Bathroom Decorating Tips

Even though they’re among the smallest spaces in your house, bathrooms can be the trickiest to decorate. Like the kitchen and garage, the rooms that hold showers and toilets serve important purpose. Despite the function of bathrooms, they should not be neglected when decorating your house. Our interior design work at GG Home extends to all parts of the house in order to create a cohesive living space. Check out our portfolio for beautiful bathroom design, and read on for decorating tips.

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Zebra Inspired Bathroom

Lighting

While many rooms contain decorative lamps or chandeliers, bathroom lighting is strictly functional. Choose bulbs and placement that work for your routine—vanity lighting for applying makeup, or bright ceiling lights for windowless half bathrooms. For the master bathroom, utilize natural light as much as possible with frosted glass windows for privacy. Candles provide decoration and electricity-less mood lighting.

Color/texture

Color dictates a space’s overall energy and mood. A juxtaposition of warm and cool tones will give a friendly, inviting feel. Sharp lines and a white or grey scheme create a clean, modern aesthetic. Add pops of bright color to a plain bathroom in the form of wall art or décor on the counter or windowsill and let the architecture speak for itself. Dimension and texture can be added to the small space in the form of tiling, wallpaper, or decorative mirrors. Don’t be afraid to mix colors, prints and texture—the bathroom is a great place to play with bold accessories that you wouldn’t have in the living room or bedrooms.

Functionality

The bathroom serves an important purpose, so might as well play up its functionality. Let necessary items double as the decoration, such as a stack of colorful towels or display of glass bottles filled with cotton balls or bath salts. Consider the shower curtain, soap dispenser and mirror as elements of style so that unnecessary décor can be eliminated.

Why Hire an Interior Designer?

A well decorated home goes far beyond the right lampshades and throw pillows. Finding proper home décor is a process that combines functionality and livability with aesthetics. Decorating is harder than it sounds—it can be overwhelming, frustrating, and expensive. Hiring an interior designer can alleviate these complications and bring your dream home to life.

Photo credit: ReStyle Source.

Photo credit: ReStyle Source.

At GG Home we believe that designing your home should be collaborative and exciting, and that process begins with the expertise of a professional. Here are some benefits of hiring an interior designer:

Saves time and money

Hiring a professional may initially seem out of your price range, but it will save time and dollars in the long run. Interior designers bring the material to you so that you can visualize how the elements will work in your home and skip all the trips to multiple furniture stores. The help of a professional decorator will ensure the quality of items and the visual aesthetic you’re going for so you can stop wasting hours and money on returns, replacements, and changing your mind. A designer will work within your allotted budget to keep everything at a cost that works for you.

Brings your vision to life

Even if you think you have a clear vision for an interior space, sometimes you don’t know what you want until you see it. An interior designer can help you achieve the look you’re going for and bring it to the next level. With an array of resources, a trained eye and knowledge of current trends, the expertise of a designer can transform your house into a stylish living space that you’re proud of.

Home value

An interior designer will maximize your home’s potential. A professional eye will bring a fresh perspective to overlooked spaces to create things you never thought of. Stylized, chic home interiors will increase market value if you’re thinking to sell in the future. Otherwise, the help of an interior decorator will give your home a makeover that you’ll be proud to show off.

Hiring an interior designer is the best way to achieve that home makeover you’ve been dreaming about. Contact us at GG Home to begin a collaborative, valuable relationship with a professional interior designer!

Feng Shui for Beginners

Looking to spruce up your home without undergoing a total remodel? Using feng shui, or even just drawing from some of the philosophy’s principles, is a great way to freshen up the feeling and visual appeal of your house. Our work at GG Home blends livability with great style, always utilizing the best feng shui for the space.

Photo credit: LushHome.com

Photo credit: LushHome.com

Feng shui is a Chinese art and science that was developed over 3,000 years ago. It focuses on synchronizing peoples’ health and well being with the energies of their surrounding spaces. This Taoist philosophy incorporates the principle of five elements—wood, fire, earth, metal, and water—to create energy and harmony in your home. The deeper ideas of feng shui get complicated, and whether you believe in these energies or not, using its basic guidelines can create a noticeable difference in the arrangement of your living space. Follow these basic feng shui tips to freshen up your home for summer.

