Stacey and Diane have run out of ideas on what to do with their small, lower Manhattan apartment. The living area has to function as a work space for Diane, a place to hang out for Stacey, and a dining room as well. On top of the lack of space, Stacey and Diane lack definition in style. Genevieve must update the room by giving it a sense of style, while creating a room that can still serve its multitude of roles! Her plan to create a cloth wall hits a major hitch, but she manages to persevere, bringing new light to the room, defining the space with a custom work area maximizing every inch of the living room to create a functional area for all of Stacey and Diane's needs.
Rob and Amy are living in their first home and they have never been part of a renovation, but that's about to change. The master bath is small, poorly designed, and in desperate need of a facelift. Amy and Rob want to get rid of the blue carpet, the avacado wall tile, and open up the space by taking down some walls and creating a bigger shower. Genevieve takes their wishes a step further by designing a vanity for two, removing an old soffit to give the room more height, and transforming ordinary tile into unique patterns. Genevieve's biggest challenge with the bathroom is dealing with nervous homeowners and a huge delay in getting permits from the town. An in shower storage shelf, a more functional layout, and beautiful new vanity make the bathroom worth the wait.
Homeowners Mark and Erica are in the process of renovating a brownstone home and the entire space is a construction site. Now that the major work is done, they're ready to start on the first room to be designed - the kitchen. With two young children and a third on the way, they want a space that can accommodate the growing family and has the feeling of warmth a kitchen should have. Using marble instead of granite, Genevieve will design a magnificent kitchen island that can be used by the whole family. To give the kitchen some flare, Genevieve reaches into the cultures of the Middle East and of Norway to tie together the floor and the ceiling in a brand new way.
After years on tour, Betsey is ready to spend some time at home. She's bought her first apartment, but the living room is populated by hand-me-down furniture that feels awkward and poorly arranged. Betsey might be a performer on Broadway, but she wants a space that feels down to earth. She likes the use of color, but can't seem to decide which ones work best for her. Inspired by a knitted blanket from Betsey's grandmother, Genevieve plans to spice up the living room with handcrafted accents. A specially designed chandelier, a stenciled wall pattern, and a one of a kind side chair give the living room a unique touch and the cozy feeling Betsey will want to come home to.
Jin is a successful single with a high-end studio that has tons of potential. He's called upon Genevieve to create a pad that is laid-back enough for hanging with the guys but sophisticated enough to impress all the ladies.
Taryn and Mike's downstairs room is a mishmash of a space and they aren't sure how to deal with it. They want to use it as a playroom for their children, but one wall is taken up by Mike's bookshelf, the toys are hard for the kids to reach, and there isn't a comfortable place for the kids to play and the adults to sit. The room needs definition. For inspiration, Genevieve is reaching back to the past to emulate turn of the century sensibilities, giving the playroom a general store feel. Building an indoor playhouse with a classic Victorian look, adding a chalk board wall, and using a colorful braided rug will achieve the vintage look she's going for. Picture frame wallpaper with family photos in the frames and rocks for climbing will add a modern touch and give this new playroom some extra punch.
KAMLA IS TRYING TO COME INTO HER OWN BY REDOING HER SMALL STUDIO KITCHEN THAT IS INCONVENIENT, OUTDATED AND JUST PLAIN UGLY. WITH ONLY $10,000 TO WORK WITH, GENEVIEVE HAS TO MAKE THIS KITCHEN POP WITHOUT BURSTING THE BUDGET.
Chrissy is a first time homeowner with a big problem. She totally lacks design confidence. That leaves her spacious home nearly empty, devoid of personality, and Chrissy feeling like a small person in a giant house. She's ready for the house to feel more like a home with style, but she has no idea where to begin. To get the living room to where Chrissy wants it to go, Genevieve will need to take away Chrissy's design fears and get her to step outside of the neutral box she's been living in. A trial and error shopping trip creates a bump in the road, but Genevieve is up to the challenge. Giving an old sofa new flare, brightening up the room with new flooring, and decking out a boring fireplace are just a few of the design tricks that Genevieve has up her sleeve to cure Chrissy of her design phobia.
After renovating every room in their 1920's home, Tony & Mary have yet to redesign their master bedroom. Their home is full of 1920's charm, but its also plagued with a serious lack of storage & style in their master bedroom. Designer Genevieve Gorder arrives to solve their storage woes with semi-custom storage units, a custom closet organizer and relaxing the space with bring a light soothing color palette, along with a few pops of color.
New homeowners Ryan and Kara love their quaint Connecticut cottage home, but their favorite part of their new purchase is the 100-year-old train caboose that lives in their backyard! They love the charm of the caboose, but its interior space is a smelly, moldy mess that's decorated in a 70's arts and crafts style. Their new home is small, so they really need to utilize the caboose as an extra room, but they have no idea how to make it happen.
OVER 10 YEARS OF SAVING AND $50,000 LATER, THE MINELLA'S LONG AWAITED MASTER BATH IS BECOMING A REALITY. GENEVIEVE STEPS IN TO TAKE THEIR 70'S ERA RELIC INTO THIS CENTURY, BUT WHEN A COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN TURNS CONSTRUCTION ON ITS HEAD, WILL SHE BE ABLE TO REVIVE THEIR DREAM ROOM?
Jose and Nicole love the look of their 1930's Spanish style home from the outside. The inside is a different story. Their living room is a hodgepodge of 60's style with a dysfunctional layout. And let's not even talk about the furniture. Designer Genevieve Gorder arrives with her team, ready to fix their layout woes. She also has a plan for bringing their Spanish style inside with a unique stucco fireplace. And, she's figured out a way to create separate spaces within the room by incorporating colorful reupholstered furniture and a custom built-in unit.
After 2 years of marriage and promises of redesign, Joy & Richard's living room is still a tired, bare and style-less space, that doesn't reflect their fun youthful personalities. Designer Genevieve Gorder arrives to take their living room from grandma non-chic, to a relaxed & elegant room, through layering textures & neutral colors, adding a fresh layout, and marrying contemporary and traditional elements, to make both husband and wife feel at home.
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