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.
GOGO design group recently transformed a home for a wonderful couple who live in a Chicago North Shore suburb. During the first meeting, my client described the home as functional, but for many years there were many elements that she didn’t like, such as the black and gray color scheme and the lack of warmth. Also, her design style evolved to more traditional rather than the original contemporary home she was living in.
Before we began work together, the home’s color scheme was black, gray and white, void of any additional color, outside of some lovely glass accessories, a painting and family photos. Most of the walls were empty, as well as the front room off of the entry. The fun challenge here was to blend in traditional elements with the existing gray tile flooring, contemporary furnishings and window treatments, while balancing in subtle color from the art and metal finishes to a monochromatic color scheme.
To create warmth, we painted specific walls various warmer taupe colors; mixed warm metal tones such as antique brass and golds with the cooler silver tones of the flooring, built-in wall unit, kitchen appliances and window treatments; installed new lighting in key areas; placed new accessories in strategic areas; purchased lighter toned furnishings for the front room; and created patterned throw pillows with various textured trims. We also installed art that my client discovered she truly loved.
The results were incredible. My client and her husband now love coming Home and spending time relaxing and healing from life’s stresses and pressures. They told me the home feels completely transformed. Honoring the client’s budget, we created the perfect home for this family’s continued life journey, nourishing their design well-being. Mission accomplished.
In order to create a more intimate and warm feeling in the existing kitchen, we installed 3 over sized pendants that combined the silver and gold tones that would be simultaneously experienced in the sitting area adjacent to the kitchen. We also purchased new wood base counter stools upholstered in a textured multi-toned, cream/gold/grey fabric that directly related to the light fixtures.
The Rejuvenation/Restorative Area Transformation
This seating area is where my clients spend most of their leisure time enjoying reading and conversation. I regarded this area as the rejuvenation/restorative area. Working with the existing black lounge chairs and window treatments, we added warm toned pillows, a textured throw, a gold toned tufted ottoman and a gold metal table. We also changed the carpet to reflect the new warmer toned finishes, while still blending with the existing gray tile flooring throughout the kitchen and dining room.
Dining Room Blending
To create the new dining room, we painted the walls a pale shade of gray to serve as a unifying backdrop to the existing drapery, contemporary glass dining table and gray tile floor. In order to serve the client’s desire for a more traditional, warm feeling and blend with the contemporary elements, we purchased French style upholstered wood dining chairs, an organic feeling gold and crystal chandelier and two multi colored landscape paintings. A large antique gold framed mirror was installed on the opposite wall to open the space.
Transitional Interior Design of the Family Room
Working with the existing black sectional and window treatments, we blended in the gold/silver metal finishes now installed throughout the first floor, and broke up the expanse of black color with various sized and patterned throw pillows in gold and taupe fabrics. We also added a round gold/silver base table and coordinating C-table to balance the large sectional and create another zone in the open floor plan where family and friends can congregate and relax.
Formal Living Room
The Formal Living Room serves as the focal point of the house, just off of the foyer. Selecting a tufted sofa with acrylic legs blended the traditional and contemporary elements in the home, as the couple’s existing black benches serve as the perfect “coffee” table. Drama was created by painting the sofa wall a richer taupe color. The bold symmetry of the two black floor lamps and the art that pops off the wall added even more drama.
Custom Designed Banister
The existing banister was original to the house that was built in 2000. Refreshing the home included designing a custom made banister. This banister is comprised of ebony stained wood with a piece of silver metal embedded along the length of it. This detail was a nod to the existing stainless steel finishes in the house.
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I am honored and thrilled to announce that the Houzz Community has saved images of my Interior Design work to Houzz Ideabooks 1,000 times or more. I currently have 18 projects on Houzz.com. One of these projects has an image that was saved 2,325 times as of this writing. Wow! Sending out a huge thank you to all of the Houzz users out there. Let’s all keep inspiring each other!
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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:
Let me begin with dispelling the myth that an Interior Designer is a luxury that many cannot afford. With our changing economy, having a top-notch, talented interior designer is a necessity in saving you valuable time and money. Not only for small projects but especially when you are making renovations or building a new home.
Interior Designer Cost Is Affordable
How? Your Interior Designer can guide you through the design process so that money is well spent and invested wisely for the long term, banishing the need to redecorate or remodel for many years. Interior Designers also can save you many hours of decision making and get the job done in an efficient way. With this help the entire process becomes a fun challenge as opposed to a painful one. Design is fun and exciting! It should never be a tedious experience. It’s similar to creating your own 3-dimensional piece of art that you can actually live in and enjoy!
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?
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.
Ah, 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:
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.