Exclusive: The ‘Inside Out’ Stars Reveal the One Thing Homebuyers Don’t Want—and Won’t Do—Anymore

Mike and Carmine


Today, a home’s outdoor space is as important as what’s inside—so it’s no wonder that the HGTV show “Inside Out” has returned for Season 2, starring interior designer Carmine Sabatella and landscape designer Mike Pyle.

And this season (which premiered in August and airs on Mondays), these experts are seeing their clients willing to invest in bigger budgets and more daring choices.

Curious to learn more about how home styles have changed, we asked these pros about bringing the inside out, and the outside in.

Season 1 inspired homeowners to improve both their interiors and exteriors. Is there anything new viewers should be looking out for in Season 2?

Carmine Sabatella: We have bigger budgets. The scope of work is a lot larger. We are pushing the envelope a little bit harder. We’re thinking outside the box, and the clients are actually trusting us a lot more. So we have a lot more creative control.

For instance, in the first episode, the client wanted to put terrazzo floors in the primary bathroom. So we found a manufacturer who does a custom-style terrazzo floor, and it’s made out of a material like an epoxy. We actually created and handmade our own terrazzo floor, which was so cool. Stuff like that just didn’t happen in Season 1.

Mike Pyle: Yeah. In Season 2, it’s all bigger and better.

Mike, what’s your all-time favorite yard feature?

Pyle: I’m biased toward fire pits. It’s not like a fireplace, because a fire pit is a much better gathering place. People surround it and have cocktails, appetizers, s’mores, whatever it may be. It’s just a great conversation piece, and I try to fit one in every project if I can.

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Mike Pyle and Carmine Sabatella are all smiles on HGTV’s “Inside Out.”


Carmine, do you have a favorite interior update on the show?

Sabatella: Yes, there is one feature that we did on the Burbank episode, where we added some square footage off the primary suite. We ended up adding the square footage off the back of the house to accommodate their new primary bathroom, and this bathroom is really incredible. It has a picture window that looks out onto a private garden that’s probably 8 feet tall by 8 or 10 feet wide. It’s massive, and it sits in the shower.

So you’ve got this big, beautiful shower with this massive window that looked out onto this private garden. I’ve never done anything like that. It’s very kind of Balinese, something you would see in a resort more than in a residence, but it just works really, really well.


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How else can homeowners introduce natural elements to indoor spaces?

Sabatella: I love wallpaper installations, and I’m a big fan of scenic wallpaper. So that can be landscape image—florals, plants, leaves. I love that. I also like to use treated cedar when I can on ceilings and bathrooms and walls.

Anytime that I can use any sort of natural element, like even a reclaimed wood or a live-edge wood shelf in the interior of a space, I try to incorporate that, because I feel like, from an organic standpoint, it just makes it feel like it’s part of the yard. It makes it feel like it’s all … cohesive throughout the whole property.

And I’m obsessed with houseplants. You’ve just got to make sure you do your research and know how to take care of them. Something like 90% of the people throw their houseplants away after, like, two months.

Do you have tips for a water-smart yard?

Pyle: You don’t necessarily have to have grass. There are other products. You can expand your space and have decomposed granite out there and create a seating area and save on water that way.

Obviously, it’s important to implement tolerant plants. Succulents are pretty. There’s a lot of great species out there, and cactus are great, too. They don’t need as much water, obviously. You soak them once a week, and they’re good to go. You can neglect them, and they tend to thrive. So that’s always something great to implement within your space.

Sabatella: The outside can affect the inside a considerable amount, especially in Southern California because of the heat. … When Mike does his exterior, he’ll oftentimes plant mature trees around windows, so that when they do grow after a few years, you got some shade coming into the interior spaces. You’re not having a lot of heat, which is ultimately going to affect how often you’re running your AC. It’s kind of nice to think about those things because they can affect the interior as well.

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Sabatella and Pyle reveal a finished home.


The market has cooled a lot in recent months. Has that affected how people buy and renovate?

Sabatella: I’m a real estate agent as well. The shift in the housing market has affected people’s budgets. People were spending close to $1,000 per square foot … in certain areas for something they haven’t completely renovated. And now that the market has slowed a little, people say, “No, I’m not going to do that anymore.” Like, they’re still willing to pay top dollar, but it has to be for something that’s more finished.

So I think that the more budget-conscious people are saying, “OK, we can pay more now and spend less money for a renovation”—rather than buying something and spending so much money on it and then having to wait five years to do the renovation.

People are actually able to go in, purchase a home for a price that they feel is fair, or close to it, and then budget out their renovation.

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