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