Jeff Lewis

Did Jeff actually wet himself during the House Beautiful meeting? Well, maybe a little...

on Sep 8, 20100

I didn’t think anything would be more frightening than Sarah in charge of my business or Jenni’s wardrobe, but the House Beautiful kick-off meeting proved to be far more terrifying.  When I was asked to design the Kitchen of the Year, I knew that it was a large-scale big budget project, but I had no idea what was in store for me.  As I walked into the two-story conference room on the top floor of the Hearst Building, my little heart stopped.  Very few times in my life have I been left speechless, but this was one of those moments.  I am grateful Jenni was with me for support, otherwise who knows how it would have turned out.  

For clarification purposes, I did not wet myself. As my heart began beating again, I was informed I had to give a speech to the 45+ people in the room.  The sheer terror on my face was evident and actually, that’s the point when I wet myself.  Thank god for the adult diapers I bought after several unfortunate bed wetting accidents during nights of binge drinking. It would take another 3 minutes before I could actually breathe again.  After I stumbled through the uncomfortable unfunny introduction, I began to switch gears.  Jenni kept whispering to me to focus on the work and I took her advice.  I dove into the design and began explaining my vision.  That part was easy and the meeting progressed quickly and smoothly.   

90 comments
Jessie Miller
Jessie Miller

Do you catch the name of Jeff Lewis' Italian restaurant? I'd love to go. Thanks! Jessie

Michele Sinderman
Michele Sinderman

I agree. Be careful when you are Hire Family. I used to work with my Dad and his Wife and sometimes it was hard. Seeing them 5 times a Week oppose to just once a week for Dinner is a lot better for ALL of us. It was a good Experience when I worked for them, but Perfer to see them Once a Week.

I enjoy your Show.

TxFlgal
TxFlgal

Love the show!!!! Faithful viewer since the beginning.....one suggestion...get rid of Sarah! Family is family, BUSINESS IS BUSINESS. Period! Luv love LOVE!!

Clancy
Clancy

Boy are you loved! But the Best Friend and surrogate Mom you have is Zoila! Tell Sarah to stop chewing Gum like a cow! She is adorable but needs to present herself in a more business like manner ! Please encourage your Assistant Jeff to Hold his Little Guy during the day! Feed him in his arms...let the baby feel his Heartbeat, Hugs and his Love! This Life is Not A Dress Rehearsal! You are great and have won over my heart! Hug Our Zoila Now and Then as well... We all need those hugs........ aside from Birthday Trips to New York!

Susan Somerville
Susan Somerville

Jeff, my husband told me, after watching an episode of when you were trying to get rid of a pesky coyote, that human urine will not work only because it turns into amonia and absorbs into the fround, thus dissipating rather quickly. To correct the problem, he used human hair from a salon. He used to ask his friends for all the clippings, put them in a mesh bag all around the perimeter of your home (this will help the air to flow through the bag) thus carrying the scent to the coyote. I know this will work for you. Love your show!!!

MICHAEL MOHN
MICHAEL MOHN

Jeff, can i have all your Lacoste hand-me downs ?????

erwin santos
erwin santos

a jeff im looking for work if you need a drywall finisher.I got what it takes ive been in the union for ten years i'm laid off right now.

eml
eml

Love you Jeff and the rest of the gang.

But can we please have ONE show without mentioning or showing pee or poop???? LOL

djm
djm

I was so happy that you finally showed the other side of yourself. You were so sweet and loving to Zoila, it made me very proud of you. I knew there was another side of you. Last year is last year, you acknowledged and moved on, very proud of you my dear. I so enjoy the show, especially love your facial expressions and Zoila's personality! I agree with the gum statements, not very professional; but, she is in training and needs your guidance. Get rid of the white suit, it's not working but I'm sure you have already replaced it with something else. lol

donna50
donna50

Jeff, I loved the NYC episode, and I thought you handled yourself brilliantly@ at your surprise meeting. OMG!!!! I would have been terrified! One more thing...Would you please adopt me? I really don't take up tp much space and I'm a neat freak. I think you would love me.

kvv191
kvv191

I love the new, kinder, gentler Jeff this season! I felt terrible for you at the end of last season, but everything happens for a reason. You seemed to have pulled yourself up and are a better person! I do hope you adopt a child....I think you would be a great Dad and you have an amazing support system!

TBevett
TBevett

Jeff I love this show so much! I think you have a great sense of humor. You have a great team of people around you and I like them all! I think what you did for Zoila was super sweet and I am sure she appreciated it! I do hope all that's good for you and your team!

Ms. Dee
Ms. Dee

Hey Jeff, I love your show and the work you do. You are so gifted and talented. As I watch this season, I see your need for a "great" assistant/project manager. I totally agree that you need someone that's always 10 steps ahead of you. Love Sarah, but she's not it! I think I could be your new "Jennie!"

