What These 25 HGTV Stars Did Before They Were Famous

Lynne M. Centeno

Your favorite HGTV hosts offer everything from homebuying advice to renovation tips. After binge-watching more episodes of their addictive shows than you’ll care to admit, it’s hard to imagine these HGTV stars doing anything but doling out home advice to the masses. But these hosts had to earn a living somehow before they became reality show stalwarts.

See what the stars of these popular HGTV TV shows were doing before they were famous.

Last updated: July 26, 2019

Christina Anstead

Known for: “Flip or Flop” and “Christina on the Coast”

Then: Before “Flip or Flop” debuted in 2013, she was a real estate agent who had recently forayed into the house-flipping business with now-ex-husband Tarek El Moussa.

Now: Beyond filming “Flip or Flop,” the interior design expert is busy with her own HGTV show, “Christina on the Coast,” which premiered in early 2019 and follows Anstead as she expands

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Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas | HGTV

Lynne M. Centeno

Candy-Covered by David Bromstad

“What’s sweeter and more fabulous than a candy tree? Mix real swirly lollipops with a fake candy garland and colorful Christmas balls.”—David Bromstad, Color Splash

Nature-Inspired by John Colaneri

“Head outside and gather branches, acorns, and pinecones. There are also some really nice natural-looking ornaments on the market this season, so you could easily add those, too.”—John Colaneri, Cousins Undercover

Black and White by Tiffany Brooks

“It has to be black-and-white for a tabletop tree. I’m talking black and white patterns, silhouettes, and gem-shaped black-and-white ornaments. I promise it’s stunning!”—Tiffany Brooks, HGTV Smart Home 2014

DIY Ornament

Paint unfinished wood ornaments with white acrylic paint. Outline a silhouette clip art image (find them online) with a heavy pencil line. Flip the paper over and rub to transfer the pencil outline onto the wood. Fill in the silhouette with a black marker.

Beach-Themed by Sabrina Soto


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