How the Property Brothers Spend Their Perfect Night In

updated Jul 30, 2020
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Perfect Night In is a series where we ask actors, artists, entrepreneurs, and beyond how they’d spend the ultimate luxury—a blissful evening at home.

Ah, the brothers that need no introduction (but we’re going to give you one anyway). Ever since the first episode of HGTV’s “Property Brothers” aired in 2011, Drew and Jonathan Scott have made viewers around the globe fall in love with their impressive renovating skills complimented by witty sibling banter. And as their growing popularity over the past couple of years has shown, we just can’t get enough!

Beyond the show that made them the twinning TV stars they are today, the Scott brothers have been picking up side projects left and right—from a new furniture line to the launch of their new home service Casaza, a platform to simplify the transformation process of your spaces.

When the Pro Bros are not working on their next big project, they must have their own relaxing preferences in their own curated cozy homes—and we wanted to find out what that might look like. See below for an inside look at how Drew and Jonathan spend a night in at home–separately. A word of advice: Don’t assume any of it is the same.

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Set the Scene

Your perfect homebody scene in 5 words:

Drew: Fun, experiential (not like “Fifty Shades of Grey“), romantic, laugh, and food.

Jonathan: Kept cuddling with the puppies.

Are you alone or with someone else:

Drew: With my wife, the love of my life.

Jonathan: Not usually with someone else, but I do like a date night in.

Night-in uniform:

Drew: Do I have to wear something? That’s my answer.

Jonathan: Sweats and a t-shirt. I have a pair of grandma slippers—they’re moccasins—and they’re the most comfortable things of all time. Everyone makes fun of me, but I don’t care because I like them.

What people, dead or alive, would you let crash your night?

Drew: Oprah. She could crash any night because she’s such an amazing inspiration for everyone. She’s like our Property Sister. I’d say Michelle Obama as well—she’s such an amazing, positive spirit out there.

Jonathan: It would be amazing to pick Einstein’s brain, as someone who has been so fundamentally responsible for where we are today in science and advancement. Also, I bet ya if I was to sit down with Jesus and have a little bit of a conversation, that would be a pretty wild thing. Wait, does it have to be romantically? Maybe he gives a good foot massage.

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Now playing

TV or a movie?

Drew: Movie.

Jonathan: I don’t watch TV, so I like movies.

What are you watching?

Drew: I’ve been watching “Haunting of Hill House.” My wife can’t watch it on her own because then she’ll never sleep, so we’re slowly getting through that together.

Jonathan: I like “Big Fish,” and “Love Actually” is fantastic. Also, “Meet Joe Black.”

eBooks or the real deal?

Drew: I read a lot of eBooks because on a flight it’s easy, but sometimes there’s nothing like having a physical book in front of you. Like our children’s book that we just released… we have the digital copy, but every kid we see wants to have that hard copy in their hands.

Jonathan: For me, it’s an efficiency thing. I actually love audiobooks, too, because I can read them at twice the speed to save time. I love biographies, but also political or corporate stories.

Currently reading?

Drew: I just finished reading “Locked In,” the Victoria Arlen story. She was on “Dancing with the Stars” with me last year and she’s an ESPN reporter. It’s her whole backstory about how she went from being in a comatose state for four years to being told she’d never walk again to being on the show.

Jonathan: The last thing I read was “Big Money” by Kenneth P. Vogel, which was all about campaign finance fraud. It was a pretty intense read.

Silence or music?

Drew: Music. I have such a range that I love, from Michael Bublé to U2 to John Mayer. Linda is learning the guitar and I happened to know a little bit , so we’ll jam sometimes, too.

Jonathan: Music, I like alternative: Eric Clapton, Annie Lennox, The Beatles, The Weeknd, Phil Collins, Sam Smith. I’ve got a lot of random stuff.

Board games, yay or nay?

Drew: Yay. Act One everyone knows and plays. Spyfall is another one that we’ve been doing. If you’ve never played Codenames, get the picture version, not the word version. It’s so much fun and brings out who in your group is a quick thinker, and who is useless to be on your team.

Jonathan: Love board games. I will point out that I happened to destroy my whole family at Scrabble the other night. Not only did I go out with all my letters, which got me an additional 50 points, but I also doubled the next closest score… just saying.

