To be honest, when you hear the words “Jeff Lewis” and “therapy,” you can be forgiven for thinking the high-maintenance interior designer and veteran house flipper is looking for a new shrink.
But actually Lewis, the star of Flipping Out for five seasons, is going to be offering therapy, not getting it: Debuting tonight on Bravo, Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis sees the openly gay decor maven—along with his trusted gal pal, Jenni Pulos, and sarcastic housekeeper Zoila—temporarily moving in with different couples to help solve their design and relationship dilemmas. Hey, if anyone can detect dysfunction, it’s got to be Lewis.
Queerty recently chatted with Lewis and Pulos about the new show, the families they encounter and their own unique dynamic.
How will Interior Therapy be different from Flipping Out?
Jeff Lewis: I think the big thing is that, with Flipping Out, whenever we ended the show you, unfortunately, don’t always get to see the finished products.We’re usually working on a client’s home and, you know, it’s done when it’s done. So you never really get to see the reveal. You never get to see it furnished [and] accessorized. There is a true before/after reveal [with Interior Therapy] that I like because I get to see the project all the way through, and so do the viewers.
After doing this for five years, I think it would be nice for people to really see what I can do. Because mostly, Flipping Out has been focusing on the construction end of it. Because we only have a week of doing these homes, we do light construction but we do a lot more furnishing and accessories. Believe it or not, I actually felt like I was kind of weak in that department. But the show has really helped strengthen my skills in this particular arena. And I’m really proud of the reveals.
Do you visit any gay or lesbian families in Interior Therapy?
Lewis: Yes. There was one couple. It’s one of my favorite episodes just because they’re… just lovely, fun, great people. They were very, very nice.