Posted Feb 27, 2011 @ 2:47 PM
GG does have some misses where I just don't like what she had done and I'm sorry but I have a massive amount of books, and no I don't want them facing the wall.
I have to ask about the small office makeover: was the wife's desk placed in front of the radiator? Why didn't they cover it, and use it as another storage space? Won't that get hot? I could be wrong. I did like the feather hat feature and would happily buy it.
Posted Feb 27, 2011 @ 6:26 PM
I did like the feather hat feature and would happily buy it.
The whole freaking episode was about that hat. I was yelling at the screen for her to just shut up already about it. (Although I did like it, and it would look cool up on a wall.)
Posted Feb 28, 2011 @ 8:04 PM
Posted Mar 3, 2011 @ 3:07 AM
Liked the carrera hearth but that painted brick looked like ____ and needed to be replaced. If you're going to update the hearth, you need to update the rest of it, typically. That fireplace surround would look with tile to pull in all the colors and coordinate the rooms, leaving the carrera hearth.
My biggest complaint about her choices was the black rug in the sitting room. To me, it stopped the eye. She kept talking about flow and continuity, but the black rug didn't flow with either the kitchen or the shelving unit/dining room. Also didn't care for the burgundy velvet chair with the rug. The burgundy would have worked as an accent color with an appropriate rug.
Another GG episode, more backwards books. Do they haul those extra Al Gore biographies from one makeover to the next? Why waste your time buying more? Well, as long as you don't incur storage fees and freight charges in NYC. How about Jess' trunk between makeovers? Hope she lives in NJ, not NYC. Incidentally, thought that was Jimmy's best built-in, to date.
Posted Mar 9, 2011 @ 7:45 PM
Posted Mar 10, 2011 @ 7:02 PM
BTW, your home's gorgeous!
Posted Mar 12, 2011 @ 2:41 PM
Posted Mar 12, 2011 @ 4:08 PM
As for the lifting or moving of the table, I couldn't even imagine what we would do or who we would call!!
Edited by Profesora678, Mar 13, 2011 @ 12:48 AM.
Posted Mar 14, 2011 @ 9:20 AM
Posted Mar 14, 2011 @ 2:02 PM
I liked the vibe on the Saturday show makeover overall although Gen could have shorthanded it and called their aesthetic "Pottery Barn." The only major quibble for me was the blinds above the window seat. I think they were bamboo or some sort of natural brownish color but at night they read as black and didn't relate to the other window treatment or anything else and stuck out like a sore thumb. Also, playing Jenga with cups and sauces is a very bad idea for a family with children. Duh.
I loved their dining room set and hutch but clearly it wasn't what they were going for.
Posted Mar 15, 2011 @ 12:36 AM
Posted Mar 15, 2011 @ 11:42 PM
I liked the color, I really did. It might be bold but it wasn't overwhelming at all. The original dining room, while a bit stuffier than the family may have wanted was beautiful. I'm not sure how many will agree but I hated the new table. And I don't like all the crap sitting on the table, it's not how the room 'lives'. They are going to have to put it all somewhere, to collect dust. A centerpiece or two would have been so much better, imo. Not a fan of the mismatched chairs either, but it was an easy fix and all in all, this was better than most of her projects.
Posted Mar 18, 2011 @ 6:49 PM
Posted Apr 22, 2012 @ 1:05 AM
Posted Apr 22, 2012 @ 11:46 AM
I've never been very impressed with Genevieve's designs and I'm really getting tired of her bullying the clients into her taste. If anyone has worries about choosing a decorator and being forced to live with his/her choices rather than their own, this show reinforces those concerns. A good decorator listens to you and works with you--I think Candice Olsen does a pretty good job of that, although her color palette is limited to blue and tan.
Disclosure: I once dismissed a decorator who also insisted on Chinese men on my dining room wallpaper, when I had told her that was the one thing I didn't want. Why do they like that paper so much?
I really do like the new program Interiors Inc. but I wish they would tell us what their budgets are.
Posted Apr 22, 2012 @ 12:24 PM
Didn't care for the guys' work on the first episode, the master bedroom. IIRC, Jimmy left a major gap inbetween the Ikea cabinets and the ceiling. His excuse made no sense. They put too many cabinets along that wall. IMHO, they needed to go smaller on one side instead of going for symmetry. One smaller Ikea unit plus having the guys fill in with a few shelves would have been better for the side adjacent to the bathroom door. Besides that, the closet organizers looked cheap (more Ikea) and not well-planned. In addition, Gen's multiple patterns didn't work for me, e.g. the Indian rug layered with other rugs -
WRT the kitchen, don't believe they properly levelled that room and they clearly took shortcuts. Can't plaster one night and install the next day. Not a good idea. Couldn't stand the kids' table.
