I found that for this new season, they have brought back the original show - Paige Davis was brought back instead of the 'hostless' show, back to 2 days and $1000, original designers, and while they are still a bit more out there on their designes, it is closer to the original show.
Here's the kicker - they have a new carpenter. Makes Ty Pennington look like chopped liver, and believe me I always thought Ty was hot.
Meet Thad Mills, the new Trading Spaces carpenter. He's 6'7" tall and amazing. Yummy.
Can't say as I've ever rewound a show to watch someone do CARPENTRY in slow motion *laugh*