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Flipping Out – Bravo beats HGTV


I can’t walk down the street without critiquing the entire neighborhood while simultaneously taking mental notes on the features we want to emulate. So I spend a good portion of our TV time flipping between remodeling shows on HGTV and TLC – especially now that Grey’s and The Office aren’t in season.

Some of those shows are good, some are decent background noise, and some are downright annoying. When Lisa LaPorta tells a homeowner to PAINT OVER WALLPAPER so they can sell their house quicker, I get violent. Please, people, do not do this. It looks crappy and it takes forever to remove the wallpaper once you’ve slathered latex all over it. And please, HGTV – stop pairing little Lisa up with 8ft tall carpenters. It makes them all look freakish.


Flipping Out on Bravo


We happened to stay up past our bedtime last night, and caught a promo for a new show on Bravo called “Flipping Out”. It’s a reality show featuring an OCD real estate investor named Jeff Lewis and his wacky band of employees – including a personal assistant who is a dead ringer for Elaine Benes and two “house assistants” whose responsibilities include organizing his refrigerator foods so that the labels face forward and taking his cat to yoga classes.It’s a little contrived – the zany workers, the super OCD moments – but we both thought it was hysterical. Watching other people have meltdowns over rehab projects is just plain entertaining. On top of that, he doesn’t just flip houses. He makes them absolutely gorgeous, totally top-notch, and then he flips them. So it won’t be one of those shows where you’re cringing as they PAINT WALLPAPER or slap some new kitchen cabinets in and call it a remodel. Thank you, Bravo, for rising above the madness and delivering something house-related and completely enjoyable to watch.

What we watched was a “sneak peek” – the premiere episode is on Bravo this Tuesday, July 31st at 10. Set the Tivo! If you can’t wait that long, watch it online here:

Comments, Thoughts, and Feedback

Tara had this to say on 07.25.07:

I’m glad I’m not the only one screaming “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!” when they paint over paper on those shows.

Patricia W. had this to say on 07.25.07:

I watched a little of that show today and thought it was funny in a Monk-ish way. His OCD drives him to do good flipping!

colleen had this to say on 07.26.07:

good idea to go over unsalvageable walls and ceiling with drywall. sometimes that short cut makes all the difference. i also watch design to sell and cringe when they paint over wall paper . yuk

John had this to say on 07.27.07:

I don’t know what the show was, but it was something on HGTV my mom was watching. After 15 minutes, I had to leave the room. Everything they were doing was so wrong in so many ways. It was all I could do to keep from screaming, “WTF are you doing you morons?! NO!”

Makes me glad that I don’t have cable.

Kristin had this to say on 07.27.07:

I used to be addicted to HGTV, but since we bought our old house, I can’t stand it anymore. Nearly everything they suggest is completely useless to me.

As for this Bravo show, I adore Bravo anyway and this sounds right up my alley. Did you ever watch Flip This House on (I think) TLC? It was awesome before they fired the original cast.

srm had this to say on 07.29.07:

i laughed so hard my sides hurt and i couldnt hear what they were saying.

we also do it right and i have been told im ‘picky’ but the results speak for themselves. our investors are happy with the return we give them, the neighbors and owners are happy with these almost ‘new’ homes. we are compared to new construction, getting the best appraisals because we replace the important things, kitchens, bath, windows, electric and plumbing, drywall, flooring etc as needed.

as for this show, im in…

becoming-home had this to say on 08.01.07:

Oh no, I’m a day late to read this post and missed it. will have to find a rerun. Thanks for the tip, I can totally relate to renovating OCD style :)

mango had this to say on 08.06.07:

I’m frantically searching for the navy blue paint that Flipping Out guy had in his office. Any thoughts?

hapachik had this to say on 08.08.07:

I love the wall colors in Jeff’s house. Does anyone know what colors he used? Thanks!

Joe had this to say on 01.05.08:


Your a jerk to your employees, I won’t watch your show again. Kharma will follow you.

Jimmicat had this to say on 01.08.08:

give me more, I love this show,
I don’t actually flip houses, but I do
remodel my homes and move about every 2-years or so. I love their design concepts etc. I have learned a few things from these crazies!!!

Give Me More Jeff Lewis and Company!!!

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