The lovely, free-spirited and barefoot Genevieve Gorder has a new show and it’s on HGTV, not TLC, where she hails from with infamous shows like Trading Spaces and Town Haul.
Her new HGTV show, Dear Genevieve, allows homeowners to send a letter to her describing their design dilemmas. She will address the issues by showing up at the homeowner’s house in person. At the end of the redesign, she will have the homeowner re-read their letter to her.
She can’t be everywhere at once for all the homeowners who have fallen out of love with their homes, so she answers many questions for the homeowners on the show or on the internet. Viewers can post pictures of their design issues on Genevieve’s HGTV page.
Genevieve Gorder is an interior designer from Minneapolis, Minnesota who lives in New York City and owns a second house in Jeffersonville, New York where Town Haul hosted its first segment. She fell in love with the town when they redid the entire town. The idea gifts for nautical lovers for Town Haul was hers. One of the first shows she is noted for is gift ideas for boaters Trading Spaces, a well-known TLC home show. It features gifts for water lovers two families moving into each other’s house and with the designer’s help completely redesigning a room in the other family’s house.
She attended both Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon and the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. She briefly lived in Amsterdam because of the studios there.
She is married to reality TV host Tyler Harcott and they recently started a family. They met when she was on Trading Spaces and he was on Junkyard Wars. Their first date lasted eight days and that said it all for both of them. He moved from Los Angeles to New York.
Genevieve says, “Designing a room comes down to finding out what gives you joy, and I’m there to help make yours visible.”
She also states, “I think taking design out of the studio and really having a relationship with the people that you’re making it for really convinced me of how powerful a thing design is. It’s not just an aesthetic decoration. There’s a big difference between decorators and designers and the training is very different. It’s what I do from the time I wake up to the time I go to bed. Whether I’m on vacation or not, I see everything. Design can have such a positive impact on the way people live and on their relationships and moods. It was eye-opening and life changing for me.”
She commends television for bringing design to everyone.
She’s been on Oprah and noted that she’s unlike any interviewer she’s met. She says that Oprah has more of a caring and curious spirit than others.
Dear Genevieve premiered on New Year’s Day just like gifts for nautical lovers The Property Shop and it airs on Mondays at 8:30/7:30 Central.
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