Simon van Kempen

Simon shares details on the big renovation reveal.

on Apr 28, 20090

This episode opens with Alex, the boys and me visiting Jill at Zarin Fabrics to choose some fabrics for our living room window treatments. Surprisingly Jill mentioned that she wished we’d given her a little more notice, so I guess she’d forgotten the conversation we’d had when she’d visited us at our house the previous month. But this isn’t the only time that Jill made a little slip up. I guess when some one’s prodding you with lines it’s easy to do. Anyway we had taken a 12” x 12” paint swatch of the living room wall color and chose a wonderful black and red fabric. You see us with the boys looking at rolls of fabric after fabric and when Francois is on my shoulders & nowhere near any of the rolls, one starts to roll out too far. Jill’s voiceover mentions how Francois caused this and we get the second time that the sound doesn’t match reality. Lastly as we leave you hear her mention that she’s nervous about doing window treatments when we don’t have any windows. Huh! And that’s three!

Next Bethenny calls into see Francky l’Official, in her words her ‘token gay friend” and hairdresser. I wonder if he’s a token friend or a token gay? Anyway, Francky suggests setting up a blind date with an ex model friend of his and I am wondering whether Bethenny sees a chance to compete with Kelly with Max. She seems not to sure about it but as she says she’s nothing to lose.

Back at out house it is two weeks to go before our house warming party and you can see that there’s still an enormous amount to be done. The kitchen is still missing, there’s a huge hole in the back wall, the 1/2 bath is missing – the walls in it haven’t even been sheet rocked! (We were still waiting for the NYC plumbing inspection and couldn’t close them until we’d passed.)

267 comments
Viewer
Viewer

Simon, The more I know you the more I like you. What I like most about you is: How you love, admire and adore Alex and the kids. You and Alex cling and respect each other. I hope to see you and Alex again in next season.

Jeannie
Jeannie

You are a little more out there than I usually care for but one thing I admire greatly about you is how you love Alex. Every man should love their woman as you do!

Great job Simon! You definitely add adventure, flavor and unpredictability to the show. lol

Viewer
Viewer

Hi Simon, I think you're great. Be yourself and don't worry for the rest. I think its sweet that you and Alex hold tight to each other and your family. I wish it was that way for everyone. I thought the red pants were a hoot. You should do Tarzan and Jane next Halloween.

Viewer
Viewer

Simon, keep up the good work. The show wouldnt be half as good without you and your fabulous clothes. Ramona's husband is a jerk and she needs to be on some serious meds (or give up caffeine). I do think you kids are a little wild (that punching the food at dinner was terrible - he should have been chastised for that). In any case, it is all good fun and I am happy that Alex isnt as nasty as those other self-indulgent broads....

sueb
sueb

o imon... i think you and alex were the least likely to be at the top of my list. i think the two of you are fabulous. ramona, thew queen of the tourettes jungle, and that camera loving mario are two people that to saY the least deserve each other. kelly, well kelly, is kelly.....ugh. jill and bobby ok bethany ever so humble.(ugh)i love that alex has a great sense of humor and can keep her mouth shut

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

Oh Simon! Last season I did not like you, but with the new run I changed my view of you!! You are a caring, lovable father, and husband, plus you keep it hot!!Wow Ramona's husband acted real crazy, unless you guys are in show bisssssssssss!or he his on drugs!!! Love you, and your wife, Frankel, and Zarin. Hope to see another season, so you guys confront "the fake ones, like the bisexual countless LuAnn!!!

Viewer 7011
Viewer 7011

Life is not a dress rehearsal and I love that Alex and you are real. You guys are my favorite. All the best to you.

BostonianWife
BostonianWife

Dear Alex McCord's Husband Simon,

SO long! Yes, your blogs were so very long...

Michele O
Michele O

Simon, I really love how your home renovations turned out. Are you and Alex Alice Cooper fans or did the wonderful photo just go great with the decorations? You and Alex seem really well suited to each other and your place does seem like a home and the boys seem to really know they are loved.

Looking forward to next season

Michele O

Samantha
Samantha

Simon, These blogs sites make me laugh...Its exactly the kind of relief I am looking for after reading serious study material for hours on end. I think you are funny and intelligent. In college I was a part time Nanny for an adorable three year old girl...she was smart as a whip. One night the woman who I worked for asked me to babysit two boys of the guest she was having over for dinner. I said fine. Let me tell you, it was hilarious! These two little boys were a bundle of energy. They were running around, picking up toys, playing with a toy, then going on to another and another going here and there. I couldn't keep up with them. At one point, I stepped back, looked at the three year old girl who was just standing in awe watching them. She looked at me, (the look on her face was priceless and I am sure she thought mine was too.) and the two of us just burst out laughing. It was all good.

