Jeff Lewis

Jeff talks pajama parties, self-employment, and keeping an open mind.

on Aug 27, 20090

Courting clients is very similiar to dating. To me, designing and remodeling one's home is a very personal thing. To do my job effectively, I have to really get to know my client. This means dinner, drinks, sleepovers, etc. Some people are very guarded, and it is hard for me to implement their personality in my work when they don't share who they are. This is why I feed them lots of alcohol. People are so open and forthright when they are tipsy. Some may be offput by this method, but I take my job very seriously and want to create a space for my clients that is personal to them. I realize my personal approach is definitely out of the norm and may not be for everyone. For now, it's working for Jeff Lewis Design. When I'm considering jobs, I don't always take the most lucrative one. I accept the job where I connect with the client and know I can meet their needs and wants. A satisfied client will refer other clients. I am building a business, and my primary objective is longevity.

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Bon

Love your so called "dry" sense of humor combined with those great facial expressions! Such a refreshing change of pace. I watch "F/O" whenever I can... you crack me up! Please protect yourself from getting overwhelmed with fame and scrutiny. With OCD, loss of "control" of your privacy as proven by other celebs could be very hurtful. Want you to be around for a long time! Take Care!

Admitted Fan & Groupie (and fellow OCD) Bonnie : )

lorrieault
lorrieault

****I WANNA PLAY TWISTER WITH YOU MR. AMAZING JEFF ***

Heather Vargo
Heather Vargo

Dear Mr. Lewis,

Or Jeff if your comfortable...I don't know if you even read any of these...but I am not only a HUGE fan of your show but also a psychotherapist for many years who also happens to enjoy your pathology as well as you humor. I highly recommend your show to both friends and clients alike. I also feel like I somehow as strange as this might sound, I can relate to much of what you say. I too am a business owner. The idea of working for someone else, and the reliance on referrals are topics I can identify with. I wish you much success and keep Bravo in business!! I love the show!!

Jim W
Jim W

Hi Jeff, it disappoints me that I cannot email you or contact you personally. I am a Finisher, a Kitchen and Bath installer, who definiteley does not mix with the west coast attitude but who loves your designs and selections, and approach.I was hoping to somehow make contact and offer my skills and abiliities. Mostlty I want to offer my reinforcements of your attitude of longevity. I believe in providing quality and satisfacaction over just doing ok and making the the job just ok.I have worked for many Contractors and do no not see you as a "flipping out" type.

Viewer
Viewer

Jeff,

You are awesome. Don't change a thing. One question. You went to see a potential client that requested you show up in your pajamas. Do you really were pajamas ?

Viewer
Viewer

Jeff, I'm glad that you now have your own site so that work won't be unfairly and ungratefully hijacked from you. As far as I'm concerned, you create works of art while certain others do great copycat work from a magazine. I am really appalled by the way you were treated. I believe that it will come back to bite him in the arse, especially considering the quality (lack of) work that he produces. You are truly an original. I too am in the same business and I can only have wished to have a mentor such as yourself. My strength lies in getting the job done but I could only dream of creating a masterpiece such as you do. Not that you need it, but best of luck to you and the Flipping Out team. Oh btw I heard Ryan was going to win this year's interior design pearl necklace award. He'll probably wear it on his face which should go nicely with the egg that will end up there. Take care, bill

Kamille Perez
Kamille Perez

Jeff and Jenni

I would love to have an opportunity to join The Flipping Out Team, I have no experience what so ever, I'm willing to learn/grow professionally. I would like to meet you, Jenni and Zoila. I look forward in hearing from you and the crew. All of you are amazing and funny. Please email me your FAX# to send you my resume

Thanks,

Kamille Perez

jac
jac

why do people think that the comments section of a BLOG is somewhere to job search? i know times are tough, but really???

Lee Lee
Lee Lee

Come on Jeff and Bravo I would love to hear from you on my idea to have a show to find Jeff an assistant. Just let me know I have lots of ideas.

Lee Lee
Lee Lee

Jeff I logged on to see if hopefully I could leave a message, letting you know how perfect I would be as an assistant. It seems as though everybody else had the same idea. So heres an idea for a "new" show Bravo. Find Jeff An Assistant . Remember it was my idea!

