Flipping into home design
Flipping into home design

The gig: Jeff Lewis of the reality show "Flipping Out" runs a Los Angeles design business. He has a line of paints bearing his name that sells online through Home Depot, and he's creative director of Living Spaces furniture, working on catalog shoots and with the buying team. Beginnings: A strong believer in owning a home, he bought his first at 18 with $7,500 down and seller financing. Fifteen years ago, armed with a pre-law degree from Chapman University and experience working with a mortgage broker, an appraiser and two real estate agents, he began flipping houses. Home flipper pitfalls: When Lewis began buying homes to renovate he had little money. "Capital was...