Anna Dowd
Anna Dowd

You know... Simon... when I first watched you .. I had a hard time dealing with your personality.. but.. I seriously want you to know that by the end of this season, you are like the bestest husband and father and Alex is very lucky to have you! I love your flamboyant dress and your love for fashion... I think that is great that you and your wife think very alike... it is just a dream relationship... I am very happy for you two!

Michele S.
Michele S.

Simon,

I just want to say, "Good for you for not giving in to the typical manly stereotype!" If you did, you would surely be hanging out with the guys after work drinking beer, ogling strippers, supressing your wife, ignoring her needs, and on your way to divorce court. ;)

I don't think you are gay at all! My husband is very into me and our children as well. He's not as into fashion as you are, but he is more conscious about it than he used to be and wants to look nice; something I very much appreciate. Men tend forget women like a sharp dressed man, or at one that tries. My husband is not threatened by wondering if he's a man or not, because he knows he is one. He doesn't care what society says makes him a man or not. It is refreshing to have a husband who is both masculine but also kind, tender, gentle, respectful, and loving. I see you in that same light with your wife. Other men would do well to learn of you, instead of making fun of you.

I wish you and Alex many, many years of happiness!

LISN
LISN

Simonizer:

I am so very glad that you have decided to remain quiet, for once. Thanks for not weighing in on the remaining shows with your witless brand of humor. You and the other malewife (Marr-i-oh) did yourselves no favors by adding your snipes to the blogosphere. The blogs made you both seem desperate for fame and ardor.

Have fun in Speedoland - St. Barts and the baby pool water of that island in August. Bon Voyage!

Danny21
Danny21

The tale of two Simon's. On the one hand you have a guy that's living in la la land. Whether he thinks his kiddy pool rivals the Singers pool in the Hamptons, or he thinks his kids are genius's, it's nice he lives in the world of make believe. Still, when push comes to shove he's a decent guy. Who else would've played in the tennis game from hell other than Simon. He's dedicated to his wife and is a fixture on society pages....all while making $50,000 a year. G-d bless.

truthteller
truthteller

Simon,

I just loved it when Ramona grabbed your hand and started dancing with you. It was the most hilarious scene I've seen on film since Charlie Chaplin. I had to rewind it like a 100 times and each time it gave me a harder laugh than before.

I would not worry about what the editors of the show try to portray, for the smart people out there know not to believe everything we see. I rewound the scene when Jill accused your son of pulling on the roll and saw clear as day that your boys didn't cause it. So she just looks like the ass to blame a child.

I also think Mario is the one who is Bi-sexual but tries to hide it on camera by looking at other women in front of his own wife when the topic of your sexuality is risen.

Don't worry about all the dim-witted people out there who can't get it. You're not in that league anyway. The smart people can see right through the show.

Bill
Bill

I don't get it. As a guy who watched the show with his wife and listened to comments from many people. I don't see where they think you are gay? I think you and your wife are a great couple, love their kids and are best friends. That is how I saw it. I also think it was great that even ill you showed up and played tennis with Jill. As for your clothing if you love fashion isn't it the point of showing off what you like? To heck with what others think, you have guts man! I also think you are a nice guy unlike Ramona's husband who has jerk down pat. I wish you and your family all the best.

Kattsup
Kattsup

Simon:

You are obviously in on the joke and I think you get a big kick out of it. I love the fact that you don't give a crap what anyone says or thinks of you and I admire the fact that you are always one of the first people to let things roll off your back. Are you not yet tired of all of the constant pot shots that get sent your way by all of these mean spirited women? I do think there is a smidge of jealousy at the fact that you and Alex don't get all worked up at whatever you hear was said about you. I would take you over Mario any day of the week. He is a player and I would bet even money on it that he has probably dabbled behind Ramona's back PLENTY! Sadly for her, she is dillusioned into thinking that she has a great marriage. Watching him ogling women right in front of her tells me everything I need to know about him. Stay cool, wear your tight pants and just be you.

Susan
Susan

You & Alex are my favorites! It's refreshing to see a real family on "reality" tv!

