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Design Inspiration For Your Thanksgiving Table

November 21st, 2011 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is here and the holiday season is about to explode.  Many of us will be hosts – welcoming our family and friends into our homes to share in this American holiday tradition!

As a Canadian transplant I have to confess that it didn’t take me long after moving to LA to acclimate to the spicy flavors, sweet tastes and savory aromas of the Traditional Thanksgiving Feast. This is by far my favorite meal – guaranteed to put my into my annual “food coma”.

So, just like I do every year, I spent some time last week flipping through a few recipe books, gourmet magazines and even tuned in to the Food Network to grab some Thanksgiving recipe inspiration. And last night I made the most delicious “Chicken with 40 Garlic Cloves” (I only used 20) which produced the most o-u-t-r-a-g-e-o-u-s gravy!  Try this recipe and see for yourself.  So needless to say that sauce will be making its way back on to our  Thanksgiving table on Thursday.

Watching those celebrity chefs on the Food Network create the most delectable Thanksgiving meals in 30 mins. is beyond intimidating. Yet for me it’s simply a matter of playing “Mr. Potato Head” with these recipes to see how I can attempt to design a menu that I can actually pull off.

Then I’ll drag the kids through the neighborhood to hunt and gather all the twigs, leaves, branches and pinecones we can find in the neighborhood to dress the table in a very chic yet eco-friendly sort of way.

Here are just a few of my favorite Thanksgiving Table Designs.

Image via Country Living Magazine

Image via House Beautiful

Image via Martha Stewart

Image via HGTV.com

Image via Lonny Magazine

Simply Beautiful

Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Enjoy the day with those you love.

Stay Inspired!

 

 

 

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

Freshen Up Your Home With Color

May 11th, 2011 by Lori Gilder | 5 Comments

Bring a new dimension and experience to your life by transforming your home inside and out with new colors. Invigorate your outdated family room and energize your bedroom with one of the new hot color trends of the season.  A fresh coat or two of paint can instantly change the mood, ambiance and energy of a room.

When selecting paint colors for your home its imperative to know what mood you are trying to achieve, how you intend to use the space and more importantly which colors you really love.

Are you drawn to calming neutral schemes or bright colorful spaces?

For thousands of years China, India and Egypt have studied the philosophies and relationships between color and energy – in order to strike a spiritual balance in their lives.

So before you head down to the paint store, here is some insight into the mood provoking colors of the rainbow and the energies they emit.

Red

  • Its intensity has a stimulating and exciting effect.
  • Is a warm and seductive color that exudes power and confidence.
  • Wonderful in elegant dining rooms, bedrooms and powder rooms.


Photo: via House Beautiful    Dressing Room

Orange

  • An energizing, lively and an invigorating warm color.
  • Evokes enthusiasm, self-confidence and creativity.
  • Great as accent walls in living rooms, dining rooms and baths.


Photo via Elle Décor             Kid’s Bathroom

Yellow

  • Rejuvenates and stimulates your mind, body and soul.
  • Sparks imagination and innovation.
  • Epitomizes warmth and an optimistic outlook to the future.


Photo via Country Living

Green

  • A very popular color due in part to its calming and restful affect.
  • Varying shades of green evoke a stable and secure environment.
  • Creates a sense of balance and harmony.
  • A cool nurturing color that promotes healing and re-growth.
  • Ideal for bedrooms, baths and dens – an ideal color to blend into the natural environment.


Designer: Lori Dennis

Blue

  • Represents communication, reliability, peace, tranquility and truth.
  • An intellectual color that evokes a protective mood.
  • Is an expansive color and tends to visually enlarge a space.
  • Is a wonderful bedroom accent color – due to its calming effect.


Photo: Simon Upton   Designer: Nate Berkus

Indigo/Violet

  • Color of spirituality and intuition.
  • Defines elegance and refined luxury.
  • Represents a sense of power and royalty.
  • Perfect color for studies, libraries and bedrooms.
  • Works beautifully with rich woods and metals.


Photo via House Beautiful                  Library

Neutral

  • Brown, gold and grey are easy on the mind’s eye and sooth the spirit.
  • Brown used in moderation inspires elegance and richness.
  • Incorporating natural materials and elements in any space will evoke a more balanced atmosphere.


Photo via Décor Pad

Black and White

  • White represents simplicity, cleanliness and vibrancy when in perfect balance.
  • Black is an absorbing color and is best used as a stabilizer and anchor.
  • Used together creates a dramatic environment.


