Category: Luxe For Less

framing artwork

Custom Framing Photos and Art

Is your interior design project going to include framed art or photography? If so, you need to read this article by Houzz contributor Karen Egly-Thompson. Karen covers everything from mats and frames to glass and trends. I love the design examples she includes in the article below and am thrilled and honored that Karen has included one of my projects.

Framing photos for a collage wall is a fun interior design project. Give me a call at 847-337-0526, I’d love to help!

3 steps to transforming your home

Three Steps to Transforming Your Home

Design Article VIII, January 2016

Steps 1…2…3

Transform your HomeAh, Change. I am going to get straight to the point. Change is scary! But change is inevitable, due to life’s natural evolution that includes both milestones and curve balls. Working with a compassionate and skilled interior designer who can empathize with your state of mind eases the process. When I first meet my clients, they are about to, or are in the middle of embarking on a life change, including purchasing a new home or having a desire to transform their existing home without tearing apart their life. The transformational process can feel overwhelming, and I am asked just about every time “where do I begin?”and “what is the most economical way to feel great about my home?”

I break down my answer into three steps for rocking-out your transformation. They are as follows:

  1. The Power of Color

Painting the walls of your home in colors that affect your unique personality and coordinate with existing upholstery and other items will immediately transform and create a world that nourishes your soul. Living with color is a subjective and psychological experience. Each person’s needs are unique to the next. Some people need light and airy color in order to feel safe, secure and peaceful. Others prefer deep saturated color, or a combination of dark and light. Different colors evoke varied emotions, and when all is balanced, based on your emotional reactions and a consistent color scheme, the outcome is sublime.

Power of Color in Interior Design

  1. Nail your flooring down

Your flooring is another key variable in the initial home transformation. Your flooring unifies the entire home, as it creates easy flow and continuity among the rooms and spaces. Flow fosters peace, calm and tranquility, all key nutrients for a sense of wellbeing and positive energy. As an extension of the walls, your flooring is the backdrop for the entire home. If you have existing hardwood floors, then be sure to coordinate the stain with the color scheme of the walls, and install additional wood in areas where the flow is cut off, such as in small entry ways.

Flooring - Nail it

  1. Create intimate and warm vignettes

Pulling out existing furniture away from the walls, and arranging it into more intimate settings has a huge impact on your home’s transformation. Purchasing a new area rug that coordinates with the new color scheme and placing indirect light sources in strategic areas creates instant warmth. Decluttering and creating space in your home makes a big difference, but be sure to leave out a few select pieces with deep sentimental value, so as to add a meaningful and more personal touch to your space. Finally, hang art that speaks to you on your newly painted walls as soon as possible. Blank walls tend to feel unfinished and neglected.

intimate interior design

There you have it – the first three steps for transforming your home into an oasis for nourishing your soul and wellbeing. I would love to hear your thoughts. What are your desires when it comes to transforming your home? Leave me a comment here!

If you are embarking on an interior design project, contact me for a complimentary 15-minute consultation…let’s get acquainted!

This article is part of my Luxe For Less series of articles which is written as a means to educate you, the economically savvy and sophisticated homeowner!  These articles share how to get the best possible value for your money, while creating an environment that reflects your lifestyle and personal style.  I provide you with the basic information to guide you down the path to designing a living space that will make your heart sing for many years to come. Go ahead – transform your interior design!

love it or list it

Experience the Magic of the Hit HGTV Show Love It Or List It

Love It Or List It

The residential real estate market is often a topic of conversation. After all, as human beings our nesting instincts automatically kick in when considering planting roots and creating a long-term home for ourselves. We consider the variables surrounding where we want to live, based on our mindsets and lifestyles during a particular time period in our life’s journey.

Living Room Interior Design

mud room entry way
“Staging has a huge impact on the sale of a home, especially for the professional photos that go onto the MLS, Realtor.com, Trulia, etc. That is the buyer’s first impression and the photos need to be fabulous!”
~Beth Kreisman

Are you single, newly married, an empty nester or have one or more school age kids with one on the way? Whatever your stage of life is, it is often a challenge choosing either “Love It” or “List It” and most homeowners simply don’t know which path to follow. However, I believe that along with a little soul searching and creative guidance, the tips in this article will help you make both a smart and rewarding decision.

Let’s assume you are torn between making your current home your oasis (Love It) and selling it (List It) in order to buy a new home that offers a better canvas for creating your dream world. The beauty in the process of preparing your home for the sellers’ market is that you might just change your mind and fall in love all over again. And, should you decide to move on and list your home for sale you have gifted yourself a huge competitive edge.

