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Trading Spaces’ Genevieve Gorder Is Married! Inside Her Magical Moroccan Celebration

Genevieve Gorder is married!

The Trading Spaces star, 44, tied the knot with furniture designer Christian Dunbar in a small ceremony before jetting off to Morocco to celebrate with family and friends.

Kicking off the festivities on Friday, Gorder and Dunbar threw a dinner in Morocco to welcome all of their friends — and the table decor looked breathtakingly beautiful.

Held at the Riad Kitula in Marrakech, the centerpiece of the party was a long table surrounded by lush greenery.

Among the guests were Trading Spaces designer Hildi Santo Tomas, new Trading Spaces designer John Gidding and What Not to Wear makeup artist Carmindy.

The following day, Dunbar voiced his deep appreciation for the decor on Instagram.

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Alongside a shot of the table while the festivities were in full swing, he wrote, “LOVE. Welcome dinner in Marrakech last night.”

During the dinner, the couple’s guests went on to share their own photos from the happy occasion, using the wedding hashtag: “#cd❤️gg.”

“Congrats!!!!” one of their friends wrote alongside a photo of the pair smiling together.

Hours earlier, hinting at the extravagance to come, Gorder shared a photo of her and her husband-to-be before the party — while she was still dressed in a robe.

“Let’s throw a party shall we?” she wrote.

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Gorder and close friends arrived in the city of Essaouira earlier this week. The group has been immersing themselves in the local culture, tasting Moroccan dishes, going for a camel ride through the desert and shopping at the markets.

Gorder told PEOPLE in May that rather than a traditional affair, she wanted her wedding celebration to be “a super sexy dinner party in a beautiful riad for my friends.”

“I’m so chill I don’t really like big, planned formal events,” she said. “There’s not even a ceremony for them to watch. It’s a love party. Just come have a great night.”

Gorder and Dunbar’s exchanging of vows was likely a much more intimate gathering. A few months ahead of the actual “I dos” she said of the ceremony, “We’re gonna do it alone with my daughter. It’s for us.”

“It’s that time…💍 👰🏽👨🏽‍⚖️,” she wrote of a Sept. 13 Instagram photo of a small box wrapped in a red bow.

The designer, who also has a new Netflix Series, Stay Here, in which she makes over Airbnb vacation rentals, got engaged to Dunbar in February.

“It takes a pretty big love to interrupt a beautiful life…this one was undeniable,” she told PEOPLE of her relationship at the time. “So off we go to the dance again.”

Gorder was previously married to Canadian TV host Tyler Harcott, from whom she split in 2013. They share a daughter, Bebelle, 10.

The TV personality let the news of her engagement slip with a peek at her stunning diamond ring. “That kinda night,” she wrote alongside an Instagram photo with the jewel front and center.

Dunbar also works in the world of design. He builds sculptures and furniture, and designs interior spaces, according to the website for his Savannah, Georgia-based business. “All of my work is a blend of organic and industrial, but in a way that highlights inherent beauty of the natural materials,” he told Vogue in 2017.

He even made a cameo on Trading Spaces.

He also works as a model, recently working on a campaign for Grey Goose. “On set shooting my first official old guy job as a model,” he wrote on Instagram.

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Gorder rose to fame as one of the original designers on TLC’s Trading Spaces, and returned for the show’s reboot after 10 years off the air in April 2018. She also appeared as a judge on HGTV’s Design Star and on her own series, Ask Genevieve and Genevieve’s Renovation.

Genevieve Gorder was focused on her daughter, designing homes, and the reboot of Trading Spaces, the show that made the designer a household name in the ’90s. The single mom had enough going on, and she loved where she was in life; she didn’t plan on changing anything. And then she met Christian Dunbar.

“My friend said he felt like he knew this perfect person who’d had a crush on me for years,” the designer told GoodHousekeeping.com. After texts and phone calls stretched into 8-hour-long conversations, the couple’s casual dating turned serious, and less than a year later, Dunbar got down on one knee.

