If you're in the process of redecorating, Genevieve Gorder has one request: Please, for the love of a house that feels like a home, take chances and don't just use beige everywhere. Though the Stay Here host might play it safe when it comes to online shopping—she recently partnered with to discuss digital footprints—she practices the opposite when it comes to design.
"I want to see that you live there. I don't want to see that you bought the tract house and it's really clean, and it's all oatmeal," she tells CQ, adding, "No one ever said their favorite color is beige." If you're looking for a color she does approve of, it's any type of deep olive. "I would love to have that color in every house in every way and form," she says.
Beyond paint color choices, Genevieve thinks this one thing is missing from most home design choices: memories. And, because picking the right photo to frame and hang in your house can feel nearly impossible, she has something else in mind. "I want to see a trail of your life and how you got to be where you are. Whether that's a simple little ticket framed in a shadow glass box that I'm like, oh, what is that? when I see it or your grandma's bowl," Genevieve says.
If you walked into her home right now you'd find drawings she did as a child, a photo of the ship that her grandmother came to New York on from Croatia, and other items that reflect her life. "In the end, it's called soul. When that's not infused in space, it doesn't feel done," she says.
Genevieve says we don't take the time to challenge ourselves because the predictability of space is too frequent. "I think we often forget how a home feels," she explains. "We just think of a price point and say, I need a couch to fit this area." We forget that this item will touch us more than anything, which is why, for the record, you'll never catch her ordering a couch or sheets online. "I need to touch the fabric," she explained.
If you're looking around your house and realizing you have a lot of beige happening, don't sweat it. Instead, give it a quick refresh. "It doesn't have to be expensive. It can be a paint color, or taking a couch and putting it from here to there," Genevieve says. "There's no right answer. It's very personal, and it's okay to keep shifting."
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