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We Love LEE Industries Furniture!

With great design comes fabulous furniture. At GR Home, one of our favorite parts about interior design is working with amazing products that we are proud to present to clients. A beautiful piece of furniture or art will often inspire the overall design of a space. We know that choosing a new couch or table can be overwhelming with the abundance of options out there, which is why we’ve carefully selected our favorite brands to be showcased in-store and recommended for your home.

One of our best selling items is LEE Industries furniture. It’s a consistently great product that we’re proud to offer to our clients. LEE offers products for the whole home, from headboards to room accents to outdoor items. We have used this furniture in many of our interior designs along with selling it in the GR Home store.

LEE furniture began in 1969 with the mission to manufacture quality, American-made products. The family-owned company has built every one of their items in the USA since then. 98 percent of the parts in LEE products are supplied domestically including packaging, fabrics, frames, foam, etc. From the website: “We are committed to the good of our customers, our associates, our vendors, our community, and our environment. Through diligence, foresight and perseverance, we have become a leader in upholstery manufacturing with outstanding products, superb customer service and cutting edge technology. Thanks to the craftsmanship and team spirit that is the hallmark of LEE’s success, every masterpiece is built with pride in the USA.”

It’s wonderful to see beautiful furniture and home products that are ethically manufactured. When we design with LEE furniture, we are supporting the company’s mission along with creating a fresh living space in your house. GR Home is proud to provide these American-made products to our clients, and excited that this is one of our best sellers! Contact us or come on in to the store to get started on your interior design project.

Fresh Decorating for Spring

As winter begins to wind down, everyone is getting a bit of spring fever. Naturally, thoughts and inspiration turn to the home and ways to breathe life and freshness into your décor. There are some fabulous ways to create almost a makeover without actually going to all that effort. All it takes is a few changes, some creative inspiration, and you are on your way!

GR Lifestyles Turquoise Tulips

GR Lifestyles Tulips and Turquoise

  • Get a new coat. Of paint, that is. Any room gets an instant brightening face-lift with a new, lighter color.
  • De-clutter. It’s amazing how de-cluttering can not only give your home a fresh lift, but your mood as well. Make sure to choose storage bins that are light and fresh and add a design element all their own.
  • Reflect on it. Mirrors are a great way to not only replicate your existing light, but also to make even the smallest room open up and appear more spacious.
  • Color it! Chase away those winter drabs with some new throws, pillows, or a brightly colored vase to sprinkle subtle, but eye-popping color to your room.
  • Open it. Your windows, we mean. Start with the old-fashioned spring window cleaning inside and out to wash away that winter grime. Finish up with simple, airy window treatments and give your eyes a window on the world.
  • Quick art. Update your walls with the aura of spring and create some easy, new art to dot throughout your home. Just a few new pieces can really transform a room.
  • Shine a light on it. Add lighting to dark corners, or illuminate and highlight artwork. Adding hidden strip lighting under cabinets and within bookshelves opens up those dark “holes”.
  • White out. Pack away those deeper, dark linens from winter and brighten up your bedroom with crisp, white ones.
  • Center it. A simple floral centerpiece on the table will freshen up the entire room. There is no need for expensive arrangements from the florist with these elegant ideas.

As you can see, it doesn’t take an extensive overhaul of your home to create a whole new look. Think bright, simple, and bold pops of color for spring!

Accessories to Make Your Dining Room Distinctive

It is a fun and creative process as you work with your designer to make your home a beautiful place that reflects you and your lifestyle. However, all too often, much time and emphasis is placed on the living, kitchen, and sleeping areas in a home, leaving the dining room as almost as after thought.

The dining room is a key player in your entertaining schedule, so don’t leave its look to leftovers. Check out our gallery for some fun, classy, and exotic ways to accessorize the space with not only beautiful pieces, but ones that serve a purpose for entertaining and meals.

  • Plum Table Setting

    Love this Plum and Turquoise table scape for Spring

    Platters and Plates: Not only are there endless possibilities of wonderful service pieces to help you in your entertaining events, but these are truly pieces of art and too lovely to look at, that it would be a shame to tuck them away in a hutch when not in use. Rather than adorn your surfaces with knick-knacks, pull out some of your beautiful service pieces and put them to work as a part of your room décor.

