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Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez’s brand-new Malibu mansion might seem move-in ready, but for the real estate-savvy power duo, the $6 million waterfront home is the ultimate fixer-upper. And what do you do when you have a fixer-upper on your hands? You call Joanna Gaines, of course.
“I’m obsessed with Fixer-Upper,” Lopez told Ellen DeGeneres during a recent interview. While Gaines rarely ventures outside of Waco to design homes, it looks like the HGTV alum is willing to make an exception. Lopez revealed that Rodriguez recently set up a secret FaceTime meeting with Gaines as a two-year anniversary surprise.
“I was like, ‘Wouldn’t it be amazing to have her do it for us?’ I didn’t even know that Alex listens to me,” Lopez told DeGeneres. “I totally fangirled.” Already hard at work, Gaines was spotted earlier this week scoping out the beach home in person with Lopez and Gaines’s nine-month-old son, Crew, at her side. What’s more? A camera crew was also on the scene—leading us to believe that we’ll get to watch the makeover go down later this year on HGTV.
While the home was built in 1949, the space is far from dated. The former owner, actor Jeremy Piven, reportedly put $1.5 million toward renovations. We’re expecting that Gaines and Lopez have big plans in store for the three-story abode, which currently boasts four bedrooms, an open-concept living and dining room, sauna, and Balinese swing set.
Seeing that Lopez has read Gaines’s new design book, Homebody, cover to cover, we’re guessing she’s asked the designer to introduce her famous modern farmhouse aesthetic to the coastal-cool home. Here are a few of our Waco-meets–west coast predictions for the makeover.
When asked about whether or not she and Rodriguez see eye to eye when it comes to home decor, Lopez told DeGeneres that Rodriguez’s personal style tends toward cool, modern tones and heavy stones. “And I’m like, ‘Can we have a pillow? A blankie?’” she laughs. This embroidered throw pillow from Gaines’s collection for Anthropologie is an ideal compromise.
This seagrass barstool is beachy at heart, but its curvy silhouette feels decidedly contemporary. The textured breakfast chairs will pair especially well with any reclaimed woods Gaines is sure to introduce to the kitchen.
Gaines loves a good locker cabinet. And while it’s a piece she’d probably prefer to shop vintage, this IKEA find can live happily outside on one of Lopez’s three patios as a bonus spot to store sandy beach gear.
Lopez and Rodriguez can set the table for a casual date night after a long day on the water with these simple black-and-white plates from Chip and Jo’s new Hearth & Hand collection.
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