If I had to trace my love of design and DIY (and moss) back to one person, it would be easy: Genevieve Gorder. She is quite literally the only reason I came to know and love design. I’ll never forget her, barefoot, covering a couple’s wall in moss on Trading Spaces. It blew my mind. Design came alive for me, and everything seemed possible. Why shouldn’t you have a rust wall? Why not make your own artwork with leftover wooden scraps? Why not create an entire room inspired by an artichoke? For me, Genevieve’s style and spirit helped me find and understand where my place in the creative community would be.
So it was a complete and total thrill to spend yesterday afternoon talking with her on my weekly radio show, After the Jump. We talked about good (and bad) TV, how Minnesota influenced her style, how she balances her work and personal life and stays inspired. Genevieve is a complete one-woman powerhouse — whether you listen for design inspiration or just to hear the story of a super smart (and creative) business woman, I hope you’ll download and enjoy this interview. She is nothing short of amazing. (My favorite part of the interview was when she described being a designer as someone whose job it is to “imagine harder and better than you can.” That rang so true for me.)
Thanks again to Genevieve and Suzanne for coming out. They are the best pizza lunch dates ever. xo, grace