We all know how busy the HGTV star Genevieve Gorder is designing fabulous spaces around the world but did you know that she’s been working on her own masterpiece that she can finally call home?  For years she has lived in the top floor of a small Manhattan brownstone built in 1853 but when the unit next door became available it only seemed right to purchase it in order to combine the two.  Through many hurdles she was able to merge the spaces over an 18 month period, which for those of you who know, is a long time for what seems like a fairly simply project.  The results, which won’t surprise you are fabulous and Genevieve has gladly shared some of her photos, decorating and space saving tips for city living:

 

- Optimize your kitchen space by building the cabinets to the ceiling and don’t feel limited to only storing kitchen items in them

- Mount televisions on the wall. It saves tabletop space and can serve as a centerpiece for a beautiful, eclectic art display.  She chose a Sanus full motion wall mount

- Use reflective surfaces and oversized furniture wherever possible to make the space seem bigger

- In rooms that lack natural light decorate with white and add neutral accents like grey and gold to keep it bright

- Mix high end pieces with lower end finds to give the space contrast and a unique aesthetic

 

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She chose to work with whites and neutrals in her bedroom to keep the space light and bright

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She added a fun swing and a few ethnic items in her daughters room

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Her office is also neutral because she’s always working with patterns and colors which are easier to see and sift through in a white space.  As a designer you want a clean, stark room to work in

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Look at these fun tiles she chose for one of the bathrooms – some old and new combined always makes a space feel unique

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Her living room has a beautiful, rich charcoal wall which allows her to bring in fun objects and accents to play off it.  Her mix of materials – leather, metal and natural wovens give the space a fun and eclectic, cozy feel

 

 

 





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Cozy Up for Fall

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Oct 29, 2014 | No Comments | Category: Bed and Bath, Color, Decorating

Fall has arrived and it’s time to cozy up in a beautiful, warm bed.  I’ve been shopping for a lot of bedding for clients lately and I was really happy to find this custom designed line at ABC Carpet – Kerry Cassill.  Fortunately, they have a larger collection online that includes bedding, clothing, accessories, tabletop and more.  The patterns and colors are fun, bright and unique and all stem from Kerry’s love for travel and fondness of Indian prints.  As most designers do, Kerry let’s the world inspire her so she can create bedding and accessories for everyone to enjoy.  A few of her patterns are below but there’s much more to see online.

 

AquaLace

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PinkLace

PinkTaffy

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TinyBooti

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A CB2 loft in NYC

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Jun 11, 2014 | No Comments | Category: Uncategorized

For the first time ever, CB2 brought Pinterest and the real world together by creating a loft space in Union Square in NYC.  The idea was to select five designers (see list below) who were to engage an audience on Pinterest using CB2 products.  They selected and pinned certain furnishings which were then voted on by active Pinterest users/followers.  The most popular items were chosen (liked) and incorporated into each designers space.  Voila!  – an apartment was born.  I had the pleasure of visiting the loft in Union Square to see how it all turned out and I have to say, I was very impressed with both the professional designers and Pinterest users choices. Together, they created a magnificent space that I would be more than happy to live in :)

 

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The office area had a bookshelf separating it from the bedroom

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A cozy nook for a client or guest as you work and these amazing chord pendant lamps hanging above

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Here you can see the bedroom through the open bookcase which keeps the space open yet defines each room

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Another view directly through the bookcase

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All your filing needs are there!

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A look at the open floor plan/living space that is casual, bold and inviting

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A dresser in the bedroom to keep you neat and tidy with a few accessories that add a special element

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A platform bed with a woven cane headboard is exactly what you need for a good nights rest after a long day

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More shelving for books, art or whatever your heart desires

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A comfy avec peacock chair to read a book in before bed

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A closer look at the lounge/living area

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A dining table that seats enough to have a fun dinner party and lighting to swoon over

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The rug adds warmth to the dining area and the credenza on the back wall stores all your dining needs

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A low credenza for all your media needs

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A simple kitchen island which breaks up the kitchen space nicely

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The entry when you walk into the apartment

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Another fun area in the entry with a rustic chest for more storage

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Wallpaper is a great way to add life to your space

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Bathroom #1

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This wallpaper keeps the city theme in play

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Barn doors are a wonderful way to open your space or close it off if the kitchen is a mess!

