Author: Rebecca Pogonitz

Breathe New Life into Room

Want to Breathe New Life into a Room? Here’s How…

I love this time of year. It feels like there is a lot of love and good will in the air. It also seems that life slows down a bit with more opportunities to snuggle in.

With that in mind, here is another GOGO Living Quick Tips video filmed at national furniture company CAI Designs, (showrooms in Arlington Heights, Chicago, Denver and Scottsdale), that will give you some ideas on how to breathe new life into your existing furnishings and get your cozy on.

I hope that this inspires you to do a little adding, subtracting and rearranging!

Let me know how it works out. I can’t wait to hear about it!

Rebecca Pogonitz is passionate about bringing new life into your existing spaces. Reach out to her at or 847-337-0526.

Creativity Flows While Giving Back to the World

Charity Causes Close to my Heart

One of GOGO’s missions is to bring joy to our clients’ lives through our interior design work.  Another mission is to share our creative talent to give back to the world around us.  We are blessed to be able to do this through several channels with my work with non-profits’ No Shame on U and Designs4Dignity.

Giving Back to my Industry Peers

Another outlet for giving back is volunteering within PowerHouse SMART®, a Membership Community in the Luxury Design, Build and Real Estate arena. This networking and education community is working to grow to new heights while fostering business growth and development for its’ members in the Chicagoland and Midwest markets.

This past year I have been dedicated to serving as the Co-Chairperson with my colleague Michael Norpell, Norpies Wall to Wall, for PowerHouse SMART®’s largest annual industry event, the PHS Luxury Conference, scheduled on Feb. 7, 2018, located at the Chicago Merchandise Mart (theMART).

This significant industry conference will bring together 300+ leaders in the Luxury Design, Build, Real Estate Industry for a half day of spectacular Inspiration, Collaboration and cutting-edge Education.

My work is to help create and support the Vision for the Luxury Conference. Michael and I have had an amazing time promoting this event, specifically through the power of video. Collaborating with videographer Pasquale Iannino, Rockit Projects, and PHS Founder, Wendy Cohen, we filmed two conference videos. One is information-centered to promote excitement around the conference details and the other as a funny teaser video. The latter may make you giggle, as Michael and I promote the conference as Laverne & Shirley, marching through theMART hand in hand to the theme song of their hit comedy TV show in the early 80’s.

I invite you to join us on February 7, 2018 at the PowerHouse SMART® Luxury Conference, where together we can “Make Our Dreams Come True”! 😉

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Master bedroom by Rebecca Pogonitz

Get to Know GOGO design group via Voyage Chicago

GOGO design group is beyond thrilled to be featured in Voyage Chicago’s Inspiring Stories section!  It is such an honor to share our story in such a cool publication that is an inspiring must-read for living your best life in the Chicagoland area.

Here is an excerpt from our story that you may not have known about GOGO.:

GOGO’s story began when I was a tiny girl who accompanied her art historian mother on a regular basis to art museums and outdoor museums such as Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia and Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts. During those excursions, she taught me how form truly follows function. She described how color, shape, composition and the people living in the spaces we viewed, both in paintings and in everyday life, were affected emotionally by these factors. On these excursions I absorbed a sense of empathy, which I am honing as an adult. HOW we experience the spaces in which we live, is the essence of creating our homes, not only on a physical level, but on an emotional level, as well.

Check out the whole article here: Meet Rebecca Pogonitz of GOGO Design Group in Evanston

Rebecca Pogonitz, Voyage Chicago article

Feel free to reach out to GOGO at 847-337-0526 if you’d like to work together to create a home that you love!

Vintage Modern Interior Design

California Dreaming in a Chicago Brownstone

Every day feels like an adventure at GOGO design group, as we continually greet new interior design project opportunities with a sense of curiosity and excitement. On any given day, we are exploring new neighborhoods throughout the Chicagoland area as we travel to meet potential clients and hear their story. After one such adventure to Chicago’s North Wrigleyville neighborhood, we were hired by a young couple who had just purchased a renovated spec home that was originally built in the early 1900s.

At our first meeting, we learned that our client’s design style encompassed more of a vintage vibe, leaning towards a rustic antique aesthetic. Also, having both grown up in California, they still felt the most joy outdoors and at the beach.  To create a home where this young and growing family could thrive, our mission was to blend the existing contemporary finishes with their penchant for vintage collectibles and furnishings. As such, we defined their home design as Vintage Mod, which, along with selecting durable and casually comfortable furnishings, served as our guiding light throughout the project.

