Cortney Novogratz

"Like everything else we do, we tried to put our own unique stamp on the book and make it different than anything else out there on the market."

on May 18, 20100

This week’s episode was among our favorite filming experiences on 9 by Design. It features our design book, DOWNTOWN CHIC, which we worked on so hard, poured our hearts into, and were so gratified by how well-received it was all around the world. It was a great way to connect with people on the subjects of both design and our family experiences creating homes! Like everything else we do, we tried to put our own unique stamp on the book and make it different than anything else out there on the market.

When we finally chose a publisher for the book, we decided on Rizzoli—because of their great reputation, a rich history of art and design books, and the fact that they published books we loved, like Tom Ford and Ralph Lauren. It was all a big deal for us, and the experience has been a very happy and rewarding one! We are working on a second book now.

This episode begins in New York, and ends up at a book signing we did in London. We took the four older kids, and left Five, Holly and Major at home. We really wanted the older kids to get a chance to explore London, and the younger kids will get a chance to go when they can appreciate the experience more. We really hit up all the sights, both historical and just plain fun, like a trip to the London Eye! That was amazing on so many levels.

69 comments
hostessy kraków
hostessy kraków

It's everything here exactly...what I was looking for :) I'm so happy that I step in right here.

Gary9906
Gary9906

Does anyone remember the store they purchased the "DESIRE" letters?

dreama wolfe
dreama wolfe

i am from the mountains of virginia.your show gives me alook at big city life.you all are very interesting people.Thank you for sharing your life with us folks who are home watching t.v.

grannyflo
grannyflo

My daughter and i are so hooked on your show. Will be getting you book soon. Cortney would love to know where you are from in Ala. Live in Indiana, but born in Jasper Ala. had the pleasure of touring Tullaha's house many years ago with my brother and sisters on a visit home while they were remodling it.

AlysabethInAustin
AlysabethInAustin

Cortney: You are an inspiration. Your ability to integrate the life you and Robert created is a marvel. You speak so kindly (really-always?....really really...?) to your children and your husband. I have been an early childhood teacher in a Waldorf preschool for 15 years-love the busy-ness of it. My musician husband is the son of two interior designers down here in Texas/Oklahoma oil country. So, kids and design-our life is rife with them! Your show is tailor-made for us. Your children are so beautiful and just lovely to each other...you are living a DREAM! I am completely enamored with you and your husband and God,help me if Wolfie gets any more handsome(they're all gorgeous,but whoa!-he's coming on strong in the London episode!). MAZEL TOV!!! I want to be you!!!

Stacy from Louisiana
Stacy from Louisiana

Love your show more than I put into words. Oh yeah And my husband is insistent on naming our next child if it's a boy Breaker, we absolutely love all the names ya'll have chosen for your family. My question is how do you purchase that very cool flooring that you guys put on the wall on the outside of your house. It's the colorful flooring in your friends house in London (red,White,blue). We love it and want to put it in our next house.

XOXO, Stacy

Baltimore Baby
Baltimore Baby

What a breath of fresh air you are. With all the negative, mean-spirited shows focusing on self-absorbed, foolish people, it is so wonderful to see a loving, artistic, beautiful family. Thanks for letting us into your world!

PattieLynn
PattieLynn

Love your show. Just started watching it and can't get enough. Quick question: On one episode you refurbished a beach house and you stated that you painted the floors white. I am in the middle of refurbishing a small lake house and would like to do the same thing. All we have right now is plywood (sub-floor), what do we need to do next? What type of paint? Floor? etc., Would welcome some advice.

Pooja
Pooja

I love your show.... Your family is adorable and I love how you and your husband deal with everyday situations. London was great to see, I really thought when you guys were in the eye that was really awesome. Congrats on your new arival Major. Speaking of the names I love all your children's names and would love to know how you came about on choosing them. They are so unique but not weird. lol. You have a real eye on all your designs, I loved it when you designed your friends office really cool. Looking forward to another season.

Love love love you!!
Love love love you!!

I just bought your book today and it is AH-MAZING! Yall are awesome and very inspiring!

