It’s time for another makeover (and inspiring story) from Queer Eye Season 5! This week, I’m sharing a hero who gives back to his community – and all the details on how we transformed his space.
Keep coming back each week for an inside look at how all the transformations happened and how to create the makeovers we gave to the heroes in your own space.
We meet Tyreek Wanamaker in Episode 4, ‘A North Philadelphia Story’. (Spoilers ahead, per usual.) Tyreek is a 27-year-old who works for Mighty Writers, a non-profit in Philly teaching writing skills to youth in the community.
Tyreek has overcome a lot in his life, but he’s still holding on to uncertainty from his past. After having a falling out with his childhood guardian Ruth, he isn’t sure if she still loves him and would want to meet after many years of separation. But with the help of the Fab Five, they are able to re-connect and quickly realize that their bond has never been broken.
With the uncertainty of his past no longer an issue, Tyreek is able to focus on his bright future ahead – and taking the time to make himself a priority.
To help Tyreek create a fresh start, I re-designed his living room, kitchen and bedroom, giving his space a more grown-up feel (but still keeping it youthful and totally laid back).
Keep scrolling to see the amazing before and afters of Tyreek’s space, along with all the shoppable products for you to bring the look home.
And if you missed any of our previous makeovers, be sure to check out Kevin from Season 5; Deanna, Kenny, Wanda, Kathi, Matt and Wesley from Season 4; and Rob, Jess, Robert and Jody from Season 3. We’ve also pulled together all the products from every makeover HERE.
BEFORE & AFTER
1. Smeg Two-Door Refrigerator | 2. Illana Matte Dinner Plates | 3. Insight Serving Platter | 4. Amber Canister | 5. Bubble Vase | 6. Flatweave Semi-Sheer Brown Roman Shade | 7. Black And Ivory Striped Sculpted Sloan Hand Towel | 8. Flow Water 37 oz. Pitcher | 9. Tondo Oval Platter | 10. Stainless Steel Handles | 11. Niklas Cheese Board & Platter | 12. Mera 7 oz. Drinking Glasses | 13. Sektion Base Cabinet | 14. Vivien Metal Bistro Table | 15. White Compact Sensor Soap Dispenser | 16. Illana Matte Mugs | 17. Ilana Matte Side Plates | 18. Natural Native Symbols Area Rug | 19. Medium Antique Terracotta Pot
Shop The Look: Kitchen
BEFORE & AFTER
1. Natural And Black Woven Basket Disc Wall Decor | 2. Rounded Inlay Drum Side Table | 3. Trevino Delfe 20″ Pillow Cover | 4. Kufri Rex Pillow | 5. Manzi Cotton Throw Pillow | 6. Merriman Black Vase | 7. Haven 2-Piece Terminal Chaise Sectional | 8. Drift Of Mist Paint | 9. Lipton Hexagon Tray with Metal Handles | 10. Cinema Sconce | 11. Diego Olivero Stacked Sculpture | 12. Cactus Silk Pale Blue Pillow | 13. Staghorn Fern On Wooden Block | 14. Decorative Natural California Driftwood Branch | 15. Lia Frame | 16. Rani Accent Chair | 17. Capri Blue Confetti Glass Candle | 18. Swirled Drum Coffee Table | 19. Faux Air Plant | 20. Flatwoven Maylan Rug | 21. Rome Cement Pot
Shop The Look: Living Room
BEFORE & AFTER
1. Eye See You Wallapaper | 2. Sandblasted Blue Glass Vase | 3. Odetta Nightstand | 4. Boho Fringe Throw Blanket | 5. Reversible Airy Gauze Duvet Cover | 6. Wren Table Lamp | 7. Westchester Gray Paint | 8. Global Border Curtain Panel | 9. Marrakech Scent Candle | 10. Rhys Bed | 11. Janie Rattan Spoked Mirror | 12. Kieve Throw | 13. Cactus Silk Mustard Yellow Pillow | 14. Asha Rattan Pendant | 15. Reversible Airy Gauze Euro Shams | 16. Odetta Nine-Drawer Dresser | 17. Pointillist Geo Rug | 18. Norine Hammered Serving Tray
I so LOVE that you are doing the shop-the-look features for the episodes!! This is utterly fantastic, since my dream is that one day you’ll do my place! 😀
Glad you’re enjoying the shop the story feature! xx -B
Thanks for sharing this with us! I just wish one day you guys can come to my country! Love you
I just wish they could come over to my STATE! (New Jersey) C’mon over: you got as close as PA… LOVE the show, and you are all awesome.
Clean, masculine, up-style, and dramatic. Slam dunk!
Although the shop the look items are not readily available for EU shoppers, I much appreciated seeing sources and options!
Well done Bobby
Thank you for sharing these, there are so many great pieces and ideas to pull inspiration from.
I’m in LOVE with Rahanna’s bedroom from season 5, the wallpaper is everything in that room. ?