Daniel
Daniel

Dear Jeff

As I read the comments left by some of the other people I think that they completely fail to understand the work you have put into your business and your need for perfection, why is it so hard for them to understand its not you and your attitude that is wrong but theres when did it become a bad thing to want to do your best and unreasonable to expect your staff to be honest hard working and people of their word and the woman that was not paying you and telling you she did not want to talk about money It seems to me that she has got it all wrong (she asked you to do the work) and must have known that the bills needed to be paid for the work that had been done or she should not have asked you to do the work in the first place I respect you Jeff for standing up to people who do not do the right thing and expecting a higher level of professionalism than is standard in the world of today I hope that things improve for you soon and you can get back to flipping houses and doing the thing you do best your work is exceptional and your values absolutely correct

DeidreLee
DeidreLee

I think Jeff is adorable. He is absoutely beautiful. I hope Jenni does not leave him as I think he does not realize how valuable she is. I was a bit upset when he cut her hours, especially since she had been recently divorced. Perhaps this is the only mistake I think Jeff has made in all the seasons. As far as Zoila, I hope Jeff realizes how precious she is to him, she is another one he should not lose. Although I think she would not leave him. I can't say I am too excited about the new replacement girl - her attire is far from appropriate for someone connected to Jeff's business. I hooe that Jeff has a personal relationship that makes him happy. None of us has the right to intrude on his personal life, but I do wish him happiness.

Matthew from San Antonio, TX
Matthew from San Antonio, TX

Hey Jeff! After moving to San Antonio from LA, I experienced the move from hell and know what it is like when everything is going wrong and you have no control over it. I can only imagine what one of your days is like and what you go through, but there is a reason why you are so good at what you do. You expect and demand excellence, perfection, consistency and accountability. I am sure if you got 2 out of the 4, that's good, but all 4 are what is needed to make a "flip" spectacular.

From a fellow OCD type here, don't change who you are because more of us are needed in this world. The details are what make up the big picture.

Christine
Christine

Just finished watching your latest show. I don't know if you ever have the time to read any of these viewer comments, but in case you do, I just wanted to applaud you for using your own money to make sure everyone got paid. That just goes to show what kind of man you are. I respect you a great deal for that. These economic times are hard on just about everyone, but especially for the self employed, small businesses and laborers. They are always the last to get paid. We own a small business and we hear a lot of "we'll pay you when we get paid". It's a terrible cycle because they can't afford to pay us for goods or services already rendered, but need to continue getting more things from us in order to keep themselves working. So not only do we not get paid quickly for what they already have, but we have to find a way to pay our suppliers so they can continue to get what they need in the future. That just shows you what type of man my husband is. He tries very hard to keep everyone in this town working, even if we can't pay ourselves. He too feels responsible for everyone else and their families. And they are his customers! If more people were like that, everyone might be a little better off. We might lose everything in the process but at least we did it with a little class!

Rodney Rod
Rodney Rod

Hello Jeff... From one OCD brother to another, your work is outstanding! But two people you must keep around is Jenni and Sarah. Certainly with Sarah being a Hottie.

Jackie
Jackie

Hey Jeff! I Really want my kitchen remodeled, and maybe expand my sunroom area... You start the job next week and I'll give you a check...you can maybe cash it in October sometime... I'll call the bank and letcha know...;)

Now that's it!! NO More talk of Money!!!

(You maybe want to Thank Zoila for poisoning you...it Definetly was better you steered clear of that whole scenerio... Kind of hard to get those friend referrals when you have thrown your client off the ledge...)

Viewer
Viewer

Jeff, I have OCD and it has been a real roller coaster ride... but when I watch you on TV and really listen to what you have to say, and your demonstrations of wisdom you have accuried, It does my heart good to see you in action.... I wish for you a nice guy who will also share your wisdom and experience... The clients you have are really blessed to have you, the attention, direction, and vision that you have for them or project... is awesome and I really look forward to see you and your crew... each week.... Blessing Brother.... Michael in Coral Springs FL

Viewer
Viewer

Hi Jeff I love your show and I totally get your sarcasm and although you can seem cruel you're deep down a real caring guy.. I seriously think that you and I would make an awesome couple because you're hilarous and so am I, one major problem though is that i'm a girl, but you let me know if you ever swing that way *wink* - amy from nyc

steve
steve

whats up with Jett? will we find out more about him later in the season. What does he do?

Mark B
Mark B

Jenni is a saint to put up with your quirks...seeing you be so mean to her lately really bothers me, even though I still enjoy the show.

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Cheryl Myers 513 550 3621

Jeff, I'm a Creative Director. I appreciate your expectation for perfection. I expect my talent to deliver 200% always. I accept nothing less than perfection. I tolerate nothing less than perfection. The details matter. If you cannot deliver a project buttoned up than don't work for me. Your attitude is spot on and I'm sure your clients will appreciate it. However, you do not treat your employees with the regard they deserve. You do not have permission to do and say whatever you want because of a television show. Your talent will speak for itself. The way you treat your employees will make you notable.

