plants in your home.  Contact me at Interior Makeovers, Inc. by calling 310-788-0990 for help with your interior design.



Photo Credits:
1.) House Beautiful
2.) Decoist
3.) Shelterness
5.) Houzz

Add Drama to Your Bathroom with a Free Standing Tub

February 4th, 2013 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

If your bathroom is feeling cramped and humdrum, there’s a simple way to add space and style to the area: replace your old tub with an exquisite free standing tub!  I love the drama that free standing tubs bring to a bathroom.  They add an air of  sophistication and elegance and creates an immediate focal point within the room, as if it were a piece of sculpture.


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Why Free Standing?
A drop-in or under mount tub built in to a decking is somewhat expected these days, and at times can feel more like a functional fixture than something that is supposed to be comfortable. A free standing tub gives the appearance of a more spacious bathroom and the variety of unique designs available will enhance any style of master bath.


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What Type of Tub Should You Choose?
Select a tub that has a unique style that fits your taste and design sensibility. For a lighter and more classic environment, consider a claw foot tub which elevates it off the floor slightly. There are no shortage of styles – from traditional, transitional and contemporary, these functional art pieces are available in a variety of different shapes, finishes and sizes.

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I would love to help you create a unique bathroom design by using a free standing tub. For more interior design inspiration, please contact me at Interior Makeovers, Inc. by calling 310-788-0990.

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Photo Credits:
1.) Leslie Fine Interiors
3.) House Beautiful
4.) Architectural Digest