Bravo Media will give viewers a glimpse into elite rooftops, terraces and private exterior oases in the new original series, "Backyard Envy," premiering Thursday, January 17 at 10:00 pm ET/PT. James DeSantis, Garrett Magee and Melissa Brasier make-up the exclusive exterior design and high-end landscaping firm, the Manscapers, and viewers will go along for the ride as this set of best friends and business partners reimagine outdoor spaces and help their clients turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. For a sneak peek, please click here.
In every episode James, Garrett and Melissa will hatch a plan to do a full outdoor renovation design from city rooftops to backyards in the suburbs and beyond. This crew is put to the test as they juggle tight deadlines, multiple clients and each other as they transform barren outdoor spaces into lush, jaw-dropping escapes. In the premiere episode, James sets the team up with a job in the suburbs, but problems arise when Mel and the construction team strike water while building a stone patio. Meanwhile, Garrett creates a beach inspired rooftop meadow for a couple, but things get hot while adding some extra flare to the project.
Meet the Manscapers:
James DeSantis grew up in upstate New York in a close-knit lakeside community. He knew that there was more to life beyond his small town, and with his larger than life ideas he embarked on a journey to New York City. James studied and attended design school to learn how to bring all his fabulous visions to fruition. Using his innate talents from his designer parents, James honed his blanket throwing and pillow chopping skills and learned to truly express himself. While attending the Fashion Institute of Technology, James met his future business partner Melissa, where they partnered together and learned everything about the design world, concluding that there was more to it than simply interiors. James hustled hard in New York and earned a job with internationally acclaimed retailer Ralph Lauren. While traveling the world he later returned to his home base to create Manscapers with his best friends Melissa and Garrett. James wears many hats, as an interior and home designer, registered yoga instructor and top rate schmoozer. He brings his eclectic upbringing, world travels and over the top personality into all aspects of the business.
Garrett Magee was born in Texas and raised in Tennessee. At an early age Garrett knew he had a creative eye, and has been a nature lover from his first memories growing up in the beautiful wooded South. Garrett attended the Art Institute of Chicago to study graphic design and fine arts. After working in corporate design for many years Garrett grew frustrated with always working in front of a computer and decided to broaden his horizons, and go back to his roots. He began attending classes at the New York Botanical Gardens for landscape design to tap into his calling as a true "plant whisperer". It was there that he honed his craft in exterior design and co-founded Manscapers, which grew into an exclusive exterior design and high-end landscaping firm. Garrett currently resides in New York and enjoys traveling the world, photo-documenting his life, lending his green thumb, and spending time with his triplet-nieces.
Originally hailing from the city of lights, Las Vegas, Melissa Brasier began her career as a modern dancer who studied and toured with Alvin Ailey. Melissa knew she needed a change from movement and dance and ventured on to major in Interior Design at the internationally recognized Fashion Institute of Technology. After graduating Melissa worked for elite clients in commercial construction and interior design. Fiercely driven in the design field for over a decade, Melissa took a leap to co-found Manscapers with her two best friends and partners, where she truly puts the WOMAN in Manscapers as the construction lead. Melissa loves gardening, flea market shopping, home renovations, dancing and teaching yoga in her free time. She currently resides in Brooklyn and is the proud mother of two daughters. Melissa's endless creativity always keeps her motivated.
"Backyard Envy" is produced by World of Wonder and Renowned Films with Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Todd Radnitz and Brian Robel serving as executive producers for World of Wonder. Max Welch, Tim Withers and Duane Jones serve as executive producers for Renowned Films.