7's Enough!
7's Enough!

Your show has everything that ive dreamed of watching! We're a household of 7 and i'm a closet house design dreamer. I love the interaction between you and Bob as well as the kids. It's cool to see that regardless of social status, age, race, religion, or lack thereof a big family has difficulties but intangible rewards. Thank you for sharing your lives and experience.

joni loper
joni loper

love the show! what a beautiful family you have. look forward to watching the show every week and was thrilled to have back to back episodes to watch in bed this morning before we had to get ready for church. i have lived in many different house due to all the military moves and it is fun to be able to see all the creative touches you put on the places you fix up.

Cathy Marzola
Cathy Marzola

Where can I get a signed copy of your book. Love the show watch it every week. I am coming to New York for the Day on June 26 want to go to Hell's Kitchen Flea Market. Love vintage Jewelery. Love Flea Markets and Yard Sales. Like fixing up my house I just finished the Kitchen did a diner theme with a tin ceiling red walls black and white floor white cabinets and black counter tops. I also collect Teapots and put Diner theme teapots on top of the cabinets and I had a prisoner I found on ebay paint a picture of a diner. Loved the office that you did and how the chairs turned out. Cathy in Baltimore MD

Bambi48
Bambi48

I love your show and I think you have a great family! I enjoy getting to see your design talent as well as your talent as a mother (and motherhood is a talent). Has anyone ever told you that you favor Demi Moore? I wish you and Robert continued success and I'll keep watching.

Richard Oestreich
Richard Oestreich

Great show, my wife will not miss an episode. Not sure how you cope with all the moving in such a large city. I have acquired about 1500 sq. feet of old barn board from the late 1800s. We are located in Northern Wisconsin. I am in the process of removing all the old timbers from this barn as well. Should you have a need for any of this lumber for a project let me know. Keep up the great work, love the show. Take Care Ric Oestreich.

angel of harlem
angel of harlem

i've never enjoyed a show more than yours! the beautiful art, houses, and my gorgeous home manhattan all pale in comparison to the loveliness of your family. as a single mom, i was drawn to you on the episode where pure craziness was happening around you, and you took time to give one of the twins his chocolate milk. it was so simple, but showed me that if you could manage a peaceful, joyful interaction with one of your 7 children, i can be a little more patient and cheerful with my 1. your joy, ambition and success are so instructive and inspiring, and i'm sooo glad i decided to watch your show one night a few weeks ago. LOVE you!

Anne
Anne

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE YOUR BOOK!! READ IT COVER TO COVER AND COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!! WANT TO HIRE YA'LL TO DESIGN OUR COUNTRY HOUSE AS SOON AS WE HIT THE LOTTERY!!:P

LA
LA

Hi Ya'll!

Q: what was the fabric that you chose for the back of the vintage chairs for the office (forget his name) that's like a cornflower blue/natural white (hard to tell) in a sort of geometric?

Love taking vintage pieces and infusing them with new life.

Cheers!

-L.A. (@notinla)

PhiloSophia
PhiloSophia

Oh Courtney,

Your show is a breath of fresh air! Watching Bellamy laugh and watch her eyes twinkle(just like yours does) when she talks is one of my favorite parts of the show!

The only problem I have with your show is that I don't get to see enough of Major! He is ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE! Pretty please, more of Major!

bravo fan
bravo fan

love your show and your style, i specially enjoy your twin boys and how they act, i myself came from a big family and i am a twin so yes twins are a handful. but you manage it well,you are the backbone of the family and give women as well as mother a good name that. nothing can stop you from achieving your dream i am glad bravo made a TV show like this and hope you would come back a second season

bravo fan
bravo fan

love your show and your style, i specially enjoy your twin boys and how they act, i myself came from a big family and i am a twin so yes twins are a handful. but you manage it well,you are the backbone of the family and give women as well as mother a good name that. nothing can stop you from achieving your dream i am glad bravo made a TV show like this and hope you would come back a second season

Taunia
Taunia

Love Love the show...Love how you and your husband interact when designing a project. The insight you both have to show your children that you give back to your community and to help others is wonderful ... our society needs to do more of that with our children....wonderful example to set. Would love for you to share the names of the shops in New York where you purchase items for your projects...keep up the good work great show!