  • Glasses and Goblets: At GR, we have them in a multitude of hues to add a play of light and glow to your dining space. These are wonderful holding votive candles, glass beads, or beautiful stones to complement your style and colors.
  • Home Vanity: Often times relegated to the bedroom, this piece is wonderful to not only put to use housing your dining room linens, but it’s top surface provides a great space to use to tie in your accessories, framed photos, or top with a beautiful lamp.
  • Home Tea Set: this lovely set and others that we carry in GR Home is perfect for bringing out of the china hutch and setting on the home vanity on a tray. It is just begging to be used and has beautiful lines that would complement either a classic or contemporary home style.
  • Porcelain Dishes: These footed bowls are lovely for storing and displaying your beautiful linens while at the same time, drawing your accent colors into your dining space. GR Home has a wide selection of sizes and shapes to fit your need.
  • Candle in a Jar: These are perfect clustered on a tray, ready to add soft ambiance to your entertaining. The jars catch and reflect the light beautifully and add warmth.

Remember not to neglect your dining space and have fun accessorizing. Look at your utilitarian pieces in a whole new light, pull them out of hiding and put them to work around your room so you can enjoy their beauty and the reasons they caught your eye in the first place.

Modern Updates to your Holiday Décor

‘Tis the season to get festive and dust off those Christmas decorations—the holidays are here! Are you tired of looking at that set of nutcrackers from the ‘90s? Have you exhausted all possible arrangements of those worn out Santa figurines? Try these modern updates for traditional holiday decorations to spruce up those outdated adornments:

Leave the leafy wreath behind

A wreath made of tree branches has so much more potential than the traditional green circle. Give a wreath some love with extra ornaments or holly berries, or try a new technique all together. Think outside the box (or rather, circle) for materials—pinecones, wine corks, rolled paper, candy canes, colored paper clips, round ornaments, all can come together to make a unique, modern wreath.

Ornaments don’t just have to be for the tree

Have you accumulated so many ornaments over the years that they no longer fit on the tree? No need to pack away your favorites due to a lack of branch space—these little figurines can be used throughout the house as added adornment. Hang from large plants or decorative branches, use in table centerpieces, place on the mantle, or fill a glass bowl as an easy tabletop decoration.

Play with color

If you’re not a big fan of literal Christmas decorations such as stuffed reindeer or Santa statues, let the colors of the holidays do the work. A table setting of green and gold, a mantel filled with silver pieces, or a room with pops of red does the trick without the need of Christmas characters smiling throughout your home.

Keep it simple

Less is more in home décor, and the same goes for dressing your house for the holidays. Spread the Christmas cheer throughout the entire house by keeping displays minimal in each room. A simple garland or arrangement of festive candles go a long way and create a focal point in the space.

Happy holidays from all of us at Graciela Rutkowski Interiors!

Featured photo found here.

Come in! Peek into a GR Interiors Designer’s Home

If you’ve ever hired an interior designer, you understand the transformation a space can undergo. You’ve seen how a room can go from flat to fabulous with the right eye to lead the change. After witnessing the magic touch of an interior designer, ever wonder what his or her home looks like? Seattle Refined took a step into the house of one of our senior designers to see how her professional talents translated into life at home. Read the full article here.
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Stacy Aymond is a senior designer at Graciela Rutkowski Interiors. Britt Thorson of Seattle Refined visited Aymond’s home in the Windermere neighborhood of Seattle. Just like her work for clients, Aymond’s home interior is gorgeous. The décor is bold, quirky and fun. She’s definitely not afraid of bright colors or unexpected patterns—the bathroom is covered in zebra wallpaper! From leopard print rugs to a chandelier that looks like a firework, Aymond’s home accents are unique while also being chic. That’s right—bright orange furniture and eclectic lighting can work! Click here to view the article’s photo gallery.

Aymond’s home is on the market with Northwest Group Real Estate for $1,895,000. Ammenities include Windermere Beach Club access, patio, four fireplaces, a walk-in closet, deck, wet bar, dog run, tile master bathroom, and more.

Seattle Refined has also featured GR Interiors in the Home section for many projects, including colorful rooms, nurseries, and patriotic designs.

So there you have it, a peek inside an interior designers house. You can explore more of our projects in our portfolio. At GR Interiors, our designers are committed to excellent customer service to create a collaborative process. We understand that the relationship with your designer is just as important as the relationship with your home, and strive to make the experience an exciting one! Contact us to get started.

