Design Your Home
Designing your home is an exciting time of planning and selecting the details that color your home.
Our Design experts help you stay ahead of the trends and customize your new home with fresh and inspiring color palettes, textures, fixtures, and more.
If you are a natural, or more in the camp of those who cannot do anything without Pinterest, our Design Team is with you every step of the way! Explore our styles below, decide which one suits you best, and work from there to mix and match what YOU love with our professional help.
Luxury Design with YOU in mind.
A little bit rustic, a little splash of beach cottage (even if you are miles from the beach), full of texture and subtle coastal colors inspired by the colors of the ocean. Possibly incorporating seaglass or pebbles and warm touches of wood or golden brass—this is a blending of 2 current interior design styles–best described as where the tree-lined road meets the shoreline—a style that’s elegant without being fussy!
Contemporary architectural design that borrows from the past while using modern materials inspired by historic styles. Spacious rooms, elegant layering of textures in colors, luxurious soft fabrics, exquisitely elegant light fixtures, rich and a little darker flooring, patterned tiles with colors of gold or black, effortlessly blending old and new.
Refers to the styles gaining traction today—classic yet thoroughly of the moment and timeless thanks to a light-handed spare take on decorating. Airy neutral colors, clean yet not sharp lines, focusing on architectural elements such as stone (quartzite countertops with full backsplashes), glass (simple but yet dramatic and bold lighting fixtures), and metal (in a striking stainless coffee table or serving piece). A cutting-edge design but inviting.
Combining both spare (i.e., exposed beams) and ornamental elements (a multi-layered dining room fixture) while creating a soothing and serene home by using neutrals and introducing warm tones (as in, wood ceilings or blonde paneled walls). Keeping a bit of drama—for example, a starkly modern and colorful piece of art. Clean lines and some organic and natural touches complete this easy-to-live-with style.
Meet Donna Cohen
Donna Cohen brings over 25 years experience to the GW Team—completing projects not only in the city of Gainesville but also from Maine to Key West and along the Eastern Seaboard.
Donna is a tastemaker and innovator who truly believes in the power of beautiful interiors to transform daily life. She attended New York School of Interior Design and regularly attends workshops and seminars to keep up with the latest design trends. Her work has been featured in many magazines and newspapers over the years and now will be on the GW Homes forefront of all their new homes, helping create beautiful spaces for each individual client’s lifestyle and budget.
Outside of design, you can find her volunteering for the many organizations that she has a passion for (and has won awards –Volunteer of the Year in both the State of Florida and locally), including Peaceful Paths, Hospice, Pace and the Florida Track Club. Her free time is spent working out, cooking and entertaining for her husband and friends, traveling, and being a Mom to their two adorable Bichon Frises, Coco and Cami!
Tour the GW Homes Interior Design Center
Meet with a Design Consultant in Our New Home Design Center
Be Inspired at the GW Homes Design Center!
Your new GW Home will incorporate all the latest design trends and finishing touches. Our Design Center is your ticket to planning and creating the home of your dreams and is a value added stop along your journey to your new home.
Our Designer will guide you every step of the way to personalize our hundreds of choices just for you—to ensure that everything works together and be sensitive to your budget.
Enjoy looking at our full scale samples to get an actual feel for how everything fits together—our designer will help you mix and match!
Select from admired brands (Emser and Glazzio tile, Fine Art and Kichler lighting, Minka and Craftmade fans, and everything in between—Shaw carpet, Delta faucets, Silestone countertops and so many more!
Peruse our Inspirational Design Composites and receive updates along the way.
Discover, Select, Celebrate!!
What happens when I visit the Design Center at GW Homes?
Once your plans have been finalized, you will move onto your Design Milestone.
The first step is a Preview Day set up for you to spend as much - or as little - time as you would like in the Design Center, looking at, touching and putting together possible options for your home. Following your Preview Day, we will set an appointment for your Design Day, when you will have 6-8 hours with our Design Consultant to make selections for your dream home.
How should I prepare for my Design Center appointment?
The best way to be prepared for your design meetings is to do your homework. Your sales consultant will provide you with both a Design Your Home Guide and a Design Your Home Catalog. The Design Your Home Catalog will give you examples of standards and options, from exterior doors to the kitchen sink. Visiting our model and driving through the neighborhood is another great way to get ideas of what you DO and DO NOT want in your own home.
How much should I budget for upgrades?
Everyone one has a different budget, which is why your Sales Consultant will work closely with you during your allowance meeting to determine what your unique needs and wants will be. The allowance meeting does not determine your selections; it is merely a marker to estimate what you may want to add to your home.
Can I visit the Design Center before my plans have been finalized? Do I need an appointment to visit the Design Center?
Yes and yes! You’re always welcome to come visit the Design Center, with or without your Sales Consultant. Just please call first to make an appointment. On Preview and Design Days, the Design Center is set aside for that particular homeowner to relax and enjoy the experience.