Karen Laine has always had a knack for transforming the old into the new. From her days as a defense attorney to her years as a house-flipping star, she has shown a passion for justice, beauty, and family. Along with her daughter Mina Starsiak, she founded Two Chicks and a Hammer, a home renovation company that revitalizes neighborhoods in Indianapolis. Their work caught the attention of HGTV, and they became the hosts of the popular show Good Bones. But behind the scenes, Karen faced some personal challenges, such as her divorce from her third husband and her decision to retire from the show. Despite many challenges in her life, Karen has always found her way to happiness and balance in her life.
Karen Elaine Thompson was born on the 8th of October 1962 in Richmond, Indiana. Information on Karen’s early life including her parents and siblings has remained a secret. Having attended a local high school in Indiana, Karen went on to study Law at the University of Indiana. After acing her Bar Exams, Karen set out on her path as a Defense Attorney. She later left the legal battles in favor of home renovations.
Karen began her professional life as a Defense Attorney and was quite good at it. In 2007, when her daughter Mina Starsiak asked Karen’s help in renovating homes she couldn’t say no. The pair then worked on the house and later sold it to a client making tons of money in the progress. Seeing the prospect Karen quit her job as a lawyer and started working on home renovations. The idea soon turned into a company and Two Chicks and A Hammer was established. As the company grew, HGTV reached out to Karen for a potential TV show. Thinking it was too good to be true, Kren shut out the network. Not the one to give up, the casting director of HGTV reached out to Mina and she agreed. In its first year of airing in 2016, the series managed a whopping sum of USD 14 million. Karen has also made regular appearances in A Very Brandy Renovation, Brother Vs. Brother.
She announced her departure from Good Bones in September 2019, saying that she wanted to spend less time working at construction sites and more time on her personal life. She also said that she would still be part of the HGTV show with a focus on DIYs. She also revealed that she was looking forward to enjoying the little things in life, such as gardening, hanging out with her animals, and spending time with her husband Roger.
Life after retirement:
Karen Laine is enjoying her life after retiring from Good Bones in September 2019. She decided to step back from the show and the company she co-founded with her daughter Mina Starsiak Hawk, Two Chicks and a Hammer, to focus on her personal life and hobbies. She is still part of the HGTV show, but with a focus on DIY projects rather than renovating entire homes.
She is spending more time with her husband Roger, who has been retired for a few years, and traveling with him to different places. She is also indulging in her passions for gardening, riding her Harley, golfing, and drinking Prosecco. She also has a self-titled youtube channel by the name Karen E. Lane where she shares vlog-style videos about her retirement activities. She posted her first video on July 18, 2021. Karen also posts frequently on her Instagram account @kelaine217.
She remains close with her daughter Mina, who is supportive of her mom’s decision. They still work together on some renovation projects, but with less stress and more fun.
Karen Laine has an estimated net worth of $2 Million as of 2023. She earned her wealth from her career as a lawyer, a reality TV star and a home renovator.
Marriage and Three Divorces:
Karen Laine has had a tumultuous love life that has seen her go through three divorces before finding her current husband, Roger.
Karen’s first marriage was to Casey Starsiak, Mina’s father, who is also a doctor. The couple had three children together, but their relationship did not last. Karen and Casey divorced and both remarried other people.
Karen’s second marriage was to Randy, and gave birth to Kelsey Grey from the relationship. However, their marriage also ended in divorce, leaving Karen heartbroken and disillusioned. Karen’s third marriage was to Mick which also ended like her previous two.
Karen was ready to give up on love after her third divorce, but fate had other plans for her. She met Roger, a younger man, in 2015 and they hit it off right away. Roger made his first appearance on Karen’s Instagram in 2017 when they went on a romantic trip to New York City.
Karen and Roger got married sometime between 2017 and 2020. They celebrated their wedding anniversary on September 23. Roger has been a supportive partner and also involved himself in home renovation and improvement projects. He also helped Karen with her “Karen’s Corner” project, a building in the South Village area of Indianapolis that she and Roger purchased. Likewise, Karen has also been a very supportive partner especially when Roger was diagnosed with cancer and had to undergo surgery and treatment. Karen stood by his side throughout his ordeal and helped him recover.
Here are some of Karen Laine’s physical traits:
She has blue eyes and blonde hair that she often wears in a bob cut or a ponytail.
She has a massive back tattoo that features koi fish, flowers, and water.
She likes to wear casual and comfortable clothes, such as jeans, t-shirts, sweaters, and jackets.
She also likes to accessorize with scarves, hats, glasses, and jewelry13.
She is a fan of the Indianapolis Colts and sometimes wears their merchandise or colors.
Karen Elaine Laine
Date of birth
October 8, 1962
Place of birth
Richmond, Indiana, USA
Businesswoman, former defense attorney, TV personality