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Genevieve Gorder
Born July 26, 1974 (1974-07-26) (age 35)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.

Genevieve Gorder (born July 26, 1974 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is an American television host and is an Interior Decorator. She is currently the host of Dear Genevieve on the HGTV cable channel. [1]


Early Life

She attended Minneapolis South High School, where she played soccer, Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon and graduated with a B.F.A in graphic design from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. Although known as an interior designer on TV, Gorder does not actually hold the necessary qualifications to be called one, such as a degree in Interior Design or hold the NCIDQ designation (National Council for Interior Design Qualification)[2]


Before being known as a decorator, she appeared as a commentator on the MTV series, Sex in the 90's. She was one of the original decorators of the TLC's hit series Trading Spaces.

During her tenure at Duffy & Partners, in New York City, Gorder designed the bottle for Tanqueray No. 10 gin. She became famous on Trading Spaces and quickly became known for her soulful designs and her unusual habit of working barefoot.[3]. She parodied her lack of footwear in a series of Swiffer sweeper commercials that started running on television and in periodicals in 2003.

In addition to her role on Trading Spaces, she was a decorator for a spinoff show, Trading Spaces: Family. In 2005, she made-over several small American towns in for her show Town Haul.

It was announced on March 26, 2007, that Gorder would become the official spokesperson for Atlanta-based Floor and Decor Outlets of America, Inc.[4]

Dear Genevieve

Gorder's latest project, Dear Genevieve, premiered on HGTV in January 2009. The show features Gorder solving design problems in-person for people who have written in to the program.

Promos for Dear Genevieve revealed that Gorder recently gave birth to her first child. Her husband is former Junkyard Wars host Tyler Harcott.


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