Meet our 2016 Idea House designer

February 4, 2016 | By | Comments (7)
Lauren Geremia, designer

Lauren Geremia, designer

To be honest, it feels like we just finished our 2015 Idea House, and now a new one has creeped up on us. Well, lucky for us, our Bay Area house is in great hands! Lauren Geremia, a talented designer from Emeryville, is heading up the project, and she’s revealing some of her plans.

Sunset: What excites you most about working on the Sunset Idea House?

Lauren Geremia: We have been making the transition from retail to residential for the last couple of years and are excited about the growth it has provided us as designers.  We love creating more personal narratives through space and objects. The resources and people on this project are new and exciting. We feel it will be a unique learning experience and a great opportunity to get to know the magazine and its readers.

Sunset: What do you think about the Sunset Idea House being built in the Bay area this year?

LG: Berkeley is a city that I have been in love with since moving to California. It really supports my interests, culturally and academically. I love taking advantage of its hiking, weather,  and amazing food. It is a really engaging and wonderful place to live and I love that Sunset is going to highlight that.

Sunset: What signature “Geremia Design touch” will you be adding to the house?

LG: We plan on adding a ton of art to the house from our vendors and friends that we’ve been collecting. Most of our fabricators live in the East Bay, so we’re excited to utilize their talent when we have opportunities. It is common in our projects that we involve a larger community that we admire.

Sunset: What’s something that you will be doing differently?

LG: I’m looking forward to utilizing vendors and materials that have been introduced to us by Sunset. We like experimenting with finishes pushing the boundaries of how we use them to improve experience. Additionally, we have exciting ideas on lighting for this house. We think it is so important and plan to make it a highlight of this design.

Sunset: What should we expect from your interpretation of West Coast style?

LG: West Coast, to me, is about space and light. It is about getting to really live in your house and have it be flexible to changing interests, growing families, and inspiring hobbies. It should be a great place to relax in addition to a space you are proud to entertain in. West Coast homes that aim to embrace nature with the intentionally oversized windows are the best.


  1. Guest

    (I want this building to be apartments)

    August 18, 2016 at 1:56 pm
  2. Guest

    How about ideas for future dense-but-liveable housing to alleviate the Bay Area housing crunch?

    August 18, 2016 at 1:53 pm
  3. Sunset Idea House Scheduled to Open Aug. 19 | A blog by Sunset

    […] inside, Geremia Design will treat visitors to warm and innovative interiors. The team, lead by Lauren Geremia, connects the […]

    July 28, 2016 at 2:44 pm
  4. Jennifer Parham

    With a budget of $3000, what are some design ideas for replacing a thirsty lawn that is 50′ x 25′. Property has short young trees planted around the perimitter. Perhaps suggest some ways that we can add to later as funds become available.

    April 21, 2016 at 10:42 pm
  5. valerienelson1

    House designer ideas for development, modernizing and giving any intergalactic both indoors and outdoors.For More

    April 20, 2016 at 3:30 am
  6. Ask Lauren Geremia, Our Idea House Designer | A blog by Sunset

    […] Idea House designer, Lauren Geremia, takes questions from readers and answers with her expertise. If you’ve got more queries, […]

    March 24, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    Which floor is the top floor & which floor is the bottom floor.

    March 22, 2016 at 2:59 pm

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