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Christina Anstead Reveals the Hot New Trend Hiding in Her Son’s Nursery


“Christina on the Coast” star Christina Anstead always works hard on her home renovations, but when she teams up with her personal trainers to renovate their kitchen, she might really break a sweat!

In the latest episode, “A Kitchen and a Baby,” Anstead is in her second trimester of pregnancy—and isn’t feeling great. So, it’s a good thing she has a fellow pregnant friend to bond with: her personal trainer, Stevie. Stevie and her husband, Matt, are hoping to give their kitchen a refresh before their baby comes. And they’re hoping for some help with their soon-to-be nursery.

But Matt and Stevie have a tight budget for their kitchen renovation—and they have very different ideas about how they want their home to look.

Can Anstead stay on budget as she searches for a compromise both of her clients will be happy with? Read on to find out which style she picks, plus learn all about the adorable nursery trend Anstead loves.

A backsplash can incorporate more than one style

Christina Anstead chooses a backsplash that both Stevie and Matt would like.


While Stevie is set on a boho style in their new kitchen, Matt isn’t so sure about the look. He’s leaning toward a clean, modern kitchen. While she loves color, he’s rooting for a white and stainless-steel design.

Anstead ends up getting these two to agree on white Shaker cabinets and gray countertops right away, but it’s the backsplash that has them stuck.

Anstead brings them three backsplashes: a modern black tile for Matt, a blue tile for Stevie, and a fun gray tile as a compromise. Anstead’s tactic works, and the two decide the gray tile will work for both of them. The look isn’t exactly boho or modern, but it’s a beautiful mix of both.

A big kitchen cries out for a big island

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This island is perfect for a large kitchen.


When Anstead first sees Stevie and Matt’s kitchen, Stevie complains that the space is just too big. A large kitchen isn’t a problem many homeowners complain about, but Anstead understands where Stevie is coming from. When someone is cooking in the kitchen, they’re far from the dining room table, which makes conversation difficult.

Anstead knows that an island would solve this problem.

So, she puts in an island with plenty of seating, immediately transforming the space. The kitchen and dining area no longer feel like two different rooms. Now, family and friends can hang out at the island and everything feels much more connected.

Pass on ceiling fans for a pretty chandelier

This light fixture was the right choice.


At first, Matt is intent on installing a ceiling fan. But Anstead explains that ceiling fans are outdated these days, and suggests a chandelier instead.

Matt concedes, so Anstead orders a gorgeous, modern black chandelier. Once it’s installed, even Matt has to admit it’s stunning and really brings the look together.

A barn door saves space

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A sliding barn door is stylish, and it saves space!


Anstead wants to reconfigure the kitchen to save space. One of her space-saving ideas is to put in a barn door for the pantry. The sliding door will save space, ensuring the swinging door from the fridge won’t run into the pantry door.

It’s a great idea that plays out nicely. The barn door gives the kitchen a bit of a rustic feel, which works well against the clean white lines of the cabinets and counters. This practical choice adds a little more personality to the space, making it a perfect addition.

Use up extra space for storage

Why not add some storage where you can?


Stevie and Matt are lucky to have so much space for their kitchen and dining room, but a lot of their space isn’t being used. For example, they have a lot of room on the wall next to their dining room table, and it looks bare.

So, Anstead decides to up the functionality of the dining room and put in some storage. She installs some white cabinets, which match the kitchen perfectly, giving this kitchen/dining room duo great flow. Plus, the floating shelves she picks are perfect for displaying cute baby pictures.

A reclaimed wood accent works great in a nursery

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A little reclaimed wood gives this room a whole different feel.


While Stevie and Matt need to refresh their kitchen, they’re also hoping to have some money in the budget to update their soon-to-be nursery.

On a tight budget, Anstead can’t do anything big, but then Stevie mentions how much she loves Anstead’s son’s room, with its reclaimed wood accent. It turns out, this is one of Anstead’s favorite nursery trends—and Anstead now knows just what to do: She inserts reclaimed wood in this nursery, too, giving the room a rustic feel.

She finishes it with a light-up “C” for baby Cooper. It looks like this room is baby-ready!

Is Anstead’s renovation up to snuff?

