Lori Backen

Lori Backen Interiors exemplifies the feeling of the California lifestyle. Her interiors are warm and inviting, comfortable yet sophisticated, casual with a touch of playfulness. Over the past 25 years she has created gorgeous environments for clients throughout California, Colorado, Montana, Utah, Washington, New York and Georgia. Lori has worked on several high-profile interior design projects including the Sundance Institute and Robert Redford’s private residence in Utah, the guest suites at George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch, the Aspen Institute and the Crown Family Private Residence in Aspen.

Her work ranges from luxurious mountain homes, rustic fly-fishing lodges, highly acclaimed restaurants and hotels as well as high-end residences in Bel-Air, Santa Monica, Malibu, Newport Beach, the Napa Valley, Silicon Valley, Sun Valley, Aspen, Lake Oconee, and the Hamptons.

The restaurant French Blue that she designed and owned with her former husband, architect Howard Backen, in St. Helena was listed in Architectural Digest as “One of the 10 Most Beautifully Designed Restaurants of 2012”.

Lori has been published in “From the Land” by Rizzoli, “Weekend Houses” by Penelope Rowlands for Chronicle Books and “Oxmoor House Pottery Barn Design Library Collection”. Her work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, California Homes, C Magazine, Forbes, Wine Spectator, California Home + Design, House Beautiful and Metropolitan Home.

Lori is inspired by her clients and designs interiors that reflect their lives and lifestyles. Her work has a warm, friendly, sophisticated feel using clean lines and sumptuous textures and colors.


Lori has designed interiors throughout the world for commercial spaces and private residences. Her design services include:

  • Consultation
  • Residential Design
  • Resorts & Hotels
  • Home Staging
  • Restaurant Design
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