The six original, central Trading Spaces designers are returning for the reboot of the series, TLC just announced, confirming what Genevieve Gorder said this summer. They are:
- Doug Wilson
- Frank Bielec
- Genevieve Gorder
- Hildi Santo-Tomas
- Laurie Smith
- Vern Yip
All were with the show from the beginning except Vern, who was added in 2001, and while there were other designers who appeared in the show’s early seasons, this was the core group.
In addition, carpenters Ty Pennington and Carter Oosterhouse will return to the show, but as designers.
Five new “design experts and carpenters” will join the cast; all have previous television experience:
- Brett Tutor (carpenter), who was on Discovery’s Treasure Quest Snake Island
- Joanie Sprague (carpenter), an America’s Next Top Model cycle six runner-up
- John Gidding, the host of Curb Appeal
- Kahi Lee, who’s been on many design shows
- Sabrina Soto, who’s hosted HGTV Star and The Great Christmas Light Fight
The new series will debut sometime in spring 2018, TLC said.
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Here are the bios for the returning and new Trading Spaces designers—except for Frank and Hildi, who apparently did not send bios to TLC in time.
These come directly from TLC:
Brett grew up in small town just outside of Austin, Texas. Since he was a boy, he had motorcycles, BMX bikes and sports in his life. Brett and his brother used to get truck loads of dirt as their Christmas and birthday presents to add to their backyard dirt jump track. By the age of 12 he was a world ranked golfer winning the UCT International Jr golf tournament. By the age of 15 he was apprenticing as a carpenter and a home inspector under his grandfather.
Brett played football, baseball and golf from little league to his senior year of high school. He played quarterback and third base. Brett and his high school friends have stories still being told about them, they were renown for mischief. At 19, Brett moved to Hilo, Hawaii to train mixed martial arts at BJ Penn’s MMA Academy where he trained Jiu Jitsu under the Penn’s and Muay Thai under Rudy Valentino.
After two years in Hawaii, Brett traveled to Kenya, Africa with a humanitarian relief group for a summer where he volunteered at orphanages and schools which would change his life forever. After his time in the slums of Kibera, Brett decided that he wanted to do spend his life traveling, going on new adventures and making a difference for those in need.
Brett enlisted in the US Air Force at 21 years old. He was put in charge of his 60 man basic training squad on his first day of basic and prequalified for the Pararescue Special Operations program. Sadly, only months into training he would tear his Achilles tendon in the training pipeline, never getting the chance to complete the training or deploying.
After his medical discharge, Brett healed up in carpentry school and EMT school simultaneously back in Texas where he was framing roofs, doing home renovations and home inspections.
Brett then went to Tactical Medic SWAT school in Houston, Texas where he was trained in unconventional emergency medicine, small team tactics, weapons training, land navigation, room clearing, emergency K9 care, clan labs and more.
Brett then moved from Austin, Texas to Bend, Oregon where he worked as an adventure guide for an adventure outfitter as a white water rafting / rock climbing guide / counselor. He would take troubled youth into the back country of Central Oregon on multi day wilderness therapy trips.
After two years in Oregon, Brett moved back to Austin where he would focus on home inspections and home renovations. In 2012 Brett founded the business Property Doctors Home Inspections. Brett is a licensed Professional Inspector (TREC #20110), Licensed OSSF Septic System Installer (TCEQ), Residential Energy Auditor, Rain Water Harvesting System Installer and Rain Water System Inspector (ARCSA).
In 2014 Brett founded the non-profit Off The Grid International. www.otgi.org
OTGi builds clean water and sanitation systems in some of the most remote regions on the planet and also raises awareness for other non-profits, mission oriented businesses and individuals who are doing amazing and sustainable work in humanitarian aid and environmental relief.
Brett got his start in the entertainment business as a stuntman, doing stunt work in feature films, TV shows, TV commercials and print adds. From 2013-2015 Brett hosted the TV Show New Home Source where he would travel the country educating viewers on new building methods and materials, energy efficiency and the future of home building.
Brett is also a songwriter and guitarist and plays occasionally in Austin, Texas with his brother Chase.”The Tutor Brothers” music can be found on Itunes and the music video “Fire Fly” can be found online.
In 2016 Brett traveled to the jungles of South America for Discovery Channel’s hit show Treasure Quest Snake Island where he worked as the security and survival specialist for an elite team of treasure hunters on the trail of the Treasure of the Trinity said to be worth as much as $400,000,000. Just after he returned home Brett landed a lead film role, doing his own stunts on a feature film that was shot in Cambodia that is hoped to be released in 2018.