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Beach… #christiandunbardesigns #furnituredesigner #interiordesign #archilovers #beauty

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“It takes a pretty big love to interrupt a beautiful life … this one was undeniable,” Gorder told People about her February engagement. “So off we go to the dance again.” (This will be Gorder’s second walk down the aisle, hence her “go to the dance again” comment. She divorced her former husband, Tyler Harcott, in 2013.)

Dunbar, a furniture designer, is equally effusive in the way he feels about Gorder, writing on Facebook that she “came into life and changed everything,” making him feel like “the luckiest guy in the world.”

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Gorder has shared snippets of her life with Dunbar, a furniture designer, on Instagram — posting New Year’s kisses, odes to love (and fingernail clippers), and named him as part of her “wolf pack.” The two are planning on getting married in Morocco this summer.

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To light. And everything bright. Love to the world. Happy 2018.

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While they haven’t shared many wedding details just yet, you could catch a glimpse of their dynamic in the new Trading Spaces. Dunbar pitched in on one of her designs on an upcoming episode, helping create a “beautiful piece” for one of the rooms. Gorder told Good Housekeeping.com she wasn’t sure how the episode will be edited, and if Dunbar will make the final cut though. If he doesn’t, it may be time for fans to lobby for the duo to get their own spin-off show. Just sayin’.

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Who Is Christian Dunbar? New Details About Genevieve Gorder’s New Husband

The gushing groom calls himself “the luckiest guy in the world.”

Television host and interior designer Genevieve Gorder wed Christian Dunbar in an intimate Moroccan ceremony on Saturday. The recent nuptials mark the 44-year-old HGTV star’s second marriage, following her 2013 divorce from fellow TV personality Tyler Harcortt. But who is Christian Dunbar?

Gorder and Dunbar, 46, celebrated their wedding with an intimate gathering of close friends and families over a luxury 6-day North African getaway. It was a picture-perfect weekend of loved-up mirror selfies and camel pics complete with romantic Instagram captions.

The couple announced their engagement back in February, a little less than a year after Dunbar made his first appearance on the Trading Spaces star’s Instagram. But who is Gorder’s new partner in marital bliss? Read on for details about the gushing groom turned new husband, Christian Dunbar.

1. He’s also a designer

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Gorder and her new husband share a keen eye and passion for aesthetic. Dunbar designs and builds sculptures and furniture. In 2017, Vogue called his designs “pure modernism” with an emphasis on clean, structured lines. “All of my work is a blend of organic and industrial, but in a way that highlights the inherent beauty of the natural materials,” added Dunbar.

2. He first met Genevieve in 2008 (kind of)

Dunbar still recalls the first time he saw his new wife back in 2008. He remembers seeing the star, who he then identified as “ol Trading Spaces gal, that I had seen and thought was pretty cute,” at a New York City diner. But the sparks didn’t have a chance to fly at first sight for these two. “She had a newborn and a family — so our interaction was absolutely zero,” he told Yahoo! Lifestyle back in July

3. He’s a stepfather!

Summer. My favorite piece of July is the northern waters of home, being with people I love and surrounded/clobbered/smothered by all of the little girls we’ve made. They have become and we are forever a gang for life.

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The new marriage makes Dunbar a stepfather to Gorder’s ten-year-old daughter Bebelle. Dunbar seems more than prepared to embrace his new role as Bebelle’s stepfather, with Gorder frequently sharing photos of the new family together on social media. Gorder shares Bebelle with former husband Harcortt.

4. He and Genevieve were set up by mutual friends

“My friend said he felt like he knew this perfect person who’d had a crush on me for years,” Gorder told Good Housekeeping in April. The couple hit it off, dating for less than a year before getting engaged while on a trip to Provence, France in February.

5. He’s a model

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Looks like Gorder wed herself a model! Dunbar has a profile on the , and seems to have once appeared in a series of campaigns.

6. He has a psych degree

According to his professional bio on the website for his Savannah, Georgia-based design company, Dunbar earned an undergraduate degree in psychology from Florida State University back in 1993. The designer later went on to earn degrees in interior design and furniture design from the New York School of Interior Design and Savannah College of Art and Design, respectively.

