Thursday, October 9, 2014

Big Renovation w/ Genevieve Gorder

Hello Thursday! How is your week? Yours truly have been busy cooking up a kitchen plan for the next #ProjectChris as I need to finalize some details with the builder this weekend.  This kitchen at Deb's home offers me details and layout inspirations.

Speaking about inspiration, I have always loved the warm, cozy, and elegant spaces designed by Genevieve Gorder.  I first met Genevieve when she was one of the designers of Trading Spaces.  Genevieve paid attention to the wish lists and despite the tight timeline (2 days) and a very limited budget ($1,000),  she created many beautiful and heart-warming transformations that brought happy tears to the homeowners.

Fast forward a few years and I loved Genevieve's show, Dear Genevieve, on HGTV.  The transformations were dramatic and I specifically loved the episode where Genevieve made over the tiny apartment shared by her two assistants.  Such an eye opener on how to incorporate stylish and practical storage with precious square footage in NYC.

The latest show added to Genevieve's portfolio is the renovation / expansion of her own home, Genevieve's Renovation.  Thanks to HGTV and HGTV magazine, today we are taking a tour of this fresh, sophisticated, and eclectic home.

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Our first stop is the dining room, which is also connected to the kitchen + the staircase to the second floor.  Formerly a dining/living room, the space is now solely designated for dinner party and entertaining.  The stately herringbone floor works beautifully with the creamy white walls, the black framed windows, the stone fireplace, and the amazing built-ins.  With all these characters and charms, I felt like I was in a super chic apartment in Paris!

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A couple of key elements for my next project: unique lighting fixtures and dynamite bookcases.  Love how Genevieve painted the back of the bookcases black to accentuate her colourful book collection and  decorative accessories.  A library ladder … I want that too!

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This gourmet kitchen features streamlined, contemporary cabinets that go all the way to the ceiling to make use of every square inch as storage space.  The stone counter and backslash, the sexy matte black faucets and range hood, the trio of pendants over the island, the textile interest (and the pop of colours) from the recycled woven saris, and the black & gold ladder system … just to name a few of my favourites in this chef-envy kitchen.

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Also on the main floor is this gorgeous guest bathroom with the incredible Morocco inspired tiles, plus brass shower system, vanity, and accessories.  The vintage door and handle work seamlessly with the old-world charm aesthetic in this bathroom.  It is such a departure from the bright, modern dining room and kitchen, but what fun!!  

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The bedrooms are on the second floor, and here is Bebelle's super adorable bedroom completed with a swing! 

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Painted pale pink + a playful wallpaper as special feature, this bedroom is anything but a room to sleep for a 6-year old. The pair of white book cases are practical solutions to keep the "toy situation" under control, and they look custom thanks to the updated hardware and canvas bins.  The brass and glass chandelier looks like the Northern Star, while a family heirloom is painted black to punctuate and anchor the space.  The peacock was picked out by Bebelle herself and Genevieve tied room together with a couple more peacock blue pieces such as the pouf and the chair.

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Ready to check out Genevieve's private retreat? It was a lot of work but definitely worths it.  Just check out the amazing doorway leading to the master bedroom!

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Genevieve's bedroom is calm, soothing, and every piece of furniture here has a history or story.  The bedside tables were her great grandmothers' sewing tables, and the bed was constructed with vintage wood fences and columns.  A pair of wall sconces provide lighting and free up valuable tabletop space.

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One of the bedrooms was converted into Genevieve's office and isn't that table to die for? I am sure Chris will want that in his office.  As for my favourite elements in this room: the floor tiles laid in a chevron pattern and the brass sconces! 

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I have saved the living room for the last as its colorway is such a drastic contrast to the rest of the home and what a bold, dramatic statement!  The black walls make the space feels cozy and inviting.  Genevieve balanced the black with light colored pieces such as the sofa and the area rug.  The brass accent and the moroccan tables in nature wood add warmth to the living room, and don't you just love the chevron drapery panels and the zebra above the antique cabinet?      

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Thanks Genevieve for sharing your cozy home with us! I can't wait to follow along on your next project!

1 comment:

  1. Wow! I love her style. It is so creative but traditional in a quirky way. Her spaces always feel homey to me.

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