Brett now lives in Austin, Texas but spends much of the year traveling and living out of his airstream travel trailer. In his free time, you can find Brett bettering himself in any of his many passions from carpentry, surfing, fly fishing, scuba diving, guitar, song writing and he is always on the lookout for his next adventure.
Carter Oosterhouse is one of America’s most recognized lifestyle experts. Having carried many popular television series ranging from TRADING SPACES and RED AND GREEN AND HOT & GREEN to MILLION DOLLAR ROOMS and CELEBRITY MOTOR HOMES. Most recently Carter has been co-hosting ABC’s hit primetime series special THE GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT, now going into its fifth season.
Carter’s unique combination of skill, passion and charm have given him widespread appeal for families and individuals alike seeking to improve the quality of their lives by enhancing their surroundings. An authority in eco-living, Carter has a history of gently leading viewers to greener pastures by creating manageable steps to an eco-friendly lifestyle.
The youngest of four children, Carter was born and raised in Traverse City, Michigan. Long before the environmental movement his parents were advocates of nutrition and wellness. They instilled the value of taking care of oneself, which naturally translated into a respect for the environment. He and his wife Amy actively dedicate a great deal of their time to environmental awareness and education.
From his first appearance on TRADING SPACES, audiences took notice of the 6’2” carpenter, voted People magazine’s “Sexiest Man on TV” who looked more like a runway model than carpenter. But Carter’s talent as a lifestyle expert and craftsman is as genuine as his down-to-earth personality. With his mega-watt smile and abundance of information on all thing house and home, Carter is truly the “dream-guy” next door.
In addition to practical advice, Carter provides green-building solutions and design alternatives that conserve energy and reduce environmental waste to each renovation project. Carter has become a go-to expert for many national outlets including: Rachael Ray, Men’s Health, THE TODAY SHOW, THE CBS EARLY SHOW, THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW, THE VIEW, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, EXTRA, USA Today and The Los Angeles Times.
Carter is the founder of Carter’s Kids, an organization dedicated to building and developing community parks and playgrounds in low-income areas in an effort to promote healthy living. Carter’s Kids has brought playgrounds to areas across the country including Los Angeles, New Orleans, Dallas, Miami and more. He has a successful winery, Bonobo, he and his brother built in Traverse City, MI and Carter recently became a dad to his sweet little girl, Flora.
Doug Wilson is a farm boy native of Broadlands Illinois. As an actor and performer Wilson graced the local professional and community stages during high school and The University of Illinois while also working weekends and summers with an interior designer and silkscreen lithograph artist. He then made his way to New York City to study at The National Shakespeare Conservatory. During his early New York acting career Wilson started his own business called HANDY MAN CAN and was soon entering New York’s posh residences including the restoration of Brook Astor’s famed Rad Lacquer Library by the esteemed firm Parish Hadley as well as maintaining Michael Bloomberg’s properties for Jamie Drake. His early business grew from top-rated handy man into construction and decorative painting finishes which introduced him to the design world.
Recognition in design media and the The New York Times exposed him to television production companies and landed him on the hit show TRADING SPACES as an interior designer. Wilson became a household name across America and was soon given two more shows, AMERICAS UGLIEST and MOVING UP on TLC in addition to special series MAKING IT HOME GREENSBURG among others.
Design magazines for years have covered his high-end decorating style in Elle Decor, Style, Metropolitan Home, to name a few. Wilson has been named as one of America’s Top 100 Designers by House Beautiful.Wilson has also appeared on such shows including THE TODAY SHOW, CNN, FOX NEWS, RACHAEL RAY, THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART and iconic celebrity game show THE HOLLYWOOD SQUARES among others.
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Genevieve Gorder’s soulful style and genuine enthusiasm have made her one of America’s favorite interior designers for many years. She is the founder and director of the Genevieve Gorder brand, a television host and producer, a home product designer, contributing author, and global ambassador for home and human rights.
Gorder has appeared and been featured in over 20 lifestyle shows around the world. Currently, you can find Genevieve on Netflix, HGTV, Sony Channel Asia, The Design Network and as a regular contributor on THE RACHAEL RAY SHOW. A two-time Emmy nominee and regular design host at the White House, Gorder has built multiple lifestyle collections for home. From rugs, textiles, wallpaper and stationary to a full line of furniture and decor for children debuting July 2017 with partner The Land of Nod.
Off Air and internet, Gorder designs for a diverse group of clients and companies. She has guided many hotels, restaurants, cruise lines, cities and private clients towards their design fantasies. She travels the world with Oxfam as a Sister on the Planet, using her influence to fight global poverty, hunger and injustice with a particular focus on home and empowering women and girls worldwide.