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More storage and a little splash of red which always adds a nice pop

As you can see, CB2 has a selection of pieces that are modern, bold and perfect for city living.  They wanted to introduce a program that would share their unique voice and show people that through experiment you can create wonderful spaces with bright colors by mixing and matching — not only furnishings but the design itself.  Together, these 5 designers were able to collaborate and make something magical.  CB2 took a chance on an innovative approach by asking Pinterest users to weigh in and have now proven how effective social media can be when it comes to design.  This new platform called Modern Together will be a great way to share new ideas and bring a voice to design and decorating.  Thanks to CB2 and Pinterest for this one of a kind approach.  I, for one, look forward to seeing what they experiment with next!

Designers

Athena Calderone (Eyeswoon) – Bedroom

Ross Cassidy (Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorators) – Dining Room

Caitlin Flemming (Sacramento Street) – Office

Justina Blakeney – Rooftop (no longer accessible)

Daniel Bear Hunley – Living Room





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For those of you who don’t know about Viyet, well, I’m about to tell you about it.  Viyet is the design aficionado’s destination to buy and sell timeless furniture and accessories.  Everything is in style, seeing as it’s pre-owned designer furniture and Viyet only takes and then sells the best of the best.   You could call it high end consignment.  Take a look for yourself and see what Viyet has in stock.  You won’t be disappointed.  Oh, and here’s a chance to enter to win a $1500 shopping spree and help them celebrate their anniversary. Could be your lucky day so go for it!

 

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Cuckoo for Camo

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Feb 19, 2014 | No Comments | Category: Art, Color, Design Inspiration, Walls

I’m recently obsessed with anything camouflage which may or may not be trending at the moment — but I’m not sure it matters when it comes to Andy Warhol’s camo prints.  If you like anything Andy Warhol, you’re going to love these prints.  Full of color and movement these pieces can certainly pack a punch.  The versatility is endless too — I can see these prints in a living room, a playroom, a kitchen, a kids room, a den..you get the point.  If you can’t afford the real deal, there are plenty of reproduction prints for sale at places like art.com - just make sure you frame it so it looks like an original ;)

 

bright green

The lime greens make me think of Spring which puts a smile on my face

flourescent

A whole lotta fluorescent

orange

A smaller scaled camo

hot pink

Anything fuschia is bound to brighten a space

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A series of colorful camos – genius!

skateboards

These skateboards would be great in the kids space

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Look what it does to a rather bland kitchen

I guess I’ve got a project ahead of me!  I’m thinking I’ll give this Warhol thing a whirl





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Most people struggle to find that one piece of furniture or the right throw pillows that are going to help complete their space — without realizing that one single piece of art can do the trick.  House Beautiful recently posted an article showing four different spaces that are dramatically improved by artwork.  Take a look at these four spaces as well as four additional spaces I found that will show you how to transform your space.  Art is of course very personal, so I’ll leave that up to you, but I suggest spending the money on your walls.  It changes the space and often gets people talking if it’s placed in the right spot

 

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This rather neutral room is quickly brightened with pops of yellow, red and azure

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The bright orange velvet chair is brought to life with its accompanying bright painting

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This entry without art would be exceptionally bland

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This is a nice play on both color and geometrics

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While this art is simple it still brings a sense of completion

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Big and bold

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This art brings the golds, blues and greys full circle

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Don’t be afraid to do anything oversize





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A new year is approaching and it’s time to start thinking about what we want to change — not only in ourselves but in our home which will ultimately help create a happy and warm environment for us to thrive in.  We all start with the obvious resolutions such as: get healthy, cut back on the sweets and liquor, be nicer because everyone is battling something and be more charitable, to name a few. This year, why not make a resolution to fix up your home so that every time you walk through the door or go to bed at night you can feel complete.  There’s a lot to be said for selecting the right colors, the right lighting and a few things that are trending so your house doesn’t feel like it’s stuck in the late 80′s.  It only takes a few accessories or a fresh coat of paint to make these changes so you don’t have to worry about breaking the bank.  Better yet, if you have friends who are looking to give more and be more charitable – put em to work!  Helping friends accomplish a project can be very rewarding and they get to enjoy the results every time they come to visit.  Not to mention free bragging rights.   This is the year to make your house a home.

