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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Design on a Dime

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Apr 30, 2013 | 3 Comments | Category: Uncategorized

It was another successful year at the Design on a Dime fundraiser in the Metropolitan Pavillion where 1.1 million dollars was raised to help support those living with HIV/AIDS in NYC.  Housing Works (along with all their amazing sponsors and co-chairs) pulled off a fabulous event with a lot of mingling, inspirational design ideas and colors galore thanks to Valspar.  I myself swooped up a few purchases of my own and I have to say, the bill doesn’t feel as painful when you know the money is going to a good cause.  Let’s run through some of my favorites starting with Genevieve Gorder who created a dual space for Valspar using lots of fabulous color.

 

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Genevieve in her Valspar Vignette where she created two separate spaces.  One kids area with a bright yellow wall and one dining area with the navy blue.  She really wanted the color to have an impact on the space so she chose colors that had nice contrast and worked her magic from there

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As you can see her choice of color really packed a punch!  All of the pieces were collected from various Housing Works locations around the city and she had to pull the vignette together with what was available.  Never and easy task!  Using Valspar paint she was able to transform each piece and re-purpose it in a way that’s unimaginable to the eye until it’s complete

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She found an adorable daybed for the kids half of the room and used a fun, bright throw to cover it which allowed her to bring in other colors like the pink side table and green pendants.  Valspar makes it easy and fun to use color

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One of my favorite finds was this antique side chair with a strong black and white ikat upholstered seat and rich black painted frame.  It was snatched up before I could get my hands on it so unfortunately it’s not one of the pieces I went home with..

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Not only did Genevieve add bold color but she threw some stripes and matallics in the mix to give the space some variation in pattern and color.  Don’t be afraid to take your paint projects to another level

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Here we are together in her vignette!

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Samantha Knapp designer and creative director of Tiger Lily’s Greenwich stands in her “Wizard of Oz” vignette

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Samantha used a mixture of matallics and furnishings both traditional and modern to create this fun space which included an actual yellow brick road.

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Nicole Gobbons Studio (aka SoHaute) created this colorful space using bright colors and abstract art which seems to be a BIG trend these days.  It’s a great way to spice up a room in a jiffy

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Here’s a close up of the abstract painting which was done by blogger and artist Nicole Cohen of Sketch42

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Larry Ruhl from High Falls Mercantile used old pages from a collection of books as his rug and various antique maps that he’s been collecting for years as his wallpaper.  He’s the king of re-purposing!

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Check out this gorgeous wallpaper by Florence Broadhurst!  Bravo Arden Stephenson for selecting something so smashing

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Lara Spencer (another chair of the evening) created this blue and neutral room for One King’s Lane

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Housing Works made their own fun vignette using bold fluorescents and a geometric pattern on the wall with Valspar color

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One of my favorite rooms of the evening was by Danielle Colding (the HGTV design star winner) who used bold black and whites including the gorgeous juju wallpaper by Aphrochic.  Swoon worthy..

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I love the touch of bright orange on the edges of this unique console table

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A masculine groomsmen’s suite

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Pops of color added to this neutral room gave it just enough oomph

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Thanks to Valspar, Housing Works, Elle Decor and all the co-chairs who were responsible for another successful event that will help the homeless and those living with HIV/AIDS.  I can’t think of a better way to spend my money and gather design inspiration at the same time.





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For those of you who are around the NYC metro area this weekend you MUST come by the best shopping event of the year!  Housing Works will present it’s annual ‘Design on a Dime‘ event which will feature 50 top designers who create fabulous vignettes using lots of beautiful Valspar color!  The event is open to the public on Friday, April 26 – Saturday, april 27 and I highly recommend that you stop by to scoop up the deals that haven’t been taken on opening night.  If you’re still interested in attending opening night you can purchase a ticket here - The event is tonight so hurry and join me as I interview Genevieve Gorder from HGTV and mingle with others such as Lara Spencer, Sabrina Soto, Nicole Gibbons Studio, Tiger Lily’s Greenwich, High Falls Mercantile and so many more!

 

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Stay tuned for the full coverage of the show later this week!

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