This one's coming close to going off the dvr list.
JMHO, as usual.
Interiors is o.k. It improved over S1, Ep01. The first one was awful (IMHO) but absolutely loved the last new episode - the kitchen/great room. Terrific space planning - WRT their budgets, they must have a serious markup on their store furniture. Wonder if that's the majority of their fees -
Edited by diydude, Apr 25, 2012 @ 5:55 AM.
Posted Apr 25, 2012 @ 1:00 AM
Posted Apr 25, 2012 @ 5:54 AM
The Ikea couches also appeared to be very poor quality in the Asian-contempo room last week, arkansan. They did cut off plenty of the chest's legs, however. Not all of them or necessarily the entire lengths - they were probably evening up the rows. Genevieve claimed they were antiques - if those people decide to dump them, they've probably destroyed the value by altering them. The worst part of the chest idea, however, was that they were far too deep for the space - major scale issue. They totally overpowered the room. Between those and the wallpaper, it felt very dark.
In addition, they only had room for one large chair in the seating zone. The two side chairs appeared very uncomfortable in the TV area and that small sectional didn't work well for viewing purposes. WRT the wallpaper, the dh indicated he hated it on the mood board/design sketch. When she presented them with a larger sample, however, got the sense the dh was going along with his wife. She seemed to love the w/p and he went along with it, too. Couldn't believe they had to paper every wall - that'd be so much work to remove.
I'll give Gen credit for a couple of things. Liked the architectural change wherein they extended the wall plus the 2 beams. The f/p also appeared improved. Besides that, hated basically everything.
Edited by diydude, Apr 25, 2012 @ 5:57 AM.
Posted Sep 29, 2012 @ 5:38 PM
All those dustcatchers. She had a daybed with drapes and a faux canopy, then drapes at the window, and a chandelier with lots of danglies.
I didn't care for the animals on the ceiling all being done in black. I know that for the first few months, or some short span, babies only see in black and white, but I've never seen the point in toys, and now this ceiling, in black and white.
Presumably if you paint it red and green the baby will see it in b&w, but then when it can see colors, you're all set.
Posted Sep 30, 2012 @ 10:07 PM
This show actually makes me saddest for Genevieve. She obviously believes in her own "talent" and is genuinely bewildered at homeowners disagreeing with her. I've never understood why she feels the need to take clients completely outside of their comfort zones. Not everything should be beige, but if a homeowner asks for beige, does the next logical step have to be chartreuse and magenta?
A typical Genevieve interaction:
Homeowner: I'm not comfortable with a lot of pattern.
Genevieve: I'm going to install a patterned tile on the entryway, floors, staircase, and walls of your house. Also, your trim will be black and your ceiling gold.
Genevieve: It's a good thing you called me! You are really blocked off from good design! I'm like a therapist! It is so strange that people keep claiming not to like my designs. Must be the producer putting them up to it.
Camera crew: <beats homeowners to do a third take, this time pretending to like the reveal>
Posted Oct 3, 2012 @ 5:31 PM
Hated the nursery reno for the same reasons you mentioned, lu. Didn't have the same crew so had to believe Jimmy probably used some friends or donated labor. Curious about the timing. Jimmy said something about seeing the room "every week" and the gf mentioned selecting the sheets that very day, during the reveal. Also, Gen had some female baby pics when she shot the typical (boring) scene about family photos. (Yeah, we get it.) Would have been nice if they'd shown a quick pic of their daughter at the end.
Mike, nice to see you're in love but next time, get a room instead of demonstrating it publicly. Oops, guess it's a tad late for that.
Edited by diydude, Oct 4, 2012 @ 7:43 AM.
Posted Jun 24, 2013 @ 6:38 PM
I can't say I've ever loved any of her designs on this show. But I think I dislike the Moroccan bathroom the most. All those weird extra poofs and doodads. Ugh. I want a crisp clean bathroom. No extra crap to clean or dust or trip over please!
Posted Jun 25, 2013 @ 2:02 PM
Posted Jun 27, 2013 @ 2:10 AM
Genevieve is stunning!!!
She's my secret TV crush. And her mom is stunning, too.
Posted Jun 29, 2013 @ 12:06 AM
Can't stand it when she starts lecturing the DS participants - oops, make that HGTV Star.