Enjoy your fame and understand that other designers always want perfection. You are not setting yourself apart. Portraying yourself on TV in this way is not becoming. One day the TV show will end. Look toward the future. What will make you diffrent. What will set you apart. What will make Jeff different than every "reality TV personality".

Cheers,

Cheryl Myers Orlando Florida

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Viewer

Jeff, My husband and I are both business owners and real estate junkies. I have 20 - 35 employees at any given time (not assoc. w our real estate)thats just us. I love your ocd nitpicking, but it really isnt, why? BC its all true, it just is something we all tolorate due to the lack of loyal backup in the wings. We overlook more than we all should and we know it, but we never want to believe "they didnt work out" mostly, total wanna be's that allow themselves to be the exact opposite of the hire that is nodding their head and saying "ofcoarse" to everything you said in the beginning. eyaaahh, I would like to say that I trust noone at this point, used to trust absolutely everyone. Jenny, WOW she is sharp, smart, cute (very important) and witty, she knows when to be your employee and when to be "partner like". give her support, she is loyal, something I am convinced you can never find. I would kill for an assistant like her, scarcasm and all. PT or FT - Keep her, she is amazing! And also you, thanks for the show, I absolutely adore you!

Jessica
Jessica

I love Jeff and his crew. I could see myself working for him, but I cant decide if I would be Zoila or Jenni. I love to decorate and love to cook and clean (sort of a nut that way). I think Jeff can be so funny and you have to "get" his humor. I noticed the different wine glasses and agree with work ethics. You have to be picky and try to be perfect in his line of business. I think was he does is his best all the time. I dont see anything less. Wish I could have two days with him on the job just because I know his taste and humor. It would be fun.

Jeanette
Jeanette

Hi Jeff , Love your show ! Do you have any friends in NY that do what you do who may need a personal assistant? I married my college sweetheart (slob)and we produced 2 more male spawn slobs! I am a neat freak and a part time Special Education Therapist. I am used to juggling a "perfect" house,yard, and a job as well as making good tasting healthy meals for my family . I find some of your past assistants behavior appalling!!! They are also lazy slackers. I think you are awesome and are truly adapting to the economic changes with graciousness . I love Jenny , Trace, Jett and of course Zoila. Please contact me if you know of a friend who may need my services.

I know you like semi- good looking people... everyone tells me that I am a cross between Susan Sarandon and Drew Barrymore ( age wise .. I am in between the 2). I am not the size 4 I was, but I am a very fit size 8. I eat mostly organic, high fiber, white meat meals. I exercise as often as possible. Love the fun stuff like swimming and snowboarding.

I have worked with "difficult " clients' children from Sag Harbor, South Hampton and Bridgehampton, NY. ( please give me kudos for that...) I actually know a bit about design because my mother was an art teacher for years,. I am also a bit of a hard ass because my dad was a Suffolk County Police Chief ( Long Island , NY) . He saw a lot...including Jackson Pollack's (crash way back in his rookie days. )

Please get back to me

Jeanette

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Viewer

Jeff,I enjoy the way you handle your business. No nonsense and a stickler for detail. That's why you're so successful. I need a job! my loyalties would lie only with you. I would be a excellent project manager.

Mark
Mark

Jeff,

You are FIERCE! Don't ever change! Wishing you all the best from the big...eh...state..ha ha...of TX!

Samantha
Samantha

Jeff, your show is wonderful! You're very talented, and did I notice that you're left-handed?

Whitney
Whitney

You are awesome. I laugh hysterically through the whole show

brenda
brenda

love this show, cant wait to see what jeff is going to do next. as a peson with ocd i can relate to jeff, keep on doing what you do best jeff, bein you.

Mike
Mike

Amazing show ! I felt like ive been waiting for the third season forever. As an interior design student I find your show refreshing and interesting. Your sense of humor and relationship with your staff members is hilarious. Keep up the good work, it makes me crave every tuesday more and more

Jenifer
Jenifer

Hi, Jeff.

I watched the episode where you went on and on about people being late for work. I, too, hate it when people are late. I am currently working as an independent contractor (they've yet to hire me after a year and a half) for a company in Encino. The three partners will have occasional meetings wherein they nicely tell people the hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. It does no good. The receptionist strolls in every day at 9:20 a.m., makes her breakfast, takes LOTS of personal calls, takes a one-hour lunch, and leaves at 6 p.m. Then twice a week, she has a doctor's appointment before coming in to work. I have yet to see her arrive on time.

If ever you'd consider a loyal, hard-working employee that pays attention to detail (will keep your car stocked with mints and breath spray), contact me.

