Before and After: Solana Surf Lofts Exterior

Hello & Happy Wednesday!

I’m throwing it back to the recently completed Solana Surf Lofts project to show you a major transformation of the exterior. I was so excited to not only get to totally flip the inside of this building and each unit, but also get to play a role in the exterior facelift. Being steps away from the beach and Fletcher’s Cove in Solana Beach, we knew we wanted this building to play into a more modern, Cali-cool vibe.




Photography by  Stacy Keck

Photography by Stacy Keck

WHAT’S COOKIN’ GOOD LOOKIN’! We updated the bland beige with a full blown white-out, and painted the brown headers, trim, and windows black for a modern twist and stark contrast from the white. I knew I wanted to bring a pop of color into the doors without being so in your face, so we landed on this muted sky-blue, which we tied into the exterior mural. The exterior mural of my dreams! I got to team up with my very talented other half, Attila Betyar, to bring this building to life. Attila is a wizard of painting waves, whether it be on buildings, canvas, or shoes (also the artist and brains behind The Canvas Way) - we knew he was the guy for the job. He hand-painted both the text and wave element over the course of two days and tied in our front door color + black into this simplistic but powerful piece.

If you’re ever in the area, this beauty is located just behind the Pizza Port and is a must to see in person.


Katie Gebhardt

Solstice Interiors on DESIGN MILK!

Leo is on DESIGN MILK!

Our recent work on the lovely Leo - a modern massage, wellness + nail salon in North Park - is on DESIGN MILK! What is life?! You can check out the link to the full article here. A huge shout out to all of the amazing people who helped make this space amazing, and of course Jina Javier - the owner of Leo, for bringing me on to create this space of your dreams. And of course, thank you to DESIGN MILK for the feature, I am beyond honored and STOKED! :)

Project: Leo

Mural by Janie Rochfort of Betty Larkin

Custom chairs, check-in desk, nail polish display, front entry built-in seating designed by us and made by Moniker Design

Photos by Amber Thrane of Dulcet Creative

Organizing Your Home for 2019

Hello & Happy New Year!

I am a big believer in the importance of de-cluttering and simplifying in the home. I may be slightly OCD, but if I get home and see clutter after a long day, I instantly feel stressed until I’m able to clear it. Keeping designated spaces for ‘junk’, and keeping surfaces and specific areas always clutter-free makes for a more productive lifestyle, if I do say so myself! Clear spaces = clear minds. What better time than now (a new year) to get organized? Here are a few tips and suggestions so you can get started:

1. Designate a drop-off area for day-to-day stuff, ideally near your main point of entry.

Stylish, simple, AND functional! This woman is speakin’ my language. Having a mirror at your entry makes a most likely narrow space feel more spacious, a basket allows for shoe/ misc. storage without having those items all loose on the floor, and the hooks designate a place for coats, bags, and keys. Bonus: having a designated place for your keys will help you avoid searching and hunting for them in the morning for thirty minutes while you’re rushing out the door (anyone?!)

2. Put things away close to where they will actually be used.

A great place that this tip applies to: the kitchen. With floating shelves being so popular, it’s easy to want to fill them up and style them with the best of the best of your kitchenware. If you have enough additional kitchen storage, you go glen coco. However, if kitchen storage is limited, you can still make those floating shelves functional and good-looking. Arrange your plates, glasses, and other dishes by how often you use them. For those dishes most frequently used, place them on lower shelves that are more easily accessible. Keep a drawer with bottle openers and bar-type knick-knacks near where you store your wine - and put them away!

3. Establish what your favorite decor pieces are that you want to display, and what you can store away to help declutter.

Minimal shelf styling via  The Stables Design

Minimal shelf styling via The Stables Design

I’m very guilty of wanting to fill shelves with as many books, plants, and decor as I can. While this of course boils down to your preference, I think simplifying and going with a more minimal approach helps a space instantly feel more organized and less cluttered. See picture above for point and case :)

4. Keep a place to catch clutter in the living room.

The  Coronado Bungalow Project  by me, myself & I

The Coronado Bungalow Project by me, myself & I

Creating a catch-all for any small books, coasters, a candle, remotes, etc. is basically like styling your coffee table with storage. Done and done! Having a clear surface in a room that gets so much activity makes for a much cleaner and organized surface. It’s such an easy space to keep tidied up, so I suggest taking TWO minutes a day to maintain that organized area of your home.

