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!

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  • 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!

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 Try these modern updates for traditional holiday decorations to spruce up those outdated adornments: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!

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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.

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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.