As the furnishings were installed, the feeling of warmth and comfort fused seamlessly with our clients’ personal style. A feeling of gratitude for creating a personal world they love greets me at the door each time I visit. Yet another GOGO mission accomplished.

A Sunny Kitchen/Great Room Evokes Beachfront Living

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vintage mod kitchen, GOGO design group

An Open Space Plan Lends Itself to Comfortable Casual Entertaining

A large sectional upholstered in durable, indoor/outdoor fabric anchors the Great Room and serves as “destination relaxation” for the family to spend quality time together. The blue linen upholstered counter stools, blue and white custom pillows and woven cotton area rug evoke a nautical feel, with additional textures in the rustic wall decor and art work bringing shots of accent color to the room.

Replacing the Island’s light fixtures with antique polished nickel pendants, installing a natural fiber roman shade, adding accessories discovered while antiquing, including a wood lazy susan on the island, a found chalkboard and a steel mini storage cabinet among other vintage accessories, diffused the more contemporary, clean lined aesthetic of the kitchen.

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Vintage Mod Dining Area

vintage mod kitchen

A cozy seating area surrounding a fireplace offers a quiet spot to drink cocktails and enjoy each others’ company, while a nearby custom designed, hand crafted dining table and an antique french cabinet warmly invite guests to dine in style.  A commissioned painting of a Lighthouse nods to the clients’ California Beach Roots.

Transforming a Contemporary Powder Room into a Vintage Oasis

In the powder room we diffused the contemporary wall tile and wall sconces with playful American Vintage Toille wall paper whose colorway blended perfectly with the tile. Installing an antique bronze and crystal chandelier and an Osborne & Little fabric roman shade also reinforced the Vintage Mod aesthetic of the home

vintage oasis powder room

A Master Bedroom washed with sunlight and tranquil color

Establishing a serene gray and aqua color palette, the Master Bedroom serves as a family oasis, where our clients can share both alone time with each other and snuggle/reading time with their children.  We created a seating zone flanked by a unique collage wall that documents the client’s connection to family and passion for travel.  A treasured antique radio purchased by the man of the house perches on a pair of nesting tables and offers that Vintage flair that punctuates the entire home.

picture collage bedroom

Master Bedroom washed with sunlight

The Little Boy’s Bedroom feels like The Little Man Cave

Vintage Toy Airplanes, an antique propeller, a cloud rug and navy bunk beds create a world in the sky for the Little Man of the house to imagine as he falls asleep each night. Mixing mid-century modern chests with vintage accessories reinforces the continuity of the home’s Vintage Mod Style, even in the children’s bedrooms.

boys bedroom

Lower Level Living Sees Lots of Action

The family’s mudroom is located on the lower level.  It leads to the Guest Room, which was created to feel like a beachfront Bed & Breakfast resting spot, complete with Sand filled table lamps, coral accessories and framed seashell and coral illustrations.  The children’s play area and TV seating zone for adults and kids alike is the final destination before heading upstairs to the main level.​

Lower Level Mudroom

Lower Level Family Room

It makes my heart sing to be able to get to know my clients’ unique personalities, likes and dislikes. This is my favorite type of project – one that truly is an expression of the homeowner’s souls. Email me with your ideas for your home.

Photography by Jon Cancelino Photography

Living Room

A Minnesota Lakehouse Transformed with Exotic Spice

GOGO design group was hired by a lovely couple from Lake Forest, Illinois to create their new lake home in Arden Hills, Minnesota. The house is perched on the banks of Lake Josephine, one of Minnesota’s many majestic Lakes. Their goal was to transform an older home into a soulful waterfront retreat, located near their children and grandchildren. The original home was built 20 years ago and needed some serious design and construction TLC. Together with Minneapolis’ Greg Eibensteiner, and my passionate team of Chicagoland resources plus a talented new group of Minnesota vendors and suppliers, we worked miracles around the existing wood floors and ceilings. We completely gutted and rebirthed a serene and tranquil environment where their family and friends now gather, recharge and celebrate life.

Designing this home for our client presented us the opportunity to dig deep and discover her evolved personal design-style. Their previous home in Lake Forest was created in the traditional style, and her goal was to mix in some of that flavor into her cultured classic contemporary style. The result is an eclectic mix of the old and new, with a dash of exotic spice.