5. Don’t be a hoarder. Let the purge commence!

The most beautiful home office by  Nicole Davis Interiors

The most beautiful home office by Nicole Davis Interiors

Is this home office for real?! While this space is a great example of getting organized, this hot tip really applies to every area of the home. Get rid of the things you haven’t even touched in over a year (clothes, old dishes, old holiday decorations, you name it!) Getting organized goes beyond what you can see when visually scanning a room. By clearing out of old items, you’re literally creating space for better things to come. Like any new adjustment, start small! No need to go crazy, but I promise you can go around and pick TWO things you can do without in one day.

I could talk about organizing and the importance of it forever. I hope these tips are helpful and at the very least, inspire you to start somewhere! Again, there is no better time than now to start.

Happy organizing!!

Katie Gebhardt

2018 Solstice Interiors Highlights

Oh boy, was this year a good one!!! Thank you to each and every one the wonderful clients, vendors, and tradespeople I got to work with this year. Reflecting on the projects of the year I am truly blown away by not only the amount of love and positive feedback I’ve received from these projects, but also the growth personally and professionally I’ve experience with each one. Here’s to an amazing year, and an even better year on the way.

Happy New Year everyone!!

Katie Gebhardt, Solstice Interiors


Sneak Peek: Leo

Say hello to LEO! Your new favorite nail, wellness, and massage salon nestled in the heart of North Park, San Diego.

If you’ve been following along on social media, you’ll know how excited I am about this project - for so many reasons. A quick bit about Leo:

Leo was created with the intention of providing an experience and super-cozy space for one to come and treat themselves to some quality self-care, in style of course. The nail and massage salon options in San Diego (and really everywhere!) very obviously lacked a luxe, quality experience with a more modern approach and aesthetic. Trips to get your nails done or a massage should feel like a treat, not a chore and this is where the idea of Leo was born.

Initial concept board for Leo’s main salon, including the pedicure chairs that line each wall and one of the lounge areas.

Initial concept board for Leo’s main salon, including the pedicure chairs that line each wall and one of the lounge areas.

Aside from being able to create this beautiful space which I know people will leave feeling revitalized and rejuvenated - and counting down the days until they get to go back - so much love and thought went into each and every area. From the generally neutral palette and fabrics intended to provide a soothing sense of comfort (aside from our main ‘wow-factor’ of a mural from the amazing Betty Larkin) to the custom tea blends for clients crafted by the owner of Leo, no detail went overlooked.

There will be much more to come on this space, so stay tuned for the full project reveal! Leo will be softly opening on December 9th, and officially on December 15th. For now, enjoy these dreamy sneak peeks.


Head over to Leo’s website to learn more & book an appointment here!

A Fall Palette


Blogging on a Saturday, who am I?! Someone very inspired by this lovely fall season, obviously. Give me all the cozy, chunky-knit blankets and rust-colored textiles. While I am a Cali girl through and through - which evidently leads to me knowing nothing about seasons - there is a true shift and refreshing vibe about fall. I love seeing fall-influenced palettes and being inspired to jump out of my own neutral-comfort zone a bit, even if it’s just through temporary accents and textiles. Here’s a glimpse into my own little slice of fall heaven - enjoy!


Before & After: House of Whiskey

While I know this is WAY overdue, I figured better late than never right?

Prepare yourselves - the before of the beautiful House of Whiskey project can be frightening, but I’m sure as you’ve seen it’s far from that now. I had the pleasure of working with a good friend on this project and was able to take his vision and create a modern, surf-shack inspired home nestled in the heart of Bird Rock, San Diego. We completely gutted this residence, just leaving the overall wall footprint the same. We renovated the flooring throughout, both bathrooms, the kitchen, and gave the exterior a major face-lift. I hope you enjoy seeing this transformation as much as I enjoyed designing it!



