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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

Luxurious Closet Design That Meets Your Every Need

July 11th, 2013 by Lori Gilder | 2 Comments

You can never have too much storage space in a home, especially if you tend to collect belongings.  While most home storage is designed to be purely functional and often hidden behind a closed door, one area of your home where you can invite some luxury into your storage is the master closet.

Luxury Closet - House Beautiful

The master closet is one of the most private areas of your home– so why not be as decadent and indulgent as you want in your design!  Here are just a few ideas for a master closet that will make you swoon:

  • Organization – You’ll want plenty of hanging space for your clothes, and the standard shelf and rod is not going to cut it for a well-organized space.  Custom-designing your closet with built-in storage that can efficiently display shirts, pants, suits, and dresses organized in color stories, will make your primping experience much more pleasant.  This usually requires multiple shelves and hanging areas expertly spaced to make the most of the square footage of the closet.  If you have ample space your  master closet providing multiple drawers will free up floor space in your master bedroom!  And if you must share with your husband (and most of us do) provide him with tie/belt hangers and built-in shoe racks to help keep the closet from becoming haphazard and disorganized.


  • Seating – Comfortable seating is an absolute must! Use a cushioned bench or a full sofa chair, depending on the space available to you.  Not only does this give you a quiet spot to relax, it also makes it easier to put on your shoes in the morning.


  • Lighting –  In addition to having general overhead lighting, consider track lighting to focus on your actual wardrobe. Wall sconces are another wonderful option for getting more light into this room.  Don’t stick with standard light fixtures, either; luxurious fixtures like an overhead chandelier can go a long way toward an incredible-looking space.
  • Full Length Mirror – You don’t want to leave your home with a missed button or a flipped collar!  Full-length mirrors are a must for checking your appearance before you head out.  Choose one with a frame so that it looks like a piece of art in your closet.
  • Vanity – Include a vanity that can be used to apply makeup and put on jewelry.  Ideally, the vanity will have its own lighting and a cushy seat as well as a well-organized drawer for holding your jewels and makeup.

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  • TV – A TV in the closet is a great way to know what weather and traffic to expect from the day as you’re getting ready.  No more running back inside for that jacket!
  • Coffee Station – For extra convenience, install a coffee bar nestled into a corner of the closet, especially if you’re like me and can’t live without those early morning cups.

 Closet with Coffee Bar and Television

For additional design tips and ideas for your home, be sure to visit me online at Interior Makeovers, Inc.. or call us at 310-788-0990. I’d love to help you create your ideal luxury closet space.

Photo credits:

1.) HouseBeautiful

2.) Pinterest

3. ) Decor Pad

4. & 5.) Houzz

Coffee Lovers – Prepare Your Senses for the Scanomat Top Brewer

May 22nd, 2013 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

Over the past couple of months I have been sharing some insights into #BlogTourNYC and the wonderful sponsors, events and products we were privy to.   The Architectural Digest Home Design Show was a highlight for me,  and while the design inspiration, launch of new product lines and parties were fantastic, I wanted to share one of my favorite finds with you from the show.

For those of you who really know me, you know how I absolutely love coffee – I need my cup of jo to start my day…and sometimes a few more in between. I don’t know about you, but I’ve spent plenty of time preparing my coffee machine or in line at various coffee shops throughout the city for the cappuccino  I crave but don’t always have the time to make at home.  If only I could have coffee on tap…

Well, Scanomat has heard this wish and they have created an incredible revolution in coffee making technology.  The Scanomat Top Brewer looks like a simple tap, but it is so much more.  Designed to install easily in any countertop, this coffee maker has the smallest milk foamer in the world and it’s self-cleaning.  The foamer heats fresh milk on demand, and the tap can also provide cold water, cold milk, hot water, and even steam for blanching your vegetables.

