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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; Ill edition (May 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847831736
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847831739
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 10.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Hottest new home decor book!” ~New York Daily News

“… 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

About the Author

Robert and Cortney Novogratz, native Southerners, came to New York City more than ten years ago and soon after founded Sixx Design. Featured in scores of American and European shelter magazines, their work includes residential and commercial projects throughout the world. They are currently stars of the hit Bravo TV series, 9 BY DESIGN. 

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Elizabeth A. Barrett
Robert, Cortney and Elizabeth Novogratz put together a GREAT book filled with wonderful stories and advice as well as fantastic photos of their remarkable design.
Charles Leak
Couldn't wait to receive the book and read it cover-to-cover almost instantly!
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Susan Lake on August 13, 2009
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have spent every minute poring over my copy of DOWNTOWN CHIC since I got it , which chronicles the design evolution of Robert and Cortney Novogratz of NYC, and their seven (!) kids. It is a combination of cool ideas that work for anybody who wants to upgrade or change their living environment, and a great aspirational story from people who seem to be able to have it all. Darn them! Personally, the book really spoke to me when it constantly urges the reader out of their safety zone when it comes to home decoration. Try a bright color of paint, dare to have mismatched chairs, mix cheap pieces with your fancy stuff. And don't settle for something boring and predictable just because you are parents! Or have a heart attack if there is a scuff or a stain. There are plenty of helpful hints, like how to get rid of clutter, and while I don't really have the time or the budget to travel the world looking for design objets, finding flea market treaasures is an activity I can do close to home and on any budget. Robert and Cortney have written a fun and funny book chock full of ideas of how to have the home of your dreams, with or without lots of cash. Their ideas are easily translatable to anybody to go boldly into home improvement, letting us know where it is fine to cut corners and where it isn't. I love this book and not at all ashamed to admit I needed a kick in the butt to get my unrealized dreams about my own living space to a place where I now feel I can actually make it happen.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Swee10 on March 12, 2010
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Downtown Chic is a handsome coffee table book celebrating the work of Cortney and Robert Novogratz. Over the past fifteen years this husband-and-wife design team has bought and renovated houses for themselves and their seven children in Manhattan, upstate New York, Massachusetts, and Brazil. Their interiors have a chic, bohemian sensibility that mixes antique and thrift store furniture with ultra-sleek contemporary pieces.

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.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Bessel on May 3, 2010
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I had big hopes for this book and I am usually disappointed when my hopes are so high. Not in this case. Downtown Chic is a book that will unleash your imagination AND you will never again be able to use the excuse that you are too busy to work on your home again.

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!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By L. DAmbra on April 27, 2010
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Do you really need another "how to" book that'll show you how to make your rooms look like a Pottery Barn catalog when you could spend your time with something like this, a book that will inspire you to make your living space a place that will surprise you and comfort you and even make you happier? This is not the book for someone who thinks that you have to go to Paris to find something wonderful at a flea market. It's for the rest of us who know that you don't. Love it.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Leigh on June 22, 2010
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I love the show so much that I ordered the book as soon a I knew there was one out there. I waited a very long time for the book to arrive, and I read it immeiately. I have to say, that while I adore the show, the book is a bit disappointing. It really didn't go into the history and details of their projects that I was expecting; it didn't have as many photos of the unique design and decorations that I was hoping for (and looking for); and the print is really small, I could hardly read the words at all. I wish the book is less about giving pointers as to how to decorate, but, more on how they design and why and how they choose the specific decoration pieces.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Apple on March 15, 2011
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Completely agree with the reviewer who said this book's subtitle should read "all about US."
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.
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