Jeff Lewis has been designing, remodeling and building homes for over two decades. A big difference from others in his field is that much of Lewis’ professional process and the drama that can come with working in a home has been filmed for our viewing pleasure over the past 15 years.
Lewis, 52, first made a name for himself in both the home design industry and the reality TV scene with his hit series. Flipping Outwhich aired on the Bravo cable channel from 2007 to 2018. Four years later, Lewis has returned to television, where he continues to work in Los Angeles delivering desired “sucks” at the homes of his celebrity clients. famous in Homelift Hollywood with Jeff Lewiswhich is now streaming the entire first season on Amazon Freevee.
In his new reality series, Lewis works in the homes of such stars as Anthony Anderson, Fortune Feimster, Ashlee Simpson Ross & Evan Ross, Lamorne Morris, Roselyn Sanchez, Wilmer Valderrama, Melissa Rivers and Mira Sorvino. So in what ways is it Hollywood Houselift unlike the setup in his previous series Flipping Out?
“The show today is a little more project-focused and customer-focused,” Lewis tells me about Hollywood Houselift. “There’s a little less pressure on me to expose my personal life to the level that I’ve done in the past – that’s a relief for me. Yes, there’s some of my personal life, but it’s really focused on the client and the project .”
Speaking about his personal life, Lewis took on his most important project in 2016 when he decided to father daughter Monroe via surrogacy with his ex Gage Edward. So how exactly has life changed for Lewis since becoming a father?
“When you have children, your whole day is consumed and revolves around the child,” Lewis continues. “For me, I like that my priorities have changed. I feel like I have a purpose. I’ve joked about it before – until then, all I did was think about myself. I really feel like I have someone I’m working for. I am building multiple businesses for my daughter and to provide for her future and to provide for our future. It has really given me this purpose that I never thought I would have and it is incredibly rewarding. I think my daughter is realizing that both of her dads work hard to provide and even though she’s a little spoiled, she’s realizing that we work for these things. They are not given to us alone.”
Another change for Lewis with Hollywood Homelift, compared to his previous TV life, is the size of his team. These days, his core group of home design associates includes his own Jeff Lewis Live SiriusXM Radio co-host Megan Weaver, Tyler Meyerkorth, Andrew Coleman and Lewis’ trusty sidekick Shane Douglas.
When discussing with me the benefits of his company Jeff Lewis Design now focusing on a smaller number of clients, Lewis says, “I can probably serve five clients at a time by condensing my office and really focus on those five customers. The problem is when you have a small business and you have 20 customers, nobody is ever really happy because you can’t serve anyone properly when you have 20 customers. When you have five [clients], you can give them the best possible service. Instead of looking at the gross numbers, I was looking at the net, so even though I made less money now, I made more.”
with Hollywood Houselift Finding its home on Amazon Freevee, which was rebranded last April from IMDb TV, it joins the trend of endlessly expanding video streaming options available at your fingertips today. Lauren Anderson and Ryan Pirozzi, co-heads of content and programming at Amazon Freevee, shared with me their delight about the public response so far to Lewis’ reality series on the new streaming platform:
“Homelift Hollywood with Jeff Lewis brings equal parts drama and comedy to our unscripted scene through Jeff’s stunning interior design work balanced with his brutally honest and often hilarious take on home renovations. The show has exceeded our expectations and we are fortunate to have Jeff and his loyal fan base as part of our Freevee family.”
With all 10 episodes of the first season of Homelift Hollywood with Jeff Lewis now streaming on Amazon Freevee, I was curious how Lewis looks at this whole one-season experience and if he has any interest in returning to design more celebrity homes with a possible second season.
“I feel like I’m in the right place at the right time, and I feel very fortunate that this opportunity presented itself when it did,” Lewis continues. “I’d like to see this go a few seasons. I love the show, I’m happy with the show, people seem to be enjoying it. Amazon has already asked the production company for a budget for the second season, so I thought that’s very encouraging. I’m very confident they’ll turn it on for another season.”
As Lewis looks ahead Hollywood Homelifthis company Jeff Lewis Design, and Jeff Lewis Live on SiriusXM, I asked the budding businessman what advice he would give his former self, Jeff Lewis, who was first starting out Flipping Out series in 2007, unaware of the fame and life experiences that would soon follow for him.
“That’s a really good question. I’m just trying to think if I would do something different. I feel like I’ve learned so much over the past few years. Unfortunately for me, I have to see myself on TV in front of a national audience to learn the lessons I needed to learn. I’m one of those people who has to experience it myself to learn the lesson. I had some problems and learned a lot about myself and grew during those 11 years Flipping Out. I don’t know if I would do anything differently. I don’t know if Jeff Lewis was evolved or aware enough. I had to go through all of that to get to where I am today, so I don’t think I would have even listened to myself. I would have to go through it all anyway.”