Cece in GA
Cece in GA

They have Flipping out marathons on Bravo..on weekends or during the day......you could tape previous seasons on your DVR etc...... enjoy

M.R.D.L.G
M.R.D.L.G

Jeff, I just wanted to tell you how proud you made me feel as a mother when I watched your NY trip show for your kitchen design and Zoila's b'day. You have shown true love and appreciation to this wonderful lady who loves you just as much and clearly treats you as if you were her son. I know this trip will be the most memorable trip she will ever experience. I hope your plans for a baby come true and that Zoila is there to raise him as her own grandson. Lots of luck and success for you and your show! Maggie

JeromeThebeau
JeromeThebeau

Many, many congrats to you, Jeff! I'm very happy for your success, you truly deserve it. As for the meeting, what a blessing that Jenni was there to remind you of your purpose of being there in the first place. Focus on your talent, the work you do is what I believe you were born to do. You make a lot of people happy by doing what you do. That's got to make you feel good about yourself! All the best to you, and your staff. ^_^

Ann Alderson
Ann Alderson

I just received my October issue of House Beautiful today. The Kitchen of the Year is featured in it. I have to say I am impressed with your work. The kitchen looks like it was done by a trained designer. It has that uniqueness designers bring to a room. You are on to something!!!!

FlippityJibbet
FlippityJibbet

Jeff this is the first season of watching your show, but I have to say, I wish I had found it sooner. The scene with the House Beautiful group reminded me of when I took a public speaking class. It was torture each week as I had to produce a convincing topic and speech to dazzle a class full of sweaty palmed people awaiting their turn at the pitiful podium. I recall how each week, I had planned and even rehearsed every detail of my speech, only to spew out useless garbage at each attempt at giving the actual speech to the on-lookers. I wondered why this class was part of my curriculum but trudged through it knowing when it was over, it would be over...I would not put myself in a position of trying to convince people of anything, I was not a politician, a public speaker or anything similar...I think with the exception of the first few sentences, you did well...but I did feel that uncomfy awkward beginning we all have when we start talking to a group. I think you are great to Zoila...she is a huge part of that show...we love her!

Cece in GA
Cece in GA

I'm so glad to see you all back....Flipping Out is my favorite reality TV on Bravo......Rachel Zoe is 2nd....and Project Runway 3rd...oh crap that's not on Bravo anymore....2 out 3 is not bad.. love you Jeff, Jenni, Zoila and all the new players.....I even love "Monkey".......

Pam B
Pam B

Jeff, Congrats on house beautiful , you will do a fab job. I knew you had a kind heart and you showed it to zoila on her B-day!!! all the best. keep making me laugh! love your sense of humor.

matty p
matty p

Jenni Tuesday’s episode was great. I really enjoy the show when the 3 of you are on. You make my Tuesday nights. Thanks for the laughs.

The judge
The judge

What a fun episode. Now I like you

NJnj
NJnj

I love you Jeff! I think you're so awesome! My heart stopped & I started panicking for you at that really big meeting. OMG...omg...really, I was holding my breath & kept praying for you. (a classic Wholly Cr*p moment). Your business seems to be really taking off (going nation wide even) & I hope to see your New York display. You have real emotional intelligence in dealing with people & I think you're going to go really far! You've got that certain spark & magnatism that draws people to you. Don't change, okay?

aye4ever
aye4ever

Jeff you are awesome. love ur show.

Leanne Sturges
Leanne Sturges

Jeff and crew are you in Thousand Oaks?

Hey Jeff, La la love your show. Your a creepy crazy man and its makes me uneasy how much I relate to your issues. Anyways, I am a server at Lupes Mexican Rest. in Thousand Oaks, and though the menu is not as high end as Casa what ever, come let me serve you some good mexican food. I am not pitching for Lupes, (even though it does sound that way) no, Lupes has been here since 1947, and it doesn't need my help. I just figured while your here in T.O. and as you like a free meal, what have you got to loose? I would love to meet you. Bring Jenny, she needs a hug!

Big Fan, Leanne

P.S. Thousand Oaks (though it is a drive) has a lot of prospective clients, there's big money here and our neighboring towns Westlake Village, Park Oaks, and Newbury Park. Big Money Honey.

LanceLot
LanceLot

I love the show too,and glad you are branching out more away from Cali to do other work.I know the design of the kitchen will be a masterpiece.I am glad Zoila had a good time in NYC and you treated her to a great birthday.I must say that if I worked for you,and you went out of town,I would be using the pool.I see the beautiful pool on every episode but it looks like it is never used,is it just for looks?

TexasJulie
TexasJulie

Just google 2010 House Beautiful kitchen

AvidFan
AvidFan

Jeff--It took me 2 seasons watched as a marathon to figure out you were not a total jerk. In fact, you have a large heart that you do not show and you are absolutely hilarious even when you try not to be. Aside from that, you are unbelievably talented and I wish I could afford your design services!

Junko
Junko

A lovely, lovely episode.

Is Zoila likely to be warm and unconditionally loving to your child? He or she deserves more than a competent baby sitter. I like Zoila, but wonder about warmth and a generous, giving nature. It's a 24/7 job. She can't be resentful or wish the child would leave her alone so she can enjoy her break. She has to embrace the child, be proud of her successes, and be there for his down days. Her heart has to well up at the sight of her.