Anstead is given a tight $35,000 budget for this kitchen and nursery renovation, so it’s important that nothing goes wrong.

In fact, when they run into some electrical problems, Matt offers contractor Izzy Battres some personal training in exchange for the extra work. Matt and Stevie are serious: This budget has no wiggle room.

Still, Anstead is able to pull off the renovation right on budget and, of course, Stevie and Matt are thrilled with her work. The kitchen looks amazing, and the nursery is adorable.

It looks like Anstead is ready for her next project!

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Listed for $3.9M, Nebraska’s Most Expensive Home Is an ‘Oasis’ in Omaha

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A mansion featuring 24-foot ceilings, six fireplaces to keep a family warm in the winter, and a huge pool for summer fun is the most expensive home in Nebraska.

Listed for $3,875,000, the four-bedroom, seven-bathroom home in Omaha’s Linden Estates neighborhood has been on the market since July 2019, when it was priced at $3,999,000.

“This home is so unique because it is a private executive home, but it is very comfortable and perfect for entertaining,” says listing agent Linda Carpenter. “It has luxurious amenities, but it still is very family-oriented.”

The 10,530-square-foot, ranch-style home sits on a 4.17-acre corner lot. Built in 2002, the home has been renovated inside and out. There are marble floors, cherry wood accents, stately columns, large chandeliers, and floor-to-ceiling windows.



“It was built in a timeless fashion. We’ve seen a lot of different trends come and go in the last 18 years, and this house is definitely timeless,” Carpenter says.

The owners are retiring and no longer need such a large home.

“They take great pride and great care of their home, and so nothing is left undone,” she continues. “It’s very well-maintained. That has been my biggest response from anybody that looks at it. They can feel that it has been meticulously maintained.”

The master suite features a large seating area and a bathroom with dual vanities and a fireplace. The master closets are off the bathroom and have large dressing areas. The remaining three bedrooms are en suite. There’s also an elevator.

“It’s family-friendly. They have lots of relatives and they love to entertain, so they wanted to make sure people felt comfortable when they came to visit their home,” Carpenter says.

The kitchen is equipped with high-end appliances and is adjacent to a temperature-controlled wine room, casual dining area, and family room.

The mansion includes plenty of spaces to entertain, including a 14-seat theater, full bar, formal dining areas, game rooms, and exercise room.

Home theater

“It has a great entertaining bar that opens up into the living room and the dining room that’s fully functional and has dishwasher, refrigerator, ice maker, running water with a sink, plenty of storage for glasses and drinks,” Carpenter says.

The basement has a full kitchen, and a walk-out travertine patio leads to a large backyard with an infinity pool and spa. A cooking station, gas fire pit, raised garden boxes, and a pond complete the backyard.

With only five other homes listed above $2.5 million in the Omaha area, this mansion is a true standout. Carpenter says she feels a bit of pressure selling the most expensive home in the state, but is up to the task.

“I feel confident [we] will be able to get this sold. There’s actually a demand for these homes in Nebraska, Omaha specifically,” she says. “We’ve got great industry. We’ve got high-end corporations. We’ve actually had a lot of lookers and a lot of buyers through the home, and a lot of interest.”

The perfect buyer could be anyone looking for a large, private home with lots of land in a great location.

“You don’t find 4 acres in the heart of the city very often, so this is a very private situation,” Carpenter explains. “Anybody that would love to have kind of their own oasis, this is perfect for them.”

Wine room



Back exterior and pool

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5 Decor Ideas From Instagram That’ll Make Your Kitchen Look Instantly Expensive

5 Decor Ideas From Instagram That'll Make Your Kitchen Look Instantly Expensive


We’d place bets on the fact that your kitchen has seen an awful lot of traffic these past couple of months. Between the roasting turkeys, hot-out-of-the-oven holiday cookies, and a constant stream of guests in and out of the house, it’s probably fair to say the heart of your home is looking a little worse for the wear.

That’s why we turned to Instagram, as we do every week, for a little inspiration to freshen things up. And guess what? The decor trending right now just happens to bring that new car-smell vibe back into your kitchen—with rich materials that amp up the elegance.

We’re not here to make you simply ogle other people’s designs, of course. In addition to rounding up the most popular kitchen posts on Instagram, we have tips on how you can steal these luxurious looks for yourself.

