Whether we’re looking for tips to improve our own homes or are living vicariously through other people’s remodels, home improvement shows are more than just a guilty pleasure. It’s not just the renovations we love, it’s the hosts, too. They give us the tips we crave and guide us through the crazy world of home ownership. In no particular order (we don’t play favorites!), here are our top 10 home improvement celebrities we adore.
1. Drew and Jonathan Scott
Dreamy men building dreamy houses—do we really need to explain why we love these two? We can’t help but wish we were one of the couples they help. Fun fact: Drew and Jonathan got into flipping houses from an infomercial on how to make millions with no money down. Straight out of high school, they put $250 down on a house and after some renovations turned a $50,000 profit!
2. Kevin O’Connor, Tom Silva, Richard Tretheway, Roger Cook
A fun spin on a classic, Ask This Old House lets viewers ask the charming hosts questions about more manageable home improvement projects. Why we love them? Their humor! They do a great segment poking fun at themselves where they try to guess what unusual-looking power tools do.
3. Nicole Curtis
Nicole Curtis speaks to us—in a way we’re all addicted to rehabilitating our homes. We love that she stays true to a home’s roots by keeping as much of the original architecture as she can and preserving the spirit of the house. Sometimes we can get so focused on the new, and Nicole reminds us what’s charming about the old. We also love that she reps her hometown Detroit whenever she can.
4. Anitra Mecadon
Anitra Mecadon brings a fresh inspiration on a room that can get a little one noted: the family room. We love how Anitra is inspired by a family’s lifestyle and relationship, and she inspires us to think outside the norm with our own dens.
5. Carriann Johnson
Television audiences were first introduced to the fabulous Carriann Johnson on HGTV’s “My First Place” and “Bang for Your Buck.” Always upbeat and with a unique style, we love how she breaks the mold when it comes to interior style and encourages us to leave our comfort zones. Check out the @Home Collection by Carriann Johnson, a window covering collection exclusively found on SelectBlinds.com.
6. John Gidding
John Gidding helps us to remember that even though we don’t like to, we do judge a book (and a house) by its cover. Exterior is as important as interior with John, and we love him for reminding us as much. What’s more, John is a “big picture” guy and will sometimes give neighboring homes a touch up. Curb Appeal may no longer be airing, but it will always be on our guilty pleasure list.
7. Hilary Farr and David Visentin
Speaking of guilty pleasures, Hilary and David combine three things we secretly love: remodels, house shopping and drama. Lots of drama. They make no effort to hide the trials and tribulations of debating (and in their case doing) renovating and buying. We love that it’s so relatable and that we see couples going through the same struggles we might. So thank you, Hilary and David, for keeping it real!
8. Casey Noble
Sometimes we watch home improvement shows to help us imagine a dream home that stays right there: in our dreams. But, Casey Noble helps us to see it can be real! She takes our lofty goals and visions and shows us affordable ways to make them come true. Who doesn’t love a crafty woman?
9. Matt Blashaw
We all love gardening, but re-landscaping? Count us out unless this guy is in. Somehow he makes the daunting task look less overwhelming. We have to admire Matt Blashaw for taking on some of the worst kept yards we’ve seen and turning them into something beautiful. And, in just two days!
10. Matt Muenster
We have to hand it to the man. Matt Muenster takes a room that just serves an important function in most homes and makes it into something beautiful you want to spend time in! We love the element of surprise he brings by shocking couples as they’re shopping for home improvement supplies. Matt can surprise us any day!
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