Drama, “symmetrical” asymmetry, and a tranquil vibe invite you to experience the Great Room Lounge

Living Room

lakehouse lounge area with wall fireplace

The Great Room’s focal point is a soaring fireplace, yet this area serves two functions – a TV viewing area and a quiet place to put your feet up and enjoy the fire while reading, or simply enjoying the warm energy it emits. Separated into two seating zones by a chaise lounge, the space evokes a sense of symmetry as you view it from the Kitchen and Dining Area.

A Kitchen and Dining Area that inspire mindful cooking and entertaining

lakehouse kitchen dining area with hardwood floor

The dining table blended with our client’s desire for a more contemporary flair served as inspiration for the Kitchen and Dining Area. Two focal points exist in this area – the 7′ tall custom designed built-in storage unit in the dining area, and a magnificent 11′ long honed marble, waterfall wrapped kitchen island. The primitive style built-in cabinetry was finished to relate simultaneously to the traditional elements of the dining table and the clean lines of the cabinetry in the Kitchen Area. The result is an eclectic contemporary vibe filled with rich, layered textures.

lakehouse kitchen marble island

The Kitchen Area was designed as an elegant backdrop for the three focal points on the main level open floor plan. Clean lined off-white perimeter cabinetry and a textured, North African motif patterned backsplash frame the rich colored Island, where the client often entertains and dines with guests.

A Master Bedroom Suite that offers a dreamy and exotic experience

Gray and purple master bedroom suite

geometric shape tile in master bathroom

The Master Bedroom Suite serves as the couple’s exotic oasis located at the end of a short hallway adjacent to the main living area. A muted steel gray/purple color palette and fabrics rich in texture and tonal patterns create a dreamy and tranquil world. The tiled feature wall in the Master Bath is a dramatic backdrop for an organic shaped contemporary tub and floating cabinetry. Varied texture rules here, as both matte and polished finishes and cotton/wool textiles joyfully play interactively.

The swanky Lower Level promises fine wine and entertainment

lakehouse entertainment area wall fireplace

lakehouse entertainment area with rust/orange swivel chairs

The Lower Level contains the couple’s wine cellar, as well as a fully equipped bar where they can savor wine tastings, cocktail parties and delicious meals while enjoying quality time with family and friends. The existing concrete floors were sprayed a rust color adored by the Lady of the House, and served as the color inspiration for the rust/orange swivel chairs in the TV viewing area. Two dramatic floor lamps flank a console table and divide the TV viewing zone from the nearby pool table. I can’t wait to see my client again soon, not only to put the finishing touches on their home’s transformation, but to break bread and share a cocktail, as we have become close during the past 21 months with our many flights to and from Chicago to Minneapolis.

We have completed many lakefront and waterfront homes and these projects are especially “close to my heart”. They allow us to combine the world’s natural beauty with beautiful design to create the ultimate vision of design well-being.

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Photos by Jill Buckner Photography.

GOGO design group, PHS Award Winner

YouTube Marketing Campaign Produces Two-Time Winning Results

First Place – Two Years Running

1st place PHS award winner

GOGO design group is beyond thrilled to announce that we have again won a First Place Honor in the PowerHouse SMART® Stellar Sales & Marketing Success Story Awards!  This year we won First Place with our entry in the Results Driven Online Marketing Category with our DesignMuse Video Social Media Marketing Campaign.

Introducing the DesignMuse Design Influencer

As the DesignMuse/Design Influencer, GOGO design group collaborated with CAI Designs, the national furnishings showroom in Chicago, Arlington Heights, Denver and Scottsdale, to create 6 Quick Tip videos to be distributed by both GOGO design group and CAI Designs. The goal was to produce beneficial marketing content via the power of video to distribute among GOGO’s and CAI Design’s online marketing platforms.

As a growing small business, GOGO design group must always sustain the Entrepreneurial Spirit in cutting edge and innovative strategic marketing. Always honing our WHY, and communicating our Design Well-Being message to the world in the most authentic way possible fuels all of our marketing efforts. We will never cease to create content that will inspire and educate our audiences. After all, this is our passion and we LOVE it!