1. Gold hardware

Ditch the drab and cool tones of your kitchen hardware for something lustrous and warm, like these gold-tinted brass knobs featured by @cuttingedgehomes.

“Brass hardware is a great way to make your kitchen cabinets sing, especially when set against a darker cabinet,” says Sandra Moreno, designer and founder of Studio No. 8.

“The gold tones are modern but timeless and can be matched with just about any style cabinet, and changing the cabinet pulls is a great way to quickly update your kitchen,” she adds.

Get the look: Shop the Dawson Drawer Pulls at Rejuvenation or the Edgecliff Pulls at Schoolhouse to find the perfect hardware for your kitchen.

2. Wood countertops

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More and more designers, it seems, are ditching quartz and granite countertops altogether, and swapping them out for cozy wood like we see from @the_indigo_house.

“Wooden countertops work well as an effective visual contrast to modern smooth cabinetry,” says Stephanie James, partner at Allen and James Designs. “Especially with the variety in deep colorations available in cabinetry, the contrast of wood offers multilayering and visually textural design elements.”

Get the look: Add some rich, earthy contrast to your kitchen scheme by shopping these walnut countertops from Ikea.

3. Marble backsplash

Marble is getting used in some unexpected ways, as we can see from this backsplash-meets-shelf by @jakealexanderarnold.

“Marble backsplashes instantly elevate any kitchen,” Moreno says. “It can work with sleek, modern kitchens or more traditional ones. Choose darker veining or lighter depending on the look and feel you are going for.”

Don’t have a massive budget for marble? Moreno often turns to quartz.

“It’s the closest thing to marble that I’ve seen on the market, and is durable, stain-resistant, and cost-effective,” she says.

Get the look: Add some modern luxury to your kitchen by ordering a slab of Calacatta quartz from Compac, or go easy on your wallet with one of these marble-styled wall appliques from Etsy.

4. Copper-accent lighting

Nothing makes a kitchen glow quite like an oversize copper pendant. Just look at this one featured by @odysseyofdesign and tell us you don’t have serious design envy!

“Oversized copper lighting adds huge visual impact to a kitchen,” says Laurie DiGiacomo of Laurie DiGiacomo Interiors. “It’s an opportunity to add a sculptural decor piece to the space.”

Plus, she adds, “left untreated, copper develops a beautiful patina over time. This is definitely a metal that is on the up trend right now.”

Get the look: Snag your very own copper chandelier pendant from Amazon.

5. Leather bar stools

Leather isn’t just for designer handbags and shoes. It also makes an amazing statement piece in kitchen seating, as we can see from the stunning bar stools in this post from @firefinish_interiors.

“Leather bar stools add warmth to a kitchen, and it’s a durable material for those who use them more than their dining chairs,” Moreno says.

“They’re also a little softer to sit on than wood, acrylic, or metallic stools. Over time, they wear well and the leather develops a character of their own,” she adds.

Get the look: Shop these gorgeous Roadhouse Leather bar stools from CB2.

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Grammy Winner Alejandro Sanz Selling Miami Mansion for $14.9M

Alejandro Sanz

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Music legend and 15-time Latin Grammy award winner Alejandro Sanz is still looking for a buyer for his waterfront Miami Beach mansion. The Mediterranean Revival mansion is located on Sunset Lake along the Intracoastal Waterway.

Sanz’s home originally landed on the market in 2014, with an $18 million asking price. It’s now back on the market for $14.9 million—a 17% price cut. The Miami-Dade County area has experienced runaway growth for many years, but the signs are pointing to a potential cooling of the local market.

The recent price cut may spur interest from buyers around the world interested in a killer waterfront property in one of the United States’ most popular spots for a second home.

True to his musician’s roots, the songwriter has a fully equipped recording studio in his home designed by Grammy-winning engineer Rafael Sardina.

The interior of the beautifully restored 1933 mansion also features the work of the late Wallace Tutt. The legendary designer decorated the homes of celebs such as Gianni Versace, Cher, Jack Nicholson, and Elle McPherson.

Tutt was known for his elegant but understated style and was responsible for making Versace’s mansion a South Beach icon.

