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eHow Video: How To Decorate A Beach Bungalow

May 29th, 2012 by Lori Gilder | 1 Comment

Any successful home design and decorating project requires the layering of elements in order to achieve a completed canvas… but that evolves over time.

In this eHow Video I share the importance of layering several design elements when decorating a beach bungalow. From architectural details to selecting the right color palette, flooring, furniture and accessories.

By implementing these layers of design over time you will have your beach escape exactly the way you envisioned!

 

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

A Master Bath Renovation – Tile Installation

May 22nd, 2012 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

The time has finally arrived where we are neck deep in tile, stone, adhesives and grout.  The tile installation for this master bath renovation has begun. These materials provide the overall character to this space and reflects the homeowners’ personal design style and nature-inspired design sensibility.

With her profound connection to nature we were instantly drawn to a mixture of organic textures, neutral colors and natural patterns, which we found in stones, pebbles, woods and marbles.

It is all about bringing the outdoors in and tactfully combining the five natural elements of earth, fire, water, wood and metal into this space to create a soothing and tranquil spa environment.

Here is a visual reminder into the color/material palette of this “Nature-Inspired Master Bath”.

Investing in such specialized products and materials in turn requires precision installation!  While budget is always a factor in home design and renovation projects – do not select your tile contractor based on price alone!

If you have invested in unique and specialty products – then spend a little more and hire the expert proficient in working with these types of materials.  This will result in a finished quality product!

Intricate spacing, layout and patterning is essential for the installation of the featured bamboo tile wall.

 

The (almost completed) bamboo-inspired wall tile adds a focal point and a sense of drama to this space. The natural pebble shower floor provides a gentle foot massage, while the Italian marble tile floor exudes a natural elegance blending a host of colors – unifying all design elements.

This 3’x6” matte stoneware tile installed in a vertical brick pattern on the plumbing wall tends to sooth the heavily textured materials scattered throughout the master bath and compliments the indoor/outdoor vibe.

Selecting a grout color for the natural pebbled shower floor can be tricky.  If using a similar product – wet the stones first to get a sense of their true finished tone – then choose your grout color.

Making a final decision on the countertop surface material while using the matte stoneware tile as the inspiration. Cambria vs. Caesarstone.

And the winner is ……..

 

To Be Continued…

I would love to help you design your Master Bath Retreat.  Contact us at Interior Makeovers Inc.310-788-0990 or email: Lori@InteriorMakeovers.com.

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.

A “Simple” Addition?

April 8th, 2012 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

Many of my clients WISH that a simple add on could be just that.  But the truth is even a small addition requires precision planning.  Take a peek at this video for some insight.

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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.

Consider New Dual Pane Windows

March 25th, 2012 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

When it comes to your home renovation, addition or remodel, selecting the type and style of windows will be one of the most important architectural details you’ll choose.  Take the time and choose your windows wisely to ensure they work with your home’s architectural style.

Here in California according to the building energy efficiency code (or Title 24) the use of dual pane windows are typically required  not just for new construction but renovations and additions alike.

In this video I share a few simple reasons why you should invest in dual pane windows.  Take a look!

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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 – The Framing Stage

March 20th, 2012 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

The rough framing stage is where we begin to see the shape of the new space forming.  Witnessing the two-dimensional floor plan come to life in three dimensions helps you better visualize the layout of the space, how the traffic flows and the volume it occupies.

This is also the time to scrutinize those framing details, rough-in plumbing and electrical layouts – to ensure everything is exactly where you expect them to be.  It is more cost effective to make changes now, rather than later after all walls are closed over.

Here is an ideal example:

Due to an onsite shear wall issue, the newly framed windows’ rough openings decreased in size where the spaces between each window increased.  Being disappointed and extremely underwhelmed we immediately regrouped with the contractor on site, weighed our options and within 30 minutes resolved the issue by extending the header, re-spaced the existing rough openings and added one more window into the mix. I call this an “Onsite Gift”. (Check in next week to see these framing changes)

New concrete was poured – enlarging the width of the shower (from 3’-0”) to 3’-6” wide x 7’-0” long with a 10” deep step down into the shower from each side.  This new width was a critical measurement in allowing for a massage table to fit within this space.

Another view from “his” side – the enlarged shower stall, window wall and vanity area.

When it comes time for your own home renovation project, make sure all trades follow your documented floor plans or else they will “take liberties” in making decisions for you.  In this case these pony walls, which divide the WC from the vanities, were initially framed 8” too high. (in this photo)  This is why site meetings are imperative to ensure every “documented” design detail is executed according to plan.

The wall separating the shower from the “his and her” vanities required just enough height on each side to allow for the medicine cabinets, plumbing and suspended mirrors.  Fortunately we ended up with an interesting detail within the center of the wall for an open shelf and more natural light to flood through the vanity space.  Another “Onsite Gift”.

 

To Be Continued…

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

 

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.

My New Favorite Thing!

March 4th, 2012 by Lori Gilder | 6 Comments

I cannot wait to tell you about my new favorite thing! Watch this video and let me know what you think!

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

Hire Your Interior Designer First

February 26th, 2012 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

Most potential clients do not realize that it benefits your home renovation project to hire the interior designer well before a contractor is brought on to the job.  As a designer it is my responsibility to ensure the contractor hired is the best fit for the calibre and scope of your project.  Consider us your advocate.

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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.

Jason Wu For Target

January 19th, 2012 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

Yesterday morning as I was prepping myself for the day, with The Today Show on in the background, my ears perked up as I heard Ann Curry mention the name of my favorite designer Jason Wu.

It’s been almost one year since I was invited to New York’s Fashion Week  an event hosted by Brizo, (the award winning luxury brand of fittings for kitchens and bath) where 19 designers learned of their fabulous product line and their unique partnership with Jason Wu.

Now he has launched The Jason Wu Collection exclusively for Target – which was announced on yesterday’s NBC Today Show. He has included 54 exquisite pieces to his classic line, where everything is priced under $60!

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Cream flared dress with black patent belt. So adorable I can’t wait to grab one for my daughter!

Jason Wu is a fashion genius.

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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.