The mother-daughter dynamic between Karen Laine and Mina Starsiak Hawk has helped turn HGTV's Good Bones into a smash hit. Not every parent-child duo want to spend that much time together, but in an interview with Life & Style, these house rehabbers from Indianapolis share how they make it work.
"It's ride or die," Karen, 58, tells Life & Style. "No matter what kind of conflict we have…when you work through conflict, you strengthen the relationship." Mina, 33, says they're a great pair because they have different approaches to problem-solving. "Mom's more meticulous," she says, "[while] I am a quick decision-maker."
Everything's about to change, though: Mina is months away from becoming a mom herself. "My body is freaking out because it’s just growing a child," she says of her first pregnancy. Karen's freaking, too, but in a good way: "I am very excited," she says. "I talk to the baby all the time."
Early on, Mina worked tables to make ends meet, and even now, Karen recently admitted, "I'm still deeply in debt." But they built up their business, Two Chicks and a Hammer, and that led to the series.
Karen and Mina, who started their home renovation business in 2008, have adjusted to life as TV stars. "As long as viewers like the show," Mina says, "we'll keep doing it." Season 3 of the show is premiering on April 10.