Liz Gray

"In search of Eames-worthy style on a Craigslist budget. And pie."

Liz is a senior editor at and an co-editor-in-chief for Design Happens. She lives in a midcentury tri-level that’s stuck in the ‘70s…for now. When she’s not working on remodeling projects with her guy and mystery breed puppy, Miles, you can find her buying impractical hats, scheming mad scientist-style in her overworked kitchen and drooling over Danish modern furniture.

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We’re chatting again this week with Brother Vs. Brother producer Loren Ruch about what it was really like on the set and what we didn’t see on the show. 

Producer Loren Ruch With Digital Host JD Scott

Producer Loren Ruch With Digital Host JD Scott

Jonathan encountered a leak and some water damage this week — how did that effect his progress?
Water was truly Jonathan’s enemy this entire season!  The poor guy couldn’t cut a break and ultimately it made for a lot more work, clean up, and chaos.  However, he ended up always finding a solution within the allotted time frames.

Hilary and David from Love It or List It were on set  — and they couldn’t agree on a winner! How long in real time did it take for them to make a decision?
It took a LONG time!  No one really wanted them to use rock, paper, scissors to pick a winner, but the fact was that they truly disagreed on the challenge and it was the only way to get it resolved.  Their deliberation was about an hour (or more) long!

Blog reader Jen asks: We all enjoy the fun sibling rivalry, but do you ever see Jonathan or Drew do something honestly nice for each other?
The true fact is that they are REALLY nice to each other in the real world.  They are always respectful of one another and always say nice things about the other when they are not around and not listening! Ha.

Have a question for Loren? Ask him in the comments below. 

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Whew — last night’s episode was a close one! I mean, judges Hilary Farr and David Visentin actually played rock, paper, scissors to determine a winner. The brothers cranked out some truly beautiful bedrooms and bathrooms, but they both focused much of their energy on one area: The master bedroom.

Drew created a colorful, modern space with a built-in gas fireplace, while Jonathan created a soothing blue space with rustic touches like a DIY barn door. You know who won the challenge (and who had to eat unnecessarily hot wings) but which bedroom design was your favorite: Drew’s or Jonathan’s? Vote in the poll below.

Brother Vs. Brother: Pick Your Favorite Bedroom

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We’re chatting again this week with Brother Vs. Brother producer Loren Ruch about what it was really like on the set and what we didn’t see on the show. 

Jonathan Scott and JD Scott with Loren Ruch

When Brothers Attack! Jonathan and JD with Producer Loren Ruch

Jonathan had a lot of trouble during episode 2 working around the rules in his planned community.
How did the production crew work around the limitations? We had to adhere to the real life issues that came up while shooting, so it proved really challenging for Jonathan, because our shoot schedule actually had us working over President’s Day, which we didn’t realize would mean that we couldn’t do any construction on that particular day due to HOA rules. Of course, Drew LOVED it because he ended up with a full day advantage, and in the end, he actually won the challenge!

Drew completely re-did his living room in addition to the kitchen and dining room. Was it really that down to the wire?
You better believe it!  The minute that Drew found out that his wall wasn’t load bearing, he jumped into fast gear and doubled up the amount of work he had originally planned on doing.  In the end, it paid off!

It was hilarious having Josh and David on the show this week! Are they friends in outside of their show, Beach Flip?
Not only are they friends, they are almost best friends! When Josh and David are together, everybody (including the entire crew) end up in hysterics because they are just so funny together!

The dare was completely crazy to watch in the web-exclusive video — what was it like in person? 
I conveniently wasn’t available to attend the shoot that day LOL, so that question would be better left to Josh and David :)

Have a question for Loren? Ask him in the comments below. 

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Who doesn’t love a good kitchen renovation?

Aside from the place you sleep at night, the kitchen is likely one of the most-used spaces in your home. That’s why it’s oh-so-satisfying to see a tired space be transformed into a showstopper.  Two HGTV shows that come to mind when it comes to stunning kitchen makeovers? Fixer Upper and Flip or Flop.  So we want to know: When kitchens from the two shows go head to head, which couple comes out the victor?

