Confession: I am a huge fan of reality TV. More specifically, I am a huge fan of reality TV that airs on Bravo. There are certain shows that I DVR religiously – Flipping Out and the Rachel Zoe Project – and others that I watch anytime I see that they are on. It’s fun, mindless entertainment, and I spend a lot of time being really annoyed that the Real Housewives of [Insert City] are neither housewives nor real. I’m deep, y’all.
I love my two favorite Bravo shows because they have taught me things. Watching Rachel Zoe, I’ve learned a lot about style and fashion, although I am unable to apply it to myself (that’s a story for a different day). Flipping Out with Jeff Lewis has helped me to develop an appreciation for modern styling and what it’s like to work with contractors. Add those take aways in with Jeff alternating between being the fun boss and yelling at staff members for the smallest of transgressions, and you have the recipe for my favorite show on Bravo.
And now, we can also add in that my new BFF is the designer extraordinaire and star of the show.
Jeff was in Austin last week for the launch of his new paint line – Jeff Lewis Color. The one thing I don’t dig about Jeff is his adherence to strictly neutral paint colors in his design work. Everything is just so white, gray, beige, greige, ugh. He’ll occasionally mix in an interesting wallpaper or an unexpected pattern, but you can usually count on a very “clean” feeling interior from him. He’s like the anti-Lindsay.
As you would expect, Jeff Lewis Color isn’t very colorful. But, the variations in the neutrals that he has selected for his line are very beautiful. Along with the whites and grays, there are some shades of blue and green. My favorite – and boldest of the fan deck – is called Green with Envy. It’s still not as saturated as anything I’d ever pick out on my own, but I got a sample can of it to see if I could work it in somewhere in my home.
I was able to spend some time talking one-on-one with Jeff, which was a really neat experience. We talked about his neutral color choices, and I asked him how he personally would use Green with Envy. He suggested to me using it on doors, a piece of furniture or cabinetry and then let me in on a little secret – he’s never actually used that color before. It’s a little bit outside of his comfort zone, and so he hasn’t gone for it yet. Then, the conversation went down like this:
Lindsay: Oh, you should use it! It’s a great color. I will be your guinea pig and try it out.
Jeff: Really? You will?
Lindsay: Of course!
Jeff: Will you send me pictures of what you do so that I can see it?
After I picked up my jaw off the floor, I said that I would of course send him pictures.
Everyone who I’ve told that I met Jeff Lewis wants to know one thing – was he mean to me? Ha! No, not at all. In fact, I found him to be one of the most personable and charming people I have ever met. When he was talking to me, it was as if I was the only person in the room. He had a warm smile, looked me in the eye, and spoke in detail. I have no doubt that he can “flip out” – hey, most of us can – but I think his on camera persona isn’t a true reflection of him as a person.
He even humored my inner fan girl who asked him to sign my paint can and fan deck.
And while I was walking away, he called out, “Really! Don’t forget to send me pictures.” I die.
Jeff’s business manager and partner, Gage Edwards, was also there. He was EXACTLY how he is portrayed on the show. He dished a little Bravo gossip and was generally delightful with a pretty dry sense of humor. Here he is with myself and my blogging friend Jamie from C.R.A.F.T.
I met some fun people waiting in line to see Jeff, including adorable personal stylist Shelly Riley. Jaime and I went out to dinner afterwards and bonded over some big laughs. It was a fun evening indeed. Thanks to Treehouse, our local and awesome sustainable home improvement store, for hosting Jeff!
Now that I can control my excitement, I need to figure out what to paint Green with Envy. Talk about pressure! I’m considering redoing this old chair that has taken a beating. Or maybe something else will come along that will be the right piece. Any suggestions?