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.
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.
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.
Secrets to Creating Your Complete Spa Life at Home
On Wednesday, August 3rd, Chicago Luxury Beds will host a life-transforming evening. A legendary panel of experts is speaking about creating spaces or entire rooms in your home that promote your health and wellness. The panel consists of:
A good challenge always keeps us on top of our game and Gogo Design Group had the privilege to take on another one recently as part of the Palecek & Kravet Inspiration Chair Contest. We were one of six design firms nominated by CAI Designs to compete.
Setting out to the Kravet Showroom, I had my vision and chomping at the bit dove into the fabrics. Thinking color and texture are what’s going to make my chair sing, I selected a creamy and soft faux fur fabric for the seat and back and a red and yellow Ikat fabric. But to my disappointment, these fabrics were not in stock and this would disqualify me from the contest.
I dove in again and since I wanted a contrast between color and texture – my daily approach to breathing energy and personality into inanimate objects – I found an in-stock Ikat pale turquoise and yellow fabric for the inside back of the chair to coordinate with a silver/taupe metallic and striated fabric for the seat and back. The welting around the seat and inside back was created with velvet muted turquoise, and I selected antique bronze nail-heads to pick up the gray/taupe tones in the fabric. Finally, I selected a distressed yellow chair frame to connect all of the design elements of the chair together. The result – The GoGo Chair!
It’s so great to seize opportunities and squeeze the most out of them. This was one such opportunity. You can go to CAI Designs Facebook page and vote for my chair for the next week. The chair with the most “likes” will be the winner! Winners will be announced on October 8 at the CAI Design showroom at the Merchandise Mart, as part of Design Chicago Week. Gogo Design Group would like to shout out a huge thank you to Kyle Blevins of CAI Designs for nominating us for the Contest. It’s such a blast working with Kyle on our various projects, and this one was especially fun!
Recently a couple came to me and expressed the urge to make a change and increase the warm energy in their home. I say increase because their home already feels incredibly warm. As soon as you enter you are washed with warmth and positive energy. All is orderly, each item and piece of furniture placed thoughtfully throughout and reflective of their lifestyle and personal aesthetic. The color palette does exactly as it should – envelop you with comfort. One of the owners is an artist in his spare time and his engaging work is displayed in certain areas. His other half is a professional organizer so the accessories she has carefully chosen and placed don’t create clutter, they tell the story of her family’s life. I love the kitchen, too. The design of the kitchen is a result of its daily use. Steel shelving, a butcher block island and a large chalkboard with colorfully written daily thoughts and to-do lists join forces that are so pleasing to the eye you want to pull up a stool and hang out in there.
So, on a tight budget, and not wanting to paint the entire house where could they make a change? The solution was a frequently ignored area in everyone’s home – the stairwell. How many times a day does a family run or walk up and down the stairs? Here was the spot to infuse a burst of energy and light into their home. I noticed some great photography on the walls walking up the stairs and an opportune built- in shelf on the landing wall where some lovely framed photos and knick-knacks perched, and immediately felt something sacred about this space. The home’s color palette was muted and relatively neutral. The landing was the perfect spot to be bold and create movement in a relatively static space. When we painted the wall lime green, and washed the once white walls with a warm neutral, the space immediately came alive and a once ignored spot in the house became an equally experienced happy place.
The next time you feel like you need a change but don’t know why or how, think out-of-the box and look to areas in your home that you don’t usually give a second thought to. You never know the magic you can create!
When I decided to rebrand last year, I searched for inspiration for my firm’s new identity. I figured that if I focused my awareness towards visuals in my every day life like clothing, food, and the outdoors something might speak to me. And while processing the message I wanted to convey with my new brand, I found myself mulling over childhood memories that infused me with energy and excitement. And there it was — my treasured red patent leather raincoat. This raincoat was “the bomb”. It had wide lapels and a wide belt with a big buckle. I was a shy and soft spoken child, but when I put on that coat, I felt powerful and courageous. It was like I had put on my warrior princess armor. It represented the fiery and bold girl I truly felt on the inside.
That wonderful raincoat inspired me to look outside-of-the box and create GOGO design group. GOGO conveys energy, verve, and moving forward. And with that said, the red patent leather boot was the obvious choice for the core of our identity. Just like the red raincoat gave my life a little kick when I put it on, the red boot represents interior design with a kick! Trying on those red gogo boots after they arrived in the mail reinforced where my journey had taken me as a bold, confident, courageous and most of all transformed woman.
The next time you would like to reinvent or recreate a living space and need inspiration, look to the world around you in the present and the past. What objects around you speak to you and trigger memories and feelings of comfort and joy? Was it an awesome pair of shoes that seemed too wild at the time to purchase? Was it a turquoise cashmere pashmina that you considered buying for your friend, but were afraid the color was too bold? Or those red gogo boots that seemed a little too sexy for a networking dinner you had scheduled that day. Listen to your inner voice and see what happens next!
As I’m sitting waiting for my next meeting at Starbucks (where else do people meet anyway?), and enjoying my second cup of coffee for the day, I can’t help but take in my surroundings. Spending time at Starbucks is truly an experience. It’s energizing, inspiring, relaxing, and calming all at the same time. Even with a second cup of coffee I feel calm. The sounds of the baristas as they steam milk and the background conversations of those around me fade away as I direct my attention to the colors and textures in my view.
The interior of the Starbucks in the photograph is all about color and texture. The floor is most likely a slate porcelain tile and the colors in it pick up the wood tones and retail items throughout. The ceiling and walls are painted a rich taupe, with a hint of green. At first glance I thought the paint was black, but the interior designer of this space expertly tweaked it and added more warmth and earth tone to the color. This green color perfectly complements the rust/orange tones of the chairs, tables, and wood in the space. That’s why it feels so warm. If the paint color was actually black, the space would feel much colder. I love the overhead soffit that houses the lighting. The stark contrast between the dark and light defines the baristas work space and represents Starbucks signature sophisticated style.
Starbucks works so well. It serves as the quintessential meeting place because of the way it is designed, from the colors and finishes to the paper cups and mugs we drink out of. Throughout the years, it has served as the model for good interior design. I’m sure that people will continue to meet and connect at Starbucks for years to come, including me! The next time you are sitting in a Starbucks look around and take in the space you are passing through to get a quick cup of coffee or tea. I guarantee that you will feel warm and positive and with your steaming cup in hand, you will feel good about the next task you will have to complete. Thank you Starbucks!
Want to arrange to meet me at Starbucks to discuss your interior design options?