Genevieve Gorder

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Genevieve Gorder
Born (1974-07-26) July 26, 1974 (age 46)
(m. 2006; div. 2013)
(m. 2018)

Genevieve Gorder (born July 26, 1974 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is an American television host and interior designer. She most recently hosted Bravo's Best Room Wins. Previously, she hosted Stay Here on Netflix, Genevieve's Renovation, "White House Christmas," and Dear Genevieve on HGTV[1] and judged HGTV's Design Star. She currently resides in Manhattan with her daughter, Bebelle.

Early life[edit]

Gorder is the oldest of three children and the only daughter. Her mother is Diana Drake, and her father is Jon Gorder.[2] She attended Minneapolis South High School, where she played soccer and the violin. From 1992-1994, Gorder attended Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, majoring in international affairs, but decided to change her career path after taking a graphic design course. In 1994, she obtained an internship at MTV in New York City. After completing the internship, MTV offered Gorder a permanent job, which she accepted. She permanently relocated to New York and graduated with a B.F.A. in design from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.[2]

Personal life[edit]

In September 2018, Gorder married Christian Dunbar, an interior designer and furniture builder.[3] From 2006-2013, Gorder was married to Canadian actor Tyler Harcott, with whom she has a daughter, Bebelle.[3]


Before being known as a designer, Gorder appeared as a commentator on the MTV series Sex in the 90s.

During her tenure at design company Duffy & Partners (now Duffy) in New York City from 1998-2000,[4] Gorder designed the bottle for Tanqueray No. 10 gin.[2]

Trading Spaces[edit]

Gorder was one of the original designers on TLC's hit series Trading Spaces, which premiered in 2000. Gorder appeared in Seasons 1-4, 6, and 9. She gained recognition from show and quickly became known for her soulful designs and her unusual habit of working barefoot.[5] She parodied her lack of footwear in a series of Swiffer sweeper commercials that started running on television and in periodicals in 2003. She has always explained that her preference for working barefoot was in order to not ruin shoes, and not for comfort reasons.

In addition to her role on Trading Spaces, Gorder was a designer for a spinoff show, Trading Spaces: Family.

Town Haul[edit]

In 2005, Gorder made-over several small American towns for TLC's Town Haul, which she also hosted.[6][7]

Dear Genevieve[edit]

Gorder's next onscreen project, Dear Genevieve, premiered on HGTV in January 2009 and ran for 78 episodes.[8] The show featured Gorder solving design problems, in-person, for people who had emailed the program seeking her advice.[9]

Design Star[edit]

Gorder was one of three judges on the design panel of HGTV Design Star (renamed HGTVStar in 2013). The show featured Gorder advising and critiquing designers looking to achieve status on television. She appeared in 25 episodes of HGTV Design Star between 2009 and 2012.[10]

HGTV White House Christmas[edit]

Gorder hosted HGTV's White House Christmas in 2015. In this special, Gorder gave viewers a tour of the Christmas decorations at the White House in Washington, D.C.[11]

Genevieve's Renovation[edit]

Gorder starred in this show about the renovation of her own life and apartment in Manhattan. It premiered in July 2014 and ran for six episodes.[12] The series was a personal look at what it is to be a designer and a reverse client as she designs for herself and her daughter.[13]

Stay Here[edit]

On August 17, 2018, Stay Here launched on Netflix. This eight-episode series featured Gorder and real-estate expert Peter Lorimer working together to help Airbnb and Vrbo hosts redecorate and market their rental properties.[14] Gorder is also credited as an executive producer for the series.[15]

Best Room Wins[edit]

Gorder hosted Bravo's Best Room Wins, a room-makeover competition series that premiered in May 2019.[16] Each of the show's ten episodes featured two interior designers competing for a feature on ELLE Decor's website.[17]

Other Projects[edit]

Gorder has designed for brands including Crate and Barrel[18] and Scotties Tissues,[19] and she has served as a spokesperson for General Mills's Box Tops program[20] and Fiber One.[21] She also does infomercials on the ABC channels for America's Steals And Deals.


  1. ^ "Genevieve Gorder Bio". HGTV. Retrieved 11 August 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Advameg Inc. "Genevieve Gorder Biography". Retrieved 21 Jan 2011.
  3. ^ a b Schmidt, Mackenzie (22 September 2018). "Trading Spaces' Genevieve Gorder Is Married! Inside Her Magical Moroccan Celebration". People. Retrieved 11 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Genevieve Gorder". LinkedIn. Retrieved 11 August 2020.
  5. ^ "Reminiscing Jack Of All Design Genevieve Gorder". Circa Design.
  6. ^ "TLC Announces Town-Size Makeover Show". TVWeek. 22 July 2004. Retrieved 11 August 2020.
  7. ^ Kaplan, David (17 January 2005). "Branded Municipality: P&G, TLC Renovate Entire Town". MediaPost. Retrieved 12 August 2020.
  8. ^ "Dear Genevieve | Episodes". HGTV. Retrieved 12 August 2020.
  9. ^ Dinunno, Gina (29 December 2008). "Dear Genevieve to the Homeowner Rescue". TVGuide. Retrieved 12 August 2020.
  10. ^ "HGTV Design Star Cast".
  11. ^ Haynes, David L. "Get an Inside Look at the White House at Christmas". HGTV. Retrieved 12 August 2020.
  12. ^ "Production Details: Genevieve's Renovation".
  13. ^ "Genevieve's Renovation". HGTV. Retrieved 12 August 2020.
  14. ^ McPherson, Marian (30 July 2018). "Behind the scenes of Netflix's new real estate reality show 'Stay Here'". Retrieved 12 August 2020.
  15. ^ Strohm, Emily (August 27, 2018). "Genevieve Gorder is Making Over AirBnb Rentals In New Netflix Series". People. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  16. ^ Rosenfield, Laura (14 March 2019). "Bravo's New Interior Design Competition Series Best Room Wins Will Give You So Much Home Inspo". Bravo TV. Retrieved 8 August 2020.
  17. ^ "Best Room Wins Cast & Info". Bravo TV. 14 March 2019. Retrieved 8 August 2020.
  18. ^ "Genevieve Gorder Collection for The Land of Nod". Crate&Kids Blog. 12 June 2017. Retrieved 12 August 2020.
  19. ^ "Scotties Introduces Exclusive Winter Designs from Genevieve Gorder!". Scotties Facial. 5 November 2019. Retrieved 12 August 2020.
  20. ^ Drysdale, Jennifer (25 September 2017). "EXCLUSIVE: Genevieve Gorder Admits 'There Were a Lot of Tears' Reuniting With 'Trading Spaces' Designers". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved 12 August 2020.
  21. ^ McDonough, Lauren Smith (20 April 2018). "Genevieve Gorder Finally Opens Up About Her New Fiancé". Good Housekeeping. Retrieved 12 August 2020.

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