Genevieve Gorder Biography
Genevieve Gorder is an American television host and interior designer born on 26th July 1974 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. She hosts Stay Here, a makeover netflix series show where she makes over Airbnb vacation rentals. She is also one of the designers in the reality show ‘Trading Spaces’.
She is a former host of Genevieve’s Renovation, “White House Christmas” and Dear Genevieve on the HGTV cable channel. Genevieve is also a judge on HGTV’s Design Star.
Genevieve Gorder Age – How Old Is Genevieve Gorder
She was born on 26 July 1974 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. She is 44 years old as of 2018.
Genevieve Gorder Height
She stands at a height of 5′ 10” (178 cm) weighing 143 pounds (65 kg).
Genevieve Gorder Boyfriend – Genevieve Gorder Husband/ Genevieve Gorder Wedding
In September 2018 Genevieve married her fiance ,furniture designer and model, Christian Dunbar in Morocco. They two got engaged in February 2018. During an interview with People magazine Genevieve revealed that something unexpected happened during their wedding and stole the show from the bride and groom.
“It was lightning in the Sahara as we said our vows. The sky opened up and it started to rain and everyone just put the Moroccan wedding blankets over their heads. It hasn’t rained in three years in the desert. So, I was like, ‘Do you guys want to go in?’ And they said, ‘No this is epic!’ Keep going!'”
She also said that a white wolf ran behind them while they were taking their vows.
“A white wolf ran behind us while the vows were going! It was the craziest thing. I didn’t even see it, but everyone’s going ‘whiiiite woooolf.”
She also said that she had pulled out the white wolf card out of a deck of little animal spirits earlier that day and the card read “you are the king of your tribe. You’re in charge of keeping everyone together and full of love.”
She is engaged to an interior designer and furniture builder Christian Dunbar. She announced her engagement to her boyfriend Christian Dunbar in February 2018.
Previously, she was married to Tyler Wayne Harcott a Canadian actor and television host from 2006 until 2013, with whom she has a daughter.
Genevieve Gorder Daughter
Genevieve has one daughter (as of 2018) Bebelle Harcott born in 2008 from her previous marriage to Tyler Wayne Harcott. Genevieve resides in Manhattan with her daughter Bebelle.
Genevieve Gorder Education
She studied at Minneapolis South High School, where she played soccer and the violin. From 1992-1994, she attended Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, where she majored 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, Genevieve was offered a permanent job by MTV, which she accepted. She then permanently relocated to New York and graduated with a B.F.A in design from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan
Genevieve Gorder Career
She appeared as a commentator on the MTV series, Sex in the ’90s bofore being known as a designer. Genevieve was one of the original designers of the TLC’s hit series Trading Spaces.
During her tenure at Duffy & Partners, in New York City, she designed the bottle for Tanqueray No. 10 gin. Genevieve became famous on Trading Spaces and quickly became known for her soulful designs and her unusual habit of working barefoot.
She was also a designer for a spinoff show, Trading Spaces: Family. In 2005, she hosted her own show on TLC, Town Haul. In January 2009, Genevieve’s project, Dear Genevieve, premiered on HGTV. The show featured Gorder solving design problems, in-person, for people who had written in to the program.
Between 2009 and 2012, she was one of three judges on the design panel of HGTV Design Star. Genevieve appeared in 25 episodes of the show, which featured her advising and critiquing designers looking to achieve status on television.
In 2005, she hosted HGTV’s White House Christmas. She starred in this show about the renovation of her own life and home in Manhattan which premiered in July 2014 and ran for six episodes. 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.
On August 17, 2018, Stay Here was launched on Netflix. The eight episode series featured Genevieve and Peter Lorimer working together to help Airbnb and VRBO hosts redecorate and market their rental properties.
Genevieve Gorder Rugs
She teamed up with Capel to design her gorgeous new signature rug line. The designer’s unique and trendy style is apparent in each rug she has designed. Available in four distinctive collections, these beautifully crafted flat-woven area rugs reflect the soulful, whimsical style that has made her one of America’s favorite interior designers.
Gorder’s rugs range from trendy graphics to casual solids. Hip neutrals, corals, and aquas bring fascinating patterns to life in Gorder’s Insignia and Spear collections. The Spear collection in particular is a graphic take on Capel’s original braided style. The rug’s print mimics the individual braids, while its hand-tufted wool and viscose construction make it more luxurious than a real braided rug.
Genevieve Gorder Net Worth
Genevieve Gorder has an estimated net worth of $5 million dollars.
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Interviewer: What are some of the benefits of having a smart home?