Featured photo via komonews.com/seattlerefined

GR Interiors in the Huffington Post

We’re thrilled to announce that Graciela Rutowski Interiors was recently featured in a Huffington Post article among other talented interior designers. The article, titled “6 Tiled Rooms That Take Things Beautifully Beyond The Backsplash” by Samantha Toscano, features beautiful bathroom design that uses tile as the room’s main attraction. Thank you for including us!

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The piece focuses on rooms that incorporate stunning tile backsplashes or wall patterns into the overall design, becoming the main attraction of the room’s décor. GR Interior’s bathroom design in our 5000 Home project is featured in the article. Along with the tile backsplash, this project included a traditional, minimalist, craftsman theme throughout the home. The vertical tiled pattern in the shower brings an element of depth to the room and adds texture to the clean, white space. The article describes our design’s classic look and practicality: “Swapping striped wallpaper for a tiled design isn’t just chic—it’s practical in rooms like the bathroom.” This arrangement of tile is both functional and aesthetically pleasing for the small space. It creates a simple centerpiece for the room so that excessive decorations are not necessary. Check out our bathroom decorating tips for more ideas.

Make sure to check out the Huffington Post article and our 5000 Home project on Porch.com! View our complete portfolio here. Contact us at GR Interiors to begin your interior re-design… who knows, maybe your home could be the next one featured in a publication like Huffington Post!

GR Interiors Feature on ReStyleSource

We’re excited to currently be featured on ReStyleSource.com! Graciela Rutkowski of GR Interiors is this month’s Design Feature for Home Design. Our “Casual Glamour Living Room” design is on display along with an interview about the project. Click here to see the feature!

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The final result of this design is traditional and fresh, with an amazing mural on display (Graciela’s favorite element). Above all else, the space is functional and comfortable for the family and their small children. Graciela began with the foundation of the classic design and gave it a modern twist with bright pops of color and fun textures. Design tip: Find a balance between classic and modern style and leave room to live—practicality and livability are just as important as good design!

ReStyleSource is “the national guide to local shops, businesses and restaurants. Our goal is to reconnect shoppers with the real people and real stores that built America.” This resource guides shoppers to where they can fund the looks they love, providing trade secrets and the inside scoop about where to shop. The directory features real shops, restaurants, homes and designer spaces as a source of inspiration and guide to local design resources.

We love ReStyleSource for its hub of insider information and inspiring ideas. GR Interiors and GR Home are trusted sources on the website for shoppers—you can find photos of our design projects and purchase products used in these designs. “Graciela Rutkowski Interiors’ feels that designing your home should be a collaborative experience that is both pleasurable and exciting. They understand that the relationship with your designer is as important as the relationship with your home, and they strive to create a process that is neither intimidating nor overwhelming.” Thank you ReStyleSource!

Click here to view our complete portfolio. Contact us at GR Interiors to get started on your interior home design.

GR Interiors featured on TechCrunch!

Social media has become a critical platform for consumers to share comments, read reviews, and discover local businesses in their area for virtually any type of service. In the home improvement world, Porch has become a staple for finding and sharing information about service professionals. Porch is a fast-growing home improvement network that includes over 1.5 million professionals throughout 250 categories, in order to pair your project with the right service provider. A recent article about Porch in TechCrunch featured Graciela Rutkowski Interiors!

Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 2.38.45 PMThe TechCrunch story includes a photo of the GR Interiors Porch profile. It shows one of our modern, sleek Seattle kitchen designs. Each business can upload photos of projects to their profile page so that users can get a sense of style and aesthetic. Our Porch page features 20 projects with photos—including Pilar Room Nursery, Ward Home, Twins Room, Lake Home, Seattle Bathroom, and many more. Visitors can also see typical project costs, home values serviced, user reviews, and other business information. Click here to check out the Graciela Rutkowski Interiors profile on Porch.

Another great feature that Porch provides is an interactive map of each featured project. You can see on a map of the Seattle area where each GR Interiors project is located, then click to enlarge a photo of the design. For more information and a photo gallery of GR Interiors project, visit our complete portfolio.

Thank you TechCrunch for featuring us in your article and Porch for providing a valuable tool for home improvement professionals and customers to connect! Consider Graciela Rutkowski Interiors and Home for your next interior design project. Our award-winning, full-service design studio is located in the University District of Seattle. We provide an excellent customer service experience combined with high-quality, sophisticated style for your space. Contact us to get started!

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 GR 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.

GR Lifestyles zebra bathroom

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 GR 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 GR Home to begin a collaborative, valuable relationship with a professional interior designer!