Design is the thing for ‘Christina on the Coast’ on HGTV


‘Christina on the Coast’ – ‘Flip or Flop’ co-host moves on


“Christina on the Coast” premieres Thursday on HGTV.

Christina Anstead’s life has been uber busy these days, what with doing two TV shows, starting a design business, raising a blended family of four children with new husband Ant Anstead and expecting a fifth.

The former Christina El Moussa has moved on after her divorce from “Flip or Flop” co-host Tarek and is embarking on a new chapter in her life, which is the subject of “Christina on the Coast,” premiering Thursday, May 23, on HGTV.

“Doing ‘Christina on the Coast’ has been literally the best experience of my life,” Anstead says. “It’s just so much fun, so authentic. … I love showing up to work. I have a good crew, the same crew that’s on ‘Flip or Flop,’ so that’s made it really easy to balance everything. And the kids are excited. You know, the kids have a new stepbrother and sister and we have that going on. They’re looking forward to having a new baby brother.”

Each 30-minute episode follows Anstead as she works on one project for a discriminating client in her Southern California design business while also dealing with the various challenges in her personal life. New husband Ant of Discovery Channel’s “Wheeler Dealers” will be making appearances.

In Thursday’s opener, that discriminating client is best friend Cathy, who wants to update her childhood home now that her parents have moved out. On her list of wants is an all-white kitchen, which Anstead talks her out of.

“I just think ultimately she trusts me,” Anstead says. “She knows I’ve done hundreds of houses and she knows I only have her best interest (at heart), and if I felt that she would have been happier ultimately with an all-white kitchen, then of course I would have done that. I just want her to love her space.”

As always, the client comes first.

“The majority of people know they like certain colors or they don’t like certain colors,” explains Anstead, who will return for Season 8 of HGTV’s “Flip or Flop” later this year, “and most people at the time have seen things on television or in magazines they like but sometimes ultimately end up choosing something completely different. So my role is just to get to know each and every person, find out what they did not like in the space that they had and how we can make it better, more functional and just really try to nail in their design and give them some options and just go from there.”


George Dickie

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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