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- Remember, unlike other castmates, Paige was in every episode.
- Like the most awkward situation of her entire career.
- So, basically Paige was the glue that held the show together.
- And we can basically thank her for this reboot.
- But make no mistake, Paige has been BUSY since the original show ended.
- Yet nothing felt better than reuniting with the cast she calls family.
- And she promises they won’t disappoint.
- Paige Davis Insisted That She Host Trading Spaces Reboot: ‘I Didn’t Want Anyone to Have My Part!’
- ‘Trading Spaces’ host Paige Davis can’t wait to perform at the APO’s tribute to Jerry Herman
Every episode of Trading Spaces starts the same way: viewers are introduced to a new city, two pairs of neighbors, and a key swap done by none other than Paige Davis. The lovable host became almost like a best friend to viewers thanks to her iconic pixie haircut, a graphic t-shirt, and infections smile. That’s why, to say fans are thrilled the 48-year-old is hosting the reboot (premiering April 7), is an understatement.
After all, there was no one like Paige.
Remember, unlike other castmates, Paige was in every episode.
So the audience got to know her on a whole different level. She was the common thread people followed throughout the episode, striking the perfect balance between being everyone’s biggest cheerleader and being a strict parent who would get on a designer’s case if she thought they were going over budget or running behind on time.
She also provided comic relief as she hopped from home to home, grabbing a paint brush to help out, tempering stressed designers and homeowners as needed, and, of course, navigating those sometimes uncomfortable reveals.
Like the most awkward situation of her entire career.
A.k.a. the infamous fireplace makeover by designer Doug Wilson, which made homeowner Pamela Herrick cry. “She excused herself so she wouldn’t say anything bad or mean, which I think showed a lot of class, but I could feel her husband want to go for her so I grabbed his shoulder so he couldn’t leave me,” Paige told GoodHousekeeping.com when talking about “Crying Pam.” Otherwise she explains there wouldn’t have been a reveal or an end to the episode. “I had to protect the show in that moment.”
The moment Paige revealed Doug’s design to Pam and her husband. 😁 PHOTO: COURTESY OF TLC / ILLUSTRATION: BETSY FARRELL
So, basically Paige was the glue that held the show together.
Designer Frank Bielec credits Paige for much of the show’s success, saying she fought every day to keep the spirit of the show intact. “Paige is like a nuclear explosion in a pair of jeans,” he told GoodHousekeeping.com. Which explains why when Paige’s phone started going crazy on her nightstand at 11:00 p.m. the night it was announced the show was coming back, she immediately took action.
And we can basically thank her for this reboot.
“The first thing I did was call Nancy Daniels,” she says — a.k.a. Chief Brand Officer at Discovery (the mother company of TLC). Paige told Daniels she wanted to help in any way possible, whether that was as host or as a consultant, and that she knew the rest of the cast would do the same thing.
“It wouldn’t have done any of any good to have the show tank. We want it to do well to protect the brand, protect the name, and protect the legacy,” she says. Fast forward a few months and Paige and all the original designers confirmed they would be back, along with five new castmates.
But make no mistake, Paige has been BUSY since the original show ended.
As happy as Paige is to be back with her Trading Spaces cast in this new iteration, she kept busy while the show was off the air with other hosting gigs, like Home & Family and Home Made Simple, which earned her an Emmy nomination. She also starred in Chicago on Broadway as Roxie Hart (the wannabe vaudeville star who gets her 15 minutes of fame when she kills her husband couldn’t be further from Paige’s girl next door personality). And she was the first woman to play the role of God in An Act of God. Like we said, busy.
Yet nothing felt better than reuniting with the cast she calls family.
She says everyone’s the same, no one brought an ego, and sometimes it feels like it’s been 10 days since the show ended — not 10 years. Even more important: “No one came back and pretended to be some caricature that their reputation had become,” she says. The same goes for Paige, who might have longer hair now, but cheekily dons a “this ain’t my first rodeo” tee on the first episode.
This time around, she hopes along with the show’s original fans, the new generation catches the bug too: “I hope they realize that reality TV can be real and be really entertaining — you don’t have to contrive anything, force conflict, or script anybody.” Even though that might come seem like a dig, it’s not — it’s just an example of how Trading Spaces is different from other home shows.
Another difference? Unlike most shows where there’s one designer who has a signature style, on Trading Spaces viewers get to see to see every kind of style (traditional, minimalist, modern, you name it) thanks to all the different designers.
And she promises they won’t disappoint.
