This past Tuesday, Vanessa, Alicia and I headed over to the Thompson Hotel penthouse suite for a bit of breakfast, a bit of shop talk with fellow media, and—drum roll please—a bit of ogling as the one and only Ms. Genevieve Gorder was in town!
Vanessa, Genevieve, and Alicia looking like a design diva trio. I’d listen to that album.
Yes, that Genevieve, from HGTV’s Dear Genevieve, and (because we’re all thinking it), the decorating show that launched a million ’90s-era cable decorating shows, Trading Spaces (we spent a hot minute reminiscing about the cast—including Hildi Santo Tomas’s make-a-homeowner-cry makeovers). I’m happy to report that Genevieve is as down to earth as she comes across on the telly. And, that her trademark voice, is as cute as I’ve always thought it was.
Genevieve showing us how it’s done!
Genevieve giving her presentation; Karl Lohnes wondering if I’ll ever stop eating the free food.
She was in Toronto promoting Valspar Paint‘s new hi-DEF paint series launching in Canada at Lowes. The paint combines primer and colour in one, (oooh, I love time-savers) and apparently features saturated pigments for a truer “chip-to-colour” experience (i.e., no more lusting for watermelon and ending up with neon pink instead).
Speaking of saturated pigments, we couldn’t stop checking out Genevieve’s funky-printed culottes (love them). And, Alicia scored a video interview with her, so look out for that soon. In the meantime, here are some tips and insights she shared with us while we happily munched on our smoked salmon bagels (OK, I munched, most people just had the fruit):
How to Get a Straight Edge
The good folks at the tape company mean well and all, but why is it that when you’re trying to section off stripes for painting, the bloody colour always bleeds underneath leaving you with raggedy edges? Scoring techniques aside, Genevieve presented an easier solution: paint on top of the tape with your base colour FIRST, let it dry, then go over that with your stripe coat. That simple. Even she admitted she couldn’t believe she spent her youth on TV doing stripe touch-ups with a paint brush. Haha, worry not double G, we had no PVR back then…
Navajo: Is This Truly Returning?
When someone asked if Navajo was coming back into vogue, I half laughed and half gasped. My reference point for Navajo is the really bad poncho this guy used to wear with flood jeans in my junior high school. No thanks! Luckily, Genevieve assured us it was simply a part of the already highly popular indigenous prints trend that we’re seeing so much of (particularly in fashion at the moment). As she put it, sometimes her clients say, “We love Mexico!” and they live in Boston. So, she’s gotta find a way to make it work. Indigenous prints to the rescue.
Get Ready for Emerald Green
When asked what she would do with the emerging emerald green colour trend, she said she’d pair it with ivory or a natural white, or even try layering it with other shades of greens, such as a creamy lime. “I’m on the edge with layering greens!” she joked. She also noted that she’s loving rich, vibrant blues, which again drew my mind to the fashion world where we’re seeing a jewel tone revival. In fact, bold colour blocking is our selected trend to watch for the month of July. We are so on the ball round here people 🙂