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!
Q&A with the audience!
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!