Gorder’s work has been featured in numerous publications both nationally and internationally. Currently you can find her on the cover and featured in the NYT best seller “In the Company of Women.” Gorder resides with her family in Manhattan.
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Joanie Sprague is best known as the first runner up on AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL cycle 6. Her career has taken her all over the world but has always brought her back to the basics. After AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL, she co-hosted DIY Networks RUN MY RENOVATION where she got to build, renovate and show her skills as a carpenter.
Joanie got her first taste of construction and handyman skills as a child, helping her dad around the church. She loves to get her hands dirty and jump right into exciting construction projects; her goal is to help other women tackle projects at home by themselves. She was also appeared on MANCAVES, YARDCORE and BUILT TO SHRED.
Born in Istanbul, John attended American schools in Turkey and Switzerland before entering Yale University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in architecture. He also earned a master’s degree in architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. John has enjoyed practicing his love of design with projects around the world, ranging from residential and institutional architecture to landscape and urban design. Some of his favorite projects include the Brooklyn Bridge Park, Union Square in New York, the campus plan for Carnegie Mellon University and a pavilion for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Before beginning his career in television, John got his start as a fashion model and worked the runways for Armani and Gucci. He’s been featured on ABC, NBC, CNN and HGTV, most recently on CURB APPEAL as the host and designer. As partner in Atlanta-based design firm Gidding&Spencer, John has residential and commercial clients around the country.
Kahi Lee is an interior designer, television personality and author who has appeared as a host and design expert on numerous television programs including HGTV’s DESIGN ON A DIME and FREESTYLE, Lifetime’s MERGE, RENOVATE MY FAMILY and ULTIMATE GAMER on FOX,THE RACHAEL RAY SHOW and THE TYRA BANKS SHOW among others. In Asia, Lee hosted the reality competition show THE APARTMENT from AXN/ Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Lee’s first book Rough Luxe Design published by Farameh Media was released internationally in late 2011 to praise from highly regarded publications like World of Interiors and The London Telegraph. Kahi Lee, Inc launched in 2005 and specializes in residential interior design in Los Angeles. Recent high profile projects include the Malibu home of surf legend Laird Hamilton and wife Gabrielle Reece, a penthouse at the W Hollywood Residences for singer Nick Jonas, the Los Angeles home of singer Chris Brown, the Beverly Hills home of Japanese rock star Kyosuke Himuro and The Solair, a 160 million dollar luxury high rise condominium development in Los Angeles.
Lee attended UCLA where she earned degrees in Art History and English Literature. She also studied interior design through the UCLA Extension program. Kahi Lee was born in Washington DC and raised in Palos Verdes Estates, California. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.
Laurie Smith was the one of the first designers to hit the airwaves on TLC’s breakout hit show TRADING SPACES in 1999. For ten seasons, and multiple Emmy nominations, fans were able to see Laurie’s modern classic design each week as she remade a space in just 48 hours.
After receiving her Bachelors Degree in Broadcast Journalism from SMU in Dallas, she worked in Marketing at Turner Network Television (TNT) in Atlanta before moving to Manhattan to attend the New York School of Interior Design. After graduating, while working for an architecture firm, she attended classes at the New York School of Film and Television.
From the exposure that TRADING SPACES has afforded her, Laurie has branched her style and eye for design into various lines of products as well as lecturing and public speaking. Laurie was a guest speaker with the Women of Faith conferences in 2004 on an 8 city tour.
Launching in 2005, the Laurie Smith fabric line was unveiled selling exclusively through Hancock Fabrics. The line, which includes 40 different patterns, allowed consumers to use quality, vibrant material in various home decoration projects. A successful national commercial campaign awarded Laurie a secondary line of fabrics for juveniles that proved to be a popular addition the successful collection.
Additionally, in 2004 Laurie began a relationship with Lane Home Furnishings appearing as their spokesperson through national commercials and in-store appearances to launch Lane’s independent furniture stores across the country. Other commercial work involves Zaxby’s in 2007.
In November of 2005, fans were able to purchase Laurie’s first book, Discovering Home – Find Your Personal Style, which takes the reader through her personal, documented journey of renovation and design of her mid-century home. The book was recognized by The Library of Congress in 2006 with a National Book Award, making it a “how to” manual for anyone wanting to plan, shape and redefine a space in their house.
January 2009 marked the release of Laurie’s lighting line with the Charleston manufacturer Quoizel Lighting. Laurie’s collection, Illuminations, classic design for a modern life, is currently available through retailers nationwide, such as Lowes. Laurie also served as the on camera spokesperson for the American Lighting Association in 2011.