Photo: Joshua McHugh for Architectural Digest

Always consider the mood and energy you want to create in your space – paint a few sample walls – then go for it!

Which colors are you drawn to?

Stay Inspired!

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

Show Your Home In The Best Light

April 8th, 2011 by Lori Gilder | 4 Comments

I think its safe to say that lighting is one of the most important design elements in interior design – and getting it right the first time can make or break a space.

I’ve walked into many homes over the years that – for lack of a better term are – light deprived.   It makes me wonder why lighting appears to be an after-thought for so many?  Some view it as nothing more than serving a basic function – while others “get it” by instinctively using multiple light sources any chance they get.

The proper placement of ambient (general), task and accent lighting simultaneously, provides overlapping pools of light, which instantly creates a very dynamic and dramatic interior.

Whether you’re building a new home, renovating your existing or you’re simply ready for a quick lighting makeover – creating a well designed lighting plan (no matter how large or small) will instantly take your room from drab to fab.  Lighting affects our moods.  Brighter spaces stimulate our senses while more dimly lit rooms create a more relaxed and intimate atmosphere.

So ask yourself:

  • Is your room well-lit or riddled with shadows?
  • Does the lighting in each space function well for each task?
  • Do you have single or multiple light sources in every room?
  • Are your lighting fixtures stylish – or outdated?
  • Have you highlighted a special feature in each space?
  • Are you creating the atmosphere you’re craving?

Consider some of these solutions to help you achieve the ambiance and style you’re hoping to create at home.


Designer: Candace Olson

In this kitchen a combination of recessed fixtures, pendant lights, a chandelier, under cabinet and accent lighting melds both style and function.


Photo Credit:  Barry Grossman

Think of your living spaces in terms of zones – and light them accordingly.  Make sure each are on separate switches and dimmers whenever possible.


Designer: Nicole Sassaman

A combination of light sources in this transitional dining room creates instant ambiance.  The recessed ceiling fixtures highlight the artwork and wash the walls creating a mellow “glow”.


The simplicity of the lighting design in this Zen bath creates the ideal atmosphere!

 


Image Via: Apartment Therapy

This table setting definitely has the “wow” factor – for spectacular drama and atmosphere?

Are you ready to set some time aside and devise a lighting plan for a favorite room in you home?

Stay Inspired!

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

Beautiful Space Saving Details

March 22nd, 2011 by Lori Gilder | 2 Comments

Space can be at a premium these days and maximizing every square inch can really make a big difference.

I love to incorporate “niches” of all kinds into my design projects. These recessed nooks, crannies, cubbies and alcoves (or whatever else you’d like to call them) can be integrated anywhere in your home and instantly adds a charming detail and focal point in whichever room it occupies.  A niche simply defined – could be a recess within a wall (which is ideal for extra storage and/or highlighting your collections) – or a recess, angle or obscure nook within the architecture of a room itself.

So take a look around your home to see how you can make the most of your space by creating that ideal niche or nook to fit into the favorite room of your house.

  • Could you utilize the space beneath your stairs for display shelving, a bar area or reading nook?
  • Is there ample wall space in your foyer or hallways to create that niche to showcase or highlight your favorite object or piece of art?
  • Do you have a window alcove (a projected bay or bow window) in your living room, dining room, kitchen or bedroom for that ideal banquette or window seat? If so make sure to provide large storage drawers below the seat for easy access to your supplies.
  • Is there sufficient space within your living room or family room walls to recess bookshelves?
  • If you’re renovating your kitchen have you considered incorporating a recessed niche with shelves over your stainless stove to create a unique focal point?
  • How about some beautiful display niches within the decking of your bath tub or vertically within the walls located at the head and foot of the bath?
  • Does your laundry room/mudroom provide you with enough storage?  This would be the ideal area to introduce niches and cubbies for sports equipment, backpacks, heavy outerwear and dog supplies.

Here are some fabulous ideas in all design styles to inspire you!


Photo: via Southern Living Magazine

The crisp white walls enveloping this reading nook clad in bead board – and the simple molding of the seat’s base compliments this cottage’s casual and style.


Photo: via Cococozy                Designer: Vanessa de Vargas

This integrated wall niche becomes more of an architectural element in this modern home and simply showcases the pure elegance of the glass vase.


Photo: via House Beautiful

This very charming window seat/banquette spans wall to wall and is tucked into the recess of the gorgeous garden window.


Photo: via Elle Décor                           Photographer: Simon Upton

Here the formal living room maintains its sophistication and elegance by keeping it simple.  Painting the interior of the display niches a deeper color – provides instant drama and allows the objects to pop – which ultimately creates a striking focal point within the space.


