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Light fixtures by Paul Ferrante brighten the gourmet, dine-in kitchen.

Space planning is creative, like piecing together a puzzle. Every inch counts. Guided by this concept, interior designer Lori Gilder infused 21st century style while doubling the size of a 1,400-square-foot Sherman Oaks bungalow. In a project that took nine months to plan and 15 months to execute, she gutted the 1940s-era house, added a second story and reconfigured the floor plan to better suit the owners' lifestyle. What had been a nondescript two-bedroom, 2-1/2 bathroom house now boasts three bedrooms, five baths, a family room and a dine-in gourmet kitchen with custom cabinets and stained maple butcher-block countertops. "It's important to get a good sense of you your client is-how they really live and how they want to live," Gilder says.

My job is to interpret what they'll feel comfortable in."
Lori Gilder, ASID
Interior Makeovers Inc.