Laurie has appeared on THE VIEW and THE TODAY SHOW, where she decorated Katie Couric’s office, and has been featured in numerous magazines, such as House Beautiful, House & Garden, Metropolitan Home, Better Homes and Gardens, Southern Living, Woman’s Day, Guidepost, and O Magazine. Laurie currently resides in Memphis, TN with her two children Gibson, 14 and India, 10.
Sabrina Soto is one of the world’s most sought after lifestyle experts. From home décor and design, food, beauty and fashion, Sabrina covers it all. Her unique ability to curate in a variety of spaces, providing outlets for people with varying budgets, styles and personalities, truly sets her apart. A LEED certified designer, licensed real estate agent and bona fide master of Cuban cooking, Soto has the background and education to support her endeavors. An incredibly engaging and vivacious personality, Sabrina makes you feel as if she’s stepped out of the TV and right into your living room.
Sabrina has been featured on THE TODAY SHOW, WENDY WILLIAMS, GOOD MORNING AMERICA, RACHAEL RAY, THE VIEW, THE CHEW, THE TALK, STEVE HARVEY and more and has appeared in publications such as Time Magazine, Elle Decor, People, Huffington Post, InStyle, Esquire, USA Today, Parade, Variety, Better Homes and Gardens, Latina and The New York Post, among others.
Sabrina has enjoyed extensive exposure as host of ABC’s annual GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT and designer of various HGTV shows such as THE HIGH LOW PROJECT, REAL ESTATE INTERVENTION and GET IT SOLD. She’s also made guest appearances on WHITE HOUSE CHRISTMAS, EXTREME HOME MAKEOVER, HGTV’s GREEN HOME, BANG FOR YOUR BUCK, HOUSE HUNTERS, SHOWDOWN, BUYING & SELLING SECRETS and HGTV’d. Sabrina recently served as one of the judges of Season 8 of the hit reality competition show, HGTV STAR.
As Target’s Style Expert for Home, Sabrina established herself as a staple in the lifestyle space by offering the Target consumer a voice of direction through multiple platforms including online tutorials and television ads. Embodying her design philosophy of affordable luxury, Sabrina’s venture with Target brought high-end design sensibilities to the masses by showing how easy it can be to achieve a polished home aesthetic at a reasonable price. She launched her first signature bedding collection for adult and kids at Target and also released an office products line at Michaels. Sabrina‘s home collection can be found on HSN and Bed, Bath & Beyond.
Sabrina collaborated with Chasing Paper this Spring designing a Wallpaper Collection with designs that can elevate any space. She also created a collection of diaper bags with the Diaper Dude that matches sophistication with functionality and organization at an affordable price. The diaper bags can be bought at Target, Nordstrom, Amazon and Babies ‘R’ Us.
Sabrina is the author of Sabrina Soto Home Design: A Layer-by-Layer Approach to Turning Your Ideas into the Home of Your Dreams — sharing her expertise with her fans so they can easily execute a project of their own. Most recently, Sabrina has launched a lifestyle blog called Casa & Company, where she shares her depth of knowledge on everything from authentic recipes, stunning tablescapes and easy as pie DIYs to fashion trend round-ups, looks for less and of course, all things home.
Currently living in Los Angeles, Sabrina tirelessly juggles the demands of being a first time mom to baby Olivia, designing, consulting and filming. When not working on a project, she treats her friends and family to her second passion of cooking.
Ty Pennington first won national attention as the quirky and creative carpenter on the groundbreaking home improvement series TRADING SPACES. Later as host of EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION, Pennington helped transform the lives of thousands, while inspiring millions more around the world to volunteer their time to help others. The show was consistently rated among television’s Top 20 programs and won two Emmys® for Outstanding Reality Program.
He also hosts Food Network’s series AMERICAN DINER REVIVAL, a hit show that showcases both design and food in an emotionally charged format. Ty travels the country breathing new life into the heart and soul of many communities, the local diner.
Ty can be also be seen alongside legendary Chef Emeril Lagasse in the TBS show ON THE MENU. The Mark Burnett-produced show is “the first cooking competition show to give viewers at home the chance to taste the dishes they see on screen.” Amateur cooks create “signature items” for restaurants. The winner’s dish — decided on by a panel of judges —goes on a real restaurant’s menu the next day.
Ty has been recognized as a leader in the field of volunteerism for his work on EXTREME MAKEOVER; HOME EDITION and his role with Abode Shelters, an international charity that provides sustainable, humane housing for homeless and impoverished city dwellers.
In addition to his extensive television work, Ty is recognized for his design expertise and style. He launched the Ty Pennington Impressions fabric line with Westminster Fabrics. A flooring line, The Ty Pennington Collection, featured by Lumber Liquidators and Pennington’s outdoor furnishings and holiday décor products, Ty Pennington Style is recognized as one of the most popular brands at Sears.