This kitchen was a wood and granite overload, and had seen its day. We ripped everything out of there and went with a simple, timeless white-shaker cabinet and some square-edge black hardware to modernize the space. This paired with the natural wood floating shelves added some warmth and variation to an all-white kitchen.



More wood and granite, paired with a pink tiled shower…. but why!! I was SO excited to demo this bathroom. I had an olive-green bath vanity in mind for quite some time and knew this was the perfect opportunity. I got real funky with the mix of materials - a patterned floor tile, a muted-grey penny tile in the shower floor, and white subway tiled flipped vertically. I wanted to spice things up while maintaining a monochromatic palette, so that the olive green vanity was the major pop of color and wasn’t competing with anything else.


Vanity Paint Color - Behr Conifer Green PPU10-19

Mirror - West Elm

Linen Towels - Parachute Home



Wood and granite, we meet again. ICK!

There was a door that led to this bathroom from the entry stairway, and two large windows that were rather low if you imagine any guest coming over and you’re in that bathroom… hello! Behind the sink were more windows that spanned from the countertop, up to these weird funky uppers that were unusable and made the already small master bath feel smaller. So, we took out those weird upper cabinets, dry-walled behind the sink, removed the door and put in two new, smaller windows. We added a second sink, and a wall-to-wall frameless mirror to make the space feel larger. The palette was meant to be like a breath of fresh air, light, bright, and clean.


Sconces - Pottery Barn

Linen Towels - Parachute Home

Ceramic Floor Tile - North County Tile & Stone



The final cherry on top was the exterior of this project. This space was previously an old, faded grey with some brwn-purple trim. It had to go. We went with a matte black horizontal siding throughout, and an Ipe-wood accent wall with La Cantina’s to totally open the space to the giant outdoor deck.

See more of the House of Whiskey project featured on Domino Mag!

All photos (aside from the glorious before photos) were taken by Stacy Keck.

Fave Designer Round-Up

While Pinterest is always a good go-to source for inspiration, or a walk around my little beach town of Leucadia, I definitely have those designers I always go to for inspiration. It's amazing to see what makes a designer successful, read their blogs on what to do/ what not to do, and learn from the best!

Today on the blog I'll be rounding up a couple of my all-time favorite designers currently.

1. Jessica Helgerson Interior Design


I was in Portland last year visiting family, and came across this absolutely stunning hotel lobby and bar - the Hi-Lo Hotel. I think my jaw actually dropped to the floor. Blush, emerald greens, and brass can be so trendy but they found a way to bring that trend into a timeless, dreamy space that you do not want to leave.

2. Amber Interiors


I mean, do I really need to even say why I love Amber Interiors?! This 'Client Black Houses are the Best Houses' left me drooling. Amber Interiors has created her own notifiable aesthetic, yet still is able to evolve and level up her designs to keep things unique. This space was the perfect blend of that California-cool-meets-boho with a new, modern and minimal twist. I always look forward to seeing what she comes up with next!

3. Studio Matsalla


Oh boy do I love this lady!! I swear I'm not totally biased because I get to call Vanessa of Studio Matsalla one of my mentors and friends ;) Studio Matsalla was the first designer in San Diego that really stood out to me years ago when I moved back home from school in LA. While you can see boho and mid-century influences in her designs, I love seeing her unique twist on projects. Not one detail is overlooked, and every project just seems like a perfect complete little puzzle. Vanessa's designs are timeless, soothing, bright, and I basically want to live in every space she creates.

4. JDP Interiors


This built-in dining situation from heaven is what first caught my eye from JDP Interiors. Her aesthetic is something I strive for - modern, clean-lines, with warmth through natural materials and hues in textiles. Designs are all natural and bright, mixed with unique and eclectic details. 

Now that I've gushed over my favorite designers, who are some of yours? Where do you look for inspiration? <3