Alright guys, it’s time for a little #realtalk about Queer Eye on Netflix. (You’ve seen it, right?) We all love Jonathan’s outrageous personality and Karamo’s cool composure, Tan’s fabulous fashion sense and of course, Antoni’s cooking. (And his pecs, if I’m being totally honest.) But let’s get real for a minute: while their roles and guidance are essential to the show’s success, their workload is NOWHERE NEAR what Bobby has to take on! Here’s why Bobby Berk is the most under-appreciated member of Queer Eye.
Queer Eye is a perfect example of the “HGTV effect”.
The HGTV effect is the way that television shows have made interior design, home renovations, and home flipping look easy, fast, and affordable. And if you’ve ever tried to redo an entire home like Bobby does on each Queer Eye episode, you’ll know that it takes so much longer (and can cost so much more) than television shows would lead you to believe.
For reference, from start to finish,
a living room project at Lesley Myrick Art + Design can take 95 hours, a master bedroom 75 hours, a home office 75 hours, and a kitchen makeover (with no construction, just a refresh) can take 60 hours. I know – those numbers are probably waaaaay beyond what you expected!
Remember, these are the all-in totals: everything from initial client meetings, site measurements, design and specifications, procuring products, supervising construction and installation, sourcing accessories, and – finally – styling the space for a big HGTV-worthy reveal.
The scope of work for Bobby –
– and his team, since he obviously doesn’t do this all by himself – is absolutely massive for a whole-home makeover. And on a tight deadline, no less! I give Bobby major props for pulling together what he does with the limited time and resources he has. It’s no easy feat – and he makes it look easy. Furniture goes out of stock, items arrive damaged, and things can go missing in transit. To get an entire home pulled together in a week is a major accomplishment.
It always makes me laugh
to see what the other Fab Five do as part of their transformation. Cook a few meals, buy a few new clothes, and give a great haircut. Important, yes – but time-consuming, not really.
And then there’s Bobby Berk, the most under-appreciated member of Queer Eye…with barely any camera time because he’s working so hard to pull of total television magic!
So Bobby Berk, I salute you.
You make interior design look easy, but I know it’s not. Thank you for showing us the power of busting out of boring and creating a kickass home you love. It’s hard work, but it’s worth it.
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