Maria
Maria

Hi Simon

I Applaude you for loving your wife and children living in New York and been around that group of women may have been not easy for you. but I think you enjoyed You and Alex look great , both are elegant and have class . I wish you both lots of good luck and please keep loving each other a beautiful couple to look at on tv, you both rock

Blessings

e
e

I have to say that your wife is the only housewife that has true class. She handles herself with grace, measures her words before she speaks and would be the ONLY housewife that I would consider a class act.

Naazeneen
Naazeneen

Simon maybe you should propose to Bravo TV a husbands of the housewives of NYC show...a spin off. Because you are forever trying to hog the limelight. I am sure you are a great husband and father but your need to be in every frame if every episode with your bordello style and shimmy is a bit much we women sort of tune in to see the ladies and if we wanted to see a in need of some nip tuck and a make over man we will go find it in another channel

Tina
Tina

Simon, I'm digging you. At first, all of it frankly too much. But now I like you. I like that you fawn over your wife. I like that you confident in yourself. You are eccentric and that's cool. But most of all you are blessed to be married to a true lady that is both radiant and smart because she grounds you. Have a great summer and I look forward to next season.

Jen
Jen

Are you and alex married? If you are why did she keep her last name?

Lady from Texas
Lady from Texas

Hi Simon, I really think you and Alex are genuine, kind people. Alex was a class act on the reunion show. Just because you enjoy going to parties and you love fashion does not make you fake or gay! My husband treats me like a queen too and I think we need more men like you. Thanks for keeping it real.

Maggie
Maggie

Different Ohhh Ya. Great dad and husband? Hell ya.

Brenda
Brenda

Real or an act- its good! Who wouldn't want a Simon. Loved the way you handeled Ramona with dignity. Best to you and Alex in your real life

Viewer
Viewer

Thank you so much for finally taking a back seat to your wife and stop all of the unwanted blogging that you do! It's good to know that you are actually reading these blogs and talikg them to heart. I have to say that it is the best thing you have done all season. BTW Cher called and she's looking for her red pants....have you seen them????

Janice
Janice

Simon, wish my husband treated me like you treat Alex ... I love both of you ...

Viewer
Viewer

Watching you and your children together is one of the sweetest things I have ever seen. With them you are so natural and comfortable. You and Alex should never forget that you are a family and that is more important than anything else in this world. Stay good, stay real, stay focused on those little boys of yours.

wesley
wesley

Simon, I would have to agree with the viewer from clearwater, there is no way that you have this many positive comments. You and your wife are trying to hard to be something you are not,Beautiful and Artsy,and are you freaking kidding me with those outfits, are there any mirrors in your newly renovated home?

Viewer
Viewer

Simon: If I had something to say about which "housewife" to vote off of the show; it would be YOU!!!!!!

mommynole68
mommynole68

I think Alex is afraid of your wrath, which is why she agrees with every single thing you say. I have a great marriage myself and we disagree all the time. Anyway, I watched the episode where you went ballistic in the cab and the look on Alex's face was one of sheer terror. She blanched and started looking clammy while pretending to be looking out of the window as if she was still trying to figure out where you were going. By then she already knew you were heading home so it was a distraction because she was afraid to look at you. This tells me that this has happened before and she knew what might be coming next and was fearful. Even with all of this said, I still like you and Alex although you really do come off as pretentious sometimes.

Alan/ Long Island
Alan/ Long Island

Simon As strange as you seemed in the beginning, you definatly changed my mind about you. The way you cherish Alex and the life you to have is great! You would be alot of fun to hang with. Looking foward if there is another season on how you guys are doing! Great redo of the house BTW!

Viewer
Viewer

Thank you for remaining true to yourself while the cameras are rolling. My guess is the rest of the cast, excluding Alex, are putting on a show for us. And that show is, at times, very hard to watch.

Viewer
Viewer

Simon,Simon... You are so fake !!. I think you should look at yourself and realize that it is time to come out of the closet. You would lead a more fulfulling life by being real instead of trying so hard to fit in..

Viewer
Viewer

Simon, You have a good soul and social wisdom. remember that when you have children the environment is about them, life is about them and that the social scene takes you away from them. You and Alex need to chill and be parents.

What do you do for a living any way?

