You probably remember her unmistakable style from the original hit series, “Trading Spaces.” Genevieve Gorder is an interior decorator, home décor designer, and television host on HGTV, and she recently invited us in for a tour of her lovely home. In the video above, you’ll discover how she decorated her home in New York City and get some insider tips that will help inspire your next home makeover.
The first stop on Gorder’s tour of her home is her kitchen. Since she doesn’t have a very big kitchen, she’s used the space vertically. “The cabinets go all the way to the top of the ceiling, which is like 11 feet,” Gorder says. “And I brought in a big ladder where I can get at all that seasonal storage all the time.”
Gorder also invested in a top of the line stove that carries out a multitude of different functions, which also helps her make the best use of the space. For the focal point of her kitchen, she chose to create an island out of Calacatta marble. The beautiful and distinctive pattern on the stone really makes the space stand out.
“It’s like the Rolls-Royce of stone,” she says.
From the kitchen, Gorder enters the dining room, which Gorder says she uses a lot. “Dining rooms get so underused in most people’s homes,” she says. “But, when it’s part of a bigger open layout, you actually use it.”
Gorder’s favorite feature in her dining room is a series of French windows on one wall. “They open up onto this huge block-long garden where you can actually hear birds,” she explains. “Big deal in New York.”
From there, she takes us to her living room, where she installed floor-to-ceiling shelves to make it appear larger.
Her bedroom is mostly shades of white and gray, but is accented by ornate, carved wooden doors. “I had both of these [doors] harvested in Morocco,” Gorder says. “I saved the most beautiful one for the entry to my bedroom and then I have these hammam doors that go into my closet.”
The last stop on the tour of her home is her daughter’s room. “The highlight of this room really only cost me about $20,” Gorder says. “That’s this swing that I literally made out of home improvement store rope and an old chunk of plywood.” Of course, the swing is a huge hit with her daughter and all of her friends.
Watch the video above to see all the advice that Genevieve Gorder has to offer as a professional interior designer.