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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 Rebecca@GOGOdesigngroup.com or 847-337-0526.

Rebecca Pogonitz, GOGO design group

The New Face of GOGO design group

interior design chicago Rebecca Pogonitz

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!

Home is Where Your Heart is

Home Is Where Your Heart Is

We’ve done it! We’ve reinvented the old Luxe For Less interior design tip series into our new and improved GOGO Living series. This new series will provide more in-depth interior design information so you can improve your interior design well-being!

We are kicking off the series with a Thanksgiving inspired message that delves into the idea of what “home” means to you and how designing from your heart will make you feel comfortable and happy. I hope you enjoy it!

These original videos are my creative outlet so I would love your feedback. Just leave a comment below! My passion is to be your catalyst and inspiration for transformation through design well-being. Sharing my videos is your opportunity for inspiring others, too, so go for it and share this blog post!

Let’s chat, I would love to help you design your home using what’s deep in your heart! I am confident I will make a huge impact on your design projects and life. Email me at Rebecca@GOGOdesigngroup.com or call 847-337-0526.

cozy bedroom design hgtv

Cozy Bedroom Design – GOGO’s Work Included in HGTV Article!

GOGO design group is honored to be selected among 28 photos and 18 designers in their latest article.

Selected by HGTV, WOW!

What perfect timing with Fall right around the corner, people’s fancies are turning to warmth and comfort. This applies especially to cozy interior design styles in the bedroom. Maybe it’s as simple as putting away the Summer bedding and opting for something a little more warm and fuzzy. Over at HGTV, they too, are pulling out the woolies and have published a great article titled 28 Budget-Friendly Ideas for a Cozy Bedroom.  Authors Keri Sanders and Farima Alavi of HGTV beautifully discuss the aspects of Interior Design that can make or break the feeling of a room. Tips about using dark hues, layering rugs and adding bedding and blankets in different textures are discussed among many others.

Below is a snippet of their article that features an image from one of my recent projects:

cozy bedroom furniture placement
Place Furniture Strategically: Where you place your furniture makes a huge difference. When creating a seating nook, place chairs facing each other. This arrangement brings a conversational and intimate feel to your bedroom even if you’re the only one utilizing the space.

Read the full article here and get tons of ideas on your cozy bedroom design, then drop me a line to finalize the look and pick out just the right pieces for your slumber sanctuary.


interior designer knows her why

This Interior Designer Knows Why

Writing down “Your Why” can be life changing. For GOGO design group, reflecting on “My WHY” has helped me as an interior designer in creating an interior design firm that delivers interior design well-being. Our talents support any size transformation, from a whole house renovation to repurposing an existing space, we create designs our clients call their sanctuary. We create environments that exude warmth, comfort, beauty and healthy interiors for your mind, body and soul.

At GOGO, we provide the vision, expertise, tools and resources to making the design a reality.

As a professional interior designer, my goal is to become your Design Island of Safety where your voice is heard. I start by listening to our story and learning about your lifestyle, as well as your likes and dislikes. I want to know what makes your heart sing. Through this process we learn more about you and your family’s style and then create a unique road map to a living space that is a reflection of your personality and life story.

Are you ready to embark on a journey with interior design well-being?

Peach project on HGTV

GOGO design girl gets Peachy on HGTV.com

Interior design projects are quite common in the Springtime – after all, it’s the time of renewal and rebirth. Are you starting an interior design project? Have you considered the color peach? Keri Sanders of HGTV has focused on this bright and cheery color in the Color VS Color section of the HGTV website. There are awesome examples of the use of the color peach from dramatic all-over color to unusual, eye-catching splashes. I love the various snapshots Kari includes in her article and am honored and thrilled that she has included one of my projects.

Here is the interior design project used in the HGTV article. The project in Skokie, Illinois was a simple freshen-up of a few rooms. The client hired us to repurpose, rearrange and edit her furniture, art and accessories and to select a paint color for her living room.  She did purchase two new table lamps and the paint and labor to change the color of the room. Proof that with a good designer, you needn’t spend a lot of money. Click for HGTV article.

peach living room
Proper furniture placement and the right color palette can make all the difference in the world.
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!

purpose in life

When you Feel Stuck, Focus on your Purpose in Life

Recently, I was feeling stuck and I shared my thoughts on that moment and how we should focus on our purpose in life on my Youtube channel – GOGO girl diaries.

On GOGO girl diaries, I share thoughts about things related to my Interior Design business and how they intertwine with my personal life and make me the person I am. Please subscribe to my Youtube Channel!

tile and stone interior design

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!

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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.