Christina Anstead Tries a Totally New Kitchen Design: Will It Catch On?


Christina Anstead of “Flip or Flop” fame has made a name for herself with her modern coastal designs. But as is clear from her new show, “Christina on the Coast,” she doesn’t always stick to her signature styles. How does she do outside her comfort zone?

In the latest episode, “Boho Flair,” Anstead is working with Sabrina and Miguel, who want her to design the kitchen and living room in their Anaheim Hills, CA, home. They have a healthy renovation budget of $70,000, but their project comes with an unusual challenge. With some areas of the house already renovated, Anstead has to match the existing boho style so her upgrades won’t seem out of place.


While boho is not Anstead’s strong suit, she’s game to give it a try. Here’s how she manages to mix and match decor styles, which might inspire some ideas in your own abode, too.



Matching kitchen cabinets and floors: A new trend?

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This all-wood look is beautiful!

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In an effort to match Sabrina’s artistic style, Anstead decides to take a design risk we’ve never seen her take before: She plans to refinish the kitchen cabinets to match the new wood floors.

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These cabinets match the wood floors perfectly!

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“In order for all the wood to work, all the stains need to complement each other,” Anstead says. “Otherwise, it’s going to feel random.”

When the cabinets are finally finished, the look is incredible. It’s certainly a lot of wood for one kitchen, but it looks great.

Go for paneled appliances

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This refrigerator blends right in with the cabinets.

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With refinished cabinets that match the wood floor, Anstead has firmly established a boho look. Still, she decides to take the look one step further by paneling the fridge with the same material!

“This is one of the first times I’ve done a paneled refrigerator,” Anstead admits. But despite her lack of fridge paneling experience, the result is beautiful.

“It doesn’t even look like a refrigerator. It just looks like a piece of furniture,” Sabrina says.

Break up the boho look with industrial accents

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Christina Anstead chose the perfect pendant lights.

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While Sabrina loves boho style, Miguel likes the industrial look, so Anstead is sure to bring in some details for the kitchen. One of those is the pendant lights above the sink—simple and sleek, perfect for this space.


When Sabrina first sees the lights, she’s certainly impressed.

“Those are so beautiful,” she says, “and again, they have that modern with a little bit of that industrial—because of the black.”

When the lights are finally installed, they look perfect. This kitchen is a fabulous combination of both of Sabrina and Miguel’s styles.

Know the right spot for a sink

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Before, this kitchen felt closed off.

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Often designers organize a kitchen layout so that the sink is situated by the window. It’s usually a great choice because the homeowner can look

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Christina Anstead’s Advice for Couples Who Just Can’t Agree on Decor

Christina Anstead knows that couples don’t always agree—on home decor or otherwise. (Remember all of her arguments with her ex-husband and flipping partner Tarek El Moussa on “Flip or Flop”?)

And on her new show, “Christina on the Coast,” we see that plenty of her clients can’t see eye to eye, either.

In the latest episode, “A Clash of Style,” Anstead helps newlyweds Montana and Liz update their home in Long Beach, CA. It’s a big design job, which is made more challenging when these clients can’t agree on how their house should look.

Read on to find out how Anstead helps them compromise, and how they both end up pleasantly surprised by their new surroundings. Perhaps you can avoid your own domestic design battles, too!

Get a sample before you decide

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These homeowners made the right choice when they picked blue over black cabinets.

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When the three of them discuss the kitchen, it’s clear that Montana is set on having black cabinets, while Liz wants blue. Neither is willing to compromise, and things are tense between the newlyweds. It’s clear that Anstead will have to act as the tie-breaker.

To help, Anstead brings the newlyweds a sample for blue shaker cabinets. Upon seeing it in real life, Montana warms up to the hue, and allows Liz to get her way. And by the end of renovation, they’re both happy they went with blue. The cabinets bring a sophistication to the kitchen without making it look too harsh.

“Wow, it looks really, really good,” Montana says of the kitchen. “I cannot believe how it turned out.”

Light flooring is a must-have in a home with pets

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Christina Anstead’s flooring choice looks beautiful!

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Since Montana had to compromise on the cabinet color, he’s hopeful that he can call the shots when it comes to flooring. However, he and Liz butt heads once again.

While Montana likes the idea of a dramatic, dark floor, Liz prefers a lighter shade. Once again, Anstead acts as the tie-breaker and explains that the lighter floors won’t just work better with the rest of the home’s design, but will be more practical with their three dogs.

All the fur those pooches shed would show up on a dark floor, but blend in better on a lighter one, she explains.

Montana eventually agrees to medium-gray laminate flooring, and while it may seem like another compromise, he ends up liking it a lot.

Extend your fireplace up

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Anstead knew this fireplace was due for a makeover.

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Montana finally gets his way with the fireplace. Anstead wants to take the small fireplace in the living room and make it a grand statement piece by extending it all the way to the ceiling.

Montana is happy that the fireplace will feature the matte black tile he loves.

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The fireplace now goes all the way to the ceiling.

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When the fireplace is finally finished, the couple love the look. As it turns out, Montana’s dark style finally

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