Pennington’s last book, How Good Design Can Change Your Life (Simon & Schuster) is an intimate look at Ty’s design inspirations with décor advice and tips. It followed his New York Times bestseller Ty’s Tricks (Hyperion), which is part reference and part behind-the-scenes in Ty’s own home, which he completely remodeled himself.
Ty currently resides in Florida, New York, and Los Angeles.
One room at a time, Vern Yip is designing his way across America, having knocked down walls and made over countless homes and restaurants during his four seasons on TLC’s TRADING SPACES and during his over ten years as one of HGTV’s most recognizable designers. Vern has spread the word on digital home makeovers through AOL and worked hand-in-hand with companies such as Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, Kraft, Newell Rubbermaid, Delta, and Porsche. His award-nominated national commercial for the AT&T U Verse Wireless Receiver aired during some of America’s most watched programs, including the 2012 Super Bowl and the 2012 Grammy Awards. In spring of 2013, Diet Pepsi partnered with Vern to release a limited-edition Vern Yip can, making him the only interior designer to have ever had his own signature can. Among Vern’s highly lauded product collaborations are the Vern Yip Premium Home Fragrance Collection, the Vern Yip for Trend Home Fabric and Trim Collection in partnership with Fabricut, a full line of lighting with Stonegate Designs by AFX, and a Home Décor and Accessory collection distributed through OneCoast. Vern has recently completed the design of his second collections for both Fabricut and Stonegate by AFX and will be launching his premiere wallpaper collection in the spring of 2018
Vern’s past HGTV projects include four seasons of his own show titled DESERVING DESIGN WITH VERN YEP and two seasons as host and designer of HGTV URBAN OASIS. His HGTV work also includes eight seasons of HGTV’s top-rated prime-time series HGTV DESIGN STAR and several seasons of BANG FOR YOUR BUCK, where he served as the show’s host and design expert. Vern’s most recent HGTV project, LIVE IN VERN’S HOUSE, chronicled the building of his dream beach home. Vern can also be seen on Delta Airlines flights across the globe where he is profiled for Delta’s exclusive on-air program ON CREATIVITY, showcasing the most creative minds in design and entertainment.
Vern runs his own design company in Atlanta, Vern Yip Designs. With an undergraduate education from The University of Virginia, a M.B.A. and Master of Architecture from The Georgia Institute of Technology, and an honorary Doctorate from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Vern has used his varied educational background to build a distinguished business. His creations and room transformations range in budget from the notoriously frugal showcased on television to eight-figure projects for high-end clients nationwide. Regardless of the budget, Vern’s design calling card is his attention to detail married with precise, clean-lined interiors balanced with a sense of warmth. Many elements of his eclectic style demonstrate an influence from his love of travel. Vern has traveled to over fifty countries in the past nine years as a travel and design columnist for The Washington Post since 2011, a design advisor to global brands, and as a U.S. Ambassador for UNICEF.
Vern’s projects have amassed an impressive list of design awards including: 2015 Design Maverick Nominee, 2003 Distinguished Southerner Award, and 2000 Southeast Designer of the Year. Vern continues to be involved extensively in non-profit work and annually awards scholarships at The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, where his family established the Vera Yip Memorial Scholarship after his Mother. He’s also now in his seventh year working with UNICEF as a U.S. Ambassador to help raise awareness of the needs of children around the world. Vern is passionate about his work with UNICEF and designed the 2009- 2016 UNICEF Snowflake Balls that took place in New York’s famous Cipriani and will be returning to design duties for the 2017 Snowflake Ball. He also serves as the Founding and National Chair of The UNICEF Experience and has hosted four installments of the event in Atlanta.
Recognized on the street, in home improvement centers, and in public venues across America, Vern has been prominently featured in publications such as Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, USA Today, and People Magazine, including a spot on this year’s Most Beautiful list. His award-winning design work has made its way into the pages of House Beautiful, HGTV Magazine, and onto the September 2016 cover of Traditional Home. He is also frequently seen on the TODAY SHOW, CNN, and LIVE! WITH KELLY AND RYAN. In addition to being a New York Times Bestselling Author, Vern is also a travel and design columnist for The Washington Post and a regular contributor to HGTV Magazine. Vern’s first book, Vern Yip’s Design Wise: Your Smart Guide to a Beautiful Home spent nearly a week as an Amazon #1 Bestseller and in the overall Amazon Top 15, landing at #2 on The New York Times Bestseller list. His second book is slated for release in March of 2019.