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As if that’s not enough, the Top Brewer can be connected to your iPhone or iPad to brew your favorite coffee drink from an extensive menu.  If you’re having a conversation with someone on your iPhone, don’t worry; there is a finger touch keyboard built into the tabletop so that you can still brew your favorite coffee – so cool!

I tried a cappucino made with the Top Brewer at the show, and it was absolutely delicious! It’s almost silent, too, so you never have to worry about disturbing the other members of your family while foaming your milk.  An ideal for that state of the art kitchen or your master bedroom suite.

Scanomat Top Brewer

I would love to help you design a luxury kitchen or master suite with the Scanomat Top Brewer.  Contact me at Interior Makeovers, Inc. for more information!

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Image via Scanomat

BlogTour NYC Sponsor- Victoria + Albert Adds Exceptional Luxury to the Bath

March 15th, 2013 by Lori Gilder | Comments Off

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Well the countdown is on. In five days I will be heading to Manhattan for #BlogTourNYC where I will meet and greet the brilliant Veronika Miller,CEO and Founder of Modenus and the creator of BlogTour, along with all the incredible Sponsors who have made this event possible.  Sharing this experience with 13 other design bloggers from around the globe will no doubt leave an indelible mark and I’m truly honored to be among such creative and talented designers and bloggers.  Thank you Veronika!

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As an interior designer I’m constantly on the hunt for new and exciting materials and products that are innovative, strikingly beautiful and take some fresh angles on design. Introducing these unique elements into my design and renovation projects pleases my clients and sets their home apart from the rest.

One of the product Sponsors I’m looking forward to meeting and experiencing first hand at the Architectural Digest Home Show is Victoria + Albert, a British Company specializing in creating stunning free standing bathtubs and basins.

They will be featuring the Cabrits bath at the show and I’m ready to take it for a test drive. The organic shape of this tub is delightfully modern and its contours are designed for comfort regardless of your height.  A gently sloping bottom supports your body and a swooping, tall headrest area gives you the perfect place to relax your head during a long soak.


Another bathtub I love: the Ravello.  This bath glows with elegance and sophistication.  Its clean lines and gentle sloping symmetry make it a beautiful and unique element to any design style.

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One of the most interesting aspects about the Victoria + Albert baths goes beyond their innovative style. They are fabricated from a material that is unique to them and their brand. It’s called ENGLISHCAST®, and it is made from a combination of resin and volcanic limestone. This unique material allows them to cast their tubs in a single piece, and the final product is stain resistant, extremely strong, and long-lasting.  Its insulating properties make it warm to the touch, and it can even be painted for a customized look.

Victoria Albert

I’m very much looking forward to experiencing these products first hand.  Incorporating one of these spectacular pieces into a bathroom renovation project would be the ultimate in quality and style.  I’d love to hear your thoughts on them in the comments or on my Facebook page!

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Images Courtesy of: Modenus,  Victoria + Albert 

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.


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.


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.

Barbara Barry

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!

 Stay Inspired!

Photo Credits:
1.) Windsor Smith
2.)  Barbara Barry
3.) Apartment Therapy


Passport To Creativity Contest For A Trip To Spain

December 4th, 2012 by Lori Gilder | 1 Comment

It’s been about a month now since I began a weekly “World Tour of Design” series and if I’m lucky I just might be able to tour a country myself soon….and I’ll take you with me.   I recently entered the Tile of Spain: Passport to Creativity 2013 contest to win an architectural trip to Spain!  It’s been way too long since I last visited the country and I would LOVE to get back there!  So why not enter a contest….right?   This contest, is open to accredited architects and interior designers from across the country and like most contests we needed to answer a series of questions and submit a photo of ourselves somehow involved with Spanish Tile.

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Second Tile Sample Photo

As you can see from these photos, the product line is absolutely stunning.  Materials are available in a variety of striking graphic patterns, sizes and finishes.   There is no shortage of gorgeous applications for these tile products, some of which you can see in the project portfolio at Porcelanosa, one of the largest tile distributors in the United States. These state-of-the-art porcelain tiles  integrate beautifully into any design style.

