For those of you on social media you saw that on Monday my laptop completely broke. Today Apple called me and said it was fixed and I could pick it up! Ah! I thought it was an April Fool’s joke. I squealed and went wee wee wee all the way to the store!
There are a few things I hope for in life – many of which I am destined to fall short on.
Have a successful blog turned business.
Hit puberty and grow boobs.
Travel more often.
Buy + fix up houses …design for people.
Meet my idols.
On Sunday, one of those things came true. I met JEFF LEWIS you guys!! For those of you turning your head sideways like a pup waiting for a treat thinking, who?! Shame .. shame on you.
Jeff Lewis is an unbelievably talented, and driven designer whose 15 seconds of fame during a t.v. pilot (not even for him) turned into what now will be the 8th season of Bravo’s Flipping Out. Dan and I have watched every single season, including other shows he has been on and we love every drop of his work and his personality.
Cleveland had a Home Expo show this past weekend and we had the opportunity to see him speak. I was sweating you guys. Like my 14 year old self waiting for Nsync to come on stage. He walked out, everyone applauded and yelled … I screamed ” I love you Jeff!” Just as enthusiastically as I did for J.T. at the concert back in the day. I had a direct eye contact line with him and prayed the entire time he would lock eyes with mine. Ha. It didn’t happen, BUT I did to get meet him and take a picture with him, which made my day!
An older gentleman standing in line behind me was chatting my ear off laughing at how excited I was. He was a little rude and funny all rolled into one. He told Dan that I was glowing, and how lucky he was that I chose him and not Jeff (ha). And then went on to say that he could never be an employee at Jeff when he loses it on them. I told him Jeff could hire and fire me as much as he wanted. Just to get a side by side glance at his work life …. uh. I’d die.
Dan let me go first and have a moment with him. Honestly, I did not want to chat his ear off he had a HUGE line following us. Before the meet and greet, I prepared to mention the blog, give him a business card and beg him to hire me for a Cleveland employee. I failed to mention all of that and just smiled and shook my head as HE carried on a conversation with us.
Dan and I were so touched that he actually wanted to chat, we told him how we are on our second fixer upper and currently live in ours. He said how that is such a great idea for starting out, because you never know which way the market will sway. I was completely giddy chatting with him. Gage, his partner was standing in the line next to him and I yelled “Gage! Lookin’ sexy today!!” He just smiled, and probably wanted to call for security. Gosh, my big fat mouth.
Needless to say, this was a day I’ll never forget. Jeff has built an empire. He is an entrepreneur to be admired and Dan and I can only hope to accomplish 10% of what he has in his life.
Jeff — Call me!!
Here is some of my favorite room designs by the one and only, Jeff Lewis.
Jeff also has his own paint line that Dan and I are dying to get our hands on! You know us and paint – can’t stop, and we won’t stop.
He has the most gorgeous tones that will go room to room so beautifully! Check them out!!