Back to the Beginning: Drew and Linda’s Love Story
From meet-cute to work boots, can you blame us for dwelling (sorry) on how adorably these honeymooners'-house-builders got together?
Drew Scott was on the lookout when he hit Toronto Fashion Week back in 2010, but his hunt for hydration (and Linda Phan's for a snack) landed each of them a life partner. Best pizza run ever, no? Flash back with us to the fateful night he met Linda—and what they’ve built on the way to Property Brothers at Home: Drew’s Honeymoon House.
When Drew first laid eyes on Linda, she was dressed as the Fashion Police, as he told People. (A valuable regulatory role, given her beau-to-be’s style history.) “She was wearing a big cop badge and giving out tickets for ‘bad fashion,’” he recalls. “I saw her and thought, ‘Oh, she’s attractive! She also had this great personality.” “My sister and I were backstage looking for pizza and having some water, and Drew came up to me and said ‘Hey, where’d you get that water?’” Linda told People. Ah, poetry. “I was so smooth,” Drew says.
When the duo embarked on their first date a few months later, Drew had the opportunity for a few more lines: After hot chocolate and sushi, Linda announced that she was headed to karaoke...and Drew decided to tag along. Singing to a potential paramour is a high-risk proposition, but then—as now—“I have no shame,” Drew says. He opened with The Lonely Island’s decidedly NSFW “I’m on a Boat” and won Linda’s heart.
Drew, in turn, knew Linda was the woman for him when she met Jonathan and the brothers’ friend Pedro, as he told The New York Times. The trio has been inseparable since high school, and are the variety of besties that can finish each other’s sentences. Pedro launched into a joke—and Linda delivered the punch line. Jonathan whispered in Drew’s ear: “Who is this girl? She’s a keeper.” “In that one moment,” Drew says, “I knew we were on the same parallel. When you’re in love, you mesh that way.”
Linda soon came on board at Jonathan and Drew’s production company, Scott Brothers Entertainment, and demonstrated her professional chops. “She’s great,” Drew told Entertainment Tonight. “That’s why she’s the creative director with our company. She has an architectural design background as well, and she has brilliant ideas and has [a] great aesthetic and she’s really our property sister, we can say.” (Needless to say, JD is also a fan of his sister-in-law-to-be.)
That ‘property sister’ moniker is no joke: In 2012, Linda became the brothers’ roommate at their bachelor pad in Las Vegas. “People were always like, ‘Isn’t that weird?’ But there’s an ease to it,” she told People. “You wake up and you go to work. It’s nice and really convenient to be able to have meetings with the people you live with.”
When you find your happy place, you find your happy place.
Linda’s karaoke Romeo continued to make her heart “sing, sing, sing,” and last December, he belted out his most memorable performance yet: In a proposal he had to be “stealthy as a ninja” to pull off, he asked her to be his wife with his own recording of Train’s “Marry Me.”
We all know what’s next for Linda and Drew, thanks to their latest public project: They’re renovating their newlyweds’ nest in Los Angeles together (and bringing HGTV along for the ride).
The space was very raw—and very beige—when they got to work...
...And it’s already clear, courtesy of this sneak peek of the living room, that they make beautiful music together. Their space will boast Drew-and-Linda-circa-2017 touches (there’s a craft room and a wine area), but it’s also anticipating the future they have in mind. “I’m willing to give up my craft room for the nursery,” Linda told People. “This house is meant to last us a really long time,” Drew added. “We’ve put into it everything we can possibly put in, so we can enjoy it now and we can enjoy it as our family grows.”
Ready to watch Drew and Linda assemble their dream home? Property Brothers at Home: Drew's Honeymoon House premieres Nov. 22 at 9|8c on HGTV.