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An evening with Robert & Cortney Novogratz- Discussing their fabulous book Downtown Chic

by Naima Sanowar

in Lifestyle

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Last night I attended a class taught by Robert and Cortney Novogratz . Most people know them from their Bravo show 9 by Design, a huge HIT.

“ Robert and Cortney Novogratz, native Southerners, moved to New York City more than 10 years ago. Soon after they purchased their first home a crumbling townhouse in Chelsea, a once neglected neighborhood in downtown Manhattan, that has since become very trendy. Through the daunting process of rehabilitating that building, they discovered they had knack for renovating  and designing amazingly inventive and comfortable homes.  They launched  their business Sixx Design ( a name inspired by their brood of six children, that includes two sets of twins.) Navigating  the treacherous worlds of real estate, the couple has attracted the attention of scores of American and European shelter magazines, including O Home an Living, Etc., which have featured their recent residential and commercial work.”

A few weeks ago while sipping coconut water martinis poolside at The Soho House with yummy mummy Dorka, I ran into Robert Novogratz. The Epicurean Man and I are obsessed with his show on Bravo, 9 by Design  so I had to walk over to introduce myself of course.  Charming and friendly as I had expected, I told him how we also bought and renovated two homes and are novice designers ourselves. We also discussed private schools, his older son attends a private school in Brooklyn, on our top list for Karate Boy. It was a lovely connection and I was only too excited to eventually get to meet his wife Cortney, who in my opinion represents the ultimate “Adventurista.”

Last night I was able to re-connect with Robert and finally got to meet Cortney. They are just the sexiest, charming, down to earth married couple. Their energy is alive and you can see they want to help folks not to be intimidated by home renovations or design. Very candid and honest in telling their stories on how they began with the very first home in Chelsea . As Robert put it ” All our families and friends thought Cortney and I were crazy, after interviewing many architect’s, designers, and getting  bids way above of our budget, we bought a tape measure  and Cortney and I became the architect’s.”

“YOU CAN BRING CHARM TO ANY 4 WALLS”

They gave great advice on sourcing out furniture stores that sell their floor samples at a great discount. And spoke in detail about evoking design around one’s budget. Another great quote by Robert was ” In New York City, you will always find someone more beautiful, richer, more talented, so BE YOURSELF, BE ORIGINAL.” Cortney has a passion for vintage finds, she talked about mixing modern with vintage, high end with low end.

Robert and Cortney discuss all of their buying, renovating, selling adventures and secrets in a beautiful, fabulous book called Downtown Chic – Designing your dream home from wreck to ravishing. Sold at  www.amazon.com .

It was such a fabulous experience and I learnt so many things, as well feel more confident now with approaching properties that I would normally be intimidated by, like a parking lot, whare-house etc. I am hoping one day soon to interview Cortney for The Adventurista, she truly represent Mums out there who has mastered the art of balancing work with kids and not trying to make it all perfection. I advise everyone out there interested in home design, renovation to purchase their book Downtown Chic, it will be a wonderful guide.

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Naima

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Gayle June 24, 2010 at 6:59 PM

as i said before …jealous!

She really impresses me she had two sets of twins and went back for more amazing!

Naima Sanowar June 24, 2010 at 7:52 PM

Gayle, Cortney is amazing indeed. Her energy is fabulous. My daily schedule is non stop, juggling two bussiness, being Karate boy’s mummy, The Epicurean Man’s wife and all that entails, plus trying to maintain a social lif. But Cortney has 7 kids and doing it all as well… Gives me major inspiration.

xxx
Naima

Yas June 30, 2010 at 12:09 AM

OMG OMG the Novogratz! cool piece! love it!

Naima Sanowar June 30, 2010 at 12:11 AM

thanks Yasmine, when can we meet for brunch?

Yas June 30, 2010 at 12:20 AM

Yes! Let’s see if you can even make time for me! being the resourceful lady that you are I bet you would! ;) ) Pls check your ph. Let’s arrange sth soon!

Dee Winfield July 2, 2010 at 12:58 AM

I absolutely love the show 9 by Design. The family is so adorable. What a great opportunity to meet Robert at your new downtown spot. Love it. Loved your article.

Naima Sanowar July 2, 2010 at 1:05 AM

They are just so wonderful, real and living life. You must buy their book Downtown Chic, fantastic. Thanks so much for the support xxx

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