Gramercy at Lakeside Manor

If I am one of the lucky ones chosen for this tour of Spain, I will have the opportunity to immerse myself in the local culture, learn firsthand about the architecture, design, and cuisine, and learn so much more about this innovative porcelain product and how it can impact our design vision and inspire us for future projects .  I would also attend the International Ceramic Tile and Bath Furnishings Show, which is bound to be full of inspiration.

I would love to help you design your home and incorporate sleek Spanish Tile into your home renovation project!  Feel free to contact me at Interior Makeovers Inc. by calling 310-788-0990 or emailing!

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New Stark Carpet and Home Showroom Opens

November 1st, 2012 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

I was recently privileged to attend the grand opening of the new Stark Carpet & Home Showroom in Los Angeles.  The showroom has over 9,000 square feet of custom-designed carpets and rugs that designers like myself can sample for our clients, and it also introduces an exciting new division for retail customers called Stark Home.

Stark Carpet and Home LA Exterior

From the moment you enter the showroom you are hit with inspiration at every turn.  From contemporary to traditional and wools to silks, there is no shortage of styles and patterns to choose from.  For those certain design projects that require specific sizes, shapes, colors and patterns – Stark’s custom designed rugs are a specialty .

There are thousands of carpets and rugs available at Stark Carpet & Home, from exclusives designed by Alexa Hampton, Sherrill Canet, Charlotte Moss, and more to the incredibly popular Darius Antique Rugs.

 Rug and Carpet Selection

In the Stark Home section, you can find a huge array of area rugs, fabrics, wall coverings and gorgeous home accessories to complete your home decor.

 Stark Home Accessories and Rugs

You can find the newly opened Stark Carpet & Home Showroom at 805 N. La Cienega Boulevard, right in the middle of the Los Angeles design district.  The selection is truly impressive and worthy of a visit.

I would love to help you design your home with the incredible rugs, carpets, and accessories from Stark.  Just contact me at Interior Makeovers Inc. by calling 310-788-0990 or emailing

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Design Challenges: The Lofty Living Room

October 18th, 2012 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

We all love high ceilings!  They make a room feel spacious, bright, and open, which is why so many homes feature an impressive two-story living or family room.  Tall windows flood the space with plenty of natural light, and two-story fireplaces can make a gorgeous impact on your home.  Unfortunately, there are times these two-story spaces can come with a two-story blank wall that can seem overwhelming in its size and emptiness.  These tall and massive walls can present a major design challenge at times, but there are ways to handle these large blank canvases to make them a beautiful feature and focal point within your home.

Add Moldings

Moldings,wainscoting and beefy trims can add instant detail and architectural interest to the walls, at the same time anchoring and framing decorative additions, like the large sconces and the art in this room.  Applying these details creates instant character and more intimacy to an otherwise lofty space.

 Creating Frames on a Two Story Wall

Create Recessed Niches

Carving out  niches into your wall with recessed lighting provides a spectacular setting for highlighting art, flower arrangements, or your priceless collections.

 Creating Recessed Displays

Large-Scale Art Arrangements

You can either find a single large-scale piece of art to fill the wall or several pieces that can be artfully arranged within its own vignette.  Lay out a template in advance to ensure the scale of the pieces you’re using for your wall collage are proportionate to the volume of the space it occupies.

 Art Arrangement on a Two Story Wall

I would love to help you handle any major design challenges in your home!  Feel free to contact me at Interior Makeovers Inc. by calling 310-788-0990 if you have a design dilemma that needs solving.

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Photos via Houzz

Add Texture to Your Walls

September 13th, 2012 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

Mother of Pearl Texture by Maya RomanoffWhen designing an interior, deciding on wall decor is often a matter of choosing a paint color or perhaps a wallpaper and then picking out items to hang around the room.  Sometimes wall design can get fairly intricate with patterns or even elaborate murals, but homeowners also have the option of branching out past two-dimensional design with the increasingly wide variety of textured wall coverings available.

