Big and Plenty

Jenni thought Rob and Gretchen's bed could have comfortably slept twelve.

Jeff Lewis saying, "You have bad taste and everything has to go," is not everyone’s idea of a good time.

Rob, Gretchen, and their two dogs are living with large furniture in a small house.
Sheets cover the windows, and Gretchen's idea of decor covers everything else.
Big and plenty seems to be the theme here.
The bed would comfortably sleep twelve.
Jeff says Gretchen is a magnet for over-sized and ugly.
Rob is a very large man who has been given a very small voice by Gretchen who is a "design bully."
"Get rid of everything over-sized except Rob" is our starting point.
Jeff wants controlling Gretchen muzzled and Rob to speak up.

"Everything must go" is handled very well by a smiling Rob.
"Donate" is music to his ears.
Gretchen has a very hard time letting go. "Keep" becomes an issue.
Jeff sees this as a lack of trust.
Her repeating, "I am a hoarder," does nothing to lessen the tension.
Jeff bolts when Gretchen does not want to follow through with her commitment to toss.
Space is really an issue here.

Furniture shopping went well with Rob, who speaks softly but with some serious design mojo. Jeff approves.
Gretchen is not on the same page.
Jeff does not pull punches about what he considers her horrible taste.
Hurt feelings seem to linger.

Zoila's closet discovery -- a blond wig!
Zoila gets her groove on and goes coochie coochie with blond hair!

A time out means they are off to a fancy hotel.
Jeff, Zoila, and I find ancient rat poop high up in the kitchen. Yuck!
Windex as a weapon and an enthusiastic hose relieve some tension.
We get our crew's newly painted walls wet.
Mike, Jeff's new contractor, says professional respect is in order.
We say sorry and agree.
I then nail Jeff with a glass full of water...and run. (My therapist would not be proud.)

"Zoila up half an inch. Jenni stay." Welcome to my work day.
Jeff is really concerned that Gretchen will not like the final result.
Their newly painted grey front door opens to reveal…a living room, dining room, and bedroom with closet speaking the Lewis language.
An unexpected "I'm in awe" and "I'm in love with everything" follow Rob's "awesome."
This is when you love Jeff Lewis.

Interior Therapy, only one more week left to ride on the train. Come on and ride it!

Operation Love is a Success!

Jenni dishes on the pressure of having to set up the perfect engagement for Kenia and Danielle.

Will the Girls Take It to the Next Level?

Danielle is a Dog Groomer.
Kenia is a Behavioral Specialist.
They have been living together for five and a half years.
Kenia says Danielle has a "strong personality," which translates as Danielle gets things her way.

A pool table dominates the living room.
Danielle dominates everything else.
Kenia wants to get married, but Danielle seems to be reluctant.
Jeff sees the decor as "a sorority house but for lesbians."

Two women with big personalities, big attitudes, and big accents.
Kenia says because Danielle owns the house, everything has to be her way.
The "our home" translates quickly to "it's still my house."
That is not Kenia's idea of what she has dreamed of since she was little.

Kenia is the cook and thinks the kitchen is a nightmare.
Danielle hates the bar that Kenia built when she was away.
Jeff sees the bar as the only expression of Kenia in the house. Kenia wants to get married to Danielle in New York.
To encourage and support, Jeff buys wedding magazines.
He wants Danielle to recognize the needs of her partner, something he says he has to work to do.
Danielle exits and whispers she doesn’t need our "encouragement."
She already has a ring.
And she tells us she hates not being in control.
This could kill the relationship.

When these girls play pool, they dent the walls.
Jeff targets the kitchen for remodel so Kenia "will have a win."
They need to see their combined personalities in the space. Our Goal: A brand new kitchen in five days.
This is a clean house with not much for Zoila to do, so she breaks a wine glass.
Kitchen demolition is an emotional experience.
To relax the atmosphere Jeff plays a shoe prank on a girl you shouldn't mess with.

Danielle is still nervous about commitment.
To help out I sing about a bridal store in the parking lot.
Shopping for the kitchen reveals the problem.
Danielle overrides Kenia's choices and stalls with tile decisions.
Jeff is out of patience and sees this as the real relationship indicator.

Danielle is waiting for a perfect time and place to make the commitment.
Jeff sees me as a proposal expert because I'm experienced.
Spelling out will you marry me with asparagus and strawberries is not Jeff's idea of cool.
Danielle and I have lunch and she thinks most of my proposal ideas are corny.
The puppy idea is a no go.
I start to rap...and we work on a plan. Zoila, Jeff, and Kenia go appliance shopping.
She makes it clear to Jeff: "no ghetto appliances" for this girl.
Kenia calls Jeff tiny tush in Spanish and plans to teach him some dirty words.
Zoila has had it with all the engagement talk.
She calls Jeff a genius and crazy in the same breath.

We are running way behind with the kitchen.
These girls know how to threaten.
Jeff brought in crickets as retaliation -- a boy and his bugs.
Kenia shouts, "He's a sick little man!"
Hotel plans for me and the girls.
Jeff is buying them dinner to make up for bugging them.
The surprise romantic proposal atmosphere in the hotel room is my project to manage. "Operation Love"
Danielle says, "If it's not one hundred percent right, I'm not doing it."
Yes, she's talking to me
Rose petals, candles, and candy need to be perfect.
A ring, kisses, and Kenia is crying tears of joy.

Four hours to reveal and at least nine hours of work needs to be done.
Outlets are covered, wood chips are everywhere, and cabinets still have no doors.
Zoila is sweeping.
The refrigerator water line is not turned on.
A fuse is blown...and they are knocking on the door.
The reveal is "gorgeous" and Kenia shows off her beautiful ring.
Jeff says he has a lesson to take home to his own relationship.

"She's got the biggest dick in the room."
I didn't say that, Jeff did.