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.
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.