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LED Lighting fixture

LED Lighting Quick Tip

The GOGO Girl is back at national furniture company CAI Designs, (showrooms in Arlington Heights, Chicago, Denver and Scottsdale), with a new GOGO Living Quick Tip

LED Lighting is a hot
lighting design application
that is here to stay.

This LED focused GOGO Living Quick Tips video will definitely enLIGHTen your world!

I help all my clients with their lighting layout, design and choices. Allow me to help you, too!

Seating Zones Rebecca Pogonitz

Get in the Zone – Seating Zones, that is!

The GOGO DesignMuse launches her new Video Series titled GOGO living Quick Tips!

Another chapter in the GOGO design group book of life has begun, as we launch our new Video Series titled GOGO living Quick Tips with the national furniture company CAI Designs, with showrooms in Arlington Heights, Chicago, Denver and Scottsdale. CAI Designs is truly my design home away from home where I grew up as an interior designer.  You can imagine how amazing it has been to collaborate and create our first GOGO Living Quick Tip Series with them!

Our new Series features the GOGO DesignMuse whose mission is to share with the world the design brands I trust most, all in the spirit of infusing YOUR world with passion, inspiration, joy and design well-being. Our short and sassy videos will help you take the next steps towards creating the home you LOVE, and I truly hope my design community friends and colleagues see the value in sharing my trusted sources.

So sit back, click and gather some GOGO Quick Tips for your next design mission!

Rebecca Pogonitz, GOGO design group

The New Face of GOGO design group

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Life moves forward at GOGO design group, embracing this refreshing notion fuels growth and evolution. Just as our interior design work supports and inspires our clients as their lives are elevated forward, we continue to hone our WHY.

Bringing More Love and Light

Simply put, our purpose is not only to offer the best interior design services to the Greater Chicago area, but to bring more Love and Light into our clients’ lives and to create a magical experience working together.

Kindness, joy, compassion and positive energy rule here.

This is the new face of GOGO.

Visit us on YouTube for some Interior Design Well-Being for your Mind, Body and Soul or simply reach out for some personalized Design Well-Being Inspiration and let’s move our lives forward together!

Rustic Contemporary Master Bath

Transforming a 1980s Master Bath into a Rustic Contemporary Spa Retreat

A Rustic Contemporary Spa Master Bath Vision

GOGO design group recently shared an amazing experience with a Northbrook, Illinois client who dreamed of creating her own personal Spa Retreat. After sharing her inspiration photos featuring monochromatic, contemporary interiors punctuated by subtle rustic elements, we defined her Spa Bath Vision as Rustic Contemporary, a design style that blended perfectly with the rest of her exquisitely tranquil home. This vision served as our guiding light throughout the design process, built upon the strategy to combine unique reclaimed rustic elements with contemporary plumbing fixtures and vanities along with large scale limestone tile.

Our mission was to create a light and airy space that evoked serenity and harmony. Raising the ceiling two feet allowed us to install 200-year-old refined barn beams from Heritage Beam and Board in Wisconsin. We turned to Mark Eric Benner of MEBArchitects Inc. to create the rendering to help our client visualize our design plan.

Rustic Contemporary master bath
Photo by Jill Buckner Photo

Symmetry Rules for Tranquility

Maintaining symmetry enhances tranquility in a space. Centering the magnificent soaking tub in the window was a given, and the symmetry of the room flowed from there.  The glass walls on either side of the soaking tub allowed natural light to flow through the room and to define the different zones of the bath.  Our wonderful and patient Builder, Vio Filip of Servio Pro worked closely with us, as we resolved each challenge with love and joy for ultimately bringing our client’s dream spa master bath to life.

Custom Designed Metal Framed Glass Partition Walls Fulfill their Purpose

A narrow glass partition wall extends down to the floor, and echoes the other side of the room where the shower is located.  We placed a few of the client’s collected treasures alongside towels on extra thick, clear glass shelves that accentuate the contemporary, light and airy feel to the room.

Half wall toilet room
Photo by Jill Buckner Photo

Rejuvenated Vanity Area – Form Follows Function

Floating, rift-cut oak cabinets evoke even more open space over the large-scale pewter limestone tile that flows into the shower.  We selected simple lined iron wall sconces to lend a repeating, refined rustic element to the otherwise contemporary vanity area. Honed quartz counter tops that are stain resistant coordinate beautifully with the stone tile. An exact arrangement is located on the other side of the room for the man of the house.

Floating Vanity
Photo by Jill Buckner Photo

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