One bad kitchen is turning Karl and Tonetta's dream home into a headache. Designer Genevieve Gorder arrives on the scene to create a kitchen that will make Karl and Tonneta fall back in love with their home. Working closely with the young homeowners, Genevieve carefully designs a kitchen that meets the couple's needs, solves space and storage issues, and brings light and beauty into the heart of the home. Karl and Tonneta are thrilled by Genevieve's exotic, soulful style. But when the plan hits a snag, Genevieve and her team scramble to keep the design on track while Karl and Tonneta nervously watch from the sideline.
Sean and Beth love to share their beautiful, rural home with friends and family. But there's one problem: none of their guests can find the front door! The driveway leads to a side entrance that seems a natural main entranceway. But the side entrance leads to a dark, dilapidated laundry room. Having the dreary laundry room be the first thing guests see is not Beth and Sean's idea of a good first impression. Designer Genevieve Gorder stretches her design mind to tackle a design challenge that must marry exterior and interior. The plan is two-fold?create an exterior that screams 'I'm the front door,' and an interior foyer that is elegant, whimsical, and welcoming. But when Beth and Sean balk at some of the design ideas, Genevieve must negotiate and compromise to please some very picky clients.
George and Rosa's basement has been a giant family closet for years, also storing Rosa's beautiful artwork. Their house is also the family hangout for the neighborhood kids. The space is overwhelming George and Rosa. Designer Genevieve and her team have been called in to shine some light on the project. First assignment for the family: to empty out the basement and purge, purge, purge. Along the way, piles of Rosa's beautiful artwork are discovered in a neglected pile. Genevieve invites the neighborhood kids to weigh in on the plan and view the room as their hangout too. Genevieve's plan is to add lots of storage, lots of light, and beautiful textures and fabrics to warm up the space. But when the weather turns sour, work on installing forty-five sheets of drywall stalls and the project is held up. The team works into the night where they find light at the end of the proverbial 'renovation tunnel.'
Designer Genevieve Gorder is called upon by homeowners Michelle and George to transform a tired, dark living room into a space that breathes life into the home. Genevieve's challenge is to make George and Michelle's Victorian-inspired style work with some fresh, contemporary design ideas. She also has to figure out how to incorporate George's prized mantelpiece into the space. Along with the design, Michelle has another wish for Genevieve: give her husband George a vacation! Though a carpenter by trade, George is tired of renovating. Michelle wants the living room of her dreams. George just wants a happy wife. George and Michelle love the direction Genevieve wants to bring them. But it's proving hard for George to put aside his foreman's instincts and stay out of the carpentry crew's way. George's meddling wears thin on Genevieve's team and sparks fly that threaten to derail the design.
Brian and Thuyen's playroom feels like a step-child in their beautiful, but small home. With real estate at a premium, every foot in their home serves double duty and the playroom needs to work as a TV room and play area for their children. Brian particularly wants a solution to cover up the unsightly TV when it's not in use. Genevieve arrives and tours their home with Thuyen and Brian and the couple discovers that they have more in common than they think, especially a love of color. With color wheel in hand, Genevieve creates a multi-colored wainscoting that requires hours of painting. Sean is delighted with Genevieve's solution of a sliding chalkboard to cover up that unsightly TV.
Matt and Sara are newlyweds who live in a charming Cape style home. But their dreary bathroom is an eyesore and can be seen from the living room. Designer Genevieve Gorder is called in to work with a tight budget and work some magic with her team. As demolition begins, the toilet is in the front yard, 15 people are in their home, Matt and Sara are overwhelmed by the chaos. Money starts to run out. Genevieve shops at a prop shop to find and re purpose the perfect vanity (and yes, it was seen on a famous TV show with a character named Carrie!) Matt and Sara are feeling unsettled, the team is tight on time, and the project is low on money. Genevieve stops by with a little comfort, her homemade squash soup.
Genevieve meets with Greg, David and little Lilly, a family who has inherited Greg's Nana's house and wants to preserve its charm. They need to update their kitchen while keeping Nana's spirit in the space - and space is certainly an issue. Gen and the guys devise a design that will open up the kitchen and update it in its function. Work gets underway quickly and demo is already done by the time Gen arrives to the site, which proves to be her tiniest kitchen ever! The wall comes down, and the team begins to get the plan in motion. Lead designer Jess is stressed about the shoestring budget while carpenter Jimmy wants to add more elements, but Gen is confident they can cook up a modern kitchen that will work for the little family in minimal space. Tensions mount as the tile order comes in wrong and the budget dwindles further and further, but the team presses on and the room comes together. Greg and David return and are thrilled with the outcome. The kitchen is modern, but still permeated with the sweetness of Nana and the couple could not be happier.
