If you peruse HGTV.com, you’ll quickly find that we have thousands of images from designers across the globe. From Modern to English Country, and Eclectic to Traditional — we have all design styles. In the coming months, Design Happens will dare to go beyond the photos and talk to the designers who actually created some of these stunning rooms. This week, we asked Richard Gacek, of the Gacek Design Group, eight fun questions.
D-Happ: How would you describe your overall aesthetic?
RG: It’s a refined sophistication with a relaxed and classic twist — with simple, clean lines and an earthy modern design style. Natural elements and the architectural form play key roles in my work.
D-Happ: Where do you source inspiration?
RG: OMG – everywhere! My travels abroad in both exotic and European locations have been key. For example, a classic historic Parisian building can inspire natural elements, modern furnishings and linen fabrics. Architecture, history and culture — to me — define classic style and inspire comfortable living. Also, I am inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s structures that work in harmony with humanity and its environment.
D-Happ: What’s your favorite space/room to decorate in a home?
RG: My favorites are the kitchen and great room (house plans today are open concept). I like to create an experience that addresses the heart of the home — the comfortable place that a family goes to entertain and enjoy each other’s company.
D-Happ: What’s your current color obsession?
RG: Right now I am obsessed with toasted almond with cinnamon and pale gray accents – the palette is natural, soothing and timeless.
D-Happ: What’s your favorite space that you’ve designed?
RG: The great room in my cabin is my favorite. The space speaks to adaptable design and pulls the outside in with natural materials and a combination of vintage and new accents.
D-Happ: If you could re-do any space in your home, what would it be?
RG: I would update my bedroom from its current traditional and old world feel to a more modern, clean-lined space.
D-Happ: What design faux pas absolutely makes you cringe?
RG: Improperly scaled furnishings that render a space unusable drive me crazy!
D-Happ: What design trend can you not stop using/doing?
RG: I can’t stop incorporating textures in my designs — everywhere — on walls, ceilings, floors, furnishings, etc.
For more on Richard Gacek, see his profile on HGTV’s Designers Showcase.