Chris Lambton’s name might ring familiar for fans of TheBachelorette where the Cape Cod resident was runner-up on season six, but these days he’s busy dispensing home and landscaping advice with Lawn and Order on the DIY Network and now his-soon-to-be-aired show Controlled Chaos on the new digital channel, Build. Design. Live. Lambton took a break from running his family’s company, E. Lambton Landscaping, filming his shows, and raising his little girl with his wife Peyton to talk about getting your home ready for spring.
Controlled Chaos host Chris Lambton
Boston Common: ?How exciting is it to be among the first to debut on the new digital channel, Build.Design.Live?
Chris Lambton: It is very exciting to be a part of this new digital network and especially to be one of the first programs to premier on it. I had a great time making the videos and I really think people will like the transformations.
?Congrats on being a new dad! Were there things about baby proofing your home that surprised you after you became a father?
CL: I was more amazed by how one little girl could entirely take over our house so quickly. She is so tiny and requires so much stuff!
?What are a few tips readers with young children could use in their own homes if they want to feel like they still live in a grown-up space?
CL: It is important to make sure that you have everything you need for your child while still having an organized space. We have cubbies with baskets to hide everything when it’s not being used. This keeps it orderly so we feel like we still have our grown-up space.
Chris Lambton in a scene from his new show, Controlled Chaos.
For many Bostonians who live in apartments with less square footage, how can they bring baby items into their home without overwhelming the space?
CL: It all starts with planning. You should plan out where you will store everything once you get it. So when you are registering for a baby shower think about where all those items will live once you bring them back to your house or apartment. The great thing is most baby items break down and can be easily stored when not in use. Make sure you register or buy items that have this capability.
?What’s next on your projects list?
CL: I have had a busy winter with taping Lawn and Order, my show Controlled Chaos on the Build. Design. Live. site, and speaking at home shows. I have the next few weeks off to catch up on landscaping my own house and working with my brother, Erik, at our landscaping company E. Lambton Landscaping. That should keep me busy till I fly out again!
You’re still revolutionizing outdoor landscapes on Lawn and Order. What can readers do this time of year to transition their garden from winter to spring?
CL: The weather is finally starting to feel like spring here in Massachusetts. It is the perfect weather to get outside and start working in the yard. Now is a good time to turn your garden or raised planters and add compost or manure to increase the nutrients in the soil. Vegetables and herbs will really benefit from this. It is also the time to mulch. This will spruce up the yard while also adding a protective layer to planting beds.