Everything You Need to Know About the New Trading Spaces Designers & Carpenters

updated May 3, 2019
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We’re still recovering from the news that a bunch of the original Trading Spaces designers and carpenters will be returning for the 2018 reboot of the popular early aughts makeover show. With the new season, there will also be some new faces—though you might recognize a few from elsewhere. Here’s a little more about each of the new cast members.

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Sabrina Soto

Soto’s appeared on many a design show as a host, judge, and expert (including Get It Sold, The High/Low Project, HGTV’s Design Star, and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, to name a few). She’s also imparted her wisdom to all of us as a style expert for Target and in her 2012 book, Sabrina Soto Home Design.

John Gidding

Turkish American designer John Gidding started his career as a fashion model before beginning his foray into homes and architecture. You might recognize the Yale grad from one of his many appearances on design TV, including HGTV’s Curb Appeal and Designed to Sell, as well as ABC Family’s Knock First. He’s a partner in Atlanta-based firm Gidding&Spencer, and also sells his architectural drawings on Etsy.

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Kahi Lee

The bi-coastal interior designer has her own firm, and is the author of Rough Luxe Design (The Curated Collection, 2011), a style her site describes as “the masculine side of shabby chic” that “rejects minimalism and extravagance and celebrates imperfection.” She’s another familiar face to design TV diehards, having appeared on HGTV’s Design on a Dime and as the host of Asian reality TV show The Apartment.

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Joanie Sprague

You might know Sprague better as Joanie Dodds, the runner up of cycle six of America’s Next Top Model. But since then, she’s traded runways (at least occasionally) for renovations as the host of DIY Network’s Run My Renovation. TLC notes that her goal is to “help other women tackle projects at home by themselves.”

Brett Tutor

Tutor started apprenticing as a carpenter at age 15, but building isn’t his only passion. He’s also traveled the world, studying mixed martial arts in Hawaii, and he started clean water charity Off the Grid International after volunteering at orphanages in Kenya. The globetrotting guru has put down some roots in Austin, Texas, where he has a home inspection and contracting business.