7. He knows just how lucky he is

HER. Literally the most beautiful woman I’ve ever known. Without a doubt, life is better than I deserve. #cdgg #destinationwedding #designlife #familygoals #genevievegorder #travelblogger #style #africa #celebration #romance #beauty #instagood #morocco #wedding

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Dunbar is not shy about his feelings for his new bride! He’s vocal about their relationship on social media, calling himself “the luckiest guy in the world” in an anniversary Facebook post from April. Recently, Dunbar shared a photo of his bride on Instagram with the effusive caption: “HER. Literally the most beautiful woman I’ve ever known. Without a doubt, life is better than I deserve.”

Kayla Kibbe is a writer wrapping up her final semester at Connecticut College where she is an English major with a concentration in creative writing. She covers trending celebrity and entertainment news, love and relationships, and astrology.

The instant she opened her eyes–after two grueling days and nights of giving her neighbors’ kitchen a facelift–Ruth Nelson was stunned by her own tarted-up living and dining rooms. “I love it,” she blurted as TV cameras recorded the moment.

Trouble was, she didn’t.

A wall, once eggshell, was painted four-alarm scarlet. Two print sofas were obscured under hastily made off-white slipcovers with exposed seams stitched in black and red. A poster-size photo of her teenage son, Chris, showed only his chin; another just part of the family cat. Also baffling were 24 fluttering gold and silver paper squares pinned like insect specimens to said red wall.

Designer Genevieve Gorder, a regular on “Trading Spaces,” the wildly popular TV decorating show, called the look edgy on the episode that aired in November 2000.

Nelson, in a tone suggesting restraint, now calls it “odd” and completely unrelated to the rest of her home. Within three months, she and her family had undone much of Gorder’s work: The red wall became dark green, the sofa slipcovers banished, the pictures of the cat, the chin and those bits of paper gone.

The “Trading Spaces” format, modeled on a popular BBC show called “Changing Rooms,” features two pairs of neighbors–each duo led by one of the show’s eight regular designers–who are given 48 hours and $1,000 to make over a room in the others’ home. At the end, each pair, eyes closed, is led into the new space for the climactic “reveal.” Happy homeowners shriek and leap about. The disgruntled do nothing of the sort.

In fact, it takes some Trading Spaces participants less than 48 hours to undo what was done to their homes. Once the crew decamps, they rip up, tear down, throw out or repaint the things they cannot abide.

Cheap and cheesy

Kim Riggles, the Alexandria, Va., neighbor who swapped rooms with Nelson, actually was thrilled with her new orange and country-quilt kitchen, although the seat-cushion tiebacks “pretty much disintegrated” immediately. Several months after her episode aired, she started writing follow-up interviews for the “Trading Spaces” Web site as a freelancer.

She has gotten an earful. “The designers are working with cheaper products, cheaper fabrics to stay within budgets,” she says. “I hear the word cheap a lot; I’ve heard cheesy. A lot of people are fussing about paint jobs that are not finished and about inferior carpentry.”

Nonetheless, notes Riggles, “It is my experience that only about 25 percent hate it or can’t live with it, like my neighbor Ruth. The people who are really disgusted with it don’t want any more to do with it.”

The show, on the TLC channel, which is owned by Silver Spring, Md.-based Discovery Communications, just finished its third season and 145th mutual makeover. From the start, calculated conflict has been a key to its success.

The chosen participants–who sincerely want decorating help for a lackluster interior and the chance to have a rollicking good time on camera–think they know what they’re getting into when they apply, at the rate of 100 to 200 a day. They contact the show describing their problem room and what they hope a makeover will achieve. In preshow interviews, they can stipulate that they loathe dusty rose or modern minimalism, are allergic to sisal carpeting or want a space planned around the comfort and safety of a crawling baby.

Anything goes

But the show hardly seems to be about what homeowners want. It is about what the designers–and to a far lesser degree, their neighbors–want for them. And once the process is under way, nothing in the house is off-limits. If Traders don’t want Grandma’s braided rug sprayed purple or the legs sawed off an heirloom chair, they had better ship the items to the next county for the duration. And all participants sign a contract that essentially says tough luck if they don’t like what they get.

