Mike and Carmine aren’t brothers, so how did they meet? [Exclusive]


Mike and Carmine aren’t brothers, so how did they meet? [Exclusive]

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Some HGTV fans have speculated that Upside down hosts Carmine Sabatella and Mike Pyle were brothers or even a married couple.

But Sabatella and Pyle, who have magnetic TV chemistry, said that although they are not related, they have been connected through someone since childhood. “We were actually connected through a mutual friend,” Sabatella told Showbiz Cheat Sheet. “Mike’s former business partner was someone I went to middle school, elementary and high school with…partly anyway.”

Mike and Carmine only met a few years before “Inside Out”

Sabatella and Pyle met on a project a few years before filming Upside down. “There was a project I was working on and I needed some help,” Sabatella said. “Normally I would do landscape on most of my projects, but the scope was too big. So [friend] Jim brought Mike into the picture and we met there and it was actually the first time we connected.

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Pyle estimated that their first meeting on the construction site was in 2017. “So we only met once,” Pyle revealed. “And we only met once before we started filming together. So the second time we met, we were filming with three cameras in front of us for our sizzle reel. And it just worked. C It was like we had known each other our whole lives, to be honest.

Why do they work so well together on their HGTV show?

Pyle and Sabatella appear to have grown up together or known each other for years. They work together, but they strike friendly blows, like brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott on Property Brothers.

Sabatella said they worked so well together and had fun on the show because they had a similar approach to home renovations and design. “I think the way it’s worked is in how we approach all projects,” he said. “We are always in collaboration, but first we want to know the client’s objectives. What are their goals? What is their aesthetic? And then once we figure out the budget breakdown at this point, we can actually sit down.

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“So basically once we figure out the budget and how it’s going to be distributed, we can sit down and really brainstorm together,” he continued. “We work together on everything. From lighting to paint choices to plant selections. The color patterns I choose indoors, how will that complement her plant selections outdoors? »

“So we’re really working together every step of the way to deliver a seemingly collective package to the client,” Sabatella added. “Because you’ve seen it as much as everyone else.” Sometimes the interior and exterior of houses do not mix. They just feel like they’re in two different places. Upside down shows how homeowners can have it all – flawless beauty inside and outside the home.

Mike said the funny banter is very real with Carmine

Pyle said another reason they work so well together is because they both have experience designing the interior and exterior of a property.

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“Carmine has a background in landscape design and he spent a few years doing it,” Pyle explained. “And I also have some interior design experience, so it’s nice to know a little bit about what each person mainly does. And that’s why we can joke back and forth because we kind of have knowledge on both aspects, so we can kind of prick each other and then test each other and so on.

HGTV Upside down Season 2 premieres August 1 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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