  • Identify the areas of your home that need the most attention. Try to focus on spaces that aren’t already styled, such as the garage, laundry room and closets.
  • Get colorful. Each of the five feng shui elements corresponds to a color, and utilizing these palates is the easiest way to bring harmony to your home.

o   Wood: green, brown

o   Fire: red, dark yellow, orange, purple, pink

o   Earth: light yellow, light brown

o   Metal: white, grey

o   Water: blue, black

  • View your house as a whole space rather than separate rooms that are connected. Understand that your home is a system and each area works together to create energy—one neglected area will spread negative vibes throughout the house.
  • Always keep good lighting and air quality. Open windows to invite a fresh breeze and natural light. Introduce plants or an air-purifier. Good air and light are essential for feng shui energy in your home, known as “chi.”
  • De-clutter. Unwanted stuff clogs your home from harmony and clean living. Getting rid of unnecessary items can be refreshing for both your house and your spirit.

Feng shui for beginners: Try these basics from the ancient philosophy to freshen up your home for summer!

Spring Cleaning Made Easy

Yep, it’s that time again. With spring comes cleaning, but don’t sweat it! You can still refresh your home without a complete sweep of all your belongings. The first step to sprucing up your living space is a good de-cluttering session. You’ll notice that our work at GG Home produces clutter-free environments for home. Here are some easy ways to simplify for spring:

1. Fill one trash bag

Whether you can donate it to Goodwill or need to just dump it, one bag of items to get rid of is a productive start on your journey to cleanliness.

2. Pick a shelf

Pinpoint one area and eliminate all non-essentials. Once this zone is neat, move on to the next one. You’ll establish a flow and freshen up one cluttered corner at a time.

GR Lifestyles Capitol Hill Home

GR Lifestyles Capitol Hill Home

3. Change your perspective

Rearrange a room to see how things fit best and what isn’t needed. Have another pair of eyes look at your space and get their thoughts—a fresh perspective always amounts to new ideas.

4. Junk Drawer

Those extra buttons you may never use, that deck of cards from that one place, the box of crayons from your school days… if you can’t bring yourself to get rid of some random items, allocate a space for them. Maybe one day you can bear the thought of parting with your junk.

5. Designate spaces

Everything in your home has a place, or at least it should. Assigning spots will decrease the likeliness of loosing things and therefore buying new versions of what you already have. You’ll never have to search for the remote again.

6. When in doubt, put it out

Running low on cabinet space? Place your items on the counter. When you can visibly see your stuff rather then shoving it in a cupboard corner, you can distinguish between the necessary and the unnecessary.

7. Give away one item a day

If you notice something in your home that you don’t use on a weekly, monthly or even yearly basis, it’s probably unnecessary. Eliminating one item a day will prove to yourself how much you really don’t need.

8. Get Organized with Oprah

Even Oprah Winfrey has to declutter. Check out her 13 Organizing Strategies and Clean Up Your Messy Home! project.

Decorating the Patio: Get Ready for Outdoor Dining!

It is THAT time of the year again—the time we all dread cleaning off our patio or deck, patio furniture, and making our outdoor dining areas into something that feels magical. Spring cleaning work can be hard—but it’s absolutely rewarding in the end! With the right furniture, fabrics, lighting & decorative pieces, your patio or deck can host the highlights of the summer!

Here are a few things to consider as you start getting ready for patio season:

  • One of the biggest decor factors to a patio is the house it abuts. Think about the colors of the house, and the natural flora & fauna around it, that may be good spots to pull texture & color inspiration from.
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    Photo from here.

    If its time to invest in new patio furniture, consider the size of parties you anticipate having. A four-seater table may be perfect for a family, but it gets a bit cramped when you want to have some friends over for a good cookout. Of course, the size of the patio or deck is an additional limiting factor—but you can change the arrangement based on how many people you’d like to be able to fit!

