Your Favorite Design Experts are Returning to Trading Spaces

posted: 09/13/17
by: TLCme

See Which Designers Are Back for the New Season of Trading Spaces

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Your favorite designers from Trading Spaces are back for the new season coming in 2018.

We're already freaking out about the return of Trading Spaces, but you're not going to believe who is coming back with the new season!

A slew of your favorite designers from the original Trading Spaces are joining Paige Davis on the new season; including Doug Wilson, Carter Oosterhouse, Genevieve Gorder, Hildi Santo-Tomas, Laurie Smith, Ty Pennington and Vern Yip. Joining them to take on the ultimate neighborly design challenge are design experts and carpenters Brett Tutor, Joanie Sprague, John Gidding, Kahi Lee and Sabrina Soto. With 30 years of experience between them, these fresh faces are up for the challenge!

Like previous seasons, each designer's creativity and skill will be put to the test to help neighbors redecorate a room in each other's home. Renovation budget is still small, but we're also working with a whole lot of imagination and, now, even more experience. The alumni cast members are returning to the show after a 10-year hiatus, and they couldn't be more excited to jump right back in with familiar friends and some new talent!

For all the updates you need to know, like Trading Spaces on Facebook! In the meantime, get to know a few of the old and new cast members coming to Trading Spaces!


Doug Wilson

Doug Wilson is a farm boy native of Broadlands Illinois. While pursuing acting in New York City at The National Shakespeare Conservatory, Doug entered the construction and design world with his business Handy Man Can. Recognition for his talent spread like wild fire, landing him on the New York Times, the Today Show, Elle Decor, and hit design shows like Trading Spaces.

Carter Oosterhouse

Carter Oosterhouse is one of America's most recognized lifestyle experts, having carried many popular television series including, of course, Trading Spaces. 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. Carter is also 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.

Genevieve Gorder

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. A two-time Emmy nominee and regular design host at the White House, Gorder has built multiple lifestyle collections for home. Now, she'll be bringing her extensive talent and experience back to Trading Spaces!

Laurie Smith

Laurie Smith is no stranger to Trading Spaces, having joined the show as one of the first designers in 1999. After ten seasons and multiple Emmy nominations, Smith was able to branch out to create her own product and clothing line, as well as establish herself as a lecturer and public speaker. She currently lives in Memphis, TN with her two children - Gibson, 14 and India, 10.

Ty Pennington

Pennington first found success on the small screen as the quirky and creative carpenter on Trading Spaces, then went on to host both Extreme Makeover and Home Edition. In addition to his extensive television work, he has a line of fabrics, furnishings and decor products. Ty currently splits his time between homes in Florida, New York, and Los Angeles.

Vern Yip

One of television's most recognizable designers, Vern has made a name for himself both on and off the screen. As the host of multiple design shows, including his own, Deserving Design with Vern Yip, he also runs his own design company, Vern Yip Designs, in Atlanta. His first book of design tips was met with critical acclaim and landed him at #2 on The New York Times Bestseller list. Now, let's see how he can bring some of that expertise back to the neighbors of Trading Spaces!

New Designers and Carpenters

John Gidding

A Yale graduate from Turkey, Giddings design experience has no bounds - ranging from residential and institutional architecture to landscape and urban design. Beginning his career as a fashion model, he quickly forayed into television. When he's not dishing out design tips on the small screen, he is a partner at Atlanta-based design firm, Gidding&Spencer, which services residential and commercial clients around the country.

Kahi Lee

As an interior designer, television personality, and author, Kahi Lee is a triple threat. Her first book was released to critical acclaim in 2011, and her interior design company, Kahi Lee, Inc. features an impressive list of celebrity clientele. When she's not conquering the world through her pen or paint brush, she enjoys time with her husband and kids in Los Angeles.

Sabrina Soto

As a renowned lifestyle expert, Sabrina covers everything from home decor, design to food and fashion. Working steadily as the host of a variety of design shows, she made her foray into the lifestyle space as Target's Style Expert for Home, leading to her collaboration with the brand in her home collection available in-stores. She shares her tried and true design tips on her blog, Casa & Company, which covers everything from authentic recipes, DIY tutorials to looks for less and of course, all things home. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her young daughter, Olivia.

Brett Tutor

By the age of 15, Brett was apprenticing as a carpenter and a home inspector under his grandfather. After many travels including training mixed martial arts in Hawaii, volunteering at orphanages in Africa, and working as an adventure guide in Oregon, Brett began his home inspection and contracting business in Austin. 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.

Joanie Sprague

Although Joanie may be best known to the public as the first runner up on America's Next Top Model cycle 6, her passion for carpentry led her to popular design shows where she got to flex her renovation muscles. 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.