Sure, it’s only March, but Minka Kelly is already having a hell of a year — her new show The Path is streaming on Hulu March 31 (!!) and she’s on the market to buy a new house. Her house hunt (and for anyone who’s ever been on the market, it’s a HUNT) led her to partner up with real-estate listing site Trulia to announce their latest study on the best neighborhoods in America. We caught up with the Friday Night Lights alum as she dished about her best tips for home buying + decor, how she likes to let loose and also the beauty products she absolutely CAN’T live without.

(Photo by Carlos Delgado/AP Images for Trulia)

“I love interior design,” Minka confesses. “If I could redecorate every month, I would.” She’s also not afraid of taking on a little bit of a fixer-upper, but she doesn’t advise everyone to go around knocking down walls immediately. “The best advice I’ve ever gotten was to live in a space and get a feel for it before you renovate.” When she first moved into her current space, her first thought was to completely change up her bathroom. However, taking the advice of her friend, she lived with it for a while and found that she actually loved it. “I love my bathroom now, and what I did do instead was knock down a wall in my room to put in French doors that led to my backyard.”

When she’s not knocking down walls, she blows off steam by channeling her creativity through art and food. “I took a pottery class yesterday and I made a big, beautiful bowl. I’ll probably put it in my kitchen for fruit,” she tells us. “I like to cook, so I spend a lot of time there.” As for fave dishes to make, Minka says with a laugh, “The easiest and most impressive dish I like to make is salmon. I’ll usually roast some vegetables and put some pesto on top. For some reason, I also get a lot of meatball requests from my friends. We’ll get together and have pizza nights or make Mexican food. That’s why we have to work out so much!”

Minka Kelly

Minka’s go-to trainer is celeb trainer Jason Walsh. “My trainer Jason Walsh recently created a workout called Rise Nation. It’s 30 minutes on a VersaClimber. We’ll just turn the lights out, put on some music, and it’s so fun,” she says. To add variety to her fitness, she also loves taking her dogs out for hikes, hot yoga and weight training. And while Minka’s got Jason Walsh to help keep her body in tip top shape, she counts on a certain few beauty products to keep lips looking good too. The product she can’t leave the house without? “Chapstick!” she exclaims, or lip balms in general. Her life-saving, absolutely can’t-live-without products are Lucas Papaw’s Ointment ($14) and Glossier’s Balm Dot Com ($12).

As for the house hunting, it’s still an ongoing process. “I’m narrowing it down,” she tells us, though she hasn’t quite found her forever home yet. “I moved around so much [growing up]. I think I’m the first person in my family to get to buy a place. Having my own house now, I feel so lucky.”

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(Photos via Carlos Delgado/AP Images for Trulia)