'Listed Sisters' Lex and Alana Make Home Dreams a Reality

Nashville is the setting for HGTV's newest renovation series featuring a dynamic duo who help clients on their quest to find an ideal home.

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Listed Sisters, Alana and Lex LeBlanc

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Listed Sisters, Alana and Lex LeBlanc

In HGTV's Listed Sisters, real-estate and renovation whiz kids Lex and Alana LeBlanc come to the rescue of couples and families hoping to sell their current residence and move into their dream home. What does it take to make that happen? For starters, help the homeowners upgrade their current home – not simply to get it market ready, but to make it irresistible to buyers so that it will fetch top dollar. If the strategy works it will help finance the move to something bigger or better suited to the family's needs.

The Finder

Alana LeBlanc

Alana LeBlanc

Real estate agent Alana's knowledge of the market and intuitive sense for her clients' needs help her narrow the searches of prospective homebuyers to find something that will suit both their taste and their budgets.

The Fixer

Lex LeBlanc

Lex LeBlanc

Meanwhile, Lex with her keen design style and renovation know-how heads up a crew of pros to renovate, repair and stage the clients' current home to maximize its resale value.

Combining their skill sets, Lex and Alana seem to have arrived at the perfect recipe. Alana takes the real-estate lead for facilitating the sale and finding the perfect new home. Lex plans and executes the renovation and staging of the current home to make it as enticing as possible (or at least as feasible, given any budget constraints) for a quick and easy sale. Check out a couple of examples of their home renovations below.

The Perkins Project – Bellevue, TN

The Perkins renovated living room features a fireplace surround made from reclaimed barn wood.

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The Perkins renovated living room features a fireplace surround made from reclaimed barn wood.

In this week's premiere episode, the Sisters help Tandy and Ryan, a young couple hoping to turn a profit on their suburban home so they and their three kids can move to a new home in the country. For the renovation, Lex and crew open up and modernize the kitchen, turn a poorly designed master bath into a luxe retreat and create a custom fireplace as part of an overhaul of the living room. Lex's design and staging for this project is a take on country chic with emphasis on a fresh, open feel.

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Lex and Alana LeBlanc work on refacing the fireplace at the home of clients Tandy and Ryan Perkins. Lex manages the renovation of the Perkins current home to boost resale value while Alana takes the real estate reins to help the family locate their ideal future home.

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The Perkins Project

Prior to the renovation, the value of the Ryan and Tandy's home in the Bellevue suburb of Nashville was estimated at around $260,000. In order to afford the house they wanted to move into, the Perkins hoped to make improvements that would allow them to list the house at around $350,000. Lex and Alana helped make that happen.

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Living Room, BEFORE

 

Living Room, AFTER

Improvements in the living room include refacing the fireplace with a new wood surround, refinishing the hardwood floors and staging the space with more contemporary furnishings.

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Living Room, AFTER

A wall was removed to create a more open floorplan with the kitchen opening onto the living room.

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Living Room, AFTER

Throughout the renovation and staging, Lex kept the palette and furnishings light for a fresh, clean and open feel.

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Living Room, Detail

The fireplace surround is made from reclaimed barn-wood. Electrical outlets were installed above the mantel (conealed here by the painting) in case the new owners want to mount a TV monitor above the fireplace. 

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Living Room, Detail

 

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Dining Room, BEFORE

 

Dining Room, AFTER

In the new floor plan, the dining room is opened up so that flows seamlessly into the main living area.

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Dining Room, AFTER

 

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Dining Room, AFTER

 

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Dining Room, Detail

 

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Kitchen, BEFORE

 

Kitchen, AFTER

After the renovation, the kitchen also opens up onto the living room. A wall was removed and new peninsula with barstool seating added in its place. 

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Kitchen, BEFORE

 

Kitchen, AFTER

Other improvements in the kitchen include new cabinetry, counter-depth refrigerator and updated lighting.

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Kitchen, AFTER

Lex opted to keep the kitchen's galley layout but the space has a more contemporary look with updated cabinets, countertops, backsplash and appliances.