Nnekka and Levee have transformed their fixer upper into a beautiful home. But when it comes to their master bedroom they are clueless. Still sleeping on a mattress on the floor in the guest room, Genevieve is on the scene to move this couple back into their master bedroom once and for all. Inspired by the beautiful architectural moldings and neutral colors seen in the rest of the house, Genevieve's plan is to create two separate areas in the room where one is for sleeping and the other is for reading. The space will be articulated by a large arch that will span the ceiling. In addition, Genevieve introduces wallpaper as a design element in the room. Genevieve takes Nnekka and Levee on a shopping spree for a new bed, the centerpiece of the room. Tension mounts when the king sized bed arrives and does not fit through the queen sized door. Genevieve arrives with moral support in the nick of time as the team hits the finish line. Nnekka and Levee are overwhelmed by one of the most romantic and luxurious bedrooms of the season.
Rick and Lisa come call on Genevieve to update their galley kitchen right before the Thanksgiving holiday. Wanting to reflect the personality of the rest of the beachside cottage house, they want to bring a modern cottage look to the currently cramped and out of date space. Emotional Lisa would really like the kitchen to be the heart of the home. Right off the bat, the budget and the scale of the project are already hurdles. The homeowners love the plan, but little bumps in the road like late appliances and kinks with the mechanics of some of the built-ins start to take their toll, especially with a member of the build team on another job. Time is an issue in any kitchen rehab and the first hiccup sets the whole project behind. Genevieve appeals to Lisa and Rick, asking for a few more days to make the room not only look great, but also truly function great. After working through the weekend Genevieve and her team deliver a modern cottage kitchen just in time for the holidays.
Genevieve takes on Monica and Steve's wood paneled and drop ceilinged basement with a plan to make a bright, updated family playroom that will grow with their rambunctious kids. Genevieve is enthusiastic when she meets the couple and the space and undaunted in the face of all the challenges and the small budget. That is, until team members Jess and Thad clue Genevieve in that she is actually redoing two rooms in the basement. Undaunted still, she rolls up her sleeves and gets down to business. Painter Lance comes up with a sensible solution for the wood paneling while Thad takes care of the ceiling. Genevieve and the kids create cameo portraits as a personal touch to crown the finished room. She takes Monica and Steve to a lighting warehouse to pick out some lighting accents. Back at the space, the final pieces of furniture arrive as the project comes together. Concerns about completing the giant space on a small budget have dissolved as Genevieve reveals the room to the thrilled family.
Jennifer and Ruben live in a charming 1920's house with their two twin boys, but they have put off renovating their tired master bedroom suite because its odd configuration has left them clueless. Jennifer has a chronic condition that can occasionally leave her bedridden for days and the family spends a lot of time with her in this combination bedroom and sitting room. It needs to be pleasant, calming and restful so they are calling on designer Genevieve Gorder to come up with a solution. The plan to add the colors of the ocean, soft fabrics, a new king size bed, and built in storage to create soothing spa like atmosphere for Jennifer, Ruben and their two children. In addition, some of Jennifer's 500 hundred moose collectibles are being relocated. Genevieve sends Jennifer and Ruben for a spa afternoon and surprises them with a beautiful, comforting, serene bedroom suite when they return.
Joe and Dawn have let their new condo living room stay barren because they can't arrive at a cohesive sense of style. Genevieve's mission is to not only transform the beige contemporary condo space, but to help the young couple realize their combined style and apply it to the room. First selling them on the idea of wallpaper, Gen sends the couple off to pick out rugs and accessories, hoping to spur them into discussion of what their style is. Gen meets up with them to nail down their style, and then brings them to meet an artist who has created a one-of-a-kind balsa light fixture sculpture for over the dining room table. Back at the condo, some hidden sprinklers throw a wrench into the lighting plan and Gen and her electrician have to come up with a creative alternative for the light sculpture. The room comes together Joe and Dawn return to a completely transformed space that reflects both of their style in a high-end contemporary living room.
Pam and Kenny have come to Genevieve because their little Max's nursery is closing in around them. The long, dark, narrow room is cluttered and the furniture is so big that busy little Max gets lost. Genevieve prescribes a spacious solution with maximimum storage. Pam is hesitant with some of the design elements, but agrees to let Genevieve try and prove her wrong! Genevieve finds inspiration in the Harlem neighborhood to bring into the space and is excited at the opportunity to use text-centric wallpaper she has been keeping on deck! A discrepancy over the scale of one of the built-ins sets the carpenters back, and designer Jess is feeling the brunt of the stress. Genevieve gets to know the big client, little Max, at his baby music class, and is confident her design will suit the extroverted little guy. The team rallies against the build setback and Max's nursery is starting to take shape. Gen returns shocked to see the room near completion, even with the hurdle! Pam and Kenny are reintroduced to the space and are overjoyed to see how it all came seamlessly together. Most gratifying for Gen is that little Max is at home right away.
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