The 7,500-square-foot mansion has nine bedrooms, a gym, tennis court, heated pool, 160 feet of water frontage, and two private boat docks. The glorious pool is in keeping with the home’s architectural style and is heated for year-round use.

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View of Mediterranean Revival mansion from the water

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View from above

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The property features a full-size pool.

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The back garden features a Mediterranean-style stone pathway with a fountain.

The home also has a fully landscaped garden with formal styled hedges, stone walkways, and a fountain.

Sanz is a Spanish-born guitarist and singer-songwriter who soared to international fame in the late 1990s and is known for his flamenco-influenced music. His hits include “Corazón Partío,” “Y, Si Fuera Ella?” and  “Amiga Mía.” He also teamed up with Shakira for the hit “La Tortura” and with Alicia Keys on “Looking for Paradise.”

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Pace of New-Home Construction Skyrockets in December to a 13-Year High, but Significant Headwinds Remain

A small digger drops dirt removed from an excavation in back of a suburban house.


The numbers: Builders started construction on new homes in the U.S. at a pace of 1.61 million in December, the Commerce Department said Friday. This represented a 17% increase from a revised 1.38 million in November and was 41% higher than a year earlier.

Building permits for privately-owned homes were authorized at a seasonally-adjusted rate of 1.42 million. That was 4% below the revised pace of 1.47 million set in November, but 6% above the rate set in December 2018.

Housing starts were well above the median forecast of economists polled by MarketWatch of 1.38 million, but building permits fell below the 1.47 million consensus estimate.

What happened: Housing starts increased for both single-family (up 11%) and multifamily structures (up 32% to a 33-year high).

Regionally though, housing starts varied significantly. The Midwest saw a 57% surge in single-family starts, while the uptick in the South was comparatively more moderate at 11.3%. Meanwhile, the Northeast and the West saw single-family starts actually decrease by 8% and 5% respectively.

Total housing starts, which include multifamily structures, however, increased in every region.

The downturn in permits was largely driven by a 11% decrease in authorizations for multifamily housing developments. The number of two-to-four unit properties permitted rose 11% between November and December, while the number of single-unit homes permitted only drop by 0.5%.

The big picture: You can likely blame the surge in new-home construction on the weatherman.

“While gains were shared by both single and multifamily starts and across all regions, we suspect that milder than usual weather in parts of the country normally more wintery in December was behind the monthly spike,” said Avery Shenfeld, managing director and chief economist of CIBC Capital Markets.

While permitting activity did slowdown from the pace set in October and November, it nonetheless remained quite elevated. Coupled with the rising sentiment among home builders and low mortgage rates, this suggests that construction activity will remain elevated at least through the first quarter of 2020.

Home builders do face some headwinds. One major hurdle for the industry is the shortage of labor.

Home builders do face some headwinds. One major hurdle for the industry is the shortage of labor. As Federal Reserve Governor Michelle Bowman noted in a speech Thursday, the unemployment rate in the private construction industry, which includes home builders, is well below the rate during the last housing boom back in the early 2000s. The ratio of job vacancies to unemployment now hovers around historic highs set in 2018.

“These indicators confirm what I have been hearing from construction-industry employers during my visits to different parts of the country — it’s extremely difficult to find and hire workers, skilled or otherwise,” Bowman said.

Land is another roadblock — land prices are at historic highs, making it costly for builders to purchase parcels to develop.

One longstanding headwind though could soon abate. The cost of materials may come down as a result of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade, according to the National Association of Home Builders.

What they’re saying: “Lower mortgage rates should continue to support housing activity, at least in the near-term,” said Rubeela Farooqi, chief U.S. economist for High Frequency Economics, in a research note.

“Activity can’t be sustained at this level, and a hefty correction in January is a good bet. The permits numbers are a better guide to the underlying picture because they are much less weather-sensitive, and the December numbers are a bit disappointing,” said Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics.

Market reaction: The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 closed slightly higher on Thursday, while the 10-year Treasury yield increased in morning trading Friday.

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Best-Selling Author Janet Evanovich Selling South Florida Stunner for $17M

Janet Evanovich selling in south Florida

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Naples, FL, is known for white sand beaches on the Gulf Coast of Florida, an array of high-end boutiques, and fine, fancy dining.

