Genevieve Gorder, the HGTV designer known for working in her bare feet, gave television viewers a glimpse into her home and life Thursday night with the premiere of "Genevieve's Renovation," which tracks her progress as she renovates her Manhattan apartment.
"I've been doing TV my whole adult life, but I've never let the television cameras into my private life, so it was a bit invasive and daunting and really really hard, but it's done, so I'm smiling now," Gorder told HGTV Handmade's Meg Allen Cole
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Gorder, who now lives on the top floor of two adjacent 1853 brownstones, explained that the space next to her home became available, and so she jumped at the opportunity to expand.
"I don't like living in new buildings, I like stuff with soul. When you're dealing with old ladies like that, there's a lot of [discrepancies], there's a lot of secrets in the walls ... so that's the best of old. But I'd rather deal with that and have the result at the end, than living in a perfectly square box," she said.
Gorder is the host of HGTV's "Dear Genevieve," where people write in with design questions. She jumped to prominence on the network as one of the original designers of "Trading Spaces," where families swapped homes to renovate a room.
"I used to spend 25 days a month on the road, but when [my daughter] Bebelle was born four years ago, I made a rule that I’d rarely travel for work," she told HGTV
. "That means cooking dinner together, playing dress up, and tweeting in my pajamas. I like my domestic side!"
Viewers enjoyed the glimpse into Gorder's home.
The next episode of "Genevieve's Renovation" will air Thursday, July 24 at 11 p.m. EDT.
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