Elaine and Bernie Burke of Germantown, Md.–featured in a December 2001 episode–applied to participate in the show hoping for something “romantic.” They got Asian Mod, including a curtain fashioned out of burlap that “stank up the whole bedroom.” They pulled it down the next morning and now use it to protect flowers in their yard from frost. They also spent weeks trying to strip, steam and sand off tissue-paper sewing patterns that had been glued and shellacked to the walls of a “dressing room” nook. In frustration, they hid “the whole mess” under drywall mud, primer and paint.

It should be noted, however, that although they hated the room, Elaine Burke called the experience “a blast. I would do it again,” she said, “but only if I could pick the designer.”

Minority view

Only a “very small percentage” of participants are disgruntled, says Bronagh Hanley, communications director of TLC. “Most of the people know they could get something outrageous.”

Hanley sidesteps the question of whether dissension is sown deliberately to bump up ratings. “Honestly, the show has enough excitement and challenge on its own.”

Maybe so, but TLC now markets a $19.95, two-episode DVD unabashedly titled “They Hated It.” Participants captured at the moment of truth react with variations on stunned silence, profanity, a walkout and worse.

Spaces betrayed

Responding to viewer demand, show publicist Don Halcombe says “we are planning to air a special at the end of the year. …The working title is `They Hated It.'” Those who feel victimized may wish to call it “Betraying Spaces.”

Susie Molnar of Northampton, Pa., knew that her family room, with its baby-blue paneling and carpeting, needed serious help. But she found the red satin curtains chosen by designer Hildi Santo Tomas better suited to a brothel, and described the walls as being “the color of baby poop.” Around a new sisal area rug, Santo Tomas left a border of toddler-hostile concrete. What’s more, the sisal triggered allergies Molnar says she had discussed with the producers. But the designer, says Molnar, “could care less that I had young children, that allergies were a big issue for us.”

There were other grievances. Glass bubbles and beads Molnar had made, plus hundreds of river stones, were used to pave the brick surround of the gas fireplace. “We had to chisel them off to get to the controls. Some of the glass bubbles fell off and there were shards on the floor. All I wanted was a room that was safe for my children. I cried all night.”

This Halloween post on 6 of the Scariest Trading Spaces Makeovers got me waxing nostalgic about the TLC show that started us all watching home deco on cable. I loved it, hubby Chris hated it, and both of us agreed we’d never trust ANYONE, let alone neighbors, with a blind reno of our home.

I say Chris hated the show, but the truth is he never REALLY watched it. He passed through the room while I watched. Or I’d turn on reruns while getting dressed, and a particularly squealy audio would bring him to the TV, toothbrush in mouth.

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Everyone hoped Vern would get their house, or maybe Gen or Laurie, but NEVER Doug or Hildi (though Doug did some good work).

Gen (Genevieve Gorder) was my favorite, but she tanked once in a while, too. I’ll never forget the moss wall she did in someone’s bedroom. She had the stuff shipped in fresh from Oregon or Washington or British Columbia—someplace in the northwest, someplace really damp. My mold allergies kicked in just watching as they attached it to some poor, unsuspecting couple’s wall. She was pregnant then with Bebelle (now 6); maybe it was a pregnancy craving thing. Wish I could have found a photo of it, but in all the Internet, one doesn’t seem to exist (probably part of a settlement agreement).

And yet, Gen proved herself ahead of the curve, even though her technique (glueing?) left something to be desired. Vertical gardening has since made its way into the mainstream, and moss walls with built-in irrigation systems are popping up in residential as well as commercial installations, outdoors and in.

A few months ago I found HGTV’s Genevieve’s Renovation on streaming Netflix and added it to my queue to watch next time Chris headed out on a business trip. I gotta say, I’d trust THIS Gen with my home in a New York minute, though I don’t think my savings or my credit rating would survive. Basically the show is about the designer and TV host buying the apartment next door to hers (a fifth floor walk-up in an 1850s New York City brownstone) and combining the two spaces. She moves rooms around, experiences unexpected problems that impact budget (no surprise there), but in the end has a gorgeous place (or there).