It’s no wonder the coastal city attracted best-selling author Janet Evanovich and her husband. Although there’s no word whether the author plans to close the chapter on her time in Naples, one thing is for certain: She does plan to leave her huge waterfront mansion.

The author and her husband recently listed their 11,054-square-foot home for $17 million.

The interior is a picture of modern elegance, with beautiful dark wood floors complementing neutral walls and crown molding details. Artistic chandeliers illuminate the dining room and the entryway of the home.

The kitchen is fit for a posh chef who loves a minimalist modern design but still wants plenty of fancy accoutrements.

Evanovich is top-rated on best-selling lists, and her elegant office includes floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and a full expanse of windows. The space looks like a tranquil oasis, with a view designed to get creative juices flowing.


Living space

Wine room


Wet bar area


There’s a second office as well, presumably used by Evanovich’s husband, which also offers an amazing view and has quite a bit of space to make one’s own.

It looks as if entertainment is a top priority in this luxurious and contemporary abode. There’s a full wine cellar, complete with glass windows and illuminated countertops on the main floor.

Right outside the cellar are two very contemporary bar-height tables that complement a wet bar. If a highball doesn’t suit your taste, perhaps a movie in the theater or a nice sweat in the home gym will do the trick.

To fully cash in on Florida’s sunny days, this waterfront property pulls out all the stops when it comes to outdoor living. A covered, second-floor balcony is the perfect place for a good read and a glass of wine, and the backyard includes a deep blue pool and fire pit.

We don’t know where Evanovich is headed, but this stunner is going to make someone very happy.

Evanovich, 76, is a prolific writer best known for her long-running “Stephanie Plum” mystery series. It includes 26 books, and the last 17 have all debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times’ best-sellers list.





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Lessons From Listing Photos: An 80-Year-Old Ranch Gets a Rustic-Modern Makeover

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It doesn’t matter how perfect your home is—if your listing photos don’t stand out, potential buyers won’t come by to take a look. In our series “Lessons From Listing Photos,” we dissect the smart updates sellers have made to their homes, and how their listing pictures highlight the home’s best assets.

Within California’s capital city lies the posh neighborhood of East Sacramento, an area filled with historic and diverse homes, ranging from Tudors to bungalows. Some homes, like this 80-year-old, four-bedroom, four-bathroom ranch, are badly in need of an update.

When the property hit the market in 2018 for $900,000, it was clearly a very valuable place.

When they bought it in 2018 for $900,000, the new owners quickly zeroed in on its considerable strengths. The original architectural touches, like built-in cabinets and an arched soffit over one of the bathtubs, give it a unique charm. It’s also located in the tony enclave known as the “Fabulous Forties” (the streets are named after numbers in the 40s). But they also realized it would need considerable work to bring it to its full potential.

An eight-month renovation returned the home to a level of sophistication it hadn’t seen in decades. And when the refurbished house went on the market, it was eventually sold for $600,000 over what the sellers paid for it just a year earlier.

So what design choices worked to the sellers’ advantage the most? We went straight to our experts to find out what they did right, and how you can have that same success in your space.

Before: Front of the home

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The house was hidden by overgrown greenery.

After: Front of the home

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After renovations, you can’t miss this gorgeous entrance.

You’ll have to look pretty hard to find any similarities in these before and after images, but we promise that it is the same house. It’s simply come out of hiding from behind all that overgrown greenery.

According to our experts, it’s really just several small changes that made such a huge difference in the appearance of the front of the home.

Kobi Karp, principal at Kobi Karp Architecture & Interior Design, loves the way the dark roof, door, and shutters contrast with the white panels on the house.

“The color palette makes the home pop,” says Karp, who’s also a big fan of the new landscaping.

“The lighting creates warmth, and the addition of potted wildflowers usher in the farmhouse vibe without going overboard, and creates a welcoming entrance,” he says.

Of course, nothing sells a house better than an entrance that welcomes prospective buyers, right?

Before: Living room

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The old living room was closed off and outdated.

After: Living room

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Opening a wall—and losing the fireplace—makes it larger and improves flow.

The sellers may have added a ton of style to this living room, but they also took away something fairly major: the fireplace!