Love you

Junko
Junko

A lovely, lovely episode.

Is Zoila likely to be warm and unconditionally loving to your child? He or she deserves more than a competent baby sitter. I like Zoila, but wonder about warmth and a generous, giving nature. It's a 24/7 job. She can't be resentful or wish the child would leave her alone so she can enjoy her break. She has to embrace the child, be proud of her successes, and be there for his down days. Her heart has to well up at the sight of her.

Love you

JC
JC

Is it true Jeff went to Chapman University?

Peachy333
Peachy333

So happy for your success. I love the show and I think Ryan should be sorry for the way things ended last year. You know happiness and success are the best revenge.

Barbara in NY
Barbara in NY

To the commenter who thought you were showing your softer side, Jeff -- I don't understand how anyone can just slide right by your horribly offensive remark a bout a prom date. I love your sense of design; I love how you design beautiful interiors and exteriors. I hate how you treat people.

You may never permit yourself to believe that your friend Ryan Brown did not cheat you in any way at all; he did not steal business from you. Please try to grow up and overcome your tendency to believe the worst about people.

Renae
Renae

Jeff...I have a new found love in you after the last show. I used to think this is such a hard boss to work for and the harsh way he speaks to Zoila and Jenni is too over bearing and to make the employees wear the white jump suit when they make mistakes is too much. Boy oh Boy was I wrong. I thought, Jeff is so talented but can be sooo mean and cruel sometimes. Well oh Well Mr. Jeff you proved the world wrong after your last trip to NY and the way the extremely special way you spoke to and treated Zoila. You made the world look at you with softer eyes. Hey....I would love to work for you. It's a great way to learn so much from such a talented and knowledgeable person and you're the type of guy that proves he's a worthy friend. When you love/trust someone there’s nothing you would do for that person. Our hats go off to you Jeff and a toast to you for being a no nonsense guy on the outside but filled with a heart of gold on the inside. If your design career ends, you can ALWAYS DO STAND UP COMEDY!!! Your one liners makes me us out loud. Too funny. Love U & the show.

Junko
Junko

A poignant, lovely episode.

Justin R
Justin R

Jeff what a great episode. Why haven’t the rest been as good as that? I agree with Monica V, it’s the flipping out that kept me watching these last years. Keep up that kind of show/entertainment. That’s what I want to watch!

Bradfromdallas
Bradfromdallas

Jeff, I really enjoyed tonight’s episode. The three of you and your dynamic is what keeps me watching. Viva Zoila!!

empress05
empress05

Great season and I love the NYC episodes. But...please,please,please show Sarah the tapes of her chewing gum (almost always). It makes her look dumb and bovine-ish, when she really is an attractive person. Just look at the red-carpet events and the dummies that forget to ditch the gum.

Tracy Y
Tracy Y

Tuesdays have now become my favorite day since I know I can watch your show! I just discovered the show this season and ran out and bought DVDS of seasons past, so i can see it all!

ViewerMaribelle
ViewerMaribelle

Thanks for the funny prom story. With life experiences like those mentioned in your blog I see where your caustic humor has originated. Don't get me wrong I love it and can totally relate.

moonanapavgirl
moonanapavgirl

Your show makes me laugh so much it's like an abdominal workout!

crabface71
crabface71

I've don't think we've seen you look so shakin up before! I just wanted to give you a hug, they could of givin you a heads up on that meeting! Congrats on all your business adventures. I have such a crush on you! I'm a married woman(does that do anything for ya)??? No you say? Darn. I just love your dry sense of humor. This last episode when Zoila was singing that Milkshake song I almost died! She's pretty hip (no thanks to you & Jenny, I'm quite sure) ; ) Thanks for the "Jeffrey Lewis Experience", you guys are great! Congrats again, Lisa

BAMA  GIRL
BAMA GIRL

Jeff that was a really sweet thing you did for Zoila. You care a great deal for her we can tell. Can't wait to see more on this kitchen. You just seem alot more relaxed this season. But, it's early right?

MarieB
MarieB

You referred to your homecoming date as "she"? Really.

Cathy in Fort Myers
Cathy in Fort Myers

That must have been really exciting. I can wait to see your kitchen in New York City. That is a realy honor and you deserve it. It was so sweet and thoughtful of you to do that for Zoila. You could see she really appreciated it. I can't wait to see what happens next week!

Maria Aidonis
Maria Aidonis

I have a question I hope gets answered somehow:

I love the painting that's behind the dining table where everyone eats lunch together at the Valley Oak house. It looks like a rundown old house. I wonder who the artist is: I'd love to purchase their work.

Thank you!

Janie's Sister
Janie's Sister

The entire kitchen segment, I just kept asking myself, "Has Ryan ever done anything on this grand a scale?"

JeffSD
JeffSD

You were great man! Your odd sense of humor broke the ice! And it was also nice to see a kinder side of Jeff during the dinner at the Italian restaurant. Perhaps Jenni should pay close attention to that, perhaps if she drops the idea of becoming a TV star and becoming more of a partner with you, the sky is the limit when it comes to your generosity. -- Just a thought.