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Inside Designer Genevieve Gorder’s Apartment Renovation

I have a crush on Genevieve Gorder. There, I said it! There is something so refreshing about the way this US designer presents information that just captivates me.

I’ve watched every episode of her HGTV interior design show Dear Genevieve and have most-recently become hooked on her new series Genevieve’s Renovation. This fly-on-the-wall series documents the journey of transforming her New York apartment. She knocks through the wall into the neighbouring dwelling and combines both spaces. The result: the dream home she now enjoys with her daughter Bebelle.

These are the results of the renovation and they’re nothing short of breathtaking. Click here to see the post containing the before shots.

Genevieve Gorder's Apartment in New York - Dining Room

Inside Genevieve Gorder's New York Apartment


Inside Genevieve Gorder’s Apartment Reno

Untouched for 40 years, the apartment that sat beside Genevieve’s took a lot of work to transform. The project was undoubtably her biggest yet, as she moved rooms, ripped up rotting floors and had a few issues with the building co-op who nixed some of her design plans for the balcony.

After construction delays and a lot of blood, sweat and tears, the end result has me half obsessed and half jealous. Every time I watch Genevieve’s Renovation, which concentrates on a room transformation each episode, I want to purchase a home and renovate it ASAP – that’s how inspiring this New Yorker is.

Above you can see her kitchen and dining space. My fave moments are that stunning floor (I am dying), that metal table, the ladder in the kitchen and those pendant lights. And get a load of that hot pink bench seat in the dining room further up. I want it immediately.

Genevieve Gorder's New York Apartment - Moroccan Bedroom Door
The door Genevieve put in the entryway to her room is just beyond.

Genevieve Gorder's NEw York Apartment - Girl's Bedroom

Eclectic and Refreshing Design at Play

Genevieve is a proud hunter of eclectic, vintage furniture and homewares and it really helps to create a space that feels one-of-a-kind. It’s so nice to go into a home where there are pieces you’ve never seen before, right?

Above is Genevieve’s daughter’s room, which illustrates how you can create a girly room without all the cliches, belle and whistles. I’ve been seeing so many girl’s bedroom designs on social media lately (it’s a mood board buffet), and so many of them feel dated and over the top.

Genevieve made a point of explaining that she creates timeless kids spaces by ensuring the shell stays subdued and sophisticated, but the content is where you get to play with colour.

The walls have remained a subdued pink as opposed to hot, and the furniture and decor is once again eclectic and personalised. A combination of mass-produced and one-off items has resulted in a space her daughter Bebelle can appreciate as she grows.

Genevieve Gorder's Apartment in New York - Bathroom Door

Genevieve Gorder's New York Apartment Bathroom

Master Bathroom to Die for

The master bathroom is perhaps my favourite room, because it’s a small space that’s broken so many of the design rules we’re fed. The patterned tiles run right up the wall, the tub is black in parts and it isn’t afraid to dominate the space. Most bathrooms this size opt for an all-white colour application out of fear the space will feel cramped, but fighting that has given the bathroom a luxurious and moody feel – and I’m obsessed with it.

I’m also completely in love with the vintage door Genevieve sourced for the bathroom, which is from an old school toilet block. It’s these moments that take a house from great to phenomenal – and I am totally stealing this idea for my own forever home when I get it.

Are you in love with this apartment? I’d love to know your fave parts below!

All images in this post come from HGTV


Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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  1. I LOVE her so much. Been watching her for the last 2 years on HGTV too. God how great would it be to meet her and be her assistant

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