Coffee With: Drew Scott of HGTV’s Property Brothers

Drew Scott chats new L.A. home, forgettable designs, and Elton John.​

Drew Scott is a renowned realtor, entrepreneur, and reality T.V. personality as co-host with his twin brother for hit series Property Brothers. We spoke with him about founding Casaza, his new home with wife Linda Phan, and what inspires him.

Q&A With Drew Scott

Casaza: Why did you start Casaza?
Drew Scott: Every day I hear people worry that they don’t know where to start when it comes to designing their home. As much as I’d love to work with every family one on one, it’s just not physically possible. Casaza is the solution to inspire people and bring them the beautifully curated looks they love without the hassle of designing it themselves.

How did you get your start?
DS: As a young actor in high school, I didn’t want to become a struggling performer, so I looked for opportunities that could fund my desires. At the time, the real estate market was booming and it looked like a great way to make some money and follow my passions.

How would you describe your style?
DS: I’ve always described my style as rustically modern. I love infusing some old charm into a fresh modern look.

What is “good design” to you?
DS: Good design is something forgettable. Great design people will talk about for years. It’s more than just pretty decor and shiny fixtures. Great design reimagines how people use a space and bridges the gap between function and style.

Where do you get new ideas and inspiration?
DS: Anywhere and everywhere. When I travel, I get inspired. I’ll take features I see in a commercial space and incorporate it into a residential design, or I’ll create a look based off of an old rustic film from the ’60’s. The world inspires me!

Linda phan and drew scott new dining room in los angeles
Linda and Drew’s L.A. Home | Image Property of Gilles Mingasson, Verbatim Photo Agency

C: Recent project that inspired you?
DS: The renovation we recently did on my home in L.A. was a great inspiration for me. It’s the first time my wife, Linda, and I have designed a space together. I was nervous we would just butt heads, but the process became this amazing and inspiring bonding adventure for us. It’s a historic home, and every space became a new challenge. Figuring out where to keep original charm, where to improve function and where to start over completely was so much fun. This house showed me that with the right attitude, anything is possible in design.

C: Wouldn’t start a project without?
DS: I definitely wouldn’t start a budget without knowing the numbers. What is the cost of the labor and materials? What will this space be worth when I’m done the work? Over-renovating is a common occurrence when people rush into a project unprepared.

C: Design style in your own home?
DS: We live in a historic home with old English inspired architecture. When renovating we decided to breath fresh life into it with an old Hollywood glam and art deco feel.

C: Favorite space to renovate?
DS: Anything small. I enjoy proving that even the smallest spaces can have function and style.

C: Favorite city?
DS: We are currently filming in Nashville and I love it here! The locals are friendly, the food is amazing and the music scene is one-of-a-kind.

C: Design rule you don’t subscribe to?
DS: Some people feel a design rule is to have pieces that match. I disagree. You want pieces to complement each other but not necessarily match. If everything is taupe, that’s going to be a very boring space.

C: Design home cheat?
DS: There’s always gold to salvage from any home. When making over a space, I always look for those rustic or vintage pieces that could use a makeover and become a focal point of the new design. This saves you money, repurposes materials and adds interest to your design.

C: Favorite room in the house?
DS: I love spaces made for fun and family gatherings. The best evening for me is having friends over for food and game night.

C: Favorite texture/pattern/color?
DS: I love hammered metal surfaces, large-scale herringbone patterned hardwood floors, and sea glass accents throughout to add a fresh feel.

C: Favorite Casaza product and how would you incorporate it in a client’s space?
DS: Check out my sophisticated glam look for a few of my favorite picks in a client’s home office. I love particularly love the ceiling fixture, which will stand out in any space. It’s a similar accent piece to my own dining room fixture (above), and it totally completes the room.

C: Pack your bag! You’re moving into a famous home. Whose is it?
DS: Elton John and David Furnish’s L.A. home is the epitome of fun. The contemporary design is full of color, and every decor or furniture piece has a unique story.

C: What’s your rule when entertaining?
DS: It’s important to have multiple areas for people to cluster. And top priorities are lots of snack, beverages, and games.

C: Best advice for DIYers?
DS: Stay organized, plan ahead, and know when to use a professional.

C: Best advice for those hiring a pro?
DS: Always get multiple quotes, and don’t just go for the cheapest one!

C: What is one design trend you are most excited about this season?
DS: Rose gold for fixtures and accents. It’s such a stunning metal finish for making your space pop.

C: How do you take your coffee?
DS: I don’t drink coffee 🙂

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