Christina and Tarek El Moussa Vs. Chip and Joanna Gaines: Kitchen Vs. Kitchen

#1: Flip or Flop Modern Showpiece

After Tarek and Christina bought this house sight unseen, they lovingly fixed it up with a high-end, modern kitchen. The monochromatic color palette makes this small kitchen appear more spacious, while the marble countertops, white subway tiles and stainless steel appliances pack style into every inch.

#2: Fixer Upper Rustic Reno

Fixer Upper fans voted this renovation their number one favorite from season 2, and the kitchen is one of the home’s most stunning features. Chip and Joanna opened up a wall between the living room and dining room for better flow, then outfitted the kitchen with white subway tile, industrial pipe shelving and, of course, their signature shiplap.

So, which room is your favorite? Vote in the poll below.

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On this season of Brother Vs. Brother, the renovations are seriously stunning. And it’s no wonder, with talented contenders like Jonathan and Drew. After all, they’ve had a little renovation experience.  This week’s kitchens were no exception, with Drew knocking down a wall to create an amazing open floor plan and Jonathan using store-bought cabinetry to create a totally custom-looking kitchen and hutch.

Brother Vs Brother: Pick your favorite kitchen from Drew and Jonathan Scott

We know who won out on the show (and who had to perform a…revealing…dare), but which would you rather have in your home?

Tour every inch of these beautiful kitchens in our exclusive photo gallery.

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Did you catch the Brother Vs. Brother premiere last night? HGTV producer Loren Ruch dishes about the first episode, and what you didn’t see on TV.

JD Scott, Brandon Hatmaker, Jen Hatmaker and HGTV Producer Loren Ruch on the Brother Vs. Brother Set

JD Scott, Brandon Hatmaker, Jen Hatmaker and HGTV Producer Loren Ruch

This episode we saw Jonathan take on a real estate role and Drew take on some construction work. Did they struggle at all behind-the-scenes switching roles like this?
What viewers may not know is just how versatile these guys are. Jonathan is actually super knowledgeable about real estate, and Drew is much more hands-on than you may assume, so it felt very natural to see them in these opposite roles.

Once the brothers typically buy every property together, was it difficult for them to work on their own?
They each hired their favorite contractors, design consultants, and tradespeople, so they always had ‘friends’ around when working on projects. It was never lonely at all because so much work needed to get done in such a short amount of time.

This year’s show takes place in Las Vegas, where Drew and Jonathan have their family’s vacation home. What advantage do they have since they know the area?
The biggest advantage was their familiarity with the city and the local tradespeople. We got to see them work with their favorite people. The other advantage was that they got to sleep in their own beds at their own home at night, which was nice. And their parents even visited for an extended stay while shooting this show, so there were a lot of nice family get-togethers!

How did Drew and Jonathan’s approaches differ when it came to selecting a property?
Drew was dead set on a single story ranch house close to the strip because he thought that would be his smartest choice. Jonathan was interested in finding a planned community or possibly two-story home that would be suitable for a young family or first time buyer. So, they ended up with very different types of homes.

What was the funniest or most memorable moment during the filming of episode 1?
Definitely the dare! The losing brother had to wear an embarrassing costume smack dab in the middle of the Las Vegas strip, and it was SO hilarious!

What do you want to know about the Scott brothers and their new Brother Vs. Brother season? Leave your questions for Loren in the comments below — he may just answer you next week!

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If you’ve ever tuned in to Brother Vs. Brother, you know that Jonathan and Drew Scott take sibling rivalry to a whole new level.  They’ve competed in everything from karate to ping pong to thumb wrestling, and now they’re competing head to head in an all-new, Las Vegas edition of BVB.

