CARTER OOSTERHOUSE is one of America’s most recognized lifestyle experts best known for having hosted many popular television series ranging from Trading Spaces, Carter Can, Red Hot & Green to Million Dollar Rooms and Celebrity Motor Homes. Carter is the co-host of ABC’s hit primetime series special The Great Christmas Light Fight, which airs its eighth season this year and was recently featured on two seasons of the Trading Spaces reboot.
As a craftsman, Carter’s unique combination of skill, passion and charm have given him widespread appeal for families and individuals alike seeking to improve the quality of their lives by enhancing their surroundings. An authority in eco-living, Carter has a history of gently leading viewers to greener pastures by creating manageable steps to an eco-friendly lifestyle.
The youngest of four children, Carter was born and raised in Traverse City, Michigan. Long before the environmental movement his parents were advocates of nutrition and wellness. They instilled the value of taking care of oneself, which naturally translated into a respect for the environment. He and his wife Amy actively dedicate a great deal of their time to environmental awareness and education.
From his first appearance on Trading Spaces, audiences took notice of the 6’2” carpenter voted People magazine’s “Sexiest Man on TV” who looked more like a runway model than carpenter. But Carter’s talent as a lifestyle expert and craftsman is as genuine as his down-to-earth personality. With his mega-watt smile and abundance of information on all thing house and home, Carter is truly the “dream-guy” next door.
In addition to practical advice, Carter provides green-building solutions and design alternatives that conserve energy and reduce environmental waste to each renovation project. Carter has become a go-to expert for many national outlets including: Rachael Ray, Men’s Health, The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, previously The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, Entertainment Tonight, Extra, USA Today and The Los Angeles Times.
Carter is the founder of Carter’s Kids, an organization dedicated to building and developing community parks and playgrounds in low-income areas in an effort to promote healthy living. Carter’s Kids has brought over 90 playgrounds to areas across the country including Los Angeles, New Orleans, Dallas, Miami and more. He has a successful winery, Bonobo, he and his brother built in Traverse City, MI and is the co-founder of Smarthouse an eco-friendly brand of home furnishings he launched with his wife, Amy Smart. The two live in Los Angeles with their daughter, Flora.
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