If you're a Trading Spaces fan, you know how great the news is that Paige Davis has rejoined the show as host once again.
For those of you who watched TLC's Trading Spaces when Paige was on the show, you know that once she left, everything changed. Paige added a spunk and fervor to the show that only she could muster.
iVillage talked to Paige to get her take on returning to the show, her fun with the cast, and scoop on future episodes.
On Returning to the Show...
"First off, I had to be asked," Paige laughed. "That was a surprise and a shock in itself. But the first question I asked in return was 'Which Trading Spaces are you asking me to return to?' Since I had left, the show had morphed into many different versions, most of which I didn't recognize as Trading Spaces anymore.
Paige's goal? To bring back to the "old school Trading Spaces." Though Paige admitted, prior to be asked by TLC, she hadn't even thought about returning.
On Why She Left...
Why was Paige Davis asked to leave Trading Spaces? "I really have no idea. I speculate as much as anyone else," Paige responded honestly. She added, "The decision to no longer use me and to no longer use the host was one in a list of many, many decisions to try to keep the show fresh, keep Trading Spaces new and fresh in a day of so many other shows that we inspired and then became our competition. Personally, I think that particular decision was the worst in the list, and I was actually very hurt by it. It came very suddenly and was done very swiftly. There was a level of cruelty that came with it. It was really mean and weird and it came out of left field."
The New Focus on the Traders…
This year the stories of the traders on the show are much more integral to each episode. For example, this season we have as traders: Mom vs. Daughter, Boss vs. Assistant. Ex-Wife vs. Ex-Husband, Cher Impersonator vs. Elvis Impersonator, to name a few.
Paige's take on the situation? "We're making sure the viewing audience can be as invested as the people who are trading. So when you're watching you actually really care how these rooms turn out because there's something more at stake, potentially something more at risk."
Our beloved Paige already had enough pressure on her— after all, she's the one who had to deal with homeowners after they didn't like their rooms—now she also has to deal with feuding traders. How does she do it? "Luckily having homeowners dislike their rooms is a rare occasion," Paige said, adding that when people sign up for the show, "They never actually believe that they'll be the person who doesn't like it."
On Trading Spaces Herself...
Paige said she most likely wouldn't trade spaces. However, she'd gladly hire the designers from the show, because then she'd be their client and they'd have to listen to what she said.
"I had actually hired Doug [Wilson] to be the designer on my apartment… Even before we put a bid on this apartment I was in the bedroom calling Doug saying, 'You have to be the designer!'" Paige said.
The Oprah Connection…
Though Doug had agreed to design Page's space, someone else ended up taking over the job: Nate Berkus, and her apartment appeared on Oprah. Not too shabby!
According to Paige, when Harpo Studios had first called with the offer, she turned them down. That is until Paige's husband had a say in the matter. "My husband was like 'What the hell is wrong with you?' He said, 'You know this is a once in a lifetime opportunity… Please don't choose your loyalty to Doug over your loyalty to me.'"
On Singing Jazz with Doug…
Paige and the designers do hang out outside of Trading Spaces. Their most recent adventure? Paige and Doug performed karaoke at a jazz club. Paige sang "Maybe This Time" and Doug created his own rendition of "My Way" with lyrics about Trading Spaces.
Should You Be on Trading Spaces?
According to Paige, "You have to come with an open mind. And the worst reason to go on Trading Spaces is because you want a free room. Right off the bat, even if you love the room, it's not for free. You've got to work on your friends' room. It's two days of really hard work. You lose a ton of sleep… The reason to go on Trading Spaces is, well, if you have a great reason to trade. You want the experience. You want the fun. And you're willing, no matter what, to put in the work to do it again or redo it if you don't like it. You have to want to do it for the experience."