Jeff Lewis is one of those love him or hate him kind of guys. I love him. It doesn’t even have anything to do with his decorating, which can be a bit one-note (it’s a nice, clean, often heavy on the chocolate brown tones, Ann Sacks-tiled note, but one-note just the same). It’s his facial expressions and the crazy stuff he lets fly out of his mouth that make me love him.
Last night on Interior Therapy he butted heads with client Ross Matthews. I am a Ross fan in small doses, but clearly five days was way too big of a dose for Jeff. I had no idea someone with a voice as high as Ross’s could drown out everyone else. In this case, Ross bulldozes over his partner Sal’s desire for clean and uncluttered decor with a Vespa and a pile of every single designer line from Target. In one glance I recognized Orla Kiely, Missoni and DwellStudio for Target stuff right off the bat, all thrown together in a hodge-podge way that frankly made me see the same Target hoarding problem in myself.
While Ross wanted a new kitchen and Sal wanted a new backyard, Jeff took one look at how overstuffed their home was and knew they needed to expand into their garage. In just five days, he created a salon for Sal, a fashion stylist, to work with clients. The space can also serve as a media room and guest room. He also turned that driveway into a patio:
This is the best garage that doesn’t look like it used to be a garage makeovers I’ve ever seen. Usually it’s ridiculously obvious. French doors, light fixtures and not having a driveway pulling up to the space are the answer. The inside is a chic spot to greet clients, show off the clothes and have them try them on for fittings:
I give this episode a “Bravo!” Did you watch? What do you think of Jeff?
I know a lot of people think they cannot stand him, but I would wager that those people never really watch Flipping Out on a regular basis. Personally, I love Jeff Lewis; I think he is absolutely hilarious and I love to see what he’s up to. The new season starts tonight on Bravo at 9 p.m. Eastern.
I am a day behind on my DVR and just got around to watching Million Dollar Decorators on Bravo. I really don’t have anything snarky to say, like I usually do with Bravo shows. I liked everyone. I loved their style. I found the Sharon Osborne 3-days-to-get-the-apartment-ready scenario very contrived, but it was still fun to watch, and to see a project go from start to finish in one episode. Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s voice is simply fabulous and paired with his accent, totally cracks me up. Kathryn Ireland is someone I’d love to have a margarita with (provided her son didn’t make it a sneezer), Mary McDonald is fabulous as all get out, and I feel like I didn’t get to know Nathan or Jeffrey that well yet, but I love their style. While the Osborne apartment was a little bit of a yawn, all of these designers know how to mix and match unexpected colors, patterns, textures, pieces and finishes in unique ways, in fact, all of them are masters at it.
My notes are a boring as hell, but what the heck, often when blogging about shows I share them anyway. Perhaps it’s because I hadn’t had any wine when I was jotting them down! But enough about me, what did you think of the show? Will you continue to watch it each week?
Those who know me know I have a very unhealthy obsession with most everything that’s on Bravo (except Launch My Line and Shear Genius, which are not up to snuff). To give those of us who long for the return of Flipping Out a renovation/flipping fix, they are presenting us with 9 By Design. It follows this family named Novogratz – When I saw the previews, I recognized a few of the homes this couple has renovated from magazines past. I never forgot the one in the Berkshires with the yellow striped curtains. The first time I saw it, I assumed it belonged to Kate Spade:
Anyway, the Novogratz clan includes a zillion kids, hence this photo from the Bravo website, the likes of which are usually only seen on TV specials about polygamists. I think someone should send them a better toothbrush holding system as their next house warming present, as this is totally gross – you would NEVER catch Jeff Lewis pulling something like this. I suppose when living in a construction zone, they may all have to share one bathroom like the Brady Bunch? I guess we’ll find out on the show. That would totally suck.
The show starts up April 13 at 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time, 10:00 Central on Bravo. I think I’m taping a half-hour preview show at 3 a.m., which is only three hours away.
First image swiped from Moodboard who swiped it from the now-defunct Oprah at Home magazine. Photographed by Joshua McHugh. Also, Moodboard has posted all the pictures from that O spread. I think I might have blogged that photo with the stools like two years ago – it gave me deja-blog when I saw it, and I never forgot that smoking Madonna portrait. That was a pretty cool magazine – I was sad to see it go.
Second image from bravotv.com. Check out more information about the show and the Novogratz family over there.
Third image from amazon.com – click on that for ordering information.
Oh, P.S.! If anyone wants to have a little chat party about the show on Wednesday, let me know in the comments section here and I’ll start one up! I’ve learned not to commit to one before I find out whether or not a show is worth chatting about.