Would you let a man who dresses like this design anything in your home? You can't even see the bright green vest under that jacket! The resulting pillows:
The big reveal this week was the Van Kempen's renovation. Hmmm. It's DEFINITELY BOLD! The second I saw it, I thought "gothic bordello," which was exactly how Bethenny described it. I am really starting to think like these people, which is a little surprising. They are more humble than I thought, and they really do care a lot about their family. Although they have been portrayed as social climbers, if they really were that shallow, they'd have moved to Manhattan by now. I like their Brooklyn pride.
The red living room reminded me of Ian Schrager about ten years ago, but they love it, so that's all that really matters. I have to say I respect that. While I love Alice Cooper's intellectual turn in Wayne's World (my best friend Liz and I still say "Millie-walk-kay" when referring to Milwaukee because of him), there is NO WAY I could ever have a snake in a photograph in my home. YIKES! Lord I hate snakes! Overall, it was Alex and Simon's den where they relax and enjoy their own personal style, and I respect that they don't seem to care about resale or what anyone else thinks. Perhaps that is why they are growing on me lately. Obviously, the kitchen reno was sponsored by GE Monogram, in case you missed the myriad of obvious product placement intrusions in this episode!
The big reveal, sponsored by GE Monogram:
The original trim was painted a charcoal gray/black, a move I do dig:
I also love the original fireplace in this place. The townhouse does have really good bones:
Bethenny nailed it; Simon decorates the way he dresses. I think it's kind of fun:
Apparently, to the Van Kempens, there is no such thing as "too much red":
Here's what matters. The people who live there had a vision of how they'd like to live, and they achieved it. Look at how happy and at home they feel. I swear they are growing on me:
On to Kelly. She is really, really dumb. Or high all the time. I cannot figure out which, but I'm leaning toward the low I.Q. explanation. She is absolutely crazy and has about three lines she goes to in a pinch; calling a teenager who suffers from arthritis "an adorable girl," saying "that's cute," or complimenting an outfit by label name. She needs to Google "make a mountain out of a molehill" and "let your hair down" A.S.A.P.. I won't waste any more time on her.
RE: RAMONA! Shockingly, Simon took the words right out of my mouth in his blog:
The next scene shows the beauty of this type of show as just a week or two after we've seen Ramona talk about launching her own skin care line, we're back with her at her skin treatment center as she gets non-invasive treatment. Maybe she should put her doctor in a jar & sell it?I jotted down a note after hearing all about how Ramona's skin care line will supposedly help people look as young as she does, "does it have Botox in it?"
Bethenny seemed nervous on her blind date, but managed to get in plenty of plugs for Skinny Girl margaritas. At the gym yesterday, my favorite employee there was reading me samples of Bethenny's food journals from her best selling book, Naturally Thin. The read like something like:
BREAKFAST: Half a spinach egg white omelette
LUNCH: Small Garden salad with vinegrette, two spoonfulls of Ben and Jerry's ice cream
SNACK: Three sips of Frangelico
DINNER: Half portion of halibut with green beans.
I guess that is what it takes to have a killer body like hers. It almost seems worth it; girlfriend looks amazing in everything she wears.
An undertone I sense from Simon's blog is that they all seem to vie for airtime on this show, as well as press opportunities. Clearly, Jill and Bethenny make the whole show and are by far the most entertaining cast members, and it seems some of the others are a bit envious of any airtime and press they receive. Francios and Johan's spiritedness seems to be the best way for Alex and Simon to gain airtime. Oh, and fights with Mario and Ramona score them some time as well. You have to admire Simon's commitment to camera time; he'll go so far as to play tennis with the flu. Alright, over and out. I want to make a few comments about the EXTERIOR of their home later.
all photos from Bravo, either at bravotv.com or me taking pictures of my television screen.