As the October 14 debut ofThe Vanilla Ice Project
approaches, the Wellington-based rapper and real estate mogul is ramping up his promotional game. After stops onLopez Tonight
) andEntertainment Tonight
, Robert Van Winkle is getting some coverage in theNew York Times
for hisDIY Network
reality series about renovating luxury homes in South Florida.
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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.
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
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.
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.