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.
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.
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.
See Genevieve's official site for the details of her renovation, and a ridiculous amount of inspiration.
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.
The mix of dark walls with warm wood and white trim is magical, and the decor in this room changes constantly.
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.
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!
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