'Queer Eye' Designer Bobby Berk Settles the Debate on Which Cast Member Has the Hardest Job
Who else has watched Netflix’s Queer Eye and wondered how the hell Bobby Berk is able to turn a rundown place into a fully functioning and decorated home so quickly? Like, he somehow manages to pull off the impossible every! single! episode! When Cosmopolitan spoke to Bobby in April, he was taking a quick break from the show, partnering with Adobe to show off their new Scan app.
Here, Cosmopolitan.com talks with Bobby about his biggest pet peeves when it comes to interior design, which Queer Eye castmates have the best style and who actually has the hardest job on the show. (No, despite what his fans think, he didn’t say himself.)
Cosmo: You recently bought a new home in Los Angeles. What approach did you take when designing it?
Bobby Berk: We bought it in December and we moved in the week of Christmas. Sadly, I’ve only been in it probably like two and a half, three weeks to be honest [Note: Cosmopolitan talked to Bobby in late April]. We’ve had a really really busy first quarter! But my style is very minimal, Scandinavian modern. In a chaotic world, I like to come home to minimalism. There’s still a lot of projects we’re working on this year, like putting in a new garage, a gym, and a pool.
What’s it like designing your house with your husband, Dewey Do?
He pretty much gives me free reign. You know, obviously I pick, like, the three choices that I want, and then I let him pick from those three. I still like to give him choices, because I want him to feel, you know, like it’s his home as well.
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Jumping for joy because we finally found an LA neighborhood to call home — it’s been a dream of ours for so long and now it’s ours! With @redfinrealestate, we were able to focus our home search to this exact area, and when I saw this home pop up in a Redfin email, I said to myself, “this is our house.” I booked a tour through the app and saw it right away with my Redfin Agent, and the rest is history! See link in bio to check out the app. #sponsored #redfin #firsthome
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What are your biggest home decor pet peeves?
One thing that makes me cringe when I walk into someone’s home is when all the seating in the living room is solely focused on the TV. That bothers me. I’m like, there’s no conversation going on in your house, is there?
Which of your Queer Eye castmates’ homes would you redo if you had the chance?
In the beginning, it would’ve been Jonathan [Van Ness] and Karamo [Brown]. But not now, like after we were done filming season one and two, literally both Jonathan and Karamo, I think Jonathan actually got it done before he even got back from Atlanta. But after seeing what I do with these homes every week, they were like, ‘We just could not mentally go back to our houses. We realized that having your home organized and tidy and having things in it that make you happy can affect your mental health and the outcome of every day.’
But now? None of them. All their houses look great. They’re all on top of it now—I taught them well.
If you had to switch the roles of your castmates, who would you assign to do fashion, cooking, interior design, culture, and grooming?
I would give design to Antoni [Porowski] because he has such a knowledge of furniture and design history even more so than me. And Antoni just has really impeccable taste. I would have Karamo do fashion, Tan [France] doing hair, and Jonathan doing culture. Jonathan is randomly a wealth of knowledge about so many things that you don’t even think one needs to know about. He has really made sure that he learns about different cultures, different people, and different things.
There’s a running joke that you have the hardest job of everyone on Queer Eye and are underappreciated. Do you agree?
I don’t know if I would or would not say that I have the hardest job—it’s a time-consuming thing. You know, it’s not something that can be done in a day or in an afternoon, it takes a lot of planning. So although it might be the most time-consuming and most labor-intensive, it’s definitely not the most important.
All five of our verticals are equally as important, and without any one of them, we would not be able to effect the change that we do. I might have the most time-consuming and labor-intensive, but it’s not the most important. And it’s not honestly the hardest. You know, for Karamo to be able to get them to really open up about their issues, that often is the hardest.
What made you want to partner with Adobe on their new Scan app?
I have used Adobe products for years. Literally, Photoshop is how I faked knowing design and how to make floor plans back in the day. So it was a natural partnership because I’ve used them for so many years and the new scan software makes my life so much easier.
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