28 March 2017

A Bold Dining Room Inspired By Genevieve Gorder

          We're back for another month of Inspired By DIY, organized by Jess from Domicile 37, and joined by a group of talented DIY and home decor bloggers. I saw a bit of what the others created, and I'm super excited to check out their posts. So much beauty!

          This month we're featuring one of my favorite designers, Genevieve Gorder. She has been a regular source of design inspiration since the early days of "room makeover TV." In a world saturated with beige and greige, and farmhouse everything, she delivers a dose of global color, pattern, and livable design with a mix of new and old, and a blend of finishes to please both high and low budgets.

The Inspiration

          I'm consistently drawn to rooms with a strong personal element. Regardless of style, my favorite rooms reflect the story of the person or family living there. Therein lies the difference between a generic "model home" design, and a warm, lovely home. This is the feeling that comes through in the rooms designed by Genevieve.

58 Water Street Inspired by DIY Genevieve Gorder

          This room by Genevieve is timeless to me. It includes all of the elements I love in a cozy room; dark navy walls, warm wood, antique accents, and of course, brass.

58 Water Street Inspired by DIY Genevieve Gorder

See Genevieve's official site for the details of her renovation, and a ridiculous amount of inspiration. 

Our Home

          Our current house is a challenge for me; it is more traditional, safe, and a ton more beige than I would have chosen if I had made the early, permanent decisions when the house was being built. The crown molding is thick, off-white, and makes a big traditional statement. When a room frustrates me, or stalls completely, Genevieve is one of the designers I turn to for unique ideas. She has the ability to add personality and depth to a traditional space without feeling trendy.

          Pretty quickly after moving in, the dining room was one of the first rooms we worked on. I wanted a bold room to set a tone upon entering, to make it feel like we live here now. This room is the perfect size for a dark, dramatic color. The walls are painted Inkwell (SW), a deep navy blue that looks nearly black.

navy blue dining room with vintage brass details

          The mix of dark walls with warm wood and white trim is magical, and the decor in this room changes constantly. 

navy blue dining room with vintage brass details and vintage bar cart

navy blue dining room with vintage brass details

          I love these sweet old mid century chairs. They add personality and a bit of history to the room without feeling like stuffy old antiques. 

navy blue dining room with vintage brass details

          I'm headed to check out the other posts by my talented friends, and I hope you do too. Thanks, Jess, for organizing this whole effort! 

6 Projects inspired by Genevieve Gorder

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  1. Colleen, I love those dark walls! I often wish that my rooms were more separated so that I could do a moody dining room. I just love the way wood looks against dark colors!

  2. I think your dining room screams Genevieve! I like how the wood and brass elements pop off that black wall. So good!

  3. That navy is the most perfect wall color- especially paired with that gorgeous wood and brass!! Great space!

  4. For a moment I didn't know which photos were of your home and which ones from Genevieve's! Great job!


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