No moss, but an old building with lots of rot, so my allergies would still keep me away, even post-reno. Suffice it to say the results are stunning and, if you’ve already seen the show, worth looking at again.

Dig the work/spa combo

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Love the tons of workspace, as well as the natural edge on the central desk. My favorite thing, though, is that peaked brass pot on the top shelf.

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If you’ve seen the series, you know Gen installed a soaking tub in her office when her homeowner’s association nixed a hot tub on the terrace (just beyond the grilled door). The terrace reno fell through anyway, due to cost over-runs, but the office tub seemed almost as weird to me as the moss wall, especially considering clients visit the space. Just not when she’s soaking, I guess? Or…?

A kitchen steeped in marble

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Gorgeous marble, but I’m lovin’ the counter stools. They’re upholstered with threads culled from the looms on which silk sari fabric is woven. Truly, the entire home has a well-traveled bohemian vibe going.

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This is the dining room, as viewed from the kitchen. Killer light fixtures, huh?

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And a view into the kitchen from the dining room that shows the cool floating stairs. I’m grooving on that hot pink bench!

I do think it’s interesting how a kitchen that is largely white with a few black accents can seem so colorful. The color seems to spring from natural finishes—wood, stone and metals—but also in little pops from a pillow or upholstery, the covers of cookbooks, plants and other accessories. Even I might enjoy cooking in a space like this!

Black never looked so inviting

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I confess I’m too chicken to EVER paint even ONE wall black, but this room is my favorite in the entire house. I love how the cognac leather loveseat pops against the black walls. The room also gets incredible light, which is what sells the black.

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This carousel zebra at the end opposite the loveseat is my favorite thing in this-my-favorite room and in the overall reno. Initially Gen sat it on the apothecary chest (also cool), but the construction supervisor suggested mounting it so it looked like it was flying—an inspired idea that makes the space move too! I. Want. That.

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I love the repeat of chevrons throughout the home—in wood and tile floors, and the draperies and pillow here. It ties everything together without being matchy-matchy.

I don’t wanna grow up!

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Especially not if I had a room like this. Though it’s hard to tell from this photo, the hand-printed wallpaper Gen ordered for daughter Bebelle’s room arrived in two colorways instead of one, and most was in the bolder color that wasn’t part of the original order at all. She improvised because of time constraints and used the lighter shade in the inset where the bed sits. It was a happy mistake, I think, because it ups the design factor of the room.

Second to having a bedroom like this as a little girl? Having a best friend who has one. I see plenty of sleep-overs in Bebelle’s future. That swing will get a workout! Hope no one collects any splinters!

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The best part of this bathroom you only catch a glimpse of in the mirror: An entry door salvaged from a school with “TOILET” stenciled on its half-pane of frosted glass. This is such an elegant, elegant room any little OR grown-up girl would love. It also doubles as a guest bath. When can I come over for a soak?

Gen’s hideaway

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It’s all about the carved Moroccan doors, another wonderful boho detail.

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Using an antique treadle sewing machine cabinet as a night table makes me wish I’d inherited the one my grandmother owned.

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More Moroccan doors open into Gen’s spectacular closet, with the entrance to her bathroom beyond. The stacked washer and dryer IN the closet is a terrific idea and saves a lot of running around to collect laundry and to put it away. Smart cookie!

See/read more about Gen and her home at Genevieve Gorder at Home and Inside Genevieve Gorder’s Gorgeous Home.

And for a throwback chuckle…

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The clips from the actual show look as dated as Paige’s shrunken shirt, but if you loved the show (as I did) you can enjoy it in throwback here:

  • The Best of Trading Spaces: Hate It Reveals
  • The Best of Trading Spaces: Love It Reveals
  • Trading Spaces: Paige’s Diary
  • Trading Spaces: Where are They Now?
  • Then and Now: The Cast of Trading Spaces

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Genevieve Gorder’s Top Decorating Tips

Since Trading Spaces debuted on HGTV back in 2000, the term “house swap” has had a whole new meaning. While the show’s concept – a pair of neighbors performing renovations on each other’s houses – was must-see TV, the idea of actually surrendering your home to the process would be daunting for most – unless of course you were guaranteed the services of Genevieve Gorder, one of the original designers and a fan favorite on Spaces, Post-Spaces, Gorder parlayed her popularity into HGTV stardom with shows like HGTV Star and Dear Genevieve.