Pam

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Viewer

Simon, you and Alex are awesome, my favorites! You both are secure and comfortable in your own skin. You are real, great parents and fun to watch! Many of the wives criticize you for letting your kids be kids? I'm glad you stand your ground. Let's just watch what happens with their children. Sometimes we are humbled by judging others and it bites us in the butt, in our own lives. I hope in this case it does not, because I want success for all of the beautiful children on the show. Your wife shows the most class and taste by far! The way that ridiculous woman treated her on the first season reunion was so tacky, just like Ramona herself! You were so right to call her a hypocrite! I hope no one that watches the show would actually purchase true faith jewelry. That is an oxymoron, her selling faith jewelry? You are still kind to her, trying to make amends when she is the one who behaves so badly. I could learn from you, I don't think I would be that gracious. Alex is the only woman who never lashes out, even when provoked. They won't even let her get a word in just to defend herself. I didn't see this years reunion, hopefully they behaved better. How dare they say, you should worry about your house before your wardrobe? Who appointed them experts on etiquette? Certainly not their behavior! also, what dis-placed arrogance to tell you how to spend your own money! You were confident enough to not put forth false airs and take your time to get what you want.Well done! Thank you for being, as is thrown around so frivolously on the show the voice of true authenticity!

verne
verne

Well Simon I think you are HOT, and if ever ever you think it is not working out with Alex and you want to try a Jamaican, I'll be right here.

Viewer
Viewer

Alex was GREAT on the reunion ("volume One").. She was her usual "lady of grace", but, stood up for herself when appropriate. She is very accepting of everyone's quirks/personalities/differences..yet, she knows when to ask questions and ask the others to answer her concerns. She is very patient and kind to all, despite the differences of all of the cast. You really have found a Gem. She is a good role model for your sons...shows a lot about her upbringing.. Patience and Loyalty.. What else could a husband ever want? And, she's pretty, too!!

new oleans
new oleans

People are you watching the same show im watching? This guy is fake he's a want to be. Read the eyes the eyes dont lie they tell the real story here. Tell us why your always looking for the camera. Sir you are fake and you have pulled the wool over everyone's eyes from what i see by there post but not mine.Your the only bad part of the show.

patti
patti

Yawn ........... You are putting others down, pointing out where you were right/someone else was wrong and making excuses about whatever action of you/yours. Yawn ......

Lola
Lola

Where is your blog for this week? You know I can't wait to read it.

Viewer
Viewer

I TOTALLY LOVE YOU AND ALEX!! YOU ARE WHO YOU ARE AND DONT APOLOGIZE FOR DOING JUST THAT!! STAY WHO YOU ARE AND SCREW EVERYONE ELSE.

bevbaby
bevbaby

its very hard to tell who the housewife is you or alex i am confuse. you are in almost every shot with alex non of the other husband are putting themself out there like you

Viewer
Viewer

Simon, my husband treats me the very same way that you treat your beautiful wife and I know for certain that there are very FEW men like you anywhere. You are very sweet and endearing. New York City doesn't seem like a good fit for you and Alex, though...were it not for the need of careers and high salaries New York provides, I would imagine you living somewhere else...somewhere less congested and more beautiful, away from the petty drama and excessive lifestlyes of NYC. I liked your renovation, but I would have rather seen you and Alex buy a home on Long Island (NOT THE HAMPTONS, GOODNESS NO!!!!), something oceanside, since you both love St. Bart's so much. Given the opportunity, I would live by water everyday. Good luck in life and with your family.

Viewer
Viewer

I love the way the camera zoomed in on the appliances. What happend, subzero would not give you free appliances but GE would?

Simone
Simone

Simon, you and your wonderful wife are my favorite on the show. I enjoyed showing both of you and your children. Being that I am from Grand Cayman I understand both of you and your wife's mentalities. On another note, love the outfit (I am not being cheeky) you wore at Jill's charity affair. I hope Bravo does another episode, your marriage is refreshing to watch.

georgia girl
georgia girl

I have to correct Carol, those earrings Simon bought Alex this past season are more of a rectangle and the ones she was earing at the charity meeting were ROUND! Leave him alone, MEANIE! Now back to you Simon, I love your kitchen and all the GE Monogram appliances, I am trying to get my hubby to buy the very same fridge. I always blog you because I think you are truly a gentleman, and you have great manners and never speak ill of anyone behind their back! You are a true sport by dancing with what's her name! LOVE YA! See you next season.

Viewer Clearwater
Viewer Clearwater

There is NO way there are this many people with positive comments about you Simon! You have been doing a LOT of posting yourself on here! Too odd!