Photo via Remodelista

Here a series of uniform niches to store various sundries is both practical and attractive in this pristine bathroom.

The design possibilities are endless – so next time you’re looking for a little extra space, include a niche into your room or better utilize those nooks and crannies!

Stay Inspired!

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.

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.

Top 5 Kitchen Remodeling Questions

October 29th, 2010 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

By now we are all well aware that a kitchen remodel is not only one of the most popular home improvement projects – it’s also a great way to invest in your home.   To give you an idea of how important kitchens are to the value of a home – here in the US, the kitchen remodeling industry is a $15 billion dollar/year business.  And even in today’s market you could expect to yield a return on investment of 75-100%.

So whether I’m designing a major kitchen renovation or a moderate upgrade for my clients our initial conversation and the questions that follow are often the same.

  1. Q:  Where do we start? – What comes first?
  2. A: Educate yourself and focus on the styles of kitchens and interiors that speak to you. Grab some kitchen design magazines and tear out the pages that inspire you in some way.  Start an inspiration file and share it with your designer during your initial meetings.  It’s also a great idea to begin researching appliances at the same time. The options available are endless and you definitely need time to do some research in that arena.

  3. Q:  How much should I expect to spend on my kitchen?
  4. A: Obviously the cost of a new kitchen is dependent on many factors.  The scope, size and complexity of each project varies – but typically you should expect to spend anywhere from 10 – 25% of your home’s current value.  For example: If your home is valued at $500,000 (and you plan on living there for another 5+ years) then budgeting 75-100K would be considered a reasonable investment.

  5. Q:  What makes a kitchen more or less costly?
  6. A: Your selection of cabinetry, appliances, countertops, flooring, as well as the electrical and plumbing will determine the cost of your kitchen remodel.  Cabinetry alone accounts for close to 50% of the total cost of the project – eating up half of your budget before you even blink.  Stock, Semi-custom and custom cabinetry each have different price points, so making that selection will be based on your home’s value and your budget.

  7. Q:  How do I ensure my kitchen won’t become dated?
  8. A: Investing in the services of a professional designer will definitely help guide you – by planning the space, designing the details and selecting materials and finishes that best suit the architecture of your home and your family’s personality.  Selecting timeless door styles and specifying quality products will extend the life of your dream kitchen.  Just realize however, that all high traffic and well-used kitchens will eventually wear 10-15 years down the road.

  9. Q: How long does a kitchen remodel typically take?
  10. A: Depending on the overall scope of the kitchen remodel the time commitment will vary.   It could take anywhere from 4-6 weeks for a light and simple facelift or upgrade – or 4-6+ months for a major kitchen renovation where major construction is involved.  With large kitchen remodeling projects, there are a series of stages to progress through.  From the planning and development phase, through the bidding process – it could take weeks or months before your contractor even picks up a hammer.

Just remember that a quality kitchen remodel will give you and your family years of enjoyment and increase the overall value of your home.

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.

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!

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.

What You Can Do – With Bamboo!

June 8th, 2010 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

Bamboo is a tremendously versatile, highly sustainable and renewable resource – and the perfect alternative to hardwoods.  It can be harvested every 3 to 5 years compared to 10 to 25 years for most other soft and hard woods – and never needs replanting as it continues to grow from the same root system.   It’s innate characteristics and strength rivals maple and oak and due to its water resistant properties won’t shrink or swell like most hardwoods. This unique species of grass can be implemented into any home renovation project from cabinetry to flooring and everything in between

Here are some perfect bamboo applications for your next home remodeling project.

  • Exterior Decking and Deck Tile
  • Interior Flooring
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Outdoor Fencing and Garden Edging
  • Gazebos
  • Interior/Exterior Doors
  • Cabinetry
  • Shelving
  • Furniture
  • Wall paneling
  • Wallpapers and wall tiles
  • Bedroom headboards
  • Butcher Block
  • Kitchenware
  • Home accessories
  • Window coverings
  • Screens/Room dividers
  • Light fixtures

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.

5 Quick Home Makeover Tips You Can Do Now!

March 17th, 2010 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

You don’t have to sink a lot of time or money into updating the décor of your home. Particularly when it’s the mood and ambience you’re looking. Use the following quick makeover tips to express changes in your style whenever you feel the need.