So how do our experts feel about losing a feature than many consider central to the room’s design?

They don’t miss it at all. In fact, Nisha MacNeil, design manager at Kerr Construction & Design, thinks the room greatly benefits from letting the fireplace go, as it helps gain more of what really matters: space.

“This is a beautiful and bright space made even larger by removing the fireplace and opening up the wall between the living and dining rooms with an arch, enhancing the architectural details,” she says. “I love the added stained-wood casing around the other door to warm up the space. The new stain color of the floor is perfect for the update. The previous oak floor was too yellow and orange.”

Karp admires the universally flattering and stylish decor choices.

“While the color scheme is still neutral, the space is brought to life with plants and wooden accents,” he says.

Before: Office

This old room held hints of its former charm.

After: Office

A few simple touches created an inspiring office.

This room didn’t see as many changes as the rest of the house. But our experts agree that the modifications made the room more stylish and functional.

“This is a perfect example of how designer staging completely transforms a space,” says MacNeil. “With the placement of some key furniture, art, and an area rug, the space now has purpose.”

“The floors were also darkened to match the rest of the house and add warmth to the room,” says Karp. “All these elements make this a space where you can create, reflect, and feel inspired.”

Another nice touch: keeping the original built-in cabinet. It’s a nod to the house’s historical roots and provides more storage space.

Before: Bathroom

The old bathroom had nothing going for it.

After: Bathroom

Mosaic tiles and a wooden vanity give this space life.

Perhaps the most genius move in the whole house was transforming the arch above the bathtub into a unique design element.

“I am in love with this bathroom,” says MacNeil. “The original arched soffit over the tub looks stunning clad in this small mosaic.

It “is an element that would typically be removed during a renovation, and I am so happy they kept it,” says MacNeil. “It brings an architectural design feature that speaks to old European design.

The rustic sink vanity also gives a nod to the modern farmhouse aesthetic that crops up in other rooms of the house.

Before: Backyard

The old backyard was overgrown.

After: Backyard

A new patio and grass make this a place you’d want to spend an afternoon.

The original backyard looked a bit like a wasteland with no place to sit and relax. But several additions make this area a comfortable place to enjoy that California sunshine.

“A covered patio is such a great selling feature,” says MacNeil. “They took this one to the next level by creating two massive, open gables in a gorgeous stained wood. I love the exposed steel fasteners that give an edge to the design.”

Karp sees this outdoor space as the perfect complement to the renovation.

“Ultimately, they created a space that thrives on rustic details and pure functionality,” he says.

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Sacked! Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari’s Discounted Mansion Is the Week’s Most Popular Home

Stylish, elegant, and ready for move-in, the Nashville, TN, mansion owned by former NFL star Jay Cutler and reality TV vet Kristin Cavallari had its price slashed yet again this week. The $800,000 reduction reignited interest in the property, propelling it to the top of this week’s most popular homes.

In 2018, the couple listed the mansion for $7.9 million, and its asking price has been falling steadily ever since. It’s now available for $4.9 million, and the current price represents a 38% drop over two years.

The sprawling hilltop hideaway was featured on Season 1 of Cavallari’s show, “Very Cavallari.” It served as an incubator/showroom for her aesthetic, which is equal parts rustic, elegant, and perfectly lit for Instagram consumption.

Other homes you clicked on this week offer wide-open spaces to get out and get back to nature. There’s an utterly charming lakefront estate in Oregon, a Pennsylvania farm within commuting distance of Philadelphia, and a Louisiana mansion sitting on 12 private, parklike acres in the center of Baton Rouge.

But hands down the best bargain around might be the camera-ready Cavallari-Cutler home. Will the high-flying couple finally be able to close a deal?

Perhaps Kristin will throw in a couple of Uncommon James candles and a copper tea kettle to sweeten the deal. While you ponder making a move to Nashville, scroll on down for all of this week’s most popular homes…

10. 98269 Stian Smith Ln, Coos Bay, OR

Price: $689,950

Why it’s here: Plucked straight out of a fairy tale, this 14.5-acre property, dubbed Alderbrook by the current owner, sits on the Coos River. Built in 1907 and lovingly maintained throughout the years, the four-bedroom home offers nearly 5,300 square feet and is being sold along with all of its vintage furniture.

