Since “Good Bones,” premiered in 2016, it’s become one of HGTV‘s most popular shows, raking in nearly 22 million views in its fifth season in 2020.
The show stars Hoosier mother-daughter duo Karen Laine and Mina Starsiak Hawk as they focus on revitalizing classic Indianapolis neighborhoods by rehabilitating old houses.
This approach, of renovating many houses on the same street or neighborhood, comes from the genuine investment Laine and Starsiak Hawk have in their home.
“We live in the neighborhoods, and we care about the neighborhoods,” Starsiak Hawk told IndyStar in 2019.
In the years since “Good Bones” premiered, it’s led to six seasons (and counting), spinoffs and stardom for the mother and daughter behind it all.
Here’s what you need to know about the popular duo, the show and all the Indianapolis connections:
Who are Laine and Starsiak Hawk?
In 2007, Laine, then a defense attorney, cosigned on a house for Starsiak Hawk after she graduated from Indiana University. Since the home needed a lot of work, they renovated it together, and fell in love with the process.
Starsiak Hawk, a real estate agent in addition to her work renovating homes, said her goal after graduating was to not have a desk job. She and her mom started their home renovation business called “Two Chicks and a Hammer” the following year.
Later, Laine closed her legal practice to focus on the up-and-coming business.
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In 2014, the two were approached by HGTV to star in a pilot, which premiered in May 2015. The duo then signed on for a 10-episode series, which became what is now known as “Good Bones.”
The show was renewed for a seventh season in July 2021.
In addition to Laine and Starsiak Hawk, other people on the show include Tad Starsiak, Starsiak Hawk’s half-brother, project manager Cory Miller and Tad’s stepfather Lenny Murrell, who left the show in 2019.
Laine and Starsiak Hawk explain their family tree in this video from HGTV.
Starsiak Hawk has two children, Charlotte and Jack, with her husband, Steve Hawk.
Laine retired from the renovation business in September 2019 to travel and spend more time with her husband. However, she continues to appear on “Good Bones.”
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What neighborhoods does ‘Good Bones’ film in?
The “Good Bones” team started out renovating houses in the historic neighborhood of Fountain Square, just south of downtown Indianapolis.
In later seasons, the pair moved into Bates-Hendricks and eventually the Old Southside neighborhoods. Laine, Starsiak Hawk and the “Good Bones” team now mainly work in these three neighborhoods to renovate houses.
How can I watch ‘Good Bones?’
Season 6 of “Good Bones” is currently airing. New episodes premiere every Tuesday at 9 p.m. Eastern on HGTV.
Where is the ‘Good Bones’ store?
The “Good Bones” store, called Two Chicks District Co., is located in the Bates-Hendricks neighborhood of Indianapolis. The store opened in June 2020 at 1531 S. East St., Indianapolis.
The store sells apparel, home décor, gifts and more. You can shop online or in-person.
There is also a small bistro that serves wine, beer and assorted snacks.
The store is designed to be a neighborhood gathering place rather than just a place to shop or eat.
“It’s not just a store that’s a destination because of the show, but actually a stronghold in the community,” Starsiak Hawk told IndyStar in 2020.
For more information, visit the website: https://www.twochicksdistrictco.com/
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How can I stay in a ‘Good Bones’ Airbnb?
There are several homes that were renovated on the show that are available for Airbnb stays.
The only property hosted by the user “Two Chicks and a Hammer” is this renovated apartment in the Bates-Hendricks neighborhood, a five-minute drive from Fountain Square and close to downtown. Two Chicks District Co. is located next door.
The renovated second-floor apartment features two bedrooms and one bathroom.
You can book the Two Chicks’ Airbnb here: https://bit.ly/3lIEzFg
There are also several other houses that received makeovers on “Good Bones” that are being rented out on Airbnb to HGTV enthusiasts and getaway-seekers alike.
The carriage guest house of “Mamma Chick’s Barn” is hosted by Karen Laine and her husband, Roger. The small-but-quaint guest house, located in Fountain Square, boasts just one bedroom and one bathroom, but packs a whole lot of charm.
Starsiak Hawk and Laine rehabilitated this guest house on the eighth episode of the show’s third season: “A Backyard Barn for Karen.” You can book a stay at the barn here: https://bit.ly/3jKpv7u.
Located near Fountain Square, this home has five bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms, near Fountain Square was renovated during the tenth episode of season four, “Big Money in Fountain Square.” You can book here: https://bit.ly/3Az90Se.
This remodeled duplex was featured on the eighth episode of “Good Bones'” second season, “Client Renovation Rescue.” With two bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths, this pet-friendly house is perfect for out-of-towners and staycation seekers alike. Book your getaway here: https://bit.ly/3lT8B99
Laine and Starsiak Hawk rehabilitated this former apartment building in the Old Southside during the tenth episode of season three, “Risky Reno with Historic Charm.”
With nine bedrooms and five-and-a-half bathrooms, this rental is perfect for big groups, from bachelor(ette) parties to family reunions.
You can book the whole house here: https://bit.ly/3xxwgy9
If you have a smaller group but still want to stay at this charming property, don’t worry. One of the houses, which has four bedroom, two-and-a-half baths and 12 beds, is available to rent separately: https://bit.ly/37vcGIo.
Finally, this charming home has a “haunted” past, as it was featured on “Good Bones” season three, episode 12: “Poltergeist Property.” The renovated house has five bedrooms, three bathrooms and lots of room for guests.
You can book it here: https://bit.ly/3lQMnoo.
Prices per night will vary, so make sure to check back with the website. Airbnb does not reveal the exact addresses of the house until after you reserve your dates and are approved by the host.
Contact IndyStar Pulliam Fellow Claire Rafford at [email protected] or on Twitter @clairerafford.ppr