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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Flipping Out in Park Slope and on TV

Park Slope townhouse
Photo by myself in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

There are many beautiful historic brownstone buildings in Park Slope Brooklyn, located several subway stops outside Manhattan. The building above has stained glass windows, lovely brickwork and painted wood carvings.


Have you seen the Bravo show Flipping Out, about the decorator Jeff Lewis? Lewis renovates homes in LA before selling them, and is neurotic and hilarious. He makes people move furniture by the inch, fusses over paint colors, and drives his employees mad.

Well, the show comes very close to what it's like in the profession of high end architecture and design. If you have neurotic tendencies, architecture and decorating are for you. I have seriously woken up in the middle of the night wondering if I specified the right type of closet light, or the right height for a closet rod.

For any project, architects list every single thing that will be built or installed, in detailed charts. Every recessed waterproof light in the showers, every LED undercabinet strip light and every closet light that turns on when you open the closet door is given a number and described in detail.

Cabinet knobs, door stops, door knobs and hinges, door types, appliances, paint colors, toilets and faucets are all listed. Everything about everything you can think of, short of the nails, so that the Contractor can determine an accurate price.

Jeff Lewis? He's the voice in my head!

Related posts: Details, Details, On the Market and The Flatiron Building, in Detail.


Louis la Vache said...

«Louis» understands this as he did the design work himself for the remodeling of his condo before he moved to France and he did the design for his espresso shop. LOTS of things to list!

Kitty said...

Hi Louis
So you see what I mean! lol.
What fun it must have been fun to design your own espresso shop!

Lily Hydrangea said...

I can't wait to watch this show Kitty.
& I am emailing this post to my niece right now!

elsiee said...

well as "voice's in your head go" you could do worse!!

Hilda said...

It's a beautiful building!

I wish I had the time — and money — to fuss over architectural and interior design details. Soon, I hope.

T. Becque said...

Love all the shapes and b&w!

Kitty said...

Ha, Lily
I'm surprised you haven't seen this show yet. It is funny. Lewis is a talented decorator with a strong opinion, so it's nice to watch it for the aesthetics, too.

Ha Elsiee
Very good point. Could be much worse.

Hi Hilda
I know...it would be so nice to fuss over things. And Lewis gets paid for it! I suppose I get paid for it too, but I'm not the one fussing, lol. I'm just picking up the pieces.

Thanks T. Becque!

fishwithoutbicycle said...

Hi Kitty, that's funny. For me it's the show Numbers. I cannot watch it without shouting at the TV that they are doing something wrong or scoffing at the fact that they do it so quickly. Watching that show feels too similar to being at work ;-)

Spandrel studios said...

Flipping Out is one if my favorite shows, mainly for the intra-employee drama that unfolds with each ep. Plus, the guy seems to know his stuff when it comes to design and decorating/staging a home. Doesn't hurt when you've got the spectacular views that some of his higher-end homes do.