I don’t watch a ton of HGTV these days, but a few shows still catch my attention – anything with Sarah Richardson, Design Star, My First Place and now, Secrets from a Stylist, Home by Novogratz. Robert and Courtney Novogratz are a husband and wife design team out of NYC. Their style? Colorful, a bit of vintage, a bit of contemporary and great art. They are pictured below with their seven kids.
People seem to either love or hate their design aesthetic. I love it, personally… so far. It’s full of creativity and thinking outside the box. It almost always has an unexpected whimsical element or two or three or…
Here are some examples of their work.
I’ll interrupt you to provide you with some background information on them.
In 1996, the couple bought and restored a condemned home. This made them realize they loved the process. In 1998, they used the equity from the house to buy a manufacturing building for nearly $500,000. They remade the manufacturing building as a home and built a new house on the parking lot. A few years later, they sold the properties for around $10 million. Soon the mister went from being a stock broker to doing this full time with Courtney. Flipping buildings. Four years ago, they officially started their design business, Sixx Designs. Starting in 2009, they were on a reality show on Bravo (which I never watched) and are now on HGTV. They run a hotel, just opened a retail store, do design work and care for seven children. Wow…
Loving the light boxes.
They designed a basement on one of the HGTV episodes. Below is the art area for the kids.
Then, there is the adult area, but highlighted below is the art in that area. I love the flag art made of bottle tops and other metal objects. The large photo wallpaper was also nice. Above, you get a glimpse of the “shrink art” that an artist made of all of the kids’ artwork.
And, my favorite, the slide.
Here is a room from their hotel (Bungalow) on the Jersey shore.
What do you think? Do you like their style?