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Last Look: Wendy Glaister of Wendy Glaister Interiors

Her signature design style is making an open concept feel at once timeless and “today.”

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1. We coined this project “RN Retreat.” The remodel was designed in August 2020 in the midst of Covid. The client, an ICU charge nurse at a local hospital, wanted a serene place to be with her husband, and a timeless design that was visually calming — an escape after a hectic day. Our key to keeping it soothing involved abstract art and an abstract area rug without the visual constraints of more traditional patterns. We raised the windows by two feet to give each room a more light and airy atmosphere. The completed design offers a serene setting with an array of blues, bright whites, warm and restful grays and happy patterns. The custom sofa with its long bench cushion functions as a chaise.

2. My love of all things Mario Buatta has fueled my passion for designing with pattern and color. I like to use multiple patterns in a space to provide depth and breadth. I chose to use abstract patterns that were more fluid and calming. In color psychology, blue is the most calming color. I explored classic blue hues with a counterpoint of warm grays.

3. My signature design style is making an open concept feel at once timeless and “today.”

With the living space being in view of the kitchen we remodeled, we selected metal and stone accents to compliment the custom brushed and polished nickel hood and range, and  the stone elements in the kitchen. I also wanted to bring the look of quartz from the kitchen counters into the living space. I selected a marble fireplace surround and applied it using a concave miter. This design feature enhanced and elevated the space for a more edgy look that was less traditional.


Wendy Glaister is the founder of Wendy Glaister Interiors, based in Modesto, CA. “We come alongside you, offering the organization, expertise, technical knowledge and designer’s aesthetic that will make pulling your project  together fun, not frustrating,” she says of her business’s focus.


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