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

LeafBooti1

PinkLace

PinkTaffy

Rose_Brown_Floral-1

Teal_Lotus

TinyBooti

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WindyLotus





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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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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

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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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While browsing through the sales on One Kings Lane today, I came across quite a few things that  grabbed my attention. Unfortunately, nothing is quite right for the projects I’m working on.  Therefore, I thought I’d share some of my finds with you.  There’s got to be someone out there looking for a great deal and if it’s not something I selected, surely you’ll find something that’s right up your alley as you shop around.  My picks of the day:

 

eugenie side table

Eugenie side table with reclaimed wood and mirrored top and base

flat weave rug in pewter

A beautiful flat weave rug in pewter which will compliment any color scheme

garden plan

A unique garden plan framed and ready to hang!

greek key cocktail table

A simple greek key coffee table that’s perfect for your den or family room

leona chairThe Leona chair by McGuire

midday migration

Abstract art ‘Midday Migration’

olympia side table

Olympia side table

somersaults painting

A painting titled ‘somersaults’

surfer painting

A surfing painting for the beach house or surfin’ addict

yellow table lamp 299

A perfect double gourd yellow table lamp for your desk or bedside table

zig zag chair

The zig zag chair – this fabric is stunning and could work well in a boys room, a study, an office…options seem endless

Visit One Kings Lane for pricing and purchasing – hurry before the sales end!





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Nate Berkus recently sold his apartment on West 9th Street in the quaint West Village of NYC and bought a new one around the corner on West 10th/5th Ave.  Although I can’t quite afford the square footage that he’s got, at least I know I’m in the right neighborhood!  It seems as though he took a much calmer, neutral, serene approach to this apartment.  All that white makes me a little nervous but I’m assuming he can reupholster it and have it cleaned in a flash.  After all, he’s Oprah’s design child (AKA one of her favorite things)

 

NB penthouse

Here he is all dressed up and ready to show off his new digs!

 

bedroom

Even 5 million won’t get you large bedrooms in NYC

DR

The DR has a very natural, simple feel to it

kitchen

The arched “greenhouse” windows are a nice addition in the kitchen

LR

A shot of the LR without NB in it.  A lot of white!

master

A neutral master bedroom with what looks like a high gloss painted ceiling?

rooftop

And the terrace…a lovely amenity with view of the city

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This is the floor plan of his duplex on West 10th/5th Ave

 

 





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Obsession with Polka Dots

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Aug 20, 2013 | No Comments | Category: Uncategorized

The polka dot.  It’s been around for years and apparently it’s one of this season’s biggest trends.  Has it ever gone out of trend?  I remember wearing polka dots as a kid and for the longest time I thought of them as playful and juvenile.  As an adult I went through my phases, a polka dot skirt here and a polka dot scarf there, but  it never quite phased me why I was choosing to wear these things or if they were trendy.  The polka dot was just there and available.  It’s a simple statement yet these days seems so sophisticated and fresh and apparently has lasting power.   Therefore, I have a new obsession with the polka dot.  Whether it’s in my wardrobe,  a fabric or a fun piece of art I find myself drawn in and wanting more.  Am I a victim of this trend or have I always loved the polka dot?

 

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Marilyn Monroe.  Polka dot style at its best

 

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Colorful, fun photography

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chairs

Have fun with the scale when using it on furniture

circles

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dots and stripes

mixing the stripe with the polka dot

shirt

The polka dot is perfect with a pair of jeans but you can mix it with just about anything – especially a coordinating stripe or solid

spoonflower

This fabric would coordinate nicely with a larger floral or ethnic print

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Celebrities.  They’re just like us.  They wear polka dots!

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Different styles on different faces





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In Living Color

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Jun 29, 2013 | 2 Comments | Category: Uncategorized

It’s often a tough decision whether or not to bring in some bold color in your living space but lately, I’ve noticed that clients are getting more and more daring.  It’s refreshing to see the smile on their faces when the end result is bright and beautiful and not exactly what they imagined, but better!  Out with the old and in with the bold.  Below are a few rooms that grabbed my attention as I wandered around seeking inspiration for some upcoming projects.  I hope they inspire you to make a statement with color.

 

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The bones of the room are rather neutral but the pops of lavender and lime green give it that special edge

magenta

The built-in screams happiness

orange bookshelf

Why keep your bookcase white when you can add a burst of orange

yellow metal

These fun and unique metal twin beds are even better in bright yellow.  You can appreciate the craftsmanship

pink art

One piece of art can change a room in an instant

red den

This tomato red built-in is perfect for a cozy den

It doesn’t take more than one color to add life and originality to your room so take a risk and brighten up your space!





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Summer Settin’

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Jun 04, 2013 | 2 Comments | Category: Uncategorized

It’s summer time and we all know what that means.  It’s time to doll up the back yard and throw as many outdoor parties as you possibly can!  This is in between all those hours at the beach, the pool,  summer camps, visits to grandma and grandpa — but wherever you are and however busy you are this summer you should always find the time to sit back and enjoy the weather, some good food and a few drinks with friends.  Setting a table and planning for the party is one of my favorite things to do because it’s all about the details.  Let your creative mind go and get funky with your settings, lights and other decorative touches.  You’ll feel cheeky and your guests will love the effort you put into making their party experience a fun one!

arrangements

Spend time on your arrangements and flowers.  They’ll make everyone around you happy

candles

Don’t skimp on the candles at night

cocktails

Serve fun, ready to drink cocktails that will allow guests to relax and not think about what they want

color

Don’t be afraid of bold color.  It will brighten anyone’s mood

healthy options

Serve healthy options for those who are trying to be good and keep that swimsuit body

light bites

Light, easy, colorful bites are the way to go

napkins

Have some fun with the cocktail napkins

paper lanterns and lights

A few paper lanterns can go a long way and will add mood light and ambiance

subtle flowers

If it’s a sit down dinner go the extra mile to make the table setting pretty and soothing.  Keep the centerpieces low so you can see the people across from you!

wild flowers

Go wild! and grab flowers from your back yard to throw together something organic and simple





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Midnight Garden

Posted By Rebecca-NY | May 14, 2013 | 5 Comments | Category: Uncategorized

There’s a new collection at Beacon Hill that absolutely stopped me in my tracks the other day while shopping at the D&D building.  It’s got a little bit of everything and the name speaks for itself.  Below are the fabrics that caught my eye so I swooped up some samples and will be sure to incorporate them in one of my upcoming projects.  Take a look at a few of the fabulous samples below and let me know where you’d use them if you were given the opportunity!

 

enchanted vine emerald

Enchanted Vine Emerald

enchanted vine navy

Enchanted Vine Navy

hidden tample emerald

Hidden Temple Emerald

hidden temple

Hidden Temple Indigo

lioness indigo

Lioness Indigo

moon blossom midnight

Moon Blossom Midnight

moon blossom orchid

Moon Blossom Orchid

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