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As Larry Sanders Would Say, No Flipping

Orloffs Might Montclair have a new power couple? Well, CNBC apparently thinks so.

Contractor Denis Orloff and color guru Amy Wax-Orloff will appear tonight on a CNBC "Town Hall." Hosted by Bill Griffeth, the subject is the current real estate boom ... or is it a mania? The Orloffs are, by self-definition, "high-end flippers" who have bought and sold six houses on their Gates Ave. block alone. Tune in for a panel discussion and samples of their handiwork.
8 pm on Channel 47 (Comcast)

April 7, 2005 in Buzz | Permalink


How does one become a "color guru?" Did her mother buy her the 64-piece Crayola box set as opposed to the 32-piece set?

Posted by: Miss Martta | Apr 7, 2005 3:16:43 PM

i only had the 8 color crayon box.

what does that make me??

Posted by: butchcjg | Apr 7, 2005 3:21:39 PM

She's a color consultant. You have to be blind not to notice her signs all over North Jersey. Everyone I know who has used her has been thrilled.

I don't quite understand why you are so sarcastic about a neighbor.

Posted by: Dan Epstein | Apr 7, 2005 3:45:12 PM

can we just lighten up a bit???? I got a good chuckle out of it

Posted by: muttcutter | Apr 7, 2005 3:52:36 PM

At first I thought that said high-end swingers!

Posted by: butchcjg | Apr 7, 2005 4:03:30 PM

I believe the business is called Your Color Source. Some may not have made the connection to her name.

Posted by: Anne-Marie | Apr 7, 2005 4:24:39 PM

I believe the business is called Your Color Source.

Posted by: Anne-Marie | Apr 7, 2005 4:25:40 PM

I'm sorry if I offended anyone but I just think it's so turn-of-the-century -- and funny -- to hire a color consultant (unless of course, you are like my boyfriend who cannot distinguish some greens from blues or navy blue from black).

Although unfamiliar with her work, I am sure she has a loyal following and I wish her luck.

Posted by: Miss Martta | Apr 7, 2005 4:34:00 PM

I see from the photo her husband's shirt matches the window sashes. Cool!

Posted by: Marshall | Apr 7, 2005 5:09:47 PM

Can we put to rest the term "power couple"? Makes me automatically dislike them, good people though they might be.

Posted by: latebloomer | Apr 7, 2005 8:21:23 PM

Why wouldn't you dislike them? People who flip houses are bottom-feeders. There was something to be said for the old days when these sort of people were scorned, instead of glorified.

The line between fame and infamy keeps getting fainter.

Posted by: Bob | Apr 7, 2005 8:51:30 PM

If you know what colors you like, why would you need a color consultant?

Posted by: S. | Apr 7, 2005 10:11:20 PM

Why ask why? You need one, that's all! Like you need a doula, a feng shui consultant and a dog therapist.

Posted by: latebloomer | Apr 7, 2005 10:40:03 PM

Could it be that we have all lost our common sense and we have to defer to the "experts" so we dont make a mistake? (Heaven forbid ) Problem is --most of those experts really dont know anymore than we do--they are just better at making us think they know better what we need or like.

Posted by: S. | Apr 7, 2005 10:53:04 PM

I think the show is called "Town Haul."

Posted by: Jake | Apr 7, 2005 11:30:46 PM

Yes, S, the secret is in sounding authoritative!

Posted by: latebloomer | Apr 7, 2005 11:37:22 PM

(Why wouldn't you dislike them? People who flip houses are bottom-feeders. There was something to be said for the old days when these sort of people were scorned, instead of glorified.

What? Bottom feeders? I think it's called making a living...free market... etc

Posted by: pam | Apr 8, 2005 8:12:28 AM

Most people who used her are thrilled? Perhaps, but they are inside those homes. I am sure she is a lovely woman, but there are many who are less than thrilled by the mark she has left in town. And it has nothing to do with bold use of color.

Posted by: truth | Apr 8, 2005 9:12:17 AM

Jake - "Town Haul" is a show on TLC and is most definitely not about high-end flippers! It's a great show!

Pam - Free market, schmee market. Wouldn't being a prostitute or selling drugs be "free market" (providing what the market calls for), yet society considers them less than praiseworthy!

Posted by: butchcjg | Apr 8, 2005 10:38:02 AM

i don't know them personally but two of my neighbors and two of my friends engaged the orloffs for the outside of their homes and were very happy with the results. i know it sounds easy, but picking out house colors can be very difficult, and i have seen some egregious eyesores to back up my claim. also, because there are so many architecturally distinguished homes in montclair, i can see a desire to choose colors which are both beautiful and stylistically appropriate to a specific period. again--it's not as easy as it looks.

Posted by: fran | Apr 8, 2005 1:09:40 PM


Just because something is legal, or necessary, or both, doesn't make it moral or ethical, let alone worthy of praise or emulation. This is a distinction people on both the right and the left seem to have trouble making.

Just because the free market brings us various vocations, it does not mean that every vocation the free market brings us isn't sleazy.

Looking at the big picture, we all benefit from a free society. It is also true that a free society brings with it things like pawnbrokers, bail-bondsman, used car dealers, lawyers, prostitutes, slumlords, realtors, televangelists, tattoo "artists" and real estate speculators.

Posted by: bob | Apr 8, 2005 3:19:45 PM

That's a pretty broad brush. What do you do for a living?

Posted by: Chris | Apr 8, 2005 4:06:11 PM

Just because you dont like the color of someones house, doesnt mean that THEY made a mistake. I'd say it has something to do with preference and thank goodness we dont all have the same taste. How boring would that be?

I just feel if I am paying all that money to have my house painted--then I am gonna pick the color!

Posted by: S. | Apr 8, 2005 4:48:18 PM

I always say that just because it can be done (cloning humans, having a baby at 65, for example) doesn't make it a good thing. I feel the same way about "house flipping"; it may be perfectly legal but it has an unctuous feel about it.

Posted by: Miss Martta | Apr 8, 2005 4:48:22 PM

[What do you do for a living?]

I thought it was obvious, I'm a color consultant!

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