Ryan Brown Flips Out

10.18.2009

By Gregory Miller

Do you think the two of you will ever stop fighting back and forth, or is that just part of your dynamic now?
Well, we've always had our disagreements, but this is a big one. Although I'm sure we'll get past it. I know that we'll be able to work this out as well. It's just tough when you have to live something like this out on national TV and have people who weren't there form opinions. The only two people that were there for those types of things were me and Jeff -- for all of our discussions and all that we've done over the years. He and I are the only ones that know the truth. I like to think that at some point we'll be able to put it behind us.

Has Jeff ever tried to make you wear the $4 punishment smock?
No, no! The $4 smock -- you would never see me in that. I'm not his employee, so that'd be a tough one for him to force on me. [Laughs.]

Now that you're partnered and have a daughter, do you still get hit on?
I don't know -- that's a funny question. I guess I don't even notice it if I do. It's just not on my mind. I've been off the market for so many years now, it's just not something I think about. Dale is amazing, and I'm so happy with our life, it's just great. Chloe is incredible, and it's all about family now. I've kind of transitioned out of that phase of my life, I guess.

Did you hear about Levi Johnson doing Playgirl?
Yes, I heard something about it.

Any chance you're next?
Wow, I was afraid that was coming. [Laughs.] No, my business is running just fine right now. I think I'll stick to what I know.

Speaking of business, you just opened your own online retail store. How's that working out?
It's great -- something that I've been meaning to do for a while. I'm so glad that you brought that up because it's been so fun. One of my next steps, I think, might be to open an actual retail store here in Los Angeles. I especially love accessories. They're a quick and easy way to brighten up your home, as opposed to bigger ticket items like furniture. So what I try to do is select some items that would be affordable and make a big impact in people's homes, and things, of course, that I love. Although the store is going to keep growing, we've got some really cool stuff up there now.

What tips can you give to the penniless and design-challenged?
This is going to sound maybe a little bit awkward, but I guess if you're really truly penniless, check out what your friends have. We all have stuff that we put away in our closets because it doesn't suit us anymore. See if they have anything they're not totally vibing with anymore that you might like to see in your house, and do a little accessory swap. That would be a tip for the absolute penniless. There are also a lot of things that you can do -- you know, flowers or things from nature -- that most of us have access to. You can walk down the beach and get some sand and some seashells. Now that it's fall, there are branches that don't have any leaves on them. For a table decoration, that would be quick and penniless. So look around for nature to pull into your home.

And on a small budget?
Little things. Like the accessories I mentioned. Little things can go a long way. You can throw pillows on a sofa, or a new comforter, or a new duvet on your bed -- they can transform your room. Those are the quick and easies.

Are there plans for another season of Flipping Out?
Not that I know of right now, but they never announce another season until the [current] season has run. That's not uncommon, so we'll all have to wait and see on that.

Is that something you want?
Yeah, I mean, the show has been great. With a few months under our belt, I'm sure that Jeff and I will be able to settle things into place. And now the economy is coming back too, so I would imagine the show can get back to what it originally was, which is more house flipping, which I think the viewers like.

Finally, how do you feel about collagen?
I think if people want to do it and makes them feel better, then go for it! But at the same time, it's one of those double-edged swords because I do believe that something like that isn't really going to affect your perception of yourself. That's something that needs to be done from the inside out rather than the outside in. To each their own.

The season finale of Flipping Out airs Tuesday at 10/9c on Bravo. To learn more about Brown Design, visit www.browndesigninc.com.

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