San Diego Home/Garden  – Bath of the Year 2020

San Diego Home/Garden – Bath of the Year 2020

A Bath with Personality

“The universal design aspect makes this bathroom special on many levels.” – Linda Medina

Artistry and Access:  Waves of tranquility wash over a bathroom creation featuring a circular stained-glass window with whorls of art swimming within a sea of glossy, turquoise-teal wall tiles. The room’s beauty belies the fact that the space’s main design priority to address accessibility needs.

“My clients had downsized into a typical townhome and needed this new space to stand out but also be accommodating of aging in place,” designer Traci Taylor of Arise Interiors explains. “Jim has a handful of challenges ahead of him in dealing with Parkinson’s and all of its symptoms.”

“The existing bathroom was small and narrow and was difficult to get in and out of, “Jim adds, “I wanted the bathroom to be easy for me to navigate and put the kibosh on tripping hazards.”

By eliminating the tub and not using a shower door as well as creating a curb-less shower and installing anti-slip porcelain flooring to reduce the likelihood of falling, Traci not only optimized the shower space for mobility, but gave it a sleek, minimalist look. SDHG


Read the rest of the article on San Diego Home and Garden Lifestyle Magazine March 2020 Issue.




Want to read more about the design process and watch the client’s testimonial? Check out the Case Study!

Tucson Lifestyle  – Kitchen Showcase

Tucson Lifestyle – Kitchen Showcase

Designed to Dazzle

“A clever kitchen remodel complements this home’s sophisticated mid-century elements” – Tucson Lifestyle

Prior to its remodel, the kitchen had a tight workspace, low flat ceiling and a small patio door. Closing off the side with the patio door created space for anew pantry and oven. Decorative ceiling beams, designed to frame the skylights, highlighting the architectural quality of the sloped ceiling. Custom maple cabinetry was stained with a transparent teal finish. Windows were enlarged to allow for more natural light, as well as improved exterior views. Tucson Lifestyle

View the original article here: Tucson Lifestyle Magazine January 2020 Issue.

Want to read more about the design process and watch the client’s testimonial? Check out the Case Study!

San Diego Home/Garden – “27th Annual Kitchen of the Year”

San Diego Home/Garden – “27th Annual Kitchen of the Year”

Traci Taylor was selected to be a Judge for San Diego Home and Garden 27th Annual Kitchens of the Year
“Smart space planning allows for all the bells and whistles.”
Traci Taylor:  Thank you San Diego Home and Garden for allowing me to be a judge for the 27th Annual Kitchens of the Year.

“WHITE, BLACK, and GRAY played leading roles in the winners of our 2018 Kitchens of the Year contest while TURQUOISE, TANS AND BRASSES made up the supporting roles. Our trio of judges applauded the FUNCTIONALITY, LAYOUTS and CLASSY STYLES of their five top picks. New this year, we gave readers a chance to vote on all 50 entires. Their number one choice? A HOMEOWNER- Designed kitchen that the judge also praised.” – San Diego Home and Garden

San Diego Home/Garden – “Better by Design: Loft Love”

San Diego Home/Garden – “Better by Design: Loft Love”

A welcoming home emerges from an empty box in this East Village loft.

“Designer Traci Taylor has fashioned an inviting, modern, relaxing home in an industrial loft space.”

Traci Taylor:  Thank you San Diego Home and Garden Better by Design for the  “LOFT LOVE”! We made a harsh industrial space feel like home; a livable, warm and fun place that takes advantage of the great loft windows, doors and incredible views of the emerging East Village scene. We loved this fun and challenging East Village transformation opportunity!

“To become cozy nests, big empty warehouse-style spaces need lots of design help.

For this East Village loft, designer Traci Taylor split-up the space by crafting a private section for the bedroom, closet and master bath; and created kitchen, bar and dining areas meant for entertaining.


To separate the bedroom suite from the living area, she installed a partition of opaque glass, added solid surrounding walls. An added Solid wall allowed for a built-in closet, while also dividing the room from the kitchen. By integrating a concrete support beam at the foyer, she landed a wine bar next to the cook space. And with a mix of modern furniture and enticing accessories, she ensured a more inviting atmosphere. ” SDHG


San Diego Home/Garden – “Honorable Mention: Shower-Tub Experience”

San Diego Home/Garden – “Honorable Mention: Shower-Tub Experience”

Kudos for Traci Taylor of Arise Interiors, for her contemporary bathroom redo in La Jolla. An inspiring space.

“We love how this shower-tub space is open to the outdoors, but private and how the room is flooded with natural light .”  – Judge Danielle Perkins

Thank you San Diego Home and Garden Lifestyles “Honorable Mention” awards for featuring our bathroom remodel in La Jolla. Using clean lines and lots of glass we gave this space lots of breathing room; inviting the outside in. Soft tones and luxurious materials make this master bath a divine respite from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

“We love how this shower-tub space opens to the outdoors, yet remains private, and how the room floods with light. The feeling is effortless and clam; appealing to all three judges.”
Traci Taylor: ‘The master bath had a large sunken area for the tub and shower, which created an awkward space that felt like a void. Bringing the floor surface up to the same level was the first step, by utilizing a large window, we allowed the outdoors to be a focal point, not just a detail. These details opened up the space and created a real sanctuary garden feel, within the bathroom.’ SDHG 

Thank you for the opportunity to reveal your master bath’s potential. We really love this project.

San Diego Home/Garden – “Kitchen of the Year Award”

San Diego Home/Garden – “Kitchen of the Year Award”

Traci Taylor of Arise Interiors awarded San Diego Home/Garden
“26th Annual Kitchen of the Year Award”

“The cabinetry following the ceiling’s angels showcases the careful planning of this space.”  – Judge Danielle Perkins

We are excited and honored to be a recipient of San Diego Home and Garden’s 26th annual “Kitchen of the Year” awards for Lauren Essex’s Del Mar kitchen. The project’s success is a true testament to the kind of transformation that can be achieved with an amazing client, a promising space, and a shared vision.
Lauren approached us with enthusiasm and an open mind. She was experiencing some major life changes and wanted to enhance her new lifestyle with a kitchen remodel. It was a great fit from the start; Lauren was able to share what wasn’t working with current home and together, we were able to create her dream kitchen. Together, we reviewed the ideas and samples, and chose the best solutions to satisfy her desires for appearance and functionality.

The kitchen remodel became a home and lifestyle transformation! We expanded the space and made it more functional for cooking, entertainment and hosting parties, updating the style using long lasting materials with contemporary, natural fixtures for fit and finish. We added a hidden laundry and mudroom along with more closet space, brightening the atmosphere with more fresh air and  beautiful natural light. From the eating area, the backyard is now visible and integrated through large panel slider.

“I could just tell when I met Traci that it was going to be a perfect fit, and it has been, every step of the way. Traci achieved everything that I was looking for. It’s really been an incredible transformation (for myself and my home). I really feel proud of my space and it now reflects ME. I feel so humbled to live here. It is beautiful!”

We would like to extend a huge thank you to Lauren for being so open to the process and sharing her newly designed home. It’s clients like Lauren that are why we do what we do!

See the project case study here