Premiering on May 23, the series focuses on Anstead’s new design business, new husband (TV personality Ant Anstead, star of the MotorTrend series “Wheeler Dealers”), and a blended family with four kids and a baby boy on the way. Each of the eight episodes highlights at least one of her design projects.
Curious to learn more about how she’s doing now, we caught up with Anstead recently to hear more about her new show, home, nursery, her feelings on the latest home design trends, and much more.
Q: Now that you have a new show, will you still be doing ‘Flip or Flop’ with Tarek?
Yes! We’re currently filming it right now, and we wrap in about a month.
The new show is really exciting because it follows my personal life as well. It follows me listing and selling my home in Yorba Linda, and going on a house hunt in Newport Beach, and moving in with my now husband.
Also, for the first time I get to do clients’ houses versus flips, so I think it’s a little bit more high design, and we have that client interaction, which is really fun as well. This is by far my favorite thing I’ve ever done in my life.
Q: What are some of your favorite highlights from your new show?
I get to design my best friend’s house. I think all the transformations are awesome, but it’s really fun to get to do my best friend’s childhood home.
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Happy Birthday to my beautiful bestie. I’m lucky enough to have been friends with @cazeb for 22 years … If you don’t know her, she’s everything you would ever want in a friend (And publicist) and more… we have been through it all together and have always come out stronger and closer. Cassie this is going to be an amazing year .. whatever Is on your vision board I hope and pray it all starts to manifest now!! #C&C coming in 🔥!! Everyone please wish her a happy birthday 💜🥳!!
Q: Tell us about your design for your new home.
I’ve lived here since August, and I’ve completely remodeled it. I went with what I call a California contemporary theme, with a bohemian element. So there are patterned rugs and lots of layers, and a lot of black and white, and floating shelves, stuff like that.
Q: What colors are you using?
My flooring is kind of like a teak color, real natural hardwoods. And the rest is sort of black and white with a lot of live plants.
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I’m so excited to officially announce my new show, Christina On The Coast, airs May 23 at 9 pm on @hgtv Filming this show was the most amazing experience and I can’t wait for you to watch each of the incredible transformations! These photos are pictures of our home in Newport Beach. We went with what I like to call a California Contemporary Boho Vibe. Love the way it all came together!
Q: Did Ant bring any bizarre car motifs into the house that you weren’t crazy about?
Well, I do have a motorcycle on display in my living room, so that’s interesting.
Q: Everyone is also wondering about your nursery. What type of design are you going to do in there?
I haven’t even started yet. I’m waiting until summer. But I’m kind of doing the same style as the house, like California contemporary with a little bit of bohemian flair. Lots of whites and natural colors.
Q: What are some of your favorite design trends that you’re implementing?
I’m really into two-tone kitchen cabinetry. I like doing a different color on the island than on the rest of the cabinets.
Q: What colors are you using for that?
Black and white, a deep gray and white, natural woods. Most of my clients are still into the neutrals. There’s nothing really crazy, except different backsplash colors. I feel like the trend right now is pretty simple.
Q: Any design trends you’re not fond of?
A design trend I’m not too into is the super modern, where it kind of feels like a hospital—really sterile and cold.
Q: What’s your advice for warming up a cold environment like that?
I’m really into live plants. I love little leafed trees, and all those kinds of things. I like quotes on the wall, too. We have a lot of them on the walls in my own house.
Q: What are some of your favorite quotes?
When you walk into my house, in the entrance, it says, “It was written in the stars.” Then we have these really cool globe chandelier lights that kind of twinkle and light up at night.
In the bathroom, above our mirror when we get out of the shower, it says, “Choose happiness,” and we just see that every day. The kids have a lot of positive quotes in their rooms, too.
Q: What do you think is the biggest mistake people make when they’re designing their own homes?
When they don’t have someone helping, the mistake is maybe trying to save money, and not opening up a floor plan, and then regretting it later. Having that family room/kitchen open can get really expensive, but I think at the end of the day it’s just worth it, because it makes the house so much more functional.
Q: What’s your best advice for people working on their own houses?
I really like things that are functional. I have three kids, and I want my kids to be able to spill on the counter or able to do their homework at the kitchen table, so I’m all about what looks nice, but also what’s durable. Everything in my house, the kids can have at it. There are no rooms that are off-limits.
I just want everyone to feel comfortable and at home, and when guests are over I just want you to walk in and have this vibe that’s like that of a nice, family house. This is a house where people love each other and enjoy each other and have fun.