Some may see it as the dingy, poorly lit corner where the celebrities and the pros put their heads together every Monday night on Dancing with the Stars and try to figure out how to survive another week.
Leah Remini sees it as a canvas.
“She decorates the entire studio,” gushes Corbin Bleu, who is at the top of the leader board this week. “So when it was Halloween time, she decorated the entire front. Then literally the day after Halloween, the first day of November we showed up and everything was all Thanksgiving. We had scarecrows and there were turkeys, there were all these hay piles.”
“I love all holidays,” says Remini. “It’s just a little thing that makes everybody smile and I love doing it.”
For a place that’s more known for the essence of sweat and smelly feet, scented candles now fill the air.
“Leah decorates everything everyday,” adds pro Cheryl Burke. “It makes it more of a home than a mental institution.” Partner Jack Osbourne agrees: “I love going in one of the studios after Leah because she always has incense and candles burning so when you go in there it smells fresh and not like feet.”
And what’s Remini’s number one tip for holiday decorating?
“If you can hire somebody to do the lights, you definitely should. That’s the absolute worst part. You get halfway done with that and you wonder if you really want to do the house up! I also pull a lot of inspiration from magazines and try to recreate it. And then I go to Target.”