In fact, her favorite room of all time is in the new season, which she says was resourceful, pushed boundaries, and incapsulated everything Trading Spaces stands for. “I know our cast will live up to what fans remember, because we’re all the same — except now we wear readers,” she jokes. This, we have to see. Consider our DVRs already set.
Lauren Smith McDonough Senior Editor Lauren is a senior editor at Hearst.
Paige Davis Insisted That She Host Trading Spaces Reboot: ‘I Didn’t Want Anyone to Have My Part!’
The moment that Paige Davis found out Trading Spaces was returning after a decade off the air, the former host sprang into action.
“On the nightstand I could hear my phone vibrating, like a lot,” she recalls after getting a sudden flurry of social media alerts and text messages last March. “I thought there was an emergency.”
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Instead it was the breaking news that Trading Spaces was returning to television after a 10-year hiatus. “Everybody was asking me if I knew,” she says in this week’s issue of PEOPLE. “I said, ‘I’m hearing about it now, just like you!’ ” Davis, 48, then immediately called TLC to put her name in the hat. “You know I want to host, right?” she recalls asking. “I didn’t want anyone else to have my part!”
Watch the full episode of People Features: 10 Years Later – Trading Spaces Returns streaming now on PeopleTV.com or download the PeopleTV app on your favorite device.
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Luckily, Davis got her wish. She’s reprising her role in the much-anticipated reboot premiering April 7, along with eight members of the original cast and five new faces. When filming picked back up with the old crew, she says it was like the past decade never happened. “It felt like we had never left,” she says. “It just felt like home. I’m so excited; we all are.”
While the new season promises to stick to the old format, in which two sets of neighbors, each paired with a designer and a carpenter transform one room in the opposite couple’s home, there will be one new change: Budgets for the design have increased from $1000 to $2000.
For more on Trading Spaces reboot pick up the latest issue of People on newsstands Friday.
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“It was so easy,” Davis says of stepping back into her former role. “I mean taking down wall paper is not easy, but shooting the show was easy.”
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Fans of the hit home design series have also long awaited its return.
“I knew that everybody would love it because people have been asking,” says Davis. “There are so many times when I get an email or a text or be on Messenger and I see, ‘Are they ever going to bring back Trading Spaces? When is it coming back?’ People are so excited!”
Trading Spaces premieres April 7 at 9 P.M. on TLC. Binge the TLC GO original series Trading Spaces: We’re Back on the TLC GO app or here.
- By Emily Strohm
Hosting popular television shows is one of the most difficult jobs in the entertainment industry. While hosting is a talent in itself, many of the most prominent hosts on television are remarkable performers in their own right. Such is the case with the highly popular and versatile Paige Davis.
Davis rose to fame thanks to her incredible hosting work on Trading Spaces. While she departed from the series for several years, she is set to return again as host of the show. Despite becoming a household name, many people think of Davis as only a television host. In reality, she possesses a wide range of skills as a performer. For those who want to know more about this dynamic entertainer, here are five of the most interesting facts about Paige Davis.
5. She is a talented writer
Naturally, fans of reality television clamor to know more about the show and its stars. For this reason, Davis decided to write a book explaining her experiences on television. The book was an immediate success, rising to the New York Times “Best Seller List.” The book, titled Paige by Paige, stayed on the list for several weeks. Clearly, in addition to her skills as a performer, Davis is a very skilled writer.
4. She has formal training
Davis clearly has a great deal of natural talent and charisma. However, many fans are unaware of the many years of formal training Davis has had. She started training at a young age, attending the Louisville Youth Performing Arts School. She went on to study at the Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts.
3. Her wedding was featured on TV
As a television host, Davis typically draws the attention of the audience to the events and people being featured on the show. However, her own life has also been thrust into the spotlight. Most notably, this occurred when she married actor Patrick Page in 2001. The marriage was featured in the highly popular TLC series A Wedding Story.
2. She met her husband on stage
Davis may be known to fans as a host, but she also has acting experience. Interestingly, it was acting which brought her and her husband together. They both performed in a national tour of Beauty and the Beast, with Davis portraying Featherduster and Page portraying Lumiere. The two got to know each other during the tour and fell deeply in love.
1. She is an accomplished actor
While her highest-profile work has arguably been hosting Trading Spaces, Davis actually has a long and decorated career as an actor. She has performed several times in national Broadway tours, with roles in Beauty and the Beast, Sweet Charity, and Boeing-Boeing. She received rave reviews for her work in Dancing Lessons, and also had the lead in the interactive play Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating, and Marriage.