Coos Bay, OR cottage exterior
Coos Bay, OR


9.11554 Morrison St, Valley Village, CA

Price: $2,399,000

Why it’s here: Described as “magazine worthy” by the listing, this newly constructed four-bedroom modern farmhouse sits in the San Fernando Valley. Highlights include hardwood floors and designer light fixtures. Outside, the entertainer’s backyard includes a pool and spa with waterfall, fire pit, and barbecue area.

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Valley Village, CA


8. 405 E Bridge St, Cynthiana, KY

Price: $384,500

Why it’s here: According to the listing details, this is one of the city’s most important historical homes. The three-story Victorian was originally built in 1886 and was renovated in 2008. Many of its original details are intact. The four-bedroom home includes eight fireplaces, hardwood floors, and a grand foyer staircase. There’s also a large outdoor deck for entertaining.

Cynthiana, KY historic home exterior
Cynthiana, KY


7. 11001 Highland Rd, Baton Rouge, LA

Price: $14,000,000

Why it’s here: Ringed by oak trees for privacy and set on a gated 12.5-acre lot in the heart of the city, this Mediterranean-style mansion was built in 2006. The over 25,000-square-foot home features a grand entry, two-story living room, a wall of windows, double loggias connecting the two wings of the house, solarium, and elevator. There’s also a nearly 5,000-square-foot guesthouse, a three-car garage, cabana, saltwater pool, and a quarter-mile golf cart path.

Baton Rouge, LA mansion exterior
Baton Rouge, LA


6. 431 Linden Ave, Doylestown, PA

Price: $395,000

Why it’s here: Close to shopping, restaurants, and museums, this adorable 1951 ranch was recently updated with granite counters, double farm sink, custom built-ins, and hardwood floors. The dining room is being used as an art studio by the current owner, and there’s also an unfinished walk-out basement.

Doylestown, PA ranch exterior
Doylestown, PA


5. 978 Highland Rd, Newtown, PA

Price: $1,125,000

Why it’s here: Highland Farm is a 4.6-acre property with an elegant four-bedroom farmhouse. Inside, you’ll find wide plank floors, custom built-ins, and a sprawling owner’s suite, which spans the entire third floor. The carriage house, which was once a blacksmith’s shop, is now a guesthouse with a two-car garage and additional storage. This bucolic spread is also a relatively quick commute to Philadelphia and New York City.

Newtown PA farmhouse exterior
Newtown, PA


4. 3026 Shiloh Rd, Pelahatchie, MS

Price: $309,000

Why it’s here: Fruit trees, blueberry bushes, a private pond, and pier are just a few of the highlights of this 5-acre property. The three-bedroom house was built in 1998 and features a double-height fireplace in the living room, a huge bonus room over the garage, and a front porch with a view of the pond as well as the surrounding natural beauty.

Pelahatchie MS farmhouse exterior
Pelahatchie, MS


3. 7021 Lafayette Ave, Fort Washington, PA

Price: $2,250,000

Why it’s here: Situated on 4.5 acres, this Colonial compound includes a three-car garage with guest suite and bath, a 1,400-square-foot pottery barn, and pool. Built in 1953, the six-bedroom main house has been renovated and now measures in at a whopping 8,870 square feet. Designed with entertaining in mind, it has a lower level with bar, media room, 1,200-bottle wine cellar, and gym.

Fort washington PA compound exterior
Fort Washington, PA


2. 2800 Wenonah Rd SW, Birmingham, AL

Price: $130,000

Why it’s here: Despite its rather odd-looking exterior, this house is something of a local legend. It was built in 1965 by local businessman Cliff Muldrow, and many high-profile local events were held here. However, the interior has faded since its glory days. The four-bedroom home needs a contractor to bring the place back to its 1960s-era heyday. Interesting features of the custom-built residence include the garage, which was extended to accommodate limousines, and an indoor pool with outdoor kitchen and sun room.

Birmingham, AL home exterior
Birmingham, AL


1. 39 Bancroft Pl, Nashville, TN 

Price: $4,950,000

Why it’s here: Sacked for yet another loss! Celeb couple Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari cut the price on their huge Nashville mansion by another $800,000 this week. Perhaps the most recent price slice will now attract a buyer to blitz the duo with an offer.

