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Rob and Cortney Novogratz Interview

Rob and Cortney Novogratz Chat About Design, Kids, and Their New HGTV Show

Whether you know them from their design firm, their book Downtown Chic, or the recent Bravo reality show 9 by Design, one thing is for certain: the Novogratzes are one busy family. With seven children, the new HGTV show Home by Novogratz, a new hotel, numerous residential projects, and a new retail space in Los Angeles, the Novogratzes never stop. Luckily, Rob and Cortney slowed down enough to answer a few of my questions about their designs, new show, passel of kids, and future plans.

CasaSugar: I’m so excited for your new show on HGTV, Home by Novogratz. What are some of the main differences between your new show and 9 by Design?

Rob and Cortney Novogratz: Our new show is more design-centric than the other one. It’s all about how to re-create an environment, and show the viewers how to make it happen in their own space. And to inspire people to take design chances! Every week, we go into a space and do a makeover quickly, with a limited budget. It was a lot of fun for us, and very challenging to come up with so many fresh ideas under the gun and without a lot of money. But we always say that style and good taste is not about cash!

CS: What’s one of your favorite moments from the upcoming season of Home by Novogratz?

R&C: We do a lot of different projects, from our first retail store in LA (also our first LA project!), to a school makeover in Florida, to city makeovers, a family room in the New Jersey suburbs, a gymnasium in the high school that NBA player Paul Pierce went to,  to an apartment where a lot of models bunk. There was never a dull moment, and we would be hard-pressed to pick a favorite. Maybe the Far Rockaway Beach House (pictured above) that we designed for the Chen sisters. But it is impossible to say one was better than the other; they were all fun and exciting.

CS: Bungalow is such a cool hotel. Can you tell us your inspiration behind the design of the hotel you’re currently designing, which is also on the Jersey Shore?

R&C: Our new hotel, which we are calling Cabana (for now!) is going to have a ‘60s, Palm Springs glamour, Rat Pack vibe.

CS:  Do you have a dream location you’d love to design in?

R&C: The South of France!

Check back later today for the second half of the interview!

Photos courtesy of Matthew Williams

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