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

bebelles room

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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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

series

A series of colorful camos – genius!

skateboards

These skateboards would be great in the kids space

warhol camo

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

 

art 1

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

art 2

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

art 3

This entry without art would be exceptionally bland

art 4

This is a nice play on both color and geometrics

hb art 1

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.

 

pantone colors 2014

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

white pumpkins

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.

 

bright orange

built in bed

orange and blue

orange and eggplant

orange bath

orange gracie

orange paper

orange sailboats

orange shades

orange stripes

pop of orange

zebra





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Out with the old, in with the new.  Just as in fashion, where we see trends come and go, (and sometimes come full circle decades later) decorating has its trends that move with the colors of the year(s).  For quite sometime now (i’d say over the past 2 years), gray has become the new beige and it’s making a statement like no other.  Gray is such a calming color but it can be bright, light, dark, subtle…no matter what, it’s always soothing to the eye.  This is the very reason I’ve been convincing my clients to use so much gray lately, especially on the walls!  It’s the perfect neutral that will cohesively tie any room together.  Take a look at these gray rooms and see how well it works in different spaces:

I’m loving these lanterns and chairs in this country gray kitchen!

Don’t be afraid to mix your grays and beiges – just make sure that gray is the more dominant color in the room.  It will freshen up your space instantly and keep you on trend!





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There’s always something out there that will inspire us, whether it’s where we’re standing, what we’re watching, the people and colors around us and most importantly the great compositions created by the masters in design.   It’s almost a new year which means it’s time for new trends, new colors and new designers but before we move on from 2011 we need to look at the 10 best interior design books of the year.  If you’ve got champagne taste and you’re looking for fabulous inspiration and ideas,  these books are a MUST in your collection.  They also make great and easy gifts for those last minute shoppers who try to get it all done at the 11th hour.

Jeffrey Billhuber ‘Design Basics’

Thomas O’Brien ‘American Modern’

Charlotte Moss ‘Decorates’

Michael S. Smith ‘Elements of Style’

Kelly Wearstler ‘Hue’

Suzanne Kasler ‘Inspired Interiors’

Victoria Hagen ‘Interior Portraits’

Vincent Wolf ‘Lifting the Curtain on Design’

Bunny Williams ‘Point of View’

Darryl Carter ‘The New Traditional’

What a great year in design!  I look forward to seeing what 2012 will bring





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When I think of bunk beds I immediately think of kids rooms and overflow in a ski or beach house — most people want to pack as many friends and family in their vacation home so why not create a designated space for the kids to hang out in.  There are all kinds of fun and creative ways to make this space friendly, safe and inventive.  If the kids love it, they might actually want to go to bed when you tell them to!

Simple and sophisticated so they don’t outgrow it!

Adorable nautical themed room with a stunning white bunk – check out the cleets that are being used as drawer pulls

Feels like another boat to me!  perfect for the spillover

Now here’s a bunk design that is great for adults – so chic!

Whatever the case may be – don’t count out bunk beds when you’re renovating or trying to maximize the sleeping space in your house.  It’s a great way to pack in the people and you can get your contractor to build you just about anything.  Let your imagination fly!





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Grange Furniture recently asked me to participate in a contest for a chance to win a trip to Paris for the January Maison et Objet, and I’m pleased to announce the voting has begun!  I, along with three other bloggers, have created virtual vignettes using Grange’s popular “tray chic” coffee table, which I have to say is quite inventive and fun.  Please take a look at their website to see the various finishes and colors, and start creating your very own unique tray chic table today.  More importantly, click here to see my vignette and vote (by “liking” my vignette) for me so I can see what Paris is like in January!

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