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Downtown Chic: Designing Your Dream Home: From Wreck to Ravishing Hardcover – May 5, 2009
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“… fresh, new design and decorating book by Robert and Cortney Novogratz. For this design duo, details make the design, and there are surprises everywhere, which to my mind give the houses a thoughtful and lived-in appeal.” ~Debbie Travis, syndicated house and home columnist
“There is an unmistakable playfulness to the [house] Robert and Cortney share with their [seven kids]. We dare you to look without saying ‘wow.’” ~O Home Magazine
“You might live in a box, but that doesn’t mean you can’t think outside of it.
With tips on decor from Sixx Design’s Robert and Cortney Novogratz, you’ll be living large in no time.” ~DailyCandy.com
“No matter what people think of the homes featured in Downtown Chic, few would dispute the uniqueness of their interiors.” ~Houston Chronicle
“Want to steal ideas from Robert and Cortney’s arsenal of [home decorating] tricks? Check out their book Downtown Chic.” ~Family Circle
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The book has information that's useful for anyone remodeling their own home, like "Tips for Buying a Wreck" and a "Contractor Checklist." Some of the Novogratzs' ideas, like buying a building in SoHo, or shipping home a zinc-topped bar from a flea market in Paris, might be out of reach for most of us. But the designers' attitude is liberating. Their interiors feel loosely assembled, as if the objects inside a room weren't put in place by designers but accumulated naturally by its inhabitants. They make unconventional choices that seem just right, like painting a room bright orange, covering a wall with framed comic books, or leaving warped wooden floor boards in place.
As Cortney writes in the introduction, "A home isn't just where you live, or at least it doesn't have to be. A home is who you are." In both how to live and how to decorate, this book inspires us to make a bold move.
Even if your personal style is not reflected in this book, it will inspire you to think outside of the box and feel as if you can do anything!
DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY if you are actually looking for a guide to help you design your city home.
Not only is the title woefully misleading, but the pretension, arrogance and general cluelessness of this couple (when it comes to actual standard of living vs. former NYC stockbroker with a design hobby)...practically oozes out of this book.
And aside from the bedroom on the cover, the featured rooms and homes are not even terribly original. Sure, anyone can introduce interesting architectural details like a cathedral window when they have an unlimited supply of cash to throw at a design project. But what do you do if you are faced with a real life budget? Employ actual creativity! (something that is not done here). Save your money and take it to the flea market. You'll get something way more original and much more fun.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you are a fan of the Novogratzs, then you will want this book! Cool couple and cool designs.Published 8 months ago by E. Henderson
This book was a huge disappointment. I love interior decorating. I buy tons of magazines, and read tons of blogs. Perhaps, I failed to read something somewhere along the line. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Melissa L. McCarthy
Really great book, good ideas. I wish their TV show would come back, they are very down to earth and have great design ideas that are very fun and livable.Published 16 months ago by Elizabeth, an avid reader
These two ppl are the most talented designers today! I miss their tv show!Published 18 months ago by M. SLEZAK
waste of money and time. PLEASE READ REVIEWS BEFORE BUYING!!! I got absolutely NO inspiration or tips for this book. I could not relate to it and I love urban design... Read morePublished 18 months ago by K.Lumpkin
Book is in excellent condition. Will enjoy using it as a reference and is presently on display in my den.Published 19 months ago by Elaine
The Novogratz Boatao sectional at CB2 is a knockoff of my Original LOUNGE collection. I am so very disappointed that they did not work harder to create their own furniture design. Read morePublished on October 26, 2013 by Robert D. Petril Jr.