Genevieve Gorder Shares Emotional Message on Her Return to 'Trading Spaces: '' I've Built a Life Around This Show'

"I'm so grateful to all of you who watched this in the beginning," says the designer

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“It’s good to be back!” says Trading Spaces OG, Genevieve Gorder.

The cast lineup for the iconic TLC show’s reboot includes many of the design stars from the original series, including Paige Davis, Doug Wilson, Hildi Santo-Tomas, Vern Yip, Frank Beilic, Laurie Smith and a very excited Gorder.

“I know this was the favorite show of so many people in the country. I’ve built a life around this show,” she shares in a post on Instagram following Wednesday’s group reveal. “I’m so grateful to all of your who watched this in the beginning, I hope you all come back.”

Although the New York-based talent has been busy since the series ended in 2008, hosting and appearing on multiple HGTV shows, she’s always kept a special place in her heart for her original gig.

“It was the first,” she told PEOPLE in March. “You can only do that once and we did it. I am so proud of it and I never look down on it.”

While she knows that the original cast chemistry can’t be replicated — “It was lightning in a bottle,” she admitted — her enthusiasm in the video shows she’s ready to bring the beloved reality show into its new era.

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“I hope we bring in the next generation of kids who need to know what design is,” she says. “And that we all deserve it, we all can afford it and life should be lived really beautifully.”

Agreed — but maybe without the straw walls this time.

Trading Spaces will return to TLC in Spring 2018. Follow PEOPLE Home on Facebook to stay-up-to-date on all the details!

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