Paige Davis is making her much-anticipate return to Trading Spaces as the show’s host. While she is a highly skilled and charismatic host, fans should remember that she actually possesses a wide range of talents. In addition to hosting, she is a highly acclaimed stage actor and has written best-selling books. Her return to Trading Spaces will undoubtedly keep fans interested and entertained each week.
Paige Davis has seen hundreds of rooms transformed in her nine seasons as host of “Trading Spaces.”
Davis, 49, keeps the trains on time in the show that sees two homeowners redecorate a room in each other’s homes in one weekend and for $2,000, with the help of a professional designer and carpenter.
She is also very often the show’s mediator, helping the homeowners understand the designers’ visions. Through it all, she has learned a lot about home design and decoration.
Here are the top three design tips Davis says she has learned as “Trading Spaces” host.
1. Start with a blank space
Before redoing a room, strongly consider emptying out the entire space. On “Trading Spaces” the first thing we always do is “unload” the room.
Beginning with an empty space will unlock any old preconceived ideas you’ve had of the space and let you see new possibilities. It’s a great tip for organizing ANY space — a drawer, a desk, a closet, anywhere.
Paint. Paint. Paint. It’s not always super easy moving furniture, covering everything, and taping off trim and windows and such — all the more reason to empty the room first — but it is what will give you the biggest bang for your buck!
On “Trading Spaces” we actually have a format element in the show called the Paint Reveal, because we all know seeing the color of the paint is a huge clue into the look and feel of a room.
3. Be brave
And most important, be brave! I know our designers can sometimes be outrageous and unconventional to say the least, but there’s a real reason behind it.
They’re trying to break everyone out of the same ol’ same ol’. It can be so easy to just follow the path of least resistance. Currently that’s gray, gray, and more gray, with accents of white and gray.
None of our designers, including Ms. Hildi herself, would expect people at home to put hay on their walls or hang furniture upside on the ceiling. But she always remembers that “Trading Spaces” is a television show that is meant to be fun, goofy, wild and full of surprises.
It’s also a risk for the homeowners. By pushing the envelope as far as her imagination can take her, she believes she is encouraging others to at least step outside their comfort zones and try something they’d never have thought of otherwise. And I’d like to go on record as saying some of her more infamous designs I have found quite spectacular.
I would absolutely line an entire wall with record albums in a family room. I’d absolutely hang empty, silver paint cans upside down with lights coming through in a play room.
I’d absolutely wallpaper my kitchen with vintage wine labels. Besides, she doesn’t want you to repeat her, she just wants you to use her fantastical ideas as a spring board for your own imagination.
Watch a sneak peek of the next “Trading Spaces” episode here:
Paige Davis and Ty Pennington of ‘Trading Spaces’ speaking at a 2018 Winter Television Critics Association panel. Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images
After hibernating for a decade, Trading Spaces is back, and has just given network TLC its best Saturday night rating in eight years.
The premiere episode of the reboot averaged 2.8 million, nabbing the number one spot in television that night, according to Nielsen.
The series, which debuted in 2000, features neighbors who switch homes for 48 hours to redecorate a room in the other’s house. They work with designers and construction workers, then reveal the finished refurb to each other. Sometimes it goes well, sometimes it doesn’t. It’s best when it doesn’t, and they’ve wheeled in a beach-load of sand to recover a living room floor, or astroturfed their friends’ stairs.
Host Paige Davis (a holdover from the original) has a theory for why the show is now, again, raking in the viewers, and it has little to do with home improvement. “I don’t want to get too maudlin, but when first bursting out, that’s when 9-11 happened and people didn’t want to travel or even go out,” she explained to Observer. “They were nesting. It was an extremely sad time in our history, but it also compelled people to want to have their family watch the TV show together and our show is definitely appealing in that way.”
The host draws parallels between then and now. “It doesn’t matter what side of the aisle you fall on, it’s kind of a scary time. We’re at odds with each other so everybody wants something that’s comfortable—like food. What do you do when you’re not feeling great—you have mac and cheese, that’s what you do. So, we’re like that comfort food that you go back to.”
So it’s because we’re…depressed…again?
The cast of ‘Trading Spaces.’ TLC
Davis added that she thinks there’s another layer of appeal, also less to do with the show itself. “I think TLC was one of the first networks, if not the first, to really marathon their shows. They started the trend of binge-watching with our show. They got people addicted by airing one episode after another. After a few you think, ‘I guess we’re not leaving the house today!’”
