On Wednesday, March 14, house flipper and interior designer Jeff Lewis, loyal sidekick Jenni Pulos and housekeeper Zoila Chavez take it to the next level, as they actually move into clients' homes for five days with the goal of improving both their exterior spaces and their interior lives on the new Bravo series "Interior Therapy With Jeff Lewis."
"It wasn't always a happy ending," Lewis says. "There were a lot of fights. There was crying. There was screaming. And that was just Jenni."
"We really do," Lewis says. "You think, 'It's only five days,' but we're spending all day, late into the evening, early morning. We're spending so much time with these people that you can't help to become attached, connected. I mean, all of a sudden, it's not even just about a paycheck. ... I'm really invested in this.
"I want this to be great for them. But I didn't always like them, and sometimes I didn't give a s... . Sometimes I wanted them dead. We didn't always have nice people to work with. Some people were entitled and ungrateful, and I wanted to walk out the door and go to the neighbors' house and see what I could do there."
"Sometimes we couldn't finish," Pulos says. "We felt like a failure, because we couldn't do what we wanted to do in the time allotted."
Says Lewis, "We probably reached a good six or seven people out of 10. But three of them are lost causes. I couldn't help them."
Lewis on the future of house flipping:
"The flipping market is back. I never thought I would say it this soon, but I just might get back into flipping this year. There are so many great deals. They spent all the money on the down payment, and they don't have the money for the renovations. So there's quite a market for done houses. There wasn't for quite a while, though. I couldn't give those houses away."