New furniture line from ‘Property Brothers’ reveals the differences between the twins – Marin Independent Journal
Half the fun of watching “Property Brothers” — the HGTV reality series where identical twins Drew and Jonathan Scott convince buyers to buy an old repairman and trust the design duo to transform it — is trying to distinguish the brothers-in-law. Although they look like carbon clones, they are happy to tell you how different they are.
“Everyone always says I’m the most high-maintenance guy,” says Jonathan. “Have you seen her wardrobe? Have you seen those nails?
“Have you seen that hair?” Drew retaliates, pointing to his brother’s headdress.
I’m in virtual conversation with the duo who, joking aside, are launching a collection of furniture exclusive to Living Spaces, a furniture retailer. Now, in the interest of full transparency, I signed up to attend the first media event not because I was interested in the new line, but because I thought it would be cool to virtually meet Drew and Jonathan . I’m superficial that way.
True to form, the TV twins have also managed to stand out in their new line of furniture. The California-inspired furniture showcases both sides of Los Angeles, the city the twins, originally from Canada, now call home.
“You really see both sides of our story in LA,” says Jonathan. “You’ve got Drew’s old Hollywood style, and you’ve got my laid-back California, too.” One is more luxurious and glamorous, while the other has a laid-back vibe, sinking into a space and never getting up.
Drew and his wife, Linda Phan, have a home in Hancock Park, a venerable neighborhood filled with mansions near downtown. Jonathan and his partner, actress Zooey Deschanel, recently bought and are renovating a house in Brentwood, west of the city, closer to the coast.
Like the twins, the City of Angels is a study in contrasts.
“When you think about where we are here in LA, there’s so much architectural influence, so many amazing pieces of inspiration, so many beautiful historic homes,” Drew says. “You’ve got art deco, you’ve got modern regency, you’ve got old bungalows, and you’ve got a lot of laid-back vibes, especially down by the water. We thought, how can we capture some of that classic beauty and incorporate it into our pieces?”
As a California native who has spent most of her life in the Golden State, I too was curious to see how they would translate the diverse landscapes and communities into couches, tables, and chairs.
The virtual tour kicked off with the twins sitting in a living room showcasing Drew’s Old Hollywood, a look that includes chic ebony leather sofas and chairs, dark wood dressers and chests, oil rubbed bronze furniture legs and accent chairs upholstered in velvety cobalt blue.
Next, we move on to Jonathan’s relaxed California living room, a laid-back coastal look that revolves around a multipurpose section and wooden storage furniture in warm, weathered taupe tones. The Culver sofa centerpiece is designed for family movie nights, he says, and built to withstand whatever life throws at it. ” We have to be realistic. A sofa can’t just be pretty.
To create the 90-piece collection, which includes dressers, side tables, rugs, sectionals, dining sets and more, the twins took inspiration not only from Southern California, but also from their experience in the design of more than 500 fireplaces for television and in the renovation of houses. off the air long before that. The brothers, now 43, have been with the business for 25 years and are both licensed estate agents. Jonathan is also a licensed contractor.
After the virtual tour, we Peanut Gallery journalists were able to ask a few questions:
Q Complete this sentence. No home is complete without a great…
Drew: … set of twins. No, without a sectional, a comfortable sectional that will adapt to your space. Imagine meeting friends. Image move at night. This cut is what will make her feel like home.
Q What are the major furniture trends?
Jonathan: Find pieces that can be versatile. That’s what I love about a modular system that you can modify to work with your space. Today, you can find items that would look stylish if placed in an office environment, or stylish if placed in a living space or bedroom. Having this ability to mix and match is important.
Drew: People have long been structured. We are now seeing a return to comfort and style. We see more padding on the arms and more glamour.
Q How does that California look translate to cross-country?
Drew: We always laugh that when we have family or friends over from North America or overseas, when they come home they all say they want to bring some of the California vibe with them . From the vibe of the beach to the different neighborhoods, the collection offers many different influences and a little something that can speak to everyone, no matter where they live.
Q What are the top furniture buying mistakes people make?
Jonathan: Buying the wrong size furniture. People see something they want. They buy it, then they realize they have to move sideways to get into the next room. Be sure to measure first.
Drew: A lot of people see something they like and buy it and see something else they like and buy that and end up with all these different elements. I am for an eclectic design. You don’t want matchy matchy. However, sometimes people get all of these and find that they don’t work together. Start with basic pieces that work together that you can build on.
Marni Jameson is the author of six home and lifestyle books including “What to Do With Everything You Own to Leave the Legacy You Want”, “Downsizing the Family Home – What to Save, What to Let Go” and “Downsizing the Blended Home – When Two Homes Become One. You can reach her at marnijameson.com.