I am currently working with a client who adores texture on her walls.  We are in the process of redesigning several rooms in her home, most notably her expansive foyer.  As the room that gives the first impression to guests in her home, we want to make sure the foyer is a particularly remarkable space when we’re finished with it.  Our first step will be removing the thirty-year-old troweled plaster from the walls; its heavy texture reminds me of meringue on a lemon pie.

We’ve been sourcing some gorgeous wall textures to use in the foyer as well as a powder room, which we will be presenting to our client at our next meeting.  We’ve found a nice variety from both Maya Romanoff and Phillip Jeffries.  From Maya Romanoff, we’ve picked out the Mother of Pearl, Bedazzled Geode in Metallic Taupe, and Remember Paris in Silver Birch.  From Phillip Jeffries we particularly like the Granite Stone in Platino.

Textured Wall Samples

As you can see from these samples, we are leaning heavily toward neutral tones for the walls.  While bolder colors are certainly an option, textured walls make a dramatic statement in any room on their own merits.  Combining the texture with saturated hues runs the risk of becoming overwhelming, but neutrals can lend an understated elegance to the striking element of texture.

How do you feel about textured walls?  Feel free to share your opinions with us in the comments!  Regardless of whether you love them or shy from them, I would love to help you design a unique space that reflects your own personal tastes.  Contact us at Interior Makeovers Inc. by calling 310-788-0990 or emailing

Gorgeous Space Saving Doors

January 13th, 2011 by Lori Gilder | 6 Comments

Do you live in a home that’s a little tight, compartmentalized and short on floor space?

Compared to an open and more free flowing floor plan, compartmentalized homes tend to have a myriad of doors that swing in to one space and out from another – wasting some valuable floor space.  Typically a standard door occupies anywhere from 7.5 – 9 square feet of floor space – and upwards of 18 square feet of clearance needed for a French door application.  Door swings can inhibit traffic flow and often times impede on the placement of furniture.

Don’t get me wrong. Privacy is a necessity – particularly in bedrooms – baths – and offices.  Incorporating pocket doors into your plans would do the trick, but some demo and construction is required to re-frame of a portion of the wall to accommodate the concealed pocket door itself.

Sliding doors or barn doors are a great way to grab some extra square footage, and at the same time instantly infuse character into your home.  No construction is necessary. They are hung on a surface mounted rail system above the original opening (can be exposed or concealed behind a valence) and slides to one side leaving the entryway free and clear.   The best part is it’s only a few inches thick and every inch counts.

You may even want to take the time to enlarge the opening of your space slightly to improve traffic flow and increase the convenience from room to room – as the doors can be manufactured in custom sizes.

These sliders can be re-claimed, rustic, contemporary or custom.  They can be installed in hallways, kitchens, baths, family rooms, bedrooms and closets – anywhere!

Create a beautiful detail and focal point to your space.

Here are just a few fabulous ideas.

These custom floor-ceiling sliding doors cleverly conceal the washer and dryer in the kitchen.  They provide such great texture to this space.

With two different entry points into this sunken living room space, the barn doors close off the corner in a very clean and unobtrusive way.  Doors swinging into the space would be very inefficient – particularly when floating off the floor.  A great solution!

This reclaimed door closing off the pantry in this kitchen is a perfect example of infusing “instant” character into a space!  Particularly with the chalkboard painted walls.  How fun.

A more contemporary door design in a loft-like space provides an interesting juxtaposition between the materials.  A crisp and clean finish – don’t you think?

This serene bedroom utilizes the sliding louvered doors to create a sense of separation and privacy between the sleep and lounge area of the space and conceals the rail system beneath a custom valence.

How great is this?  This antique barn door has found the perfect place to rest – transitioning the bedroom to the bath.

What do you think?

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