JD Scott, Brandon Hatmaker, Jonathan Scott, Jen Hatmaker, Drew Scott

JD Scott, Brandon Hatmaker, Jonathan Scott, Jen Hatmaker, Drew Scott

This week, Your Big Family Renovation stars Brandon and Jen Hatmaker were on hand to critique Drew and Jonathan’s living room designs and choose a winner. We know what Brandon and Jen picked…but what do you think? Check out their designs and pick your favorite.


Drew Scott's Neutral + Metallic Living Room

Drew’s Neutral + Metallic Space

Drew got rid of the lemon meringue-hued walls and swapped in subtle color and shimmering metallics.


Jonathan Scott's Living Room Renovation

Jonathan’s Casual-Chic Family Room

Jonathan swapped the white-on-white action for a bold, reclaimed wood feature wall, a floor-to-ceiling stove fireplace and lots of casual menswear accents.

See all the photos from this week’s renovation (and the post-renovation hijinks!) here:

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Brother Vs. Brother season three premieres Wednesday, June 3 at 9p | 8c. To give you a behind-the-scenes look into the series, I’ll chat with the show’s producer, Loren Ruch, each week. In this first installment, get a sneak peek of what you’ll see this season and ask Loren your BVB questions.

Brother Vs. Brother Producer Loren Ruch

Producer Loren Ruch on the Set of the Brother Vs. Brother Promo Shoot

What’s different about this season of Brother Vs. Brother? What can viewers expect to see?
It’s a whole new season of Brother vs. Brother, and I think that our viewers are going to love it because this time it’s PERSONAL! Jonathan and Drew used their own money to buy their own flips, and we have no teams and no judges other than the buying public to determine who wins in the end.  Plus, we’re in their hometown of Las Vegas, so it’s also a fun view into their worlds and lives in LV.  And my favorite part of the show, is that we have some of HGTV’s biggest stars swinging by each week to pick their favorite space, and the losing brother has to do an embarrassing dare as the consequence.  Let me tell you…if nothing else, you will laugh your way through the season when you see these dares!

Since the brothers don’t have anyone to send home each episode, what’s the winner’s prize each week?
It’s not so much about the winner’s prize each week as it as about the humiliation of the losing brother!  The only real winner comes at the end of the series when real buyers determine which home sells for the bigger profit.

Are Drew and Jonathan as competitive off-camera as they are on camera?
Even more so!  They got so competitive that there were moments we couldn’t even show on TV!  At one point one of the guys took the air out of the other’s tires so that he couldn’t make it to his jobsite! It’s all in fun, but they are very, very, very competitive…can I add a few more ‘verys’?

Can you share some fun moments we’ll see this season from the celeb guests?
The celebrity guests are so fun!  We have the Hatmakers from Your Big Family Renovation in our first episode, David Bromstad and Josh Temple in the second (and they are goofballs!), and then Hilary Farr and David Visentin from Love It or List It in the third.  You won’t believe the fight that Hilary and David had over choosing their favorite house — you need to see it to believe it!

The Brother Vs. Brother promo is amazing! Care to divulge any from-the-set secrets? 
The promo shoot was over the top!  It was done at a huge warehouse in LA, and we turned it into a boxing ring.  I’ll give away one little secret…A few of the concrete blocks were actually made from foam (see picture) so we all felt like heavy weight champions! Check out the promo here:

What do you want to know about the Scott brothers and their new Brother Vs. Brother season? Leave your questions for Loren in the comments below — he may just answer you next week!

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Have you ever dreamed of buying a run-down beach property and turning it into a dreamy vacation home? That’s what four teams will tackle in HGTV’s all-new competition series, Beach Flip, premiering July 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

HGTV's Beach Flip

The Cast of HGTV’s Beach Flip

HGTV and DIY Network favorites Nicole Curtis (Rehab Addict), Josh Temple (House Crashers) and David Bromstad (My Lottery Dream Home) act as hosts, judges and mentors to four rival teams as they compete to renovate rundown waterfront bungalows with outdated décor, loud wall colors and awkward layouts into spectacular properties in just eight weeks. The team with the highest increase in property value as determined by the region’s top appraisers wins a $50,000 grand prize and a spread in HGTV Magazine.

