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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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One of the things I love most about what I do here at HGTV is getting the chance to see how our shows inspire you in your own homes. In turn, it inspires me and it becomes one giant feedback loop of creativity that motivates me to make my home my favorite place to be.

We’ve loved seeing all the furniture DIY projects you’ve shared with us using the #HGTVmakeover hashtag on Instagram. We couldn’t help but notice that a few of our favorite looks from fans could be plucked straight from episodes of Fixer Upper and we wanted to show them off here on the blog. They’re that good!

Renovated Home Office With Wood Desk as seen on Fixer Upper.

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @brooke_startathome.

Instagram user @brooke_startathome did quite a bit of sanding to get the deep scratches out of this vintage secretary’s desk. You can see the before-and-after on her blog. It reminded us of this calming, rustic office space that Chip and Joanna designed in Fixer Upper‘s second season.

A sliding barn door separates the master bedroom from the bathroom, as seen on Fixer Upper.

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @chalkitupllc.

Barn doors are having quite a moment, aren’t they? They’re always a hit with the Gaines’ clients. We can’t get enough of them, either. Instagrammer @chalkitupllc gave this trend a new spin by using smaller door panels as sliding window treatments. I hope she doesn’t mind if I steal borrow this idea for my house!

As seen on Fixer Upper, Joanna Gaines admires the wooden mobile that hangs over the crib in the nursery of the Barrett’s newly remodeled home.

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @rusticpaintbrush.

The nursery makeover in the “messy midcentury modern” episode was a personal favorite of mine. I keep going back to that episode to steal ideas from all over the house, but I loved that the nursery felt so warm and relaxing – perfect for mom and baby. The hanging antique window was a focal point in that room and we love the way Instagrammer @rusticpaintbrush used a similar look in their booth at a vintage shop.

Show us your HGTV-inspired spaces. Tag photos on Instagram using #HGTVmakeover and tell us what shows or HGTV stars get your design juices flowing. Your image could be shared in an upcoming post!

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Hi Everyone! It’s Christina from Flip or Flop. I’m so excited to take you along as we plan and create a nursery for our new baby boy. We are going with a “vintage baseball” theme with a metallic reclaimed wood wall. A little background: Tarek played baseball growing up, so he really wanted to incorporate vintage baseball elements into the space. Since I like rustic and glam, I’m making it work with the vintage theme. I really like babies’ rooms to be more sophisticated and a room they can grow into. Here a few of the items I’m planning to use and some pieces that inspired the overall theme.

First up is the crib and dresser. They are from one of my favorite stores in Southern California, Newport Cottages in Newport Beach. I’m planning to use the dresser as a changing table. I’m also using a similar rug, but it’s larger and rectangular.

Christina and Tarek El Moussa from Flip or Flop's Nursery

Here is a shot of the metallic reclaimed wood wall we are doing. Speaking of metallic, I’m recovering my dream recliner in this metallic fabric. It’s so comfy and I love the look!

Christina and Tarek El Moussa from Flip or Flop's Nursery

I found these great art pieces that I’m going to work in to the space to give it the vintage baseball vibe. How fun are they? They remind me of the movie The Sandlot. Tarek is going to love it!

Christina and Tarek El Moussa from Flip or Flop's Nursery Source: Baseballs in jar. Black and white collage. Scoreboard.

I’m constantly pinning new ideas for the baby’s nursery. Follow me on Pinterest to see some other pieces that inspired me as I planned out our new son’s space.

I’ll be back in two weeks with some pictures of Taylor’s room and you’ll get to hear what she thinks about becoming a big sister!

Thanks for reading!

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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.

OPTION 1: DREW’S OLD HOLLYWOOD LIVING ROOM

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.

OPTION 2: JONATHAN’S RUSTIC, CASUAL LIVING ROOM

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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How does one describe HGTV’s Scott brothers?  Well, words like charming, funny, witty, and talented naturally come to mind.

But let’s not forget competitive…especially with each other.  What can we say…brothers will be brothers!

That’s why this new season of Brother Vs. Brother is going to be the fiercest yet.  This time around the teams are gone and it’s a true Brother Vs. Brother, mano a mano!

Watch a sneak peek here.

And if you need a pre-premiere brothers fix, just keep an eye out for these social media nuggets, happening today only:

  • #BroVsBro @HGTV Instagram takeover.  (Yes, we’re handing our phones over to Jonathan and Drew.)
  • Surprise check-ins and chats with Jonathan, Drew, and JD on Twitter’s Periscope. (Follow @MrSilverScott @MrDrewScott and @MrJDScott on Twitter.)
  • Bonus video sneak peeks from @HGTV on Twitter and Facebook.
  • Post-show design reveals on Pinterest.

Then, be sure to join the boys for a LIVE Twitter party during the season premiere.  Just use #BroVsBro to join the fun.

And if we really like your tweet, we might just show it live on HGTV during the show (talk about #HGTVFamous).

Brother Vs. Brother premieres TONIGHT 9|8c on HGTV.

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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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We’re teaming up with Lowe’s Home Improvement for an Instagram Challenge: We want to see pictures of how you’ve freshened up your living space. Just Instagram a picture of your space and include #LowesLoveTheLook and #sweeps (or add the hashtags to a picture you’ve already posted on Instagram) for a chance to win $1,000 Lowe’s gift card to complete your other spring time updates. See complete rules below.

David Bromstad HGTV and Lowes Instagram Challenge

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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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If you happen to be a country music fan like me, then you probably get super excited around this time of year.  June is almost here, and that can only mean one thing…CMA Music Festival 2015!  And since HGTV is headquartered right here in East Tennessee, it’s only a hop, skip, and a jump to Nashville.

If you have plans to attend the event this year, swing by the HGTV Lodge and say hi to Scripps Networks talent Alison Victoria, David Bromstad, Nan Kelley, and Suzanne Alexander.

Guests can catch over 20 live performances and attend meet and greets with some of the biggest names in country music, including Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band, Darius Rucker, Josh Turner and Kip Moore (check out the full schedule here). With only 300 attendees during each show, air conditioning and a mobile device charging station, The Lodge is the perfect place to relax and unwind in the middle of the city. For admission to The Lodge, fans can register for free tickets starting May 28 at CMAFest.com.

For more information about the HGTV Lodge and CMA Fest 2015, visit HGTV On the Road and follow HGTV on Instagram and Twitter for daily updates and exclusive content during the festival.

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