Tour Lisa Vanderpump's Chic New Space—A Collaboration With Jeff Lewis!
Lisa Vanderpump is no stranger to design. In fact, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star and restaurateur designed all 26 of the businesses she and husband Ken Todd have owned over the years (including, of course, famed spots Villa Blanca and SUR). When she was looking for a little color inspiration for her newest venue, PUMP Restaurant in West Hollywood, she knew exactly who to consult: her friend and fellow Bravo TV alum Jeff Lewis. With a new paint line, Jeff Lewis Color, on shelves, the designer was just the man to help her find a gorgeous palette.
“I think we met in Andy Cohen’s clubhouse, and then we became friends and bumped into each other often,” Lewis says. “They had bought me several dinners and a bunch of drinks, so I felt like I wanted to return the favor.” As Lisa puts it: “Jeff just keeps following me around—what can I tell you?”
The focal point of the restaurant, the outdoor courtyard and dining area was formerly an empty parking lot, but Vanderpump brought in nine 100-year-old olive trees to transform the space into an outdoor oasis. “I wanted to make people feel like they’d been transported somewhere else, somewhere distant, and do something totally different than anything else in West Hollywood,” says Vanderpump.
“I wanted it to feel muted with accents in just pops of color and flowers...like a garden in France or Tuscany,” she says. With incredible artifacts like Parisian fountains and old reclaimed wood from around the world, the restaurant has a very natural, organic feel. “I wanted everything to feel very kind of old and a little faded—a bit like me, really,” Vanderpump jokes.
Lewis was sympathetic to the far-off, time-worn feel of the outdoor space. “The outdoor courtyard and bar are kind of the main stage, and I certainly didn’t want to distract from what was going on there. So we chose a more cool, calm, neutral palette.
“A lot people don’t have time to or can’t afford to go on vacation. I like to feel that if they come to PUMP, sit back with a glass of sangria, listen to some great music, and have a nice pasta, then maybe just for one night, they can feel like they are,” she says.
Jeff Lewis Color Dusk Paint ($8 and up)
To keep the space feeling subdued, Lewis and Vanderpump initially looked at gray and taupe swatches, “and all those safe colors,” as she describes them. “Lisa is very on-trend, and she knows that gray is one of the hottest colors right now,” Lewis says. “But she wanted something that was really kind of calm, light-to-medium, and soothing.” The pair found the perfect soft gray for the space in Jeff Lewis Color Dusk.
While the soft, neutral palette certainly lets the beautiful olive trees, blue hydrangea, and reclaimed artifacts take center stage, the colors work for another reason, as well. “Lisa tends to lean towards the feminine, and I think she created a nice balance between masculine and feminine. It was important in this particular restaurant because it does have a heavy gay clientele, so there’s a lot of masculinity,” he says.
“My paints are just the backdrop. They weren’t meant to be an attention-grabber, but really were chosen to complement what she’s already done.”
When asked what surprised them most about working with each other, Vanderpump quipped: “That he’s actually quite nice when you get to know him.” Meanwhile, Lewis joked, “That her breasts are real.” He adds, “And that she does all the design work herself. She literally does everything herself. She makes all the choices on her own.” From the looks of it, they make a dream team.
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