HGTV Beach Flip Stars Josh Temple, David Bromstad and Nicole Curtis

Hosts and Mentors Josh Temple, David Bromstad and Nicole Curtis

So, who is lucky enough to take on the challenge of turning a nautical nightmare into a beachy dream house? Get to know all four teams.

Beach Flip Contestants - Alex and Martha

Alex Borre and Martha Montross

Alex Borre and Martha Montross
Location: Chicago, Ill.
Relationship: Dating

Childhood sweethearts Martha and Alex are experienced home renovators. As a kid, Alex says he spent lots of time on construction sites with his father and now works in his family’s construction business. Together, he and Martha recently renovated and redesigned her condo in Chicago. Confident with their home improvement know-how, Martha and Alex say they are “ready to take their skills to the next level” in HGTV’s Beach Flip. The couple, who describe their favorite design style as traditional American, says they believe “they are the strongest team in the competition and we came to win.”

Melissa and Mahdi of HGTV's Beach Flip

Melissa Llewellyn and Mahdi Alston

Melissa Llewellyn and Mahdi Alston
Location: Los Angeles and Philadelphia
Relationship: Long-distance relationship

Melissa and Mahdi met in middle school and reconnected a few years ago. Melissa is a music video producer in Los Angeles, Calif., and Mahdi is the District Director for the Boy Scouts of America in Philadelphia, Penn. While neither has professional experience in renovation, they recently purchased a fixer-upper in Philadelphia that they plan to use as an investment property. Melissa and Mahdi describe their design style as modern— they say they love clean lines, sleek furnishings and bright jewel tones. The couple also believes that “if they can make long distance relationship work so well, they can do anything, including win this competition.”

Beach Flip Contestants Sarah and Nick

Sarah Roussos-Karakaian and Nick Karakaian

Sarah Roussos-Karakaian and Nick Karakaian
Location: Astoria, N.Y.
Relationship: Married

Sarah and Nick met in college and have been married for six years. Sarah, a professional organizer, and Nick, who holds a degree in architecture, are in the process of a full home renovation. The couple says they are a “team to be reckoned with” because in addition to their professional skills, Nick also studies real estate and has a handyman business. They describe their favorite style as “traditional meets classic revival” and say they love to pair timeless design aesthetic with bold patterns and modern color palettes.

Lucy and Daphne of HGTV's Beach Flip

Lucy and Daphne

Lucy Farmer and Daphney Massey
Location: Birmingham, Ala.
Relationship: Long-time friends

Lucy Farmer and Daphney Massey met in their college sorority at the University of Northern Alabama and have been best friends ever since. Lucy is a designer who has renovated eight homes and Daphney, a real estate agent, says “she knows potential when she sees it.” Based in Birmingham, the friends say they share a similar design style, including reclaimed wood paired with furnishings and décor that have a glamorous, vintage feel.” As a team, Lucy and Daphney say they have the “brains, brawn and know-how to take down any team” in the competition.

Check back here for more pre-season updates and sneak peeks, and follow along with #beachflip on Twitter and Instagram. And don’t miss the series premiere on July 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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Have you tried out our HGTV Watch app? Download it for Android, iPhone and iPad today to watch select episodes of HGTV’s hit shows alongside web-exclusive series. (Log in with your cable provider details for even more of your favorite episodes!)

HGTV Watch App

HGTV Watch App

And, good news: The experience just got better! Starting today, we’ve partnered with Chromecast to let you cast your favorite shows from the HGTV Watch app on your mobile device directly to your TV using the Chromecast device.

Cast Programming Directly to Your TV With Chromecast

Cast Programming Directly to Your TV With Chromecast

That means you can see Chip and Joanna’s latest transformation on the big screen, or get extra up close and personal with the Property Brothers.

Property Brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott

Property Brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott

Grab some popcorn, a Chromecast and your mobile device and get comfy — time to binge-watch!

What HGTV show will you cast to your TV first? Tell us what you’re ready to watch on big screen in the comments below.

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