Children's Books, Tips & Trends

Renovation Inspiration: Downtown Chic

Melisa and I know too well how living through a renovation is a little like childbirth. You need a solid amount of time to pass before you can even think about doing it all over again. Back when I was living in NYC and deep into our first renovation I remember reading about Robert and Cortney Novogratz. A dynamo couple who made magic by transforming a derelict town house into a total gem. There ingenuity and willingness to jump in with six kids in tow was truly inspiring.  Since that first gut renovation this design savvy couple have developed a knack for creating unique, high style homes on a budget. They launched their business, Sixx Design (a name inspired by their brood of six children that includes two sets of twins!). I was thrilled to learn they recently published a book (more of a guide) showcasing their work and ideas. It’s called Downtown chic: Designing Your Dream Home; From Wreck to Ravishing. This book offers approachable solutions and tips to creating stylish, family-friendly homes.

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The book covers seven of the couple’s projects from NYC to a country home and beach house in Brazil. All the photographs in the book are beautiful and the before and after shots will leave you speechless. When browsing the book I was particularly interested in the kids rooms and family spaces. I love how they have kept their home fun and unexpected but still appropriate for family living. One thing I noticed right away is that their clean, clutter free style allows their collection of art to anchor many of the spaces. The Novogratz clan even have a new television show coming in 2010 on Bravo. If you are looking for some inspiration for your own home or even a great last minute holiday gift for that friend, Downtown Chic is a great find. I keep going back to my copy and find new things to ooh and ahh over.

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