Genevieve Gorder: I think the first place to start is really in your pocket, with your smartphone and using this as the control pad for your life, whether that’s your climate, it’s your lighting, it’s your speakers and sound system. With Sunrun especially, it’s also about energy. We can’t not take advantage of solar energy at this point in time. It’s almost a little irresponsible, because it is so easy now. You know, it really wasn’t accessible for everybody who didn’t have a bunch of change in their pocket. Now, it’s been made accessible to the masses, just like design. I think that that’s a really beautiful thing. That definitely needs to be talked about more.
Interviewer: If we could only choose one way to make our home smart, which way do you think is the best?
Genevieve Gorder: It’s a personal preference, depending on where they live and how they live. For myself, I think it was a smart television that I engaged with first. But I would say, having done everything in my home now, that I would definitely start with my phone and the climate and then work my way towards the TV because it felt really overwhelming to me. It felt like my TV was smarter than me! I think we all have to take that moment, like we do when a new computer operating system is introduced. Take three months, take three hours, so it lasts many years and works for you better for many years. I think that the big piece of advice is just taking the time to educate yourself.
Interviewer: How did it feel to be on the other side of your show for Genevieve’s Renovation?
Genevieve Gorder: It sucked. I had GC’s, I had camera guys, I had five million subcontractors in there. My house is the “hangout house”, it’s my showroom. To have it completely destroyed for so long and not having my nest, I really realized a lot about myself. A: how little I really need. I don’t need that much stuff. B: how much my whole social stratosphere is connected to this hub that I have created and everyone sees it as this “hub” of hangout And then C: letting go. People would be spilling Doritos, and not getting stuff done, or falling through my floor into the other person’s apartment through their ceiling and being like “oh, whatever!” Emotionally it was a real roller coaster and I’m really glad to show the process of design, because so often it’s just the befores and afters. Never do you see what the interior designer goes through, because there’s so much to cover. It’s so big. But we attempted to do that in this, it’s more of a documentary on doing this, the realness, the costs, the pitfalls, the ugliness, the imperfections (which I like the best).
Interviewer: “Documentary” makes it seem very personal!
Genevieve Gorder: It is. After a year and a half, I was ready to not have people over. I was ready to just be alone with my daughter and my house for a long while, and just hear quiet because I hadn’t heard it in so long.
Interviewer: Is that the part you were least looking forward to, when you had the renovation ongoing? The lack of privacy?
Genevieve Gorder: Yeah, and having my work control my private life. That was hard. It was really hard and stressful, and things don’t get done on TV time in Manhattan. There was a lot of waiting; it was a really interesting exercise. I’m glad I did it in retrospect, but would I ever do it again? No way.
Interviewer: What kind of changes did you make that you think people can learn from or apply to their own renovations at home?
Genevieve Gorder: I think it’s about some of the most important pieces in my house are pieces from my family that were not significant at all in their lives, but I had memory to, so there was great sentiment. Feeling like it was okay to alter them in a way that they became very useful and relevant now. For me, that was just about putting black oil paint on old wooden things. You know, there’s guilt to attach to it. When you really are using it, as they would have wanted you to anyways, it’s really good. Your house has soul.
Interviewer: What sort of design or decorating mistake do people make and how can they avoid it?
Genevieve Gorder: You think you’re going down the wrong road or you’ve taken the wrong turn, and then you quickly have to think on your feet to remedy it and it becomes something completely unexpected and beautiful. I think not letting yourself have mistakes is the biggest mistake. Also, I think thinking that design is a competition, because it’s not.
Interviewer: Okay. How about in terms of behind the scenes? What happens behind the scenes of a design show that the audience doesn’t get to see?
Genevieve Gorder: Well, we’re all very close, because it’s probably the hardest genre of television that there is. I think that we all talk like sailors behind the cameras! I think there’s a closeness to the work culture because you’re so revealing at work. Everyone behind the scenes does that as well, and you have to trust yourself to make it work. What don’t you see? How hard it is, that’s what you don’t really see. It’s really, really hard- and it’s like the best job in the world.
Interviewer: What’s something that your fans and audience would be surprised to learn about you?
Genevieve Gorder: Like a secret superpower? I’ll tell you what! Here are three little things. I’m bilingual, I worked for Prince, and I’m a classically trained violinist.
Interviewer: What can audiences expect to see in the future if you have any upcoming projects with HGTV?
Genevieve Gorder: I’m actually shooting a big special in Hawaii next month for a surprise recipient who I can’t mention right now, but it is on a very high level of respect that we are going to do this person’s home. That will be airing simultaneously on the Cooking Channel, Food Network, HGTV all on the same day at the same time. I don’t have the time at the moment, but I think it will be sometime early this fall. I’ll be starting a new series this fall, which is to be determined what the name is as of yet, and then I’ll be going to the White House again this winter. So that, and then I launch two ships in October with Royal Caribbean, which is so exciting, designing ships, and then a rug collection this fall. A lot launching, I’ve been incubating for a while. And then there’s the show!