Davis may just be onto something. She’s absolutely right that people want to mainline comfort TV, and Trading Spaces certainly fulfills that criteria. Each episode is perfect for that ‘TV in the background’ kind of binge-watching where you’re sort-of paying attention but maybe also folding laundry, maybe doing chores, possibly in another room. Luckily, Davis still shouts “Open your eyes!” for the big reveal, serving as the “dinner-time!” call that has us all busting toward our screens for the part we’re obviously all here for: the crestfallen faces, the pretend smiles (sometimes real smiles…only sometimes) and even tears of disappointment, as in the case of “Crying Pam” who lost it at the sight of her ruined fireplace.
There are plenty of tears in the new season. If this reboot has taught us anything, it’s that, as Davis put it, “when you catch lighting in a bottle, don’t try to change it and keep the cap on!” Our current real-life crisis might be different, but don’t worry, Trading Places is exactly the same.
‘Trading Spaces’ airs Saturday nights at 8e/7c on TLC.
‘Trading Spaces’ host Paige Davis can’t wait to perform at the APO’s tribute to Jerry Herman
Paige Davis: American Pops Orchestra
When her Hollywood agent asked if she’d like to take part in a symphonic staged concert in D.C., Paige Davis reacted with characteristic enthusiasm — and sass.
“In Los Angeles, they don’t always get what a big deal something like ,” says Davis, who recalls rattling off her reasons to the agent. “‘Yes, I want to perform at Arena Stage. Yes, I want to do American Pops. Yes I want to do Jerry Herman music…. Why are you asking me these questions?!?’”
She may be best known for her career detour on TV as the much-loved host of TLC’s genre-pioneering home remodeling show Trading Spaces, but Davis is also a musical theater veteran. Or as she puts it, “the song and the dance, and the acting, came first.”
She jumped at the opportunity to join the American Pops Orchestra for this Saturday night’s tribute to legendary musical composer Jerry Herman — not least because it means performing on Arena Stage’s in-the-round Fichandler Stage. “I know it’s not for Arena Stage per se, but it’s been a bit of a bucket list for me to perform in that space,” she says. “I’ve seen shows at Arena and I really like the work they do there. So to be able to say, ‘Oh, I’m going to actually be down there on that floor’ is cool.”
Last summer, Davis performed on another historic, in-the-round stage, the North Shore Music Theatre in Massachusetts, as the titular diva in Herman’s musical classic Mame. Davis has also previously portrayed Irene Molloy in a production of Herman’s original Broadway blockbuster Hello, Dolly. It seems logical to assume that she will sing songs from both of those shows during the APO’s tribute, but whether that’s so she doesn’t divulge. “I don’t know if I’m allowed to say, to be honest,” she replies. “It’s my understanding that it’s all supposed to be a surprise.”
Among her favorite Herman songs, Davis cites the gay anthem from La Cage Aux Folles that also serves as the program’s title, “I Am What I Am.” “I also love the ballads,” she adds, including Mame’s “If You Walked Into My Life.” “It’s just so introspective. And I really love ‘Time Heals Everything’ from Mack and Mabel. It just makes me sob.” Another song from Hello, Dolly, “Put On Your Sunday Clothes” has become a regular theme song for her and her husband, musical actor Patrick Page. “We do a little lyric change. We always joke when we’re around the house: ‘Put on your comfy pants when you feel down and out.’”
Incidentally, Davis and Page met while in the original national touring production of Beauty and the Beast — Page played Lumiere, who was the object of affection for Davis’ character Babette. The couple spent four months in D.C. when the show was ensconced at the Kennedy Center, and they’ve returned occasionally since then, with Page a familiar presence at the Shakespeare Theatre Company. “We have a lot of really incredible memories of D.C., and I have a lot of sentimental attachment to the city,” Davis says. “I’m really looking forward to just being in D.C., period.”
Davis’ return will be, by necessity, a solo act — Page is tied up playing the Tony-nominated lead in Broadway’s newest sensation Hadestown. “I can’t stop seeing it,” Davis says about Anaïs Mitchell’s musical. She’s seen it seven times so far by her count, adding that the infatuation goes well beyond Page’s participation. “I mean, he’s wonderful…and I hope he wins the Tony,” she says. “But…the whole show is so magnificent, it’s ridiculous. It’s sick. Nothing should be that good.”
Paige Davis will perform at the American Pops Orchestra concert “I Am What I Am: The Music of Jerry Herman” on Saturday, May 18, at 8 p.m. at the Fichandler Stage in the Mead Center for American Theater, 1101 6th St. SW. Tickets are $25 to $75. Call 202-599-3865 or visit www.theamericanpops.org.