According to Beth Kreisman, Real Estate Broker at Century 21 Kreuser & Seiler, “Staging has a huge impact on the sale of a home, especially for the professional photos that go onto the MLS, Realtor.com, Trulia, etc. That is the buyer’s first impression and the photos need to be fabulous!”

Beth says that the minimum staging requirement depends on what you can afford, your timeframe and your motivation for selling. First steps are cleaning, especially the carpet areas, and decluttering, specifically the closets and countertops. Next, painting your home in neutral colors and staging your home with existing and additional furniture and accessories if needed is very helpful. Finally, if you have the time, budget and motivation, updating your kitchen and baths with partial to all new finishes further gives your home that extra sales appeal.

Over the years, my Realtor colleagues have introduced me to their clients for staging services and once the homeowner sees the transformation they may indeed decide to Love It, even if only for a few more months or years. On the other hand, if you decide to sell, working closely with your Realtor and an Interior Designer/Professional Stager, you have now created a soul nurturing home that the buyer can visualize and will pay more for.

“I always take into consideration each family’s specific situation and personalize my approach to them. I make certain to guide them through the home sale process from our first contact through to closing”, says Beth Kreisman. Beth’s approach makes total sense, as our life journeys comprise so many unique variables. There is always the means for improving our homes and lives for that matter, whatever your budget or current life situation is. The beauty of it all is that you have the power to choose how to do it!

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“I always take into consideration each family’s specific situation and personalize my approach to them. I make certain to guide them through the home sale process from our first contact through to closing.”
~Beth Kreisman

 

Dining room and living room

I hope you’ve enjoyed this edition of Luxe for Less and will consider sharing it with others.  Speaking of “others”,  I love referrals and would love to work with yours! Send your referrals now. At GOGO design group, it’s about getting a luxury design that reflects your unique personality and best fits you and your family’s needs.

Learn more about me here.

This article was originally published on September 14, 2015. The Luxe For Less series of articles is written as a means to educate you, the economically savvy and sophisticated homeowner!  These articles share how to get the best possible value for your money, while creating an environment that reflects your lifestyle and personal style.  I provide you with the basic information to guide you down the path to designing a living space that will make your heart sing for many years to come. Future articles can be delivered to your inbox by subscribing here.

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Create a World You Love with Stone and Tile

Design Article VII, December 2015

Selecting Tile and Stone has Never been more Creative and Fun

tiled bathroom by GOGO design group
Photography by Jon Cancelino

My designer bag is overflowing with tools of the trade and I must admit one of my favorites is designing spaces with Stone and Tile. Selecting Stone and Tile for kitchens, baths, fireplaces and flooring throughout your home has never been more fun and creative, as the Industry today is constantly evolving and innovating. Whether it is marble, travertine, porcelain or glass, the opportunities for creating a world that truly reflects your heart’s and budget’s desire is at your fingertips.

So where to begin? First, you must determine your design style and the overall feeling you would like to achieve. Just about every response I hear from clients who are designing their master bathroom is a desire to create a space where they can experience peace and tranquility. I often hear the words Spa, Zen and Spaciousness. Typically, this request calls for neutral color material that spans from traditional to contemporary.

tiled bathroom by Rebecca Pogonitz and DonChris Designs
Loved creating this bathroom with DonChris Designs. Photography by Jaimee Rosko.

After determining your personal aesthetic, choosing natural stone versus porcelain or other options is the next step. Typically, more traditional bathrooms call for the richness of natural material such as marble and limestone in order to achieve a classic, old world aesthetic. Natural materials are always beautiful, but one must consider that Stone is a porous material and is susceptible to staining. Therefore, it must be maintained and sealed periodically. It’s true that sealants nowadays claim at least a 10-year warranty, but sealers don’t always prevent staining and moisture infiltration (beware make-up products, water rings, a tipped over glass of red wine next to the tub can all cause staining). In addition, some suppliers don’t recommend installing natural stone in an enclosed steam shower, as it just won’t stand up to the test of time as well as other man made materials. Some people aren’t bothered by these factors, and choose natural stone for a number of reasons, based on lifestyle and personality type. To get a feel for natural stone tile, I like to go to www.tilegallery.net and www.artistictile.com and explore the gorgeous range of options for your home, or call me and we can discuss other fabulous suppliers I recommend.

