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Ray Romano’s Assistant Christy Gets a Boutique Suite Makeover

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CELEBRITY IOU SEASON 4 Ray Romano Reveal

In the Ray Romano Celebrity IOU premiere episode, his assistant of 23 years, Christy, got the most epic surprise! Christy, dubbed the “Raymond Whisperer” by Ray himself, has always been a source of positivity in his life. After Ray’s wife was diagnosed with cancer 12 years ago, Christy was the first person he called. She helped the two of them through the hardest time of their lives. After that, they had an unbreakable bond.

Christy, her husband, Paul, and their daughter, Tess, were all using the small bathroom in their 1950s home, and Ray wanted to treat them to a major upgrade. But they had a surprise for Christy up their sleeves: She thought they’d be renovating just the bathroom, but Ray, Drew, and Jonathan brought the bedroom into the mix too, creating a full primary suite that’ll become a sanctuary for Christy and Paul. This included window replacements, a total overhaul of the bathroom layout (including the tub/shower combo, which received a very satisfying demolition), a heartfelt art piece in remembrance of Christy’s late mother, and freshening up the primary bedroom so Christy and Paul can actually relax.

Pulling up to Christy’s picket fence, Ray and the Bros got right to work demoing, designing, and working with a stained glass artist to give Christy the spa-like bathroom oasis she’s always deserved.

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Click below to see all of the items featured in this episode!

wdt_ID Room Item Type Product Name Company Product Code / Sku
1 Throughout CASING PRM FINGERJOINT PINE WOODGRAIN No. 1 x 4
2 Throughout BASE PRM FINGERJOINT PINE WOODGRAIN No. 1 x 6
3 Primary Bedroom INTERIOR DOOR Flush Solid Core Primed Hardboard TRIMLITE FSCPHB2868
4 Primary Bedroom HEADBOARD LIGHTING Ring Form Large Wall SconceSIGNATURE COLLECTIONVIEW THE RING SERIES VISUAL COMFORT CHD2970 GILD FINISH
5 Primary Bedroom CEILING FAN Alma 52" Smart Ceiling FanVISUAL COMFORT FAN COLLECTIONVIEW THE ALMA SERIES VISUAL COMFORT 3ALMSM52
6 Primary Bedroom NIGHTSTAND TOPS Rainforest Marble MARBLE YARD
7 Primary Bedroom FABRICATOR MARBLE YARD
8 Primary Bedroom BEDROOM DOOR KNOB, PRIVACY Round Knob, Modern Rectangular Rosette, Satin Brass EMTEK
9 Primary Bedroom BUILT-IN CLOSETb HARDWARE Westridge Cabinet Pull, 12", US4 Satin Brass EMTEK
10 Primary Bedroom BUILT-IN CLOSET DRESSER + NIGHTSTAND HARDWARE Brandt Cabinet Knob 1 1/4", US4 Satin Brass EMTEK
Before and Afters
CELEBRITY IOU SEASON 4 Ray Romano Before Bathroom
CELEBRITY IOU SEASON 4 Ray Romano After Bathroom
Soaking It In

The premiere Ray Romano Celebrity IOU episode started strong with a bathroom gutting. They began by ditching the outdated shower/bathtub combo (think drippy faucet, mildew, and a showerhead so short Paul couldn’t fit under it!), and instead, separated the two. Christy gets a beautiful soaking tub as well as a separate glass shower, all complete with gold hardware. Oh, and Paul finally gets to fit comfortably.

CIOU Season 4 Ray Romano Bathroom Before
Celebrity IOU Ray Romano Bathroom After
Adding a Bright and Airy Glow

In flipping the layout of the bathroom, they were actually able to create a more open space inside. Bianco lasa marble, dark deco-style tiles, and a fresh, warm-white coat of paint lift the space into becoming a chic, spa-like bathroom.

CIOU Ray Romano Hallway Before
CIOU Ray Romano Hallway After
Opening the En Suite

The biggest thing separating the en suite and the primary bedroom before was, well…the bedroom door! But by removing the door and opening up the hallway, Ray, Drew, and Jonathan created a whole new vibe, crafting a primary suite where the bedroom now flows seamlessly into the bathroom.

CIOU Ray Romano Bedroom Before
CELEBRITY IOU SEASON 4 Ray Romano Bedroom After
Creating a Calming Bedroom

They decided to reconfigure the bedroom in order to make the space a bit more serene. By moving the window next to the bed, they created a flow from the inside to outside, which allowed natural light to take center stage.

CELEBRITY IOU SEASON 4 Ray Romano Bedroom Before
CIOU Season 4 Ray Romano Bedroom After
Removing the Old Closet

Christy and Paul’s closet also moved locations. And in its place, a blank wall became the perfect place for bedroom wall art, which in this case is framed family photos. Combine that with a gorgeous piece of art above the bed and a custom-made bed frame and you get a particularly beautiful primary!

CIOU Ray Romano Bed Before
CIOU Ray Romano Bed After
…And Doubling It In a Smarter Place!

A culmination of all the renovations (moving the window, the closet, and removing the door), allowed for both a double closet and built-ins. Hidden storage also creates a less cluttered visual plane, which in turn creates a luxurious, calming atmosphere.

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