Simon van Kempen

Simon shares renovation details and his thoughts on Bethenny's mag cover.

on Mar 10, 20090

So this episode opens as usual with highlights of the last episode giving Bravo another excuse to show me adorned with only a bath towel covering my nether regions (and hopefully that's the last time this season where I show so much flesh!)

And then it's straight on to Brad showing the Zarins design boards with fabric & paint swatches and furniture samples for the interior redecoration and refurnishing of their NYC condo. Jill seems to not be too enamored with his suggestions and Bobby (bless him) sits quietly and lets Brad & Jill have it out. Great shots of Bobby's fabric store follow but you can tell Jill's felling a bit stressed with having too many choices. In her words 'she doesn't feel good!'

Continuing the redecoration theme of this season you see us meeting with a local Brooklyn architect who I found through a wonderful Brooklyn website called Brownstoner. Alex and I bought our house in mid 2005 when she was pregnant with Johan and with a newborn on the way we weren't about to immediately embark on any major renovations. The house was more than livable in its current state although by no means were the living areas as nice as the Park Slope Co-op we'd completely remodeled and had just sold.

Last season our house came in for tons of criticism, which we found amusing, frustrating and ridiculous all at the same time. Let me just say that I've laughed several times this season when I've seen people state that we've already done some work on the living areas based on footage in the 1st couple of episodes. Someone commented that we had new blonde wood flooring; someone else said some areas have been painted and so on. What this shows is how difficult it can be to deduce from the small screen just what our home is like. Last season much was made of our stairs and lower entryway and certainly when you see me running down the stairs to greet the architect, Aaron McDonald, you'll see that the stairs have finally had all the remains of the vinyl tiles, glue, linoleum and the other 100 years of detritus removed as well as the plaster from the brick wall. In addition a century plus of paint was painstakingly removed from the original tin ceiling in the corridor and down the stairs but this small area was the only area any work had been done between seasons


Simon, you and Bobby are my favorite of the husbands, I cannot stand Mario or that fu fu Count!

Vicki Nicole
Vicki Nicole

Good for you Simon! It's good to see you and Alex being comfortable wiht who you are and not needing to show how MUCH and BETTER you have it.