Porcelain on the other hand, is a manmade material that is non porous and maintenance free. In addition to residential use, it is often used in restaurants and commercial settings because of its durability to withstand heavy traffic use. In addition, grout joints can be set very close together, creating a cleaner, more spacious look. And, from a practical and psychological perspective, even though grout is now offered with sealers to prevent staining and bacteria buildup, people like the idea of less grout to clean.

mosaic tile bathroom by Rebecca Pogonitz
Photography by Jon Cancelino

There are gorgeous porcelains that simulate stone, concrete, wood and even fabric for all design applications. If traditional is more your style, you can easily achieve your wish with porcelain looking marble and stone, and be worry free of maintenance and durability issues. Check out www.porcelonsa-usa.com to see what the world of porcelain has to offer you. It’s amazing what you can create for yourself these days!

I would love to hear your thoughts. What are your desires when it comes to your fantasy bathroom and/or living space? If you are embarking on an interior design project, contact me at Rebecca@GOGOdesigngroup.com or calling 847-679-2073 for a complimentary 15 minute consultation…let’s get acquainted!


Thank you for reading my Luxe for Less Design Story.  I love referrals and would love to work with yours! Send your referrals now. At GOGO design group, it’s about getting a luxury design that reflects your unique personality and best fits you and your family’s needs.

Learn more about me here.

The above is an article in the series of interior design articles called Luxe For Less. This article was originally published on December 17, 2015. The Luxe For Less series of articles is written as a means to educate you, the economically savvy and sophisticated homeowner!  These articles share how to get the best possible value for your money, while creating an environment that reflects your lifestyle and personal style.  I provide you with the basic information to guide you down the path to designing a living space that will make your heart sing for many years to come. If you’d like to receive past and future articles please sign up here.

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Learn the Art of Selecting Art and Nourish your Soul

Design Your Home and Design Your Life

Sex and the City ~Ronit Wiener
Sex and the City ~Ronit Wiener

The process of designing your home becomes the process of designing your life.  Each decision you make is inspired by your personal story, lifestyle and aesthetic preferences that bring you joy and peace of mind.  As the design experience unfolds, my clients learn about themselves and whether or not they are aware, what nourishes their soul.  As a result, the desire to bring art into their lives becomes a need.

Even if your walls are saturated with the colors that make you feel good, blank walls eventually present an uneasy feeling.  At this point in your project, selecting art that fits you like a glove is a must, as it sets the tone and energy of your space, while speaking the language of those living in it.  Art takes many forms, including paintings, tapestries, photography, faux finishing, murals and ceramics to identify a few, and figuring out what’s best for you and your space is a beautiful discovery process.

Whether you are at the point in your life where you would like to purchase art for your home, or would like to begin the process of discovering what type of art nourishes your soul, the following ideas will help you begin your journey.  These include connecting with individual artists, working with an art dealer/consultant or contacting a faux finisher/muralist.

“When I’m feeling something about a particular subject and can convey it in a painting, and then someone looks at the painting and says ‘Yes.  That is exactly how I feel!’, then I know I’ve done my job.  I feel connecting through art makes the world a less lonely place.”
~Ronit Wiener

The Power of Human Connection

Inside Out ~Ronit Wiener
Inside Out ~Ronit Wiener

I love speaking to artists directly, and learning about their WHY – why they feel compelled to create and what inspires them.  Connecting to individual artists, which you can do over the internet, or in person at local art festivals or galleries allows you to discover if you speak the same language.  I often hear the expression “it doesn’t speak to me”, or “it really speaks to me!”  In other words the art form is speaking the same language as its viewer.  It puts into words an emotion or several emotions that articulate what he/she is feeling in that moment of connection, such as joy, peace, yearning and empowerment.

Two artists whose work have a strong voice and speak my language are Ronit Wiener and Simon Kenevan.  Both Artists describe their Why as a gift to others.  For these two artists, painting is a tool for expressing words that don’t exist for deep emotions they are experiencing in moments of time.  The result is the gift of connection to the person who may or not be aware of their need to fill a void or nurture themselves.  Ronit Wiener describes her self-empowering work as this: “When I’m feeling something about a particular subject and can convey it in a painting, and then someone looks at the painting and says ‘Yes.  That is exactly how I feel!’, then I know I’ve done my job.  I feel connecting through art makes the world a less lonely place.”   Yes!  It’s beautiful to realize that we are never alone on our journey, that there is always the power to connect emotionally with others.

