Month in Review: November

This post is a week overdue but I didn’t want to interrupt the gift guide series last week, so here we are! November was full of apartment updates, Project KC progress, design inspiration and a little seasonal content. I have some great holiday content lined up for December and a few more exciting apartment updates coming this month as well.

Check out everything from November below! 

Design Inspiration Series:
The Entryway: Black, White and Gold
The Living Room: Traditional with a Twist
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Christmas 2015 Inspiration
Interview with the Kitchn: Small Space Thanksgiving
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Project KC Series:
Living Room Progress Part II
Kitchen Progress
Dining Room and Entry Progress


Decor, Updates and Organization:
New Additions and Accessories
Closet Solution with Room Dividers Now
Organize Your  Medicine Cabinet with Three Easy Tricks
Apartment Progress: To Do List Updates and Additions
New Bedroom Lamp from Parrot Uncle

Genevieve’s Renovation

If you haven’t heard… my favorite design idol, Genevieve Gorder, has a new show! It premiered last week and I love it already- she’s renovating her New York City apartment (and the one next door). The show takes us through all the steps from construction and concept design to styling every last inch of her new home. I’ve already mentally ‘pinned’ so many ideas for my own future dream home.

She mentioned her renovation last Fall when I interviewed her for the HGTV furniture line debut (still have to pinch myself about that) and it’s even better than I imagined. So tune in (or set your DVRs) for Thursdays at 11/10 c!

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Interviewing Genevieve last Fall. Credit

Check out the furniture debut here and my interview with Genevieve here.

Site Updates

If you hadn’t already noticed, I’ve been slowly revamping a bit of Studio Style Blog. Take a peek around the site and enjoy!

Hopefully these features will be helpful for everyone and navigating around the site should be much easier.

HGTV Furniture Debut with Genevieve Gorder: Pt 2

(Part one)

Interview with Genevieve Gorder:

What is your favorite design trend right now?

Mixed metals…. Brass and copper. The “satin nickel” era is over!

Also love that the US is waking up with colors and patterns! No more beige. We’re finally breaking the mold and transitioning to global interiors: getting colors, indigenous fabrics and patterns from other countries and cultures.

No home is complete without: _________________

Addressing all five senses. It’s not just visual. You have to entertain all five senses to have a complete home.

What is your favorite piece in the HGTV furniture line?

I love the green slipper chair. And the mirrored credenza with the beautiful antiqued treatment.

One word to describe your personal style?


One piece people should invest in?

You should invest most in the areas where you spend the most time…  the living room, the bedroom… A great couch can last for years and years and you can change it with throws, pillows or a slipcover. Also, investing in great bedding is a good idea. That will last for many years.

Advice for people living in small spaces and apartments?

Use the vertical plains. Create illusions with everything. Hang the curtains at the top of the ceiling to draw your eye higher. Buy vertical storage and stack it to the top. Crown molding. Anything to visually create height and draw your eye to the ceiling. Have multi-functional pieces. Storage in the coffee table. Dresser used as a desk. Emphasize lighting and accent with color.

Saw your gorgeous rugs online. What is one thing you haven’t designed yet that you want to put your stamp on?

Thanks! I’ve done just about everything, from blue jeans to a cruise ship. The one thing I would like to do is design a hotel from top to bottom. Not just one room, the entire hotel. I think that would be so fun. Hospitality is where it’s at.

Advice for running your own business and managing your personal brand?

Sign up for as many business courses as you can. Say yes to every meeting, interview, opportunity to learn. The design knack comes easily for us in the industry, but you need to have business skills to compliment that.

Photo with Genevieve! 

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Q&A with the audience!

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Had such a great time at the event and it was an honor to interview Genevieve, one of my long time design idols. Thanks to Belfort, HGTV and Genevieve Gorder!

HGTV Furniture Debut with Genevieve Gorder: Pt 1

Happy Monday, everyone.

I attended the HGTV Furniture Debut at Belfort Furniture on Saturday and had a fantastic time! The furniture line is gorgeous, but the highlight of the event was meeting and interviewing Genevieve Gorder

First up… photos of the beautiful furniture line!

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Ribbon cutting ceremony with Belfort and Genevieve! 

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Part two will continue with more photos and my interview with Genevieve! 

Reader Question for Genevieve Gorder!

As you know, my upcoming meet and greet with Genevieve Gorder is this Saturday! I’m so excited. I made a list of questions for my interview but would love to include one more from my wonderful readers!

Leave your question in the comments below and I’ll choose one to ask her on Saturday. I’ll post more about the event and full interview next week. Stay tuned!



Upcoming Meet And Greet with Genevieve Gorder!

You heard right. I still can’t believe it myself! I’ll be attending this event at Belfort Furniture next month and will be interviewing Genevieve beforehand.


She’ll be giving a design talk and helping to launch the new line of HGTV furniture.

A few pieces I’m already loving from the collection:

Credit: HGTV Home/Belfort
Credit: HGTV Home/Belfort
Credit: HGTV Home/Belfort
Credit: HGTV Home/Belfort
Credit: HGTV Home/Belfort
Credit: HGTV Home/Belfort
Credit: HGTV Home/Belfort
Credit: HGTV Home/Belfort

You can view the full line of furniture here.

Look out for a recap of the event and my interview with Genevieve in a couple weeks!

UPDATED: Interview part 1 here and part 2 here.