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What’s cooking

Order in or cook for yourself?

Drew: Definitely cook in. Linda and I love to cook together, and she’s an amazing baker as well.

Jonathan: If I had a completely quiet night all to myself, I would cook.

What are you eating?

Drew: I’ll make my chicken lasagna, it’s famous everywhere. You’ve probably heard about it in Milan.

Jonathan: I make a wicked Caesar salad. I would do Yorkshire pudding (because I’m Scottish) with garlic mashed potatoes, maybe some pork chops, and roast beef, too.

What drink are you pouring?

Drew: I’m not a big drinker. If something just tastes more fruity, almost like you should be sitting on a beach while drinking it, then I like it.

Jonathan: Just some wine, either a Pinot Grigio or a Riesling, something like that.

What’s for dessert?

Drew: I would do my mom’s mint dessert. It’s her special recipe and this chilled, milky goodness.

Jonathan: I love cookies, I like pie… all of the above?

Late night snack?

Drew: I don’t do heavy carbs because you could end up eating way too many carbs and that stores as fat. Instead, I do protein and fat because a smaller amount will make you feel full, like nuts and cheese or something.

Jonathan: I could down an entire box of crackers, not the low-salt ones but Triscuits or Stone Wheat. My philosophy is if it tastes good, then it must be good for you. Drew makes these health shakes that are the grossest thing I’ve ever tasted. He’s like, “No they’re good, because it’s got protein powder and peanut butter,” and I’m not like, “No, it just takes like peanut butter cardboard.”

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Take care

Do you have a self-care ritual?

Drew: In the evening, I have my facial routine, moisturizers, eye cream, and all that sort of stuff. I want to look youthful. I’ll go for facials, I do mani-pedis. Also, I have lasered from head to toe before, so Jonathan is the hairy brother.

Jonathan: I generally eat healthy, I stay active, I don’t smoke or drink very often, I don’t even like taking drugs like Tylenol. I don’t like putting anything in my body that’s not natural, so that’s pretty much how I take care of myself, and I’ve been pretty successful so far. I’m the better-looking brother, so something’s working.

What do you try to avoid at all costs?

Drew: I eat pretty clean, so I try to avoid greasy food and fried food. Jonathan makes fun of me for how amazing my delicious protein shakes are.

Jonathan: Drama. I have no time for drama, not interested at all. I just like a relaxing evening where you can recharge your batteries. I tell people, don’t text me after 9 p.m. I just want to chill.

Candles, yay or nay?

Drew: Candles are great, they help set the mood. As part of our Scott Living collection, we have candles that are LED so you don’t have to worry if it’s melting or setting the house on fire. It still gives you that nice, natural glow, and you just change the battery when you need to. And for a scent, au naturel! I don’t like people perfuming it up with florals.

Jonathan: Oh, yay! I have a very strong sense of smell so I don’t like really pungent, perfume-heavy candles. I like something that’s got a little sandalwood or something that’s a bit subtle and natural-smelling.

Face masks, yay or nay?

Drew: Yay! Linda has a mix that she uses, so I go with hers. For me, I wear makeup every day for work, so it’s important for me to clean those pores.

Jonathan: Nah.

Bubble bath, yay or nay?

Drew: Yay! Kick back, relax a little bit, and throw on some nice music. I also like a lot of old, instrumental, or classical music for relaxing in the bubble bath with your ducky.

Jonathan: I’m not a bath person, but I did actually take a bubble bath the other day. It was with Epsom salt because I had a really stiff, sore back. I sunk in, totally pampered myself, and got a book. It’s been years that I’ve done that, so saving it up for special occasions.

Chores, yay or nay?

Drew: I think the reason most people like to do chores around the house is that there’s a sense of accomplishment. It’s small things that give you that feeling of a win. I don’t like doing them, but I will because I like to keep things pristine at home.

Jonathan: When I’m home, I find it therapeutic to do normal things, bum around the house, and fix things and whatnot. I also have two dogs, so there’s always the regular chores and things to get done.

Ideal bedtime?

Drew: I would love to be in bed hours before midnight, but that doesn’t usually happen because we work such long hours.

Jonathan: I’m a night owl so I usually go to bed around midnight.

Thanks, Drew and Jonathan!