WILMINGTON — Since 2016, mother-and-daughter duo Mina Starsiak Hawk and Karen Laine have become recognizable for their makeovers of rundown properties. They showcased their talents on HGTV’s “Good Bones,” which just wrapped its eighth and final season this year.
However, a spinoff show — not yet named — has been in filming in Wilmington. Its focus is on a home on Russell Alley, between S. Eighth and S. Ninth streets. Laine was part of the renovation.
As such, she has been invited to be the keynote speaker at the Historic Wilmington Foundation’s annual luncheon fundraiser on Nov. 8.
“We are humbled that Karen recognizes the vibrancy of Wilmington’s preservation
community and will join us in celebrating our city’s historic landscape,” HWF executive director Travis Gilbert said in a press release.
A former attorney, Laine adds legal context to working in the real estate realm, but also showcases a love for salvaging history and homing in on solid craftsmanship of old homes. Her advocacy for preserving heritage communities aligns with HWF’s outreach.
“Karen’s engaging storytelling and dedication to revitalizing historic properties is sure to enthrall and inspire,” a press release from the nonprofit stated.
She will explore considerations as to why old homes matter and how renovation helps revitalize communities.
The luncheon takes place at Cape Fear Country Club (1518 Country Club Rd.), Wednesday, Nov. 8, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $150 can be purchased here.
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