Not mincing around with words, as sometimes I do, I’m going to come straight to the point and say what I’m here for, this article is an unabashed praise piece for Genevieve Gorder. Now before anyone questions my motives and asks if I’m breaking my rule and becoming a paid shill, rest assured I have not and never will take any money for my opinion, which is purely what this is, although based in fact and observation.
Reality TV as we all know thrives on conflict and I’m one of those people who was slightly amused by it in the beginning but now switch the channel as quickly as possible. Pushing almost 15 years now Genevieve has been an inspirational influence to us all in the design community and has remained so because she’s bubbly, fun, almost spunky and has resisted any urge to be affect a “mean girl” (Martha Stewart dare I say) persona. She was one of the original designers on Trading Spaces, the show that really was the first of the Reality TV shows for the design community and brought design within reach (pun intended) of the everyday folk.
Genevieve always gave the impression of being approachable and her design work was never too over the top, it was (and still is) elegant and easy. Keep in mind that even as she segued off of Trading Spaces to her own shows she was the fun designer that we liked, not sure if that had anything to do with her penchant for working in bare feet, but… We equally liked her shows Dear Genevieve, and Genevieve’s Renovation. Yes we don’t all live in a Chelsea townhouse but her style allowed us to make the best of our smaller spaces in NYC and encouraged us to show off our own design talents, or lack thereof to our friends and neighbors, anyone who would come over for a cocktail.