HGTV did something not eye bleedey

Normally HGTV “design” makes me sad.

But I still watch it, like, all day every day- esp since I have put myself on semi-bedrest to avoid the heat.

Recently though, I saw an episode of Dear Genevieve that was actually kind of great.

Genevieve redid this teensy teensy tiny crash pad used by two designers on her team, who although they are based in Philadelphia, have found themselves in New York more and more through their work with her. And their digs were pretty sadsville USA before. 

But how pure and fabulass after!

Looking back towards the entry before…

And after.

The little lofted bed nook before…

And OMG after!

So much goodness in such a teensy space.

And I am loving the screens. Lots of smartness in this pad. Not to mention that ladder pushes back so it is flush with that wall for a bit more floor space when it is not being used. 

Perhaps the most genius use of space is this storage solution, for sure.

Each one of those sections pulls out and offers various storage solutions. brills.

There were some not so brills things though, or rather things I would have done differently.

Namely the furniture layout on the main floor.

They put in this dumb dodo murphy bed… So that the other lady that shares this space from time to time can have her own bed too.

Which is dumb because 1. They have to move the bar over to pull it out since the murphy bed extended width wise takes up the entire width of the apartment. Which is too much work and a stupid use of space.

I would have instead put a pull out couch in front of the windows where the dining table is, so that way it extends into the larger length dimension of the apartment. Plus I know its just a crash pad, but they gots nowhere to sit and chill. The dining table I would move to where the murphy bed is. It would only protrude a bit wider than the uplocked murphy bed does, and you wouldn’t have to move the table or the bar to pull out the couch. I also probably would try to find a dining table with two fold down leaves, so that it would be narrow seating for two pushed against the wall most of the time, but could be pulled out into the middle of the room to seat four if they wanted to be festive.

Like that, but prettier.

Overall though, really lovely, right? Super inspiring, I would think, for all of you small space dwellers.

And significantly better for my eyeballs than this grahdoo constantly slung by some other HGTV designdumbdodos.

Like this. Foul.

10 thoughts on “HGTV did something not eye bleedey

  1. I completely agree with you about this space. It’s so funny to me that the entire purpose for the space is function yet completely disregards that in the main space! Slight fail on her part. I feel like between all the HGTV and moving/decorating new space, girly McB is going to come out of the womb designing!

  2. I agree! Lots of goodness in that space! Love what they did with the loft area but you are completely right about the murphy bed and dining space.

  3. LOVED that one! Usually she drives me insane, but she actually pulled it together in that one.

  4. this is great..Ive been looking at apts in SF and one has a wierdo mini loft that scares me..but this is inspiring!!

  5. That last image makes me really, really depressed. If I took over at HGTV I would probably clean house (pun totally intended) hire all design bloggers. Nice work by Genevieve though.

  6. Those people over at HGTV better hold on tight to pretty miss Genevieve. I’ve always liked her, but think her work has really elevated to a new level in the last year or so. This one was one of my favorites. Love those pull out pantries. Any ideas on the source?

  7. you called me a lady. man, growing up is hard. i’m still laughing. glad you enjoyed the ep. we love our apartment. a bit of insider info…we call the apartment “THE MAXI” (a ladies’ apartment…the maxi pad…)

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