Now, on the brink of the Trading Space’s 2018 reboot, Gorder is ready to make good on her legacy. But reuniting with fellow cast members like Paige Davis and Doug Wilson isn’t all she’s been up to. The star of her own ongoing show, HGTV’s Genevieve’s Renovation, Gorder’s DIY empire also includes forthcoming wallpaper and fabric collections. She’s also working on an under-wraps streaming show that, she says, is “all about home shares” like Airbnb and Home Away.

We sat with the designer for tips on making our homes perfect for the holidays, as well as sneak peeks for what to expect on Trading Spaces’s triumphant return. Below, catch a small dose of our conversation–and be sure to watch the full thing here.

What do you think would surprise readers most about a day in your life as a designer?

I don’t have an army that works with me—I don’t necessarily want one. I swell and shrink depending on what’s going on. We all have to build our teams, but I like to run real lean, with just a couple people, if I can, and barnacle onto the companies that need my help instead of coming in with an army. I like the smaller, more intimate socialization of a little company.

What advice would you give someone looking to get into interior design?

I think you can get into Interior Design at any age, and it’s something that you don’t have to have a huge degree to be great at. A lot of my closest friends are totally self-taught, but you have to be taught—you can’t come in only thinking, “I have good taste.” You have to know the history, and you have to know what’s been done and how it’s been done so that you can come in with a really active voice.

How is the 2018 version of Trading Spaces different than what we’ve seen before from the show?

I’ll start with the things that are the same, which is that all of our personalities and quirks and characters are all the same. It’s who we are, you can’t deny that. Whether we’re 20 or 40, it’s the same thing. The biggest change is what we have available to us now, compared to then. There’s a whole multibillion-dollar industry built on affordable design, now at your fingertips. Back then we didn’t have smartphones; we didn’t have GPS; we didn’t have Pinterest; we didn’t have any of these things when we did the show last time.

I think you’re going to see a lot of new product that you’ve never seen before, or we’ve never used on television before in a way that’s very curated. We are that much better at what we do, because we’ve been doing it that much longer. So, I think you’ll definitely get the 5.0 version of Trading Spaces with the sentimental sweetness because it’s a game, it’s lovely, and it’s not mean, typically.

With craft-based television shows like this, audiences can expect a certain degree of “Hollywood Magic.” Yet Trading Spaces is an exception to that. How?

Glue, paint, wood; all of these things have their own processes that you have to expect and you can’t produce. I can’t make glue dry faster. And I can’t make paint go on faster. It is what it ‘effing is.

So, you have to train producers to respect that, because that’s our industry. And we’re partial to it, too. We have to respect it, or it just doesn’t happen well. I think what most shows have that we don’t have, which we were so surprised after the first round, is there are ghost designers, there are lots of elves that come in and do the work—that is not this show. All six of us were trained on this ship. Coming into the next stages of our life, in designing on television, we were ninjas. Because we could do it all, and we expected people to watch us do it all. And we’ve never strayed from that. So I never have a ghost.

What is the first thing one should tackle when decorating for the holidays?

Scent is our most powerful sense that we have. When you smell something—like one of Air Wick’s limited edition seasonal scents—you’re taken back to your mom, to your first boyfriend, to that moment in school. It is so immediate. And so for holidays specifically, and I can’t communicate this on television, and I can’t give you the scent. I do this in every single space. I know my person, I know the room, and I give it a scent.

And after scent?

When I design décor for this time of year, it’s very thoughtful, strategic and fun. I use a lot of backyard goodies—which if you’re in New York, it’s tougher—but for dried goods we could still go out on the street, which I do. Bark, branches, leaves, all the dryness that we think of as, like, dead, is actually really pretty when you create an arrangement. So, embrace winter! We don’t need to hide from it, we don’t need to stalk up on groceries for it, it’s just winter. And you can definitely use its nature. When you infuse that with scent and with candle, it’s perfect.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

Main Image: Photography by Myrna Suarez

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