What Do "Trading Spaces," Doug Wilson & 30Seconds Have in Common? Read This to Find Out! by Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead

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When "Trading Spaces" first premiered in 2000, I was instantly hooked. I have always been interested in all-things-creative, and this show had creativity and so much more: designers and carpenters with personality (and let’s be honest: great looks, too!) and the element of unpredictability. Would the homeowners cry tears of joy or tears of horror at the end of the show? Would the walls be covered in paint, hay, flowers, cardboard or a mural of the designer’s face?!

I was a loyal fan through the show's conclusion in 2008. And then I began watching countless other home design shows that exist, at least in part, because of "Trading Spaces." TLC’s Howard Lee, Executive Vice President of Development and Production, commented on the influence of the show, stating, “The impact it had was seismic.” In addition to its impact on the genre, Lee has remarked that, “Out of everything TLC’s ever done, it’s probably the biggest fan favorite.” (TV Insider)

Imagine my excitement when TLC announced that "Trading Spaces" would return on April 7, 2018, and with most of the original cast (as well as some new faces).

Fans of the original show will be thrilled to learn that designers Frank BielecGenevieve GorderLaurie SmithHildi Santo-TomasDoug Wilson and Vern Yip are returning, along with carpenters Carter Oosterhouse and Ty Pennington and host Paige Davis. The format will be largely unchanged, though designers will have a $2000 budget for their makeovers, increased from the original $1000.

Members of the 30Seconds community got an opportunity to hear from Doug Wilson, my personal "Trading Spaces" favorite, at a 30Seconds Twitter chat! Doug has a fascinating background in both theater and design. He recently performed with fellow "Trading Spaces" alum Hildi Santo-Tomas in "Love Letters" at the Depot Theater Company in Dodge City, Kan. Doug gave us the inside scoop on the relaunch of "Trading Spaces!" (Read the Doug Wilson blog post!)

Doug’s message to the 30Seconds tribe: “I’m so excited for everyone to see, once again, ‘the Mother of All Design Shows’ bring back the ‘reality’ of what attainable design really is!" Before you know it, we'll be hearing Paige Davis utter those familiar words again: “Are you ready to trade spaces?” 

Be sure to visit Paige Davis' and Doug Wilson's 30Seconds pages! This video is longer than 30 seconds, but we think it's worth it. 

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Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
So exciting! I can’t wait to see Doug Wilson in “Trading Spaces” again. What a treat to get a sneak peek from Doug himself on #30Seconds chat tomorrow night! Thank you for this fun background, Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead ! You rock! 💗
Nicole DeAvilla
Can't wait for our chat tonight with Doug Wilson -- and rumor has it there will be a special guest appearance from Paige Davis !
Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead
YESSS! Everyone loves, Paige Davis ! I love how she uses her platform to make a difference.
Tiffany Zook
We haven’t had cable tv in several years, but this may be a game changer at the Zook house... I was a die hard trading spaces fan, and still am!!!
Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead
I think a lot of people will be returning to cable for the TS relaunch!! :)
Carol Ann
Looking forward to April 7 😊
Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead
Me too! Hope you can join us tonight, Carol!
Nancy Dafoe
I loved that show, too.

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