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Interview With Rob and Cortney Novogratz

Read More About the Novogratz's Inspiration, New Line, and Designing With Kids

Earlier today, I shared the first part of my interview with Rob and Cortney Novogratz. You can catch up on some of the highlights from their new show Home by Novogratz in the first part of the interview as well as design news and inspiration from the couple. With the premiere of Home by Novogratz on HGTV next month, their new hotel design, a new line of home accessories and goods, and numerous residential projects, it's amazing the couple had time to sit down and respond to my interview questions. See what they have to say about their new line, inspiration from their kids, and more in the second half of my interview with them.

CasaSugar: How did you decide which items to include in your new line, Novogratz?

Rob and Cortney Novogratz: We wanted to go for things that we want to use ourselves, like accessories, paints, rugs. We created the products, because we felt that we couldn’t find exactly what we wanted in so many areas, and now we will be able to have products that reflect our very specific point of view, and we think lots of people will like them as well.

CS: What’s one of your favorite pieces from your new line?

R&C: Oh no, we can’t choose. That’s like saying you like one child better than the other. We love them all!

CS: What was one of the most challenging projects you’ve worked on in the past year?R&C: Maybe the school makeover that we did with Bounty in Orlando, FL, (seen below). The school had not been updated since the 1970s, and it really needed work. It was difficult, but also one of the most rewarding things we have ever done.


CS: What materials are you working with at the moment that are inspiring you?

R&C: Oh we are seriously into patterns, graphic wallpaper, cool rugs, lots of color.

CS: What artists have you discovered lately that you’re loving?

R&C: There are so many. We find new artists that we love every day. We used Matt Siren in one of our projects, and his art was very cool, and we found a Paco Rabanne piece for a recent project, something classic and something totally edgy. With a lot of interesting art in between. We are constantly inspired — and on the hunt for a new discovery!

CS: What design lessons have you learned from your kids?

R&C: So many. Their point of view is always so helpful, the way they see things informs us so much. Not only about design but about life. Kids keep you young and challenge your perceptions, and inject a lot of love and whimsy into your life and work.

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