Genevieve Gorder is an interior designer known for creating eclectic, functional spaces accented with exotic touches for her clients. This past summer, HGTV documented the renovation of her NYC duplex and she stayed true to her design aesthetic in her own home.
In the dining room, natural light shines through the large windows. The herringbone patterned floors transition throughout the home (wooden in most of the rooms and tiled in others). The backs of the built-in shelving units are painted black allowing the items on them to stand out. Two pendants – a zodiac-themed globe and a brass egg-shaped fixture – are hung purposely unaligned over the table and the seating around it is mismatched for a laid back feel, and the floating staircase keeps the space open and airy.
The kitchen is a small space with big impact. The glossy lacquer cabinets extend to the ceiling for added storage and the rolling ladder makes accessibility easy. To contrast all the white, for the back splash and island she chose a Calacatta Borghini marble accented with streaks of gray and gold, matte black faucets from Watermark, and shiny brass pendants from Hudson Valley Lighting. The Steven Alan stools are upholstered in recycled woven saris and add a lively dose of color to the space.
Coffered paneled walls and delicate wallpaper line the hallway that leads to the master bedroom. The door is an ornate wood piece from a fishing village in southern Morocco. Within the keyhole design are carvings of fishhooks, the sun, and coral. To accommodate her height, Genevieve extended the height of the door by putting it and the jambs on risers.
The bedroom is spacious and minimal. The Indian bed is made from old wood fences and columns. It is flanked by mismatched antique sewing-tables used as night stands, each from one of Genevieve’s great-grandmothers.
The living room walls are painted black, it works in this space because of the 14-foot tall ceilings and the abundance of natural light that fills the space. Genevieve accented the space with bold pieces – like the 110-year-old apothecary cabinet originally from a bait and tackle store, patterned textiles, and a wall mounted zebra (on the upper right of the photo). She also included many mirrors, which tend to make spaces appear larger because of their reflective quality.