Operation Love is a Success!

Ryan's Not So Sexy Style

The Costello Cackle

Jeff's Childhood Nightmares

The Bickering Beechers

Hayden's Home Takeover

Jeff Conquers the Castle

Jenni's Near Death Experience

Barbara's New Kitty City

Jeff and Pol's Explosion

When Jacuzzis Fly

Big and Plenty

Color Without the Cans

Wee Weenie Art

Unspoken and Unresolved

The Golden Rule

All That Gitters Isn't Gold

Keep It Cozy

More Than Meets the Eye

Compromise and Sexual Coupons

Jenni's Makeover Musts

Work in Progress

Too Much of a Good Thing

Is Zoila Defecting?

Like a Sitcom

No Ordinary Makeover Show

Back to Life

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.

Hayden's Home Takeover

Jenni hopes she and Jeff were able to help Stewart and Samantha find some balance.

Hayden's Home Takeover

Samantha and Stewart Bick live in Beverly Hills with their three year old son Hayden. Jeff and I walked into their home and immediately realized who dominated their 90210 space.  Sure, Stewart is in the business of manufacturing high end furniture so there were many abandoned pieces struggling to fit in together.

Yes, Samantha had chosen some pieces that maybe did not mesh with what Stewart had brought home over the years.

It was Hayden, however, who actually had taken over.

The living room was covered in toys and a large play mat, which Jeff referred to as "the only thing that brought color." Art projects covered the kitchen countertops, and bathroom toys were strewn about.

As a new mother, it is much easier for me to now understand how this can easily become the way of life. As a new mother, you want your entire existence to be about your little angel. I get it.

However, for Stewart and Samantha things had spiraled way out of control.Hayden seemed to be smarter than both Jeff and I put together; neither of us can recite all the planets and know their exact location.

Jeff said "no thanks" he was "good" when asked to join in with the teeth brushing session.
After the crying, I caved and watched Hayden Brush brush, brush his teeth (shameless plug…buy my rap album on iTunes).

We decided to tackle the bedroom, because it was lacking happiness and life.

At first, the Bicks seemed disappointed by this choice, since they thought the living room would serve them better. We moved forward and started to try to make them see that they needed balance in their life. 

Samantha was initially more open than Stewart to our observations; she did feel they were in a rut.Stewart had a hard time trusting us and he was very challenging.  He claimed after furniture shopping that he was dyslexic. Jeff called bullish-- on that.

I do believe Stewart could not visualize, but he also did not trust that Jeff would create an amazing end result, and that became frustrating for us both.

We finally were able to confront Stewart, and at the hotel he finally did maybe absorb what we were trying to tell him about creating balance and not being so defensive and argumentative with Samantha.

Zoila learned she was muy caliente…in bed.

We were able to surprise the Bicks and redo the living room as well, since we had some extra money left in our design budget.

The space had transformed into a sophisticated and inviting home. The Bicks were very responsive to their new space.I was very touched by their reaction, especially Stewart.  He was blown away by the transformation, and I think realized we were on their side the whole time. He even didn't seem bothered by the height of the bedroom chandelier!

Jeff did a beautiful job with both rooms, and we hopefully gave them a new jump start on their relationship and a bit of balance in their life that they were lacking.

Jeff and I helping create balance?  God help us.

Hayden, if my daughter needs a tutor, can I call you?

Next week, the Beechers, who should change their name to the Bickersons! He's dirty and still living like a slob bachelor and she has had enough and subsequently taken on the role of nagging Mommy -- enter Jeff and Jenni…and of course Zoila!