Vanilla Ice in NY Times: "It's Not 'Pimp This House'"

Photo by C. Stiles

As the October 14 debut of

The Vanilla Ice Project

approaches, the Wellington-based rapper and real estate mogul is ramping up his promotional game. After stops on

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Lopez Tonight


video here

) and

Entertainment Tonight

, Robert Van Winkle is getting some coverage in the

New York Times

for his

DIY Network

reality series about renovating luxury homes in South Florida.

Aside from pointing out that this 13-year obsession is hardly a new career, Robert also discusses the fine line between creating glamorous living spaces and something tacky.

From the interview:

Tell me about the house in Palm Beach.

It was a tax-lien property. We auctioned on it. The house, before I even

touched it, already appraised at over $800,000, and I got it for

$400,000, so I had a lot of room to play with. It was completely gutted --

they took every cabinet, every sink, every toilet, every door and door


It worked out good for me, because it shows really nasty on the show,

and then we fix it up amazing. I use a lot of new things in this house

that people have never seen in home building before, like ultra-modern,

cool, high-tech things that even if you don't care about Vanilla Ice

you're going to be entertained by.

Like what?

Most people aren't accustomed to seeing mood lighting. If you're in a

bad mood, the lights will go red, and they'll go blue if you're in a

good mood.

How does that work?

There's some kind of sensor, like I guess a mood-ring sensor thing. I

really don't know; I still can't figure out how it works, but it's

amazing. They're all done in fiber optics. When they're off, you can't

tell they're in the house.

What else?

We have an infinity edge pool. We put all these fire pods in place and

stuff. We have these planters with a fan inside -- it shoots the gas up,

and the flame actually spins about eight feet high on both sides of the

infinity edge pool. Inside the planter, there are four real bright LED

lights that hit that spinning fire. So you get fire that changes colors.

Plenty more at the source, including a shot of Rob looking right at home in a home theater he built.

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