I was curious to know what the mattress choice was for the client due to his back problems. Thank you for your time and patience. Theresa Herrmann
I’m THRILLED that you’re featuring your work on QE here!!! I have to PAUSE the episode in order to absorb what you/your team has done.
And that you’re sharing the provenance. Thank you so much!
Thanks so much for your comment. We’re excited to share more of the makeovers from Season 5 soon! xx -B
A história foi muito emocionante, como ele teve uma reviravolta na vida e ajudou todos ao seu redor, vcs realmente são incríveis queer eye, e o papel de parede olho vejo você, é meu sonho de consumo, amei.
Beijos do Brasil ☺
love watching you guys from Brisbane Australia always make me laugh and cry I’m just so in love with what you guys do for people your all amazing men xx
Thank you so much! xx -B
Could you tell me what the new flooring is in the living room/kitchen areas?
It is actually the same flooring! We just cleaned it up and then placed new rugs on it. xx -B
Where do you get your real plants from on the Queer Eye show?
We source all the plants locally wherever we’re shooting that season. Thanks for reading! xx -B
Can someone let me know/help me identify what type of plant the tall ones in the kitchen and bedroom are? Are either/both fiddle leaf fig trees?
Yes, they are both fiddle leaf fig trees. Thanks for reading. xx-B
I love QE so much! I’ve been obsessed since Season 1. I’m also obsessed with an ornament that was in Tyreek’s apartment and cannot find it anywhere (although am loving this straight to shop feature on your website!). He had two versions one clear, one navy blue, both a bit goldy glittery and looked like glass. Both were like a swirly glass ornament? Can you tell me where you got them? Thanks so much, Jackie x x x
You can find a version of the glass sculptures here and here. Thanks so much for your comment. xx -B
Where did the cinema sconce go in the photo with the group in it? I wanted to see the scale with people in it. I can’t even see the fixture on the wall.. Was it installed after the show?
The photo with Tyreek was taken on the opposite wall from where the sconce was hung, so that;s why. you don’t see it in that photo. It measures 44.5″H x 56.5″W with a 65.5″ projection, so it’s quite large. Thanks for reading. xx -B
His new wardrobe was also OUTA SIGHT!
Hey, could you tell me what brand the curtains in his living room are?! I loved them and want to get some!
The curtains I used are now discontinued, but you can find a very similar option here . Thanks for reading! xx -B
I love these “shop the looks”, Bobby! If you could see me taking pictures of my TV during the reveal segments of the episodes, you would laugh out loud! Now I don’t have to. I absolutely love your style and am obsessed with the Fab five. You all are inspiring, loving and make such a difference in so many lives.
Happy to hear the Shop feature has been helpful for you! Thanks so much for the love & support. xx -B
The eyes on the wallpaper are super cute! love the details in desigh~
Thanks love! That is actually one of my wallpapers from Tempaper. xx -B
I absolutely LOVE all of you Fab 5 and the support staff that are like magical elves and put everything together!
Thank you for what you do.
Thank YOU for supporting and loving the show. Sending lots of love xx -B
On the show, there are two chairs with the Vivien Bistro table, could you please tell me where you sourced those? Thanks!
The chairs I used are unfortunately no longer available, but you can find a similar option here. Thanks so much for reading! xx -B
I have found every episode from every season very inspiring, and am now using some of the lessons around room design to upgrade my own living space.
Thanks so much for your comment and support of the show. Stay inspired! xx -B
Love all your transformations! Can you speak more about the financial advice he was given? Like what type of person did he speak with? A financial planner? I have credit issues myself but have no idea where to go next.
Tyreek met with Tiffany Aliche, who is a financial planner and runs a website called The Budgetnista. She has lots of financial resources on her site, our you can locate a certified financial planner near you by checking out this link. Thanks for your comment. xx -B
This kitchen! I would spend all my time in there. Is the cabinet to the right of the SMEG also from IKEA?
I used an ikea countertop and had a custom base made to fit the space. Thanks for commenting. xx -B
Gorgeous job for a wonderful human! I’m curious, though, about what happened to the cats??
Me too! I was hoping to see some great solutions for the cat litter, but not only no litter, also there were no cats shown at the end! 🙁
Love the show..this was my 2nd time through S5 and I love the desk in Tyreek’s office (“North Philadelphia Story”) but that room isn’t part of the ‘shop’ feature. Can you let me know about the desk? Thx!
You can shop the desk I used here. Thanks for your comment. xx -B
I was brought to tears watching the Tyreek episodes. He is such a sweetheart and it made me so sad that he had such a sad life after Ruth made him go back to his Mother. No child should feel unwanted and unloved. My heart goes out to him. And if I lived in Philly I would be his friend.
Thank you so much for your comment! We loved filming this episode with Tyreek and I’m really happy that you connected with his story. xx -B