  1. Make Use of Rugs – These can be large, medium, round or square rugs depending on your style. Area rugs can change the feel in a room and also protect your flooring. Area rugs work well on hardwood floors to define spaces. They’re perfect for dining rooms, living rooms, family rooms and foyers, and create an instant personality within each space.
  2. Incorporate Mirrors – Mirrors in entrances and hallways instantly add depth to your home. Use mirrors across from windows and doorways. Save space by hanging full-length mirrors on doors and walls. Turn cocktail tables and chests into mirrored surfaces to create some sparkle and reflect the ceiling above.
  3. Introduce New Fixtures into Your Home – This is one of the simplest changes you can make to define your home. Use the color scheme in each room as a guide. Polished silver or bronze fixtures work well with dark colors. Change cabinet handles and faucet fixtures in bathrooms and kitchens. High pouring faucets allow you more room in the sink especially when cleaning large pots and pans.
  4. Add Molding and Paint – Adding molding, wainscoting and beefy trims create instant detail and architecture to an otherwise bland space. You can save on the cost by enlisting the help of knowledgeable friends or handyman. Use chair rails to divide walls in your dining room or down the hallway. Crown molding also adds height to ceilings. Then grab some of your favorite paint colors and get creative.
  5. Change the Flooring – While this makeover tip is quick, it can also be costly. Many flooring companies can change a carpeted floor to a hardwood surface in as little as six hours. To prep the area it’s as simple as moving out your furniture, . Get a free estimate for supply and installation of your favorite flooring from several companies before going ahead with the project.

It is the little things that mean a lot. And when it comes to your home – that adds up to a big change in how you feel and function in your environment. Use these simple quick tips to rejuvenate your spirit and redefine any space in your home to best suit your family’s personality. Quick changes can be made at any time and most can be redone again and again as the mood strikes.

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: “How to Avoid the 15 Most Common Decorating Mistakes”

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

How To Keep Your Sanity During Your Home Renovation Project

March 9th, 2010 by Lori Gilder | No Comments

If you want to start your renovation off on the right foot and set the tone for the next several months or more, then consider a few of these sure-fire ways to win over your design team – and make your renovation experience a great one.

1.   Be Prepared

  • Do your homework.
  • Know the scope of your renovation project, large or small.
  • Show up prepared for meetings so you don’t waste valuable time; we all know that time = money.
  • Have an agenda to follow for each design meeting, site meeting, or shopping day, and check off each item as you accomplish it.

2.  Be Focused

  • Keep yourself focused during meetings and stay on the issues at hand.
  • Move the meeting along at a steady pace without revisiting the same issue more than twice.
  • Go through the agenda and check off each item.
  • Turn your cell phone to vibrate during meetings, and if at all possible, don’t answer it!

3.  Be Decisive

  • Do your best to put the appropriate amount of time into the decision-making process. The more research you do in advance, the more confident you’ll feel about the choices you make.
  • Don’t second-guess yourself. Confidence is the key. If you’ve taken the time to assess your needs at the start, stick with them.
  • Trust the guidance that your architect or designer provides you with. After all, you hired them for their expertise.

4.  Be Diligent

  • Take the best notes possible at each meeting and document the final decision made, or it will get lost in translation.
  • When you get home from a meeting, email everyone who attended that particular meeting and summarize what was discussed avoiding any confusion later.

5.  Be Resilient

  • When unanticipated situations arise and unexpected site conditions dictate a slight deviation from the original plan, detail, or concept, just go with it!
  • When it comes to renovations and construction, unforeseen problems will arise. Be flexible!
  • Make certain you let the design professionals, contractors, and sub trades do their jobs. Don’t micro-manage!

6.   Be Punctual

  • If for any reason you’re running late or need to reschedule a meeting, give everyone ample notice when possible.
  • Keep in mind that your job isn’t the only project your design professional or contractor is working on. Extend them the same courtesy.

7.   Be Courteous

  • Make sure you inform your design team of all change orders along the way.
  • If you and your contractor make any changes without your designer or architect present, email them to keep them informed.
  • Keeping everyone on the same page will save on future frustration without insulting anyone.

8.   Be Complimentary

  • If at any time you’re over the moon thrilled with something, don’t be shy—let the people know!
  • Share your feelings be generous with compliments. Your designer or architect and contractor will feel fantastic knowing that they’re pleasing you, and they ultimately will work that much harder to keep you happy.

9.   Be a Host

  • Show your appreciation to your design dream team with a little housewarming get together for them. Invite a few close friends to introduce them to your team and show off your home and their work.

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: “How to Avoid the 15 Most Common Decorating Mistakes”

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