  • Consider patio furniture an investment. All too often, people find the best sale for a decent set of patio furniture, cushions, or decor without really considering the longevity of those pieces. Deals are great—but a quality product made out of materials that aren’t going to rust, fade, or bleed will last for years. Your outdoor furniture will face a LOT more wear & tear than your indoors stuff—so plan accordingly!
  • Decorate with living things! One of the wonderful things about outdoor decoration is that there’s a much bigger opportunity to plant, garden, and decorate with flowers, bushes, trees & more.
  • Consider the path of the sun—and adjust accordingly. It is wonderful to have space to have a sunset dinner or a late morning brunch on the patio—but the sun can be too hot & too bright for some! Invest in an umbrella that’ll fit the table size that can be tilted to move with the sun. Trees & ivy-covered lattices are an excellent way to provide shade on a hot day, too!
  • If you’re a summer nights kind of person, consider ways to illuminate your patio—both overhead and at the feet. There are lots of really fun & eco-friendly ways to light up your patio! Check out your local home improvement store for solar powered pathway & string lights!

There are endless possibilities for the look & feel of your patio! As you get ready to do the spring cleaning, remember last year’s memories & look forward to the ones you’ll make this summer!

A Color for Every Season: Four Colorful Decorating Tips

Seasonal decorating is a superb way to refresh your home decor without totally overhauling your look, taking too much time and/or effort, or breaking the bank. Adding a splash of color (or two) to your home might be just what your living space needs to make the transition from winter into spring and then spring into summer. If you’re getting ready to spruce up your space to match the season, take a look at these four decorating tips for colorful, seasonal spaces!

Renz_054-011. Before you choose your colors, consider the new season’s changes in light that will affect the room. Take into consideration if the light is going to be cool (winter) and add a blueish hue, or warm (summer) and add a yellowish tone. In high-rain seasons up here in the northwest, light tends to be well-diffused and neutral which works well with high-saturation colors. If there’s a lot of bright light in the room, think about avoiding super-bright colors & whites that will be uncomfortable to look at when they reflect the sunlight.

2. As you’re evaluating WHERE you can add a splash of color, think beyond adding a bouquet of flowers to the room. (Of course, we LOVE using flowers to decorate!) Think about swapping out throw pillows, blankets, curtains, and lampshades—or adding color accents to shelves (flowers, carefully selected books, decorative accents, etc.). Without committing to a major overhaul, there are a LOT of areas you can add or swap out colors!!

3. Think about how patterns or plain may influence the appearance of your space. If your current decor is mostly patterned, consider accenting with bold single-colored pieces. If your decor is mostly flat colors, think about how some patterned curtains or throw pillows may add to the feel of the room! Especially in the spring, a tasteful floral pattern or a bold geometric pattern might be just the thing!

4. Research trends & this season’s colors. For example, Pantone’s color of the year is Radiant Orchid (18-3224)—which is a light orchid purple color that compliments nearly any neutral theme well. Take into consideration whether you want to go with the trends, or fight against them!

At the end of the day, choosing colors to decorate with is all up to you. It’s your space—do you love how it looks? Have you refreshed your decor lately? What colors did you use?

GG Interiors on Luxe Magazine’s Gold List & Other News

We’re Golden.

photo 2At GG Home, we’re ecstatic to announce that we’re on Luxe Magazine’s 2014 Gold List! Luxe Mag’s Gold List is a coast-to-coast compilation of over 600 of the best design professionals—including home builders, kitchen & bath designers, interior designers & architects, landscape architects & more. It is wonderful to earn such high accolades from one of the most popular home & space design magazines in the nation.

In addition to our wonderful news from Luxe Magazine, we’re excited to see Restyle Source, an online community that we’re a part of, partner with Lee Furniture, one of our top vendors, to encourage local shopping & locally sourced product. Restyle Source’s “Local Love” section lists Washington companies so you can support your local economy while making your environment beautiful & functional. Restyle Source & Lee Furniture are making it possible for you to see something you love & connect with a local business to make your vision for your space come to life.

We love that these big, national companies are supporting local companies like GG Home. It’s thrilling to to be receiving this amazing honor from Luxe Magazine, but it is, in some ways, more exciting to see companies like Luxe, Restyle Source & Lee Furniture hone in on smaller companies that are the lifeblood of local economies. This national-level support for local business will help ensure that local businesses will be able to continue to be an integral part of their home economies.