Filled with trees and views, the nearly 9-acre lot is private, yet conveniently located to everything Nashville offers. The mansion was built in 2007, and the interiors of the seven-bedroom, 10-bathroom property were featured on Cavallari’s reality TV show. Highlights include Brazilian cherry hardwood floors, a huge seven-bay garage, and style to spare.

Jay Cutler House in Nashville, TN
Nashville, TN

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Beautiful B&B: Own This Inn in ‘America’s Coolest Small Town’ for $550K

Lititz, PA B&B

If you’re secretly nursing dreams of becoming an innkeeper, we’ve found the ideal spot for you to realize your dream.

Most opportunities to become an innkeeper fall in the million-dollar range, which makes this rural Pennsylvania inn—dating to the 1700s—a bangin’ bargain at $549,900.

Currently operating as The Avenue Guesthouse & Gallery, the bed-and-breakfast is located in Lititz, about 80 miles west of Philadelphia and 6 miles north of Lancaster.

Once dubbed “America’s coolest small town” by Budget Travel, Lititz has a population of 18,000. Art galleries, cute cafes, and the country’s oldest commercial pretzel factory dot the community. A walkway easily connects the inn with the city’s quaint downtown.

This five-bedroom, five-bath stone inn was built by local members of the Moravian faith, and the town itself was settled by Moravians in the 1700s. The home was built in 1725, and the town was founded in 1749. In fact, the man who founded Lititz (Count Zinzendorf) once preached at the home, according to a plaque in front of the inn.



Dining room


Additional dining space



En suite bath

Meticulous renovations in recent years have retained original woodwork, built-ins, and exposed beams. The beautiful hardwood floors have also been refinished. All of the bathrooms were recently updated, and two new water heaters were installed. There’s also a new roof and new well.

In addition to the five bedroom suites, there’s a formal dining room, casual dining room, and first-floor living room. These could all be used as communal spaces for overnight guests. A kitchen with a breakfast bar makes whipping up breakfast for guests a breeze.

The extensive and thoughtful updates mean the next owner can focus on perfecting frittata and muffin recipes—not maintenance!

The inn is listed with Mark Thudium of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty.

Outbuilding for storage

Back of house

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$63M Bel Air Mansion in ‘Superb’ Location Is Most Expensive New Listing

A grand Southern California estate on the market for $63 million is this week’s most expensive new property on®. Located in lower Bel Air, the estate overlooks the Bel Air Country Club’s fairways. 

Described as “regal” in the listing, the white brick manor sits on 2 acres in an “exceptional setting,” says listing agent Tania Ferris. Ferris is also the co-owner of the home along with local developer Guy Hackbarth.

The estate was originally built in 2001 for brokerage founder Jon Douglas, according to the Real Deal. After Douglas’ death in 2010, the home was sold in 2011 for $11.4 million.

The current owners then embarked on substantial renovations, including adding a home theater and additional square footage, along with “significant changes to the property,” Ferris says.

Now that their work is done, Ferris says the home has great curb appeal.

“It’s a very, very rare 2-acre parcel,” Ferris says. “It sits up off of the street, and it sits very majestically on the lot. The location is superb.”

Most expensive new listing


Dining room

Living room


Master suite

Outdoor fireplace and seating


The eight-bed, 13-bath mansion also comes with a two-bedroom, 2.5-bath guesthouse.

Classic details include limestone and walnut hardwood flooring throughout. The 15,000-square-foot floor plan includes a living room, library, dining room, family room, gym, and home theater. There are eight fireplaces. The 3,200-square-foot master suite features dual offices, dual baths, a sitting room, and “fabulous” closets.

In addition, the grounds boast rose gardens, a 70-foot pool, spa, motor court, and on-site parking for 50 cars. The property also includes a staff room and a detached staff apartment.

The mansion initially tested the market in October 2019 at the same price, but was listed anew in the new year.

Perhaps the jaw-dropping sale of the Chartwell estate late last year for a reported $150 million provided encouragement for this elegant mansion to bounce back onto the market this week. We’ll see if the strategy pays off in a big way.

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