Jeff Lewis (real estate speculator)

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Jeffrey Thomas Lewis (born March 24, 1970) is an American real estate speculator, interior designer, and television personality. He is best known for his Bravo channel reality show Flipping Out.

Early life and education[edit]

Lewis was born in Orange County, California on March 24, 1970. He is a 1988 graduate of Mater Dei High School. He attended both the University of Southern California and Chapman University where he was pre-law and a political science major.[1]

Career[edit]

Real estate[edit]

After graduating from college in 1993, Lewis began working for a real estate agent.[citation needed]

Interior design[edit]

Lewis started his own design firm in 2009.[citation needed] In 2010 he was asked by House Beautiful to design their "Kitchen of the Year," which was showcased at Rockefeller Center.[2] Starting in 2013, he has created lines of products for homes such as paints, rugs, tiles, and doors.[3]

Television[edit]

Flipping Out debuted on July 31, 2007.[1] The show focuses on Lewis' flip projects and his interior design business.[4] The tenth season premiered on August 17, 2017.[5] A spinoff, Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis debuted on Bravo on March 14, 2012[6] and ran for two seasons. He was also a regular panelist on the show Property Envy.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Lewis is in a relationship with his business manager, Gage Edward. They had a baby via surrogate, born on October 25, 2016.[8]

In December 2008, Lewis was subject to a restraining order filed by Ashley Jensen and Terence Beesley who were living next door to a Los Feliz house being renovated by Lewis. The conflict arose after a deck that Lewis had constructed crossed the property line onto the Jensen-Beesley property. Jensen and Beesley sued, seeking $100,000 for an easement. Lewis reacted negatively and Jensen/Beesley filed a restraining order. In mid-April 2009 the two parties settled for a $30,000 easement and an agreement that the deck could remain.

Lewis was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive personality disorder in his twenties.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bellafante, Ginia (July 31, 2007). "A Los Angeles Speculator Sold on Himself". The New York Times. Retrieved April 23, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Home Design- Bravo's Jeff Lewis". Bella Los Angeles. October 3, 2015. Retrieved April 23, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Jeff Lewis Company". 
  4. ^ "Bravo's Docu-Drama "Flipping Out" Delves Into High Stakes, High Drama World of Colorful Los Angeles Home Flipping Premieres, Tuesday, July 31st at 10pm ET/PT" (Press release). The Futon Critic. June 28, 2007. 
  5. ^ Ge, Linda (April 27, 2016). "'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,' 'Vanderpump Rules' Among Bravo Renewals". The Wrap. Retrieved April 23, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Interior Therapy With Jeff Lewis Episode: "Almost Perfect"". Retrieved April 23, 2017. 
  7. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (April 4, 2013). "Jeff Lewis Lands Another Bravo Show: Property Envy". TV Guide. Retrieved April 24, 2017. 
  8. ^ French, Megan (October 26, 2016). "Flipping Out: Jeff Lewis' Open House". US Magazine. Retrieved April 23, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Jeff Lewis on Living with OCPD". The Doctors. Retrieved April 23, 2017. 

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