2021 proved to be yet another wild year, one where we spent more time than any of us may have liked stuck at home, wondering what we could do to spruce up our surroundings and, more likely than not, surfing for a little inspiration from our favorite stars on reality TV.
And they did not disappoint: Chip and Joanna Gaines, Tarek El Moussa, Christina Haack, and the rest of reality TV royalty were busier than ever this year on screen, flipping houses, unveiling new decor trends, and beyond. Plus, what these stars were up to behind the scenes was just as riveting.
And so as 2021 draws to a close, we thought we’d look back at the most memorable moments and milestones for the top reality TV stars this year. Whomever you’re a fan of, take this moment to look back and appreciate just how far they’ve all come!
Tarek and Heather Rae El Moussa married—and finished renovating their home
In October, “Flip or Flop” star Tarek El Moussa and Heather Rae Young (now El Moussa) tied the knot. In one Instagram post, Tarek said, “So many things to be grateful for this year but marrying @heatherraeyoung is one of the biggest. It’s really crazy how much your life can change when you find the right person.”
But a wedding wasn’t the only big thing these newlyweds did this year. The couple finally finished renovating their Newport Beach, CA, home. In 2020, the house endured devastating water damage, but the couple worked hard to rebuild it into a modern home with a fire pit and massive rooftop deck.
Since their new life together is finally official, it makes sense that these two also began popping up in each other’s real estate series, too. Heather appeared in a number of episodes of Tarek’s show “Flipping 101 with Tarek El Moussa,” while Tarek did the same in Season 4 of Heather’s Netflix series, “Selling Sunset.” Will these two team up for their own real estate show in 2022? We’ll have to wait and see.
Chip and Joanna Gaines returned to TV
What a busy year it’s been for Chip and Joanna Gaines: In July, after a spate of pandemic-related holdups, they launched their own Magnolia Network. While many of this channel’s shows had the Gaineses’ signature style and charm, probably the best part is that they returned to the small screen, too.
The cute couple reemerged on “Fixer Upper: Welcome Home,” a redux of their original hit show. Fans rejoiced in seeing Chip’s antics and Jo’s eye-rolling alongside their tasteful designs once again. It had been way too long!
Jasmine Roth sold her own house
Reality TV stars deal with real estate day in and day out, but when their own home goes on the market, that’s major. Such was the case for “Help I Wrecked My House” star Jasmine Roth, who sold her Huntington Beach, CA, home in January for over asking at $2,214,000.
Part of what made this home sale so momentous was that Roth had not only lived here for many years, but she also had built it “from the ground up.”
As such, “we definitely have all the feels about putting the #11thstreetretreat on the market,” Roth said on Instagram.
Although parting with this home was bittersweet, Roth did manage to remain in the neighborhood. In October 2021, Roth showed off her new home, just a few blocks from her old one. The property is equally spectacular, featuring a 10-foot island, plaid wallpaper in the dining room, and even a unique play space for Roth’s daughter, Hazel, under the stairs. And in case she ever gets homesick for her first abode, she can do an easy drive-by and wave.
Christina Haack has moved on—romantically and in real estate, too
After finalizing her divorce from Tarek El Moussa in 2018 and splitting from second husband Ant Anstead in 2020, Christina Haack shocked fans with news of her engagement to a new beau, real estate agent Joshua Hall, in September. These folks like to get married!
The star of “Christina on the Coast” made big moves not only romantically but in terms of real estate, too. In August, after selling the home she shared with Anstead, she upgraded a $10.3 million mansion in Newport Beach, which is notably the same coastal city where her ex-husband El Moussa lives with his new wife.
Plus, earlier this year, Haack shocked fans when she bought a Tennessee vacation home for $2.5 million. The six-bedroom, 5.5-bathroom farmhouse in Franklin has tons of country chic charm. Does this mean she’s ready to branch out from her coastal design aesthetic into farmhouse decor? It’s yet another reason to look forward to 2022 to find out.
David Bromstad finally found his own ‘dream home’
Ever since winning Season 1 of “Design Star,” David Bromstad has had the lucky job of helping lottery winners find just the right digs on his show “My Lottery Dream Home.” But in July, he turned the camera toward his own personal victory by detailing in an HGTV special how he found his own dream home in Florida—after an epic four-year search.
In an interview with Realtor.com where he shared his renovation plans, Bromstad said he’s glad he took his time to find the right place, adding that this house is a “first” for him in a unique way.
“This is the first house I’ve owned on my own,” he said. “With all my other houses I had a partner, so there was always a second opinion. Now, I have no second opinion. It’s going to be delicious, tasteful, bold, but yet really comforting.”
Ty Pennington got hitched at a home he’s renovating
“Ty Breaker” star Ty Pennington finally found The One, announcing his engagement to social media manager Kellee Merrell in June this year and later announcing his marriage in November. The happy couple met in 2010 when Pennington was filming a show in Toronto, and the friends stayed in touch through the years. They decided to quarantine together when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and the rest is history!
Plus, this year, the “Ty Breaker” star sold his home in Venice, CA, and the pair wed at their new home in Savannah, GA. Naturally, they’re currently restoring this property together!
Erin and Ben Napier welcomed baby No. 2
But that’s not all the couple had cooking: In May, they welcomed their second baby girl, aptly named Mae. While the Napiers have remained fairly private and haven’t shared photos of Mae’s nursery, one might guess that the space looks a lot like big sister Helen‘s nursery, which featured a wood crib (handmade by Ben), deep green walls, and floral curtains.
Hilary Farr announced her new solo series
In mid-November, longtime “Love It or List It” host Hilary Farr announced that she’s getting her own design show which will premiere on Dec. 20, “Tough Love With Hilary Farr.”
In an Instagram post, Farr wrote about her new renovation projects where she helps families with disastrous homes and conflicting tastes: “For years, I’ve helped thousands of people love their homes. Now I’m working with families whose problems are way bigger than bad floor plans. Upgrading these spaces will be a challenge, but transforming these homeowners’ lives is where the real work begins.”
What will happen to her original hit series with co-host David Visentin remains to be seen, but hopefully she can juggle two shows so we see double the renovations!