 

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The first step might be to look at the colors for Spring 2014 so that you’re selecting things that are right on trend.  Bring these colors into your throw pillows, smaller furnishings, window treatments and walls.  You’ll be able to talk shop and coordinate with your clothes and handbags!

black and white stripes

A bold black and white stripe is sure to grab attention and it’s very on trend.  Think strong contrast and bold stripes

bright yellow

Bright yellow or “freesia” is just about as hot as it gets these days.  Don’t be afraid to add this bright pop of sunshine

chevron pattern floors

Chevron has been and still remains to be trendy so why not do a subtle version with the layout of your wood floors.  It will help create something new and fresh while remaining timeless

glam in the kitchen

Add a little glam to your kitchen with the back splash, lighting or hardware.  It’s all about the jewelry in the room

mixing metals

I’ve always been a believer in mixing your metals and thankfully it’s now being deemed as appropriate and trendy

orchid

Radiant Orchid is perfect for the kids bunk room or a playroom where you can have some fun and be more daring

yellow door

Say goodbye to those boring wood cabinets and doors and give them some life with a fresh coat of paint and some new hardware.  You can transform your kitchen in a matter of days and make it look like a million bucks

dark walls

Don’t be afraid to paint the walls in a dark navy.  You’ve got enough “bright” in the room with the ceiling, trim, and other furnishings to keep it airy and light.  A rich, saturated wall makes a nice statement

wallpaper

The powder room is the best place to do a funky wallpaper so go for the large geometric pattern you can’t stop thinking about!

These are just a few ideas and there are plenty more out there.  Let’s make 2014 a year to remember and finish those projects you’ve been putting off for way too long now.  I promise you’ll rest easier at night ;)





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It’s that time of year where the weather can be confusing, the foliage is in full swing and people are gearing up for the holidays. Thanksgiving is around the corner yet New York has already started to decorate for Christmas and Holiday songs have hit the air.  Slow down!  It’s definitely a cheerful time of year and there’s a lot to be thankful for so I’ve started to look around for some inspirational tablescapes — while I’m thankful for the food we eat on Thanksgiving,  I can also appreciate a well set table full of color and good cheer.

 

cactus

I love the cactus and cabbage flowers in this centerpiece.  It’s a nice break from your average floral arrangement

candles

Candles are always a great way to “light up” a table

foliage

Baskets of foliage at their best

fruit

Bringing fruit on the table is a great reminder as to why we sit down and celebrate “thanks” with a meal

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I love the idea of painting pumpkins white and marking it with a special statement or quote about what you’re thankful for

leaves

Mother nature has given us plenty to work with and Fall is the perfect season to use what she has given us

pears

Pears are one my favorite fruits to incorporate in a table setting

placecards

I love the wheat on these simple place cards

pumpkins

twigs

More pumpkins – toned down with white and grey

wheat

Bunches of wheat are great for the table or mantle

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Using fall colors helps create a natural, soothing environment

However you decide to dress your table this year I hope you enjoy the season and take time to count your blessings and share your appreciation with the people you are thankful to have in your life.

What day is it?

It’s today, squeaked Piglet

My favorite day, said Pooh

~ A.A. Milne





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The Color Orange

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Oct 27, 2013 | No Comments | Category: Color, Decorating, Design Inspiration

Halloween is just around the corner and the costumes are in full swing.  It always amazes me how much goes into this tradition of ours in October and even though I’m usually not one to dress up,  I fully enjoy seeing what others come up with from year to year.  October is not only the month for Halloween, apple picking and pumpkins but it’s the one month that invites the color orange into our lives more than ever.  The rooms and wall coverings below have inspired me to incorporate more orange into my projects.  It’s happy, bright and warm – perfect for any home.

 

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built in bed

orange and blue

orange and eggplant

orange bath

orange gracie

orange paper

orange sailboats

orange shades

orange stripes

pop of orange

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The Affordable Art Fair in NYC

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Sep 30, 2013 | No Comments | Category: Art, Decorating, Events

It’s that time of year again – The Affordable Art Fair will be in full swing from Oct. 3-6 and will have a variety of pieces ranging from $100-$10,000 so there’s something for everyone.  General Admission is just $15 and it’s well worth the trip.  Whether you’re looking for yourself or someone special, it’s the perfect time of year to get a jump start on your holiday shopping.  The fair is located at The Tunnel, 269 11th Avenue and you can purchase tickets in advance here

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mixed media on canvas

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