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Kitchen, AFTER

In terms of overall style, Lex wanted to go with a country chic vibe. Ceiling-height cabinets in a lighter finish make for a dramatic look while helping give the space a more open feel.

Kitchen, Detail

 

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Kitchen, Detail

 

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Kitchen, Detail

 

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Master Bedroom, BEFORE

 

Master Bedroom, AFTER

New window treatments and a fresh take on furnishings boost the visual appeal in the master bedroom.

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Master Bedroom, AFTER

 

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Master Bedroom, Detail

 

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Master Bedroom, Detail

 

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Master Bedroom, Detail

 

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Master Bedroom, Detail

 

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Master Bath, BEFORE

Before the renovation, Lex's contractor and project manager Trey Palmer characterized the current master bath's layout as open-concept gone wrong. Though it's large, the space is poorly planned and clearly does not offer much in the way of privacy.

Master Bath, AFTER

The master bath was reconfigured. The wall that separates the bath from the bedroom was widened for more privacy, and the toilet and vanity were relocated. A new tiled walk-in shower and freestanding tub were added as well.

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Master Bath, AFTER

The renovated bath has a spacious and spa-like feel and includes twin vanities with chrome fixtures, marble surface and a sliding door that provides access to a large walk-in closet.

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Master Bath, BEFORE

 

Master Bath, AFTER

 

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Master Bath, BEFORE

 

Master Bath, AFTER

 

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Bedroom #2, BEFORE

 

Bedroom #2, AFTER

 

Bedroom #2, AFTER

 

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Bedroom #2, AFTER

 

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Bedroom #2, AFTER

For the purpose of resale, this space adjacent to the former kids' room is set up as a home office and accessorized with a day bed and contemporary accents.

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Bedroom #3, BEFORE

 

Bedroom #3, AFTER

 

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Bedroom #3, AFTER

 

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Bedroom #3, Detail

 

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Bonus Room, BEFORE

This spacious upstairs bonus room had been serving as a temporary nursery for the Perkins's newest family addition – perhaps too spacious a room for a toddler.

Bonus Room, AFTER

The bonus room is now set up as a quiet getaway that's ideal for relaxing, reading or entertaining. 

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Bonus Room, AFTER

 

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Bonus Room, AFTER

 

Guest Bath, BEFORE

 

Guest Bath, AFTER

 

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Guest Bath, Detail

 

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Wonder Twins

Lex and Alana pose for a pic in the kitchen as work is underway at the Perkins home.

Afterword: The estimated value on the Perkins home went from $260,000 prior to the renovation to $350,000 after the improvements were complete. The renovation costs came in at around $47,000. Following an open house, the home ended up selling for $357,000 – a full $7000 above asking price. With the proceeds of the sale, the Ryan and Tandy Perkins, and their three kids were able to move into upgrade to a new and larger home in the community of Bethesda, just outside Nashville.

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Behind the Scenes

Lex works on the layout for the sections of reclaimed barn-wood that's to be used on the new fireplace surround.

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Behind the Scenes

Alana models the latest in stylish functional footwear in the kitchen of the Perkins home.

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Behind the Scenes

Lex steadfastly maintains her composure while project manager Trey Palmer hams it up for the camera on location for HGTV's Listed Sisters.

If you liked this gallery, be sure to check out this one from the Sisters' first-ever HGTV project – HGTV First Look: A Nashville Bungalow Reimagined by 'Listed Sisters' Lex and Alana

The Blaney Project – Nashville, TN

The living room in this Nashville bungalow was returned to its original configuration and brightened up with neutral gray walls and white trim.

The living room in this Nashville bungalow was returned to its original configuration and brightened up with neutral gray walls and white trim.

In the series pilot episode, Lex and Alana helped reimagine a Nashville bungalow, taking advantage of its historic character and original features, but updating with brightened up spaces, contemporary furnishings, a new closet and other custom features. Check out the full gallery.

Listed Sisters airs Mondays at 8pm|7c on HGTV. Want a sample? Check out some video highlights here.

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