Former Teen Mom star Chelsea Houska is the lead designer on her new HGTV show Down Home Fab, which features her husband Cole DeBoer as project manager.
In her earlier years on Teen Mom, Houska gained a reputation for her love of leopard print, but Houska’s tastes have evolved since her teens.
Houska still loves a good squeeze. She chose an antelope rug for her client’s house in the first episode of Down Home DeBoer, and this could be the new trend.
“Is antelope the new leopard print?” asked Heavy Houska in a phone interview.
“I think antelope print is the new leopard print!” Houska told Heavy. “We’ll call it now.”
In the Down Home Fab trailer, Houska added that she loves cowhides and “paints things black.” She wants to inspire customers to “take risks and be bold with their design”.
Houska no longer focuses on the “biggest trends”. She just does what feels right.
“Maybe I was trying to do the trends that were in at the time. When the farmhouse trend was big, I tried to do that in my house,” she told Heavy.
“Now I feel more confident and confident in my personal style, which just feels more like me,” she continued. “I really encourage people to do what they love and not do what’s necessarily the biggest trend right now.”
DeBoer added that her designs have an air of sensibility. “We have four kids, so we have to find things that are practical, too,” he told Heavy.
Houska’s oldest child, 13-year-old Aubree, is from her relationship with her high school friend Adam Lind. Houska and DeBoer met in 2014 and have been together ever since. They welcomed three children together: 5-year-old Watson, 4-year-old Layne and 1-year-old Walker June.
Houska and DeBoer left “Teen Mom” in November 2020, months after construction of their “dream home” began. They documented the process on the Down Home DeBoers Instagram page, where they discovered fans loved watching their home building process. The page currently has more than 750,000 followers.
Houska and DeBoer collaborate on their designs, but when disagreements arise, they default to Houska.
“If that happens, I win,” Houska said with a chuckle.
“If that ever happens, she just wins and that’s just settled,” DeBoer agreed.
But they have a balance. When it comes to construction plans, DeBoer has the final say in these decisions.
“He has the last word in this area and I have the last word in my area. Of course we work together, but we really didn’t have any major disagreements,” Houska said.
“There are always suggestions, but there are never disagreements,” DeBoer added.
Houska and DeBoer are social media influencers who have a combined following of 9 million people on Instagram.
When it comes to finding their own inspiration, Houska and DeBoer go inward.
“I tend to just go with my gut,” Houska told Heavy. “I don’t necessarily take inspiration from outside sources. I like to look inward and trust my gut and really go with it.”
“I think it just comes easy for me,” DeBoer said. “When you’re in a room or dealing with a certain project, it just comes to you. You just adapt.”
When working with customers, Houska and DeBoer say the most important thing is to make sure they’re happy.
“It’s interesting, especially when someone has a completely different style than me or us,” Houska told Heavy. “I feel like I’m refining what I think someone else would like and really focusing on that.”
Houska wants to inspire people to be bold, but still give them something that makes them feel at home.
The HGTV star said she likes to “push them a little bit out of their comfort zone and maybe add a little bit of my own twist,” while still keeping the client’s “base style” intact.
“Most importantly, they love it and feel comfortable and their home that they are walking into and not my home,” Houska said.
“I think it was important to understand the customer and understand what their preferences and desires are,” DeBoer added, saying Houska “just sprinkles” her touch.
Don’t miss “Down Home Fab” when it premieres Monday, January 16 at 9 p.m. ET on HGTV. It will be streamed on Discovery+ on the same day.