Emergence II ~Simon Kenevan
Emergence II ~Simon Kenevan

Simon Kenevan also gifts the world with paintings that evoke joy, inspiration and comfort.  He wrote to me these powerful words that hold so much truth: “Touching souls is most profound, and the most precious of divine gifts. Imagine how it feels to place the missing piece in your home amongst all of the other things you hold dear.  To sit with it in private.  To feel its love.  To stop time for a short while.  To share with your loved ones yet keep ‘something’ for yourself…I feel humble to think about it. Art is magic. We need it.”   Thank you, Simon for articulating what many of us are feeling but can’t quite figure out how to express!

“Touching souls is most profound, and the most precious of divine gifts. Imagine how it feels to place the missing piece in your home amongst all of the other things you hold dear.  To sit with it in private.  To feel its love.  To stop time for a short while.  To share with your loved ones yet keep ‘something’ for yourself…I feel humble to think about it. Art is magic. We need it.”
~Simon Kenevan

Heaven ~ Simon Kenevan
Heaven ~ Simon Kenevan

Easy Access to What Makes Your Heart Sing is at Your Fingertips

Amsterdam ~Nancy Charak
Amsterdam ~Nancy Charak

Paintings are just one art form that will nourish your soul. There are so many others, and with the internet there are infinite avenues to discover what speaks to you and your budget.  Jayson Lawfer founded The Nevica Project in order to gift the world with easy internet access to discovering art that speaks to you.  I couldn’t agree more when Jayson says, “I always say that one should buy the art that makes their heart sing.  If something really touches you in a way that you can’t stop thinking about it, then you should buy it.”  Jayson is an art dealer and ceramic instructor who owns a cozy gallery in Chicago where, upon entering, you aren’t just greeted with a hello, but a full on conversation is encouraged.  Jayson offers a variety of art at all price points.  Visiting his gallery and meeting him is a must if you have embarked on your art selection journey.  Jayson will guide you through the entire process from creating visual representations of the art in your home, physically bringing it to your home so you can feel if it’s a good fit, and then installing it for you.

Untitled Monumental Wall Sculpture ~Ruth Duckworth
Untitled Monumental Wall Sculpture ~Ruth Duckworth

Even Your Walls Can Art Speak

Wall Mural ~Paul Minnihan
Wall Mural ~ Paul Minnihan

 

Red Python Faux Finish ~Paul Minnihan Paul Heil ~Photographer
Close Up Red Python Faux Finish ~Paul Minnihan
Paul Heil ~Photographer

Let’s not forget the power of color and texture when considering selecting art for your space.  Faux finishing your walls is yet another way for bringing art into your home.  Paul Minnihan of Minnihan Painting gifts his clients with his uber talent in creating faux finishes and murals that are created in direct collaboration with you.  As a result, you become a part of the process in creating your own, unique dream space.  In the thousands of faux finishes Paul has created, he never creates the exact same finish twice.  One would say wallpaper feels like art, too.  However, the pure and organic beauty of faux finish is that it can be applied to all types of surfaces, it does not show seams and it can be painted over.  In addition, with faux finish, on site adjustments in color and technique allow for responding to the specific lighting, energy, and aesthetic needs of a space.

These art selection ideas are just the tip of the iceberg.  Art is all around us in so many shapes, colors and sizes and the process of discovering the right art for you is a beautiful art form in itself!  Please share with me what makes your heart sing and what speaks to you.  I can’t wait to hear YOUR story!

Red Python Faux Finish ~Paul Minnihan Paul Heil ~Photographer
Red Python Faux Finish ~Paul Minnihan
Paul Heil ~Photographer

Thank you for reading my Luxe for Less Design Story.  Please enjoy a 15 minute free phone or Facetime interior design consultation with me so you can start on the right path to your Luxe For Less interior design.  At GOGO design group, it’s about getting a luxury design that reflects your unique personality and best fits you and your family’s needs.

Sign up for a free 15 minute session with me by emailing me at Rebecca@GOGOdesigngroup.com or calling 847-679-2073.  I can’t wait to get started with you!

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This is the third article in a series of interior design articles called Luxe For Less. This article was originally published on August 7, 2015. The Luxe For Less series of articles is written as a means to educate you, the economically savvy and sophisticated homeowner!  These articles share how to get the best possible value for your money, while creating an environment that reflects your lifestyle and personal style.  I provide you with the basic information to guide you down the path to designing a living space that will make your heart sing for many years to come. If you’d like to receive these articles in proper succession, (1/week), please sign up here.