We’d like to say a big thank you to Luxe Magazine for choosing this Seattle-grown business for their Gold List; and to Restyle Source & Lee Furniture for focusing on local shopping & sourcing. And—a HUGE thank you to the family, friends & local businesses that have supported us along the way!

We look forward to being a part of the national design community & local economy for years to come!

Home Design Tips for Fall Decorating

The sunny summer weather is suddenly gone and fall chills have set in! While we’ll miss the warmer temperatures, here at GG Home, we’re looking forward to fall decorating. We noticed some beautiful home design tips and trends that have been circulating for fall 2013, and we wanted to share:

  • Photo credit: Elle Decor.

    Photo credit: Elle Decor.

    Brighten a space with sparkling embellishments. Glittering chandeliers, sparkling fabrics, metallic accents – they’re all in for fall decorating, according to Elle Décor, and we agree! With the gray skies and gloomy fall weather, brighten up your space with something sparkly. Houzz.com also took note of this trend for gold finishes throughout the home.

  • Pop some color into a neutral space. Graciela and our team here at GG Home love bright, brilliant color to perk up a room, and it seems to be a trend for many people – start with a neutral palette of grays, beiges, or creams and add some brilliantly colorful accents for flavor and personality.
  • Bring in the black. We’ve loved using black in decorating for a long time – Graciela has said before (check out this interview from March) that she loves black. The home design world is catching on, recommending black accents and even black walls. The color makes a dramatic statement, especially if it’s adorning a whole wall.
  • Add texture with feathers. Houzz.com is loving feathers for use on decorative accessories, as well as the featured pattern on home accents like tabletop décor and lamps. Feathers add eclectic textures and a unique design statement wherever you have them!
  • Put some studs on it. Update tired furniture and accents with studs and rivets! The decorative accents add a metallic shine along with texture and a personalized statement. We love this trend as a way to add sophisticated detail to a space or piece of furniture.

As you decorate for fall, and prepare for the holiday season (it’ll be here before you know it!), we hope these tips and trend insights help to point you in the right direction. If you need more inspiration, you’re welcome to come by our Laurelhurst store to browse or get advice from one of our creative design consultants!

All About Graciela Rutkowski Interiors Style

Back in March, Graciela had a fun chat with Cristin Priest over at the Simplified Bee blog. That conversation really brought out what Graciela and our whole team are trying to do within the world of home décor and interior design, so we wanted to take it a step further on our own blog.

Renz_2281Let’s start with the walls, and specifically, paint color. Graciela told Cristin about her favorite paint colors – Revere Pewter, Hale Navy, and Raccoon Fur from Benjamin Moore, and Seed Pearl from Pratt and Lambert. We love the grays and dark colors (Graciela is partial to black) because it gives a strong foundation to whatever palette you’re using in your room. Neutral walls offer a versatile backdrop to all sorts of colors and styles.

Graciela’s style, and the style of GG Home, is “casually elegant. Classics with a bit of modern thrown in,” as she told Cristin. How does that play out in practice? We keep the classic furniture shapes, with modern additions like Lucite, bright and shiny colors, and leopard print. In fact, no room is complete without a bit of leopard print, according to Graciela.

Relating to more than just style, we recommend that people splurge on the sofa in your family room, pillow fabrics, bed linens, and lampshades. The emphasis is placed on the areas and things you spend the most time with – your family room sofa is probably the most-used piece in your home, and you spend a huge portion of your life sleeping. Plus, the pillows and lampshades are the little extra details that really add punch and personality to your space – and you deserve some little luxuries here and there.

In the Q&A with Cristin, Graciela advised that people save on expensive custom tiles and the bedroom furniture. “I know, we all want to think we will use that beautiful Chaise, but it’s probably going to just hold clothing,” she said as an example – totally something lots of us do.

Graciela Rutkowski Interiors style comes down to elegant, but approachable design. Color is a must, and playful additions like leopard print and fur are fun textures and patterns that we really love to bring into a space to display personality and casual elegance.

What’s iconic to your style? Is there something that no space in your home is complete without?