Jenifer

Ben Rodriguez
Ben Rodriguez

I'm really trying to keep my faith in the show. I loved the first two seasons but honestly, it's becoming a little difficult to agree with the way "the cook is running the kitchen." I feel like most of these people are hired because they look good. I know my bland fat a$$ can do a better job at most of those things than some of the employees that have been brought on board. In the end, it is a TV show but as somebody who breathes and sleeps real estate AND interior design, it's has it's moments when it's disappointing. I will say that Jeff and I are so much a like. I fly off at the handle at some things, I'm some sarcastic knuckle head most of the time and I love things done a certain way. I'm very particular. Anyway shot out to Zoila! As she would say "I bite you Jeffery" I'll be in LA this Thursday... maybe i'll run into them!

CHLOE
CHLOE

JEFF, I love the show. Jenni, Zoila la loca! Ryan and baby, Trace he's a hoot! I think you love him! I like your sick sense of humor you are abusive to a certain extent. You need to work on that. Love to watch you guys. TATA for now.

Viewer
Viewer

Jeff--

Despite your arrogance and many other shortcomings, you really have a talent for home design. Have you ever considered starting your own staging company? I'm SURE you would find it profitable.

Teresa
Teresa

Jeff & (Jenny), I gotta say I really enjoy your show. I've been watching since you started and I'm never disappointed. You guys have such a strange relationship...lol. And Zoila too. Love her. I hope Jenny was able to put a picture on her desk finally. ;).

Sabbas
Sabbas

Jeff, You're a gem...but I think you can "pick up" a stray like me from the deep south in Biloxi, Miississippi..yes..you can do it it. Two tears in a bucket....nothing bad should happwn in cou try this small

Jami G
Jami G

I Love it, should I say me and my little panther Sabbas love the show. I would love to work for Jeff...I am a nurse and I am OCD just like Jeffrey...he has yet to meet his challenge with me...lots of luck....peace,jeff

human Resources
human Resources

I have to say. The questions that you asked shawn. If it was me i would have walked out the door and sued you ass for everything you are worth. Those questions where very inappropriate, and you had no right as an employer to ask them questions. Secondly to fire him based on true here say from you ditzy office help when as the employer you should have went to chaz and asked him personally to find out the truth. You where wrong in so many ways. Its sad that they would even allow a show like this to be on tv.

Viewer
Viewer

Why not promote Jett to PM? He seems realiable, level headed (assumed from his few side comments)... and he's also hot hot hot!!! Bravo show editors - please give him some more air time!

Marissa
Marissa

Hey Jeff I know how you like the "brown" salsa from Baja Fresh well Costco now sell's a huge bag of it! I just thought you would like to know.

Cindy
Cindy

You are so funny but sometimes your cynical and sarcastic comments are a little too much,especially the comment you made regarding Zolia, you could no longer threaten to deport her because she had become a citizen. It may have been just another sarcastic comment; I really didn’t know how to take it because she is so loyal and sweet and puts up with all your craziness.

Terry
Terry

I really enjoy your show! I love all of people in it! I watch the new episodes and then the reruns on the weekend. I wish you nothing but the best of luck in all that you do. God Bless you all! Please let Zoila decorate her own room afterall it is her room. Plus she really keeps your house gorgeous!!

Jennifer
Jennifer

Jeff, who are all these psychos that keep commenting on your syntax, diction and grammar in day-to-day conversation? Who critiques that--definitely psychos. Love you! I don't think you are all the way gay...I think part of you is straight and I'd totally marry the straight guy! But love you as you are!

Viewer
Viewer

Give Jet more air time, you'd get more viewers

Viewer
Viewer

Mr. Lewis,

As i watch your show episode after episode and watch your assistants and project managers come and go, I notice a common thread of them not appreciating your insistance on perfection. I would love the oppurtunity to work as your project manager and believe you need someone like me whom anticipates what is necessary and gets it done. You do not have the time to be botherd with explaining each and every detail of the days agenda and you need someone who can prioritize and be effective rather than efficent. I wish i knew how to contact you to apply for your "revolving door" position of project manager. I feel like we are cut from the same cloth and would work extremly well together. Email me if interested @ ask.eod@gmail.com

Graciously A.S.K.

CHLOE
CHLOE

Jeff, I love the show, I love the new kid on the block, it is very evident you do,as well.HUM! I believe that you are a very smart business man. I also, enjoy your sick sense of humor to an extent. Recently Jeff, it's just plain abusive. No need to wonder why things don't go your way, you exude negative energy so that's what you attrack. Hope you make some positive changes so we can enjoy the show again.