'Trading Spaces' designer Genevieve Gorder reveals how 9/11 fueled the show's success

"Trading Spaces" designer Genevieve Gorder knows that the hit TLC design show's success was "lightning in a bottle" and likely can't be replicated.

During a recent sit-down interview with AOL Entertainment, Gorder opened up about why she thinks the series was so successful throughout its 8-season run in the early 2000s, before smartphones distracted us and OnDemand spoiled us.

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"We really crescendoed during 9/11," Gorder explained. "Right after 9/11 everyone was staying home, and we didn't want to spend a lot of money on travel or home, so we became these people that you relied on for that entertainment, and kids are [actually] what made us big. We were on after school, you guys told your parents and then we became primetime. It was the children who brought the show up."

In addition to the escapism-for-all-ages that "Trading Spaces" provided to its viewers, it was also the first real moment that interior design became something attainable for the mass American public.

"[We] broke the mold on what design is and was and made it accessible to a lot of people," Gorder told us.

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: Host Genevieve Gorder attends the Housing Works Groundbreaker Awards Dinner at Metropolitan Pavilion on April 20, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images for Housing Works)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: Host Genevieve Gorder speaks onstage during the Housing Works Groundbreaker Awards Dinner at Metropolitan Pavilion on April 20, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images for Housing Works)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 07: Actress Joy Bryant, and Genevieve Gorder pose for a photo during the Oxfam's Sisters On The Planet Summit at the House Of Sweden on March 7, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Kris Connor/Getty Images)
MONTGOMERYVILLE, PA - JANUARY 30: Cost Plus World Market welcomes HGTV celebrity designer Genevieve Gorder to its new Montgomeryville, PA Store Grand Opening on January 30, 2016 in Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Lisa Lake/Getty Images for Cost Plus World Market)
MONTGOMERYVILLE, PA - JANUARY 30: HGTV celebrity designer Genevieve Gorder (C) poses with daughter Bebelle (L) and fan during Cost Plus World Market Store Grand Opening on January 30, 2016 in Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Lisa Lake/Getty Images for Cost Plus World Market)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 27: TV Host Genevieve Gorder and Interior Designer Thom Filicia attends Hearst Magazines MAGFRONT 2015 at Hearst Tower on October 27, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Hearst)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: TV personality Genevieve Gorder attends the 3rd Annual Moms Mogul Breakfast at Urbo NYC on May 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Genevieve Gorder attends the OK! TV Launch Celebration at Lavo on September 9, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25: TV personality Genevieve Gorder attends Housing Works 9th Annual Design On A Dime Benefit at Metropolitan Pavilion on April 25, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images for Housing Works)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: Genevieve Gorder attends Learnvest Live presented by Learnvest.com in partnership with Chase Blueprint at Metropolitan Pavilion on October 9, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Genevieve Gorder, Host, 'Dear Genevieve' & 'HGTV Design Star' HGTV, participates in a discussion during the 2012 WICT Leadership Conference at Hilton New York on September 10, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Women in Cable Telecommunications)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: TV personality Genevieve Gorder attends Housing Works' 2012 Design on A Dime With HomeGoods at Metropolitan Pavilion on April 26, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 12: Genevieve Gorder, host of Dear Genevieve and HGTV Design Star attends the premiere party for the new HGTV show 'Home By Novogratz' at the Crosby Street Hotel on July 12, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Joe Corrigan/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 22: (L-R) TV personalities David Bromstad, Genevieve Gorder, Vern Yip, Candice Olson and Tanika Ray attend the Wine & Design party at the Altman Building on June 22, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 22: TV personality Genevieve Gorder attends the Wine & Design party at the Altman Building on June 22, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 19: Genevieve Gorder attends the grand opening celebration of HomeGoods first Manhattan location at HomeGoods on May 19, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for HomeGoods)
TV personalities Randi Fenoli (L) and Genevieve Gorder attend the Time Warner Cable SignatureHome Launch Event at 54 Bond Street on December 9, 2010 in New York City. *** Local Caption ***
NEW YORK CITY, NY - SEPTEMBER 22: Genevieve Gorder attends TARGET hosts the THOMAS O'BRIEN 'Vintage Modern' Launch Event at The Admiral's House on Governor's Island on September 22, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Billy Farrell/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - SEPTEMBER 22: Thomas O'Brien and Genevieve Gorder attend TARGET hosts the THOMAS O'BRIEN 'Vintage Modern' Launch Event at The Admiral's House on Governor's Island on September 22, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Billy Farrell/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - FEBRUARY 9: Tyler Harcott and Genevieve Gorder attend Cynthia Rowley 'Camp Rowley' Fall 2005 Collection Fashion Show at The Atelier Tent on February 9, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 08: Genevieve Gorder, host of TLC's Town #1, and Erica Vitrini attend the Nanette Lepore Fall 2005 show during Olympus Fashion Week at Bryant Park February 8, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Thos Robinson/Getty Images)
Genevieve Gorder and guest during The 30th Annual People's Choice Awards - Arrivals at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Genevieve Gorder, Homeless Advocate and designer from TLC�s Trading Spaces, presents Billy, Karen, and Ryan Flanigan (Ocoee, FL) with the keys to a new 2004 Dodge Durango 4x4 Limited in the Dodge Durango Living Holiday Window in Times Square, NY. During the week of December 15th, the family lived in the Durango in Times Square for five days to raise $25,000 for the National Alliance to End Homelessness. (Photo by J. Countess/WireImage for Ketchum Entertainment Marketing)
Genevieve Gorder, Homeless Advocate and designer from TLC�s Trading Spaces (Photo by J. Countess/WireImage for Ketchum Entertainment Marketing)
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Gorder, who has appeared on countless HGTV programs, designed for the White House and worked on many brand partnerships -- including a current collaboration with Air Wick's limited-edition holiday scents -- since being on TLC, said that it's that same baseline need for unity that makes the upcoming "Trading Spaces" reboot so necessary right now.

"We need it now," she said bluntly. "With the disparity of everybody in the country being so separate in idea and form and what tribe we're in, home [is something] everyone needs. It doesn't matter what politics you follow. So, we can watch this as a larger group or family during the holidays, and we can watch this as a country."

The accomplished designer also revealed that the show's original designers were "blindsided" by the announcement earlier this year that TLC would be bringing the show back -- Gorder and the rest of the show's lovable personalities found out about the reboot when the general public found out about it.

"Fear was the first thing I felt just because it was something we built back then and it was perfect -- perfectly imperfect," she explained. "I didn't want to put a tarnish on it by doing a 'remake' of something great. That perfectness built so many careers for all of us in so many ways."

But, much to the delight of many of the show's biggest fans, Gorder says that not much is changing during their second go-round.

"The format is exactly the same. The sentimentality of what is is is still there," she said with a smile. "We're the same people, we just know more. What we can come out with more is much bigger because it's $2,000, and we're smarter."

Watch our full interview with Genevieve Gorder below:

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