SarahLou18
SarahLou18

Courtney, Love your show! You're a fantastic mom and designer, I don't know how you do it all.

Question, What are your favorite antique/vintage shops in New York?

Lourina
Lourina

How about you are my favorite couple in the whole wide world. I love your design aesthetic and you are great parents, as exemplified by your wonderful children. The idea for your next book should be about doing what you do, but on a budget. Peace!

Jenny from TX
Jenny from TX

My friend got me watching your show and now I am hooked!! I am redoing my daughters bedroom and have a new big shelving piece that would go PERFEECT with your daughter Bellamy's bed. Where did you find it???? I'm one of those who won't buy something until I find what I like, so right now her room is only half done with her old bed that does not go with the new piece. Please if you read these let me know where or if I can get that bed?? Best wishes!! Thank you, Jenny

robo9567
robo9567

Finally a program on Brave where the parents really do love their children. They are your children not show pieces. The way you all love each other is a breath of fresh air.

All the best

debccali
debccali

I love this show,you are such a fun family to watch, also such great ideas!

CB-North Jersey
CB-North Jersey

Totally enjoying every aspect of this show! Cortney and Robert you are so natural and the kids are well...just kids which makes it amusing and fascinating. The designs, deadlines, and struggles of balancing work and family are all real. Your energies are enviable. Thank you for letting us peak into your lives!

Bridgette
Bridgette

OMG I love your show!!!!!! I wish it was on everyday. You both are so inspirational in your carrers and your family life. I was wondering where I could order that wallpaper that you did in that office (the one with family photo's put on wallpaper). Words can not express how much I was blown away by that!!!!! I would love to do something like that in my small office in our home.

Bridgette

Alaine
Alaine

You are all amazing people. What signs are you? So calm, cool and collected. It is fun and inspirational to watch you every week. You give and give back. What a talented and loving family. Great job!

schmakmama
schmakmama

Love the show and your family's spirit. The little ones may be a little out of control, but I am sure your older ones are an example of how they will mature. I appreciate that your children have a social conscience about the world and are learning real lessons about how to be a Mensch. I hope all your interactions off screen are as loving as the onscreen ones.

Monique Arends
Monique Arends

Great show, great family, great (unspoiled) kids and great creativity. Keep it up. And don't get caught in the media hype and become a Kate and Jon. When are the repeats of this show

Paigepop
Paigepop

Cortney,

This was a fun episode. I loved seeing Ann's sudio and work and watching Robert surprise you with a date night for the history books. It's always the little moments that get me so my favorite moment was when scouring the antique store Breaker picked out toys for Five and Holly. Such a testament that you taught your kids the importance of love and family. Congratulations on the book. I already have my copy and disagree with whatever Massachusetts mom said you had the ugliest shutters in the state. You have the HAPPIEST shutters in the world! Of all your homes and projects, I adore the country house the most. What I wouldn't give for a whirl on the trampoline. :)

T
T

Novogratz! You are the coolest people on the face of the earth! Positive Energy all the way! Congrats and wishing you all the best for success!

Heather/St. Pete, Fl
Heather/St. Pete, Fl

Love your show!!!! You both seem so down to earth.....Please don't go Jon & Kate on us :-)

Gina Bambina
Gina Bambina

Your show is by far one of the very best reality series out there! Not since the Osbournes, have I been so transfixed and interested in the details of someone life other than my own! Your children are all so lovely - and the way you appear to raise them makes it look easy, which of course is far from the truth! Those boys of yours are going to grow up into some very handsome men! I hope the ladies of NY are ready! Do they know what they want to do and be when they grow up?

A hopeless romantic, may I ask how the two of you met and fell in love? You seem so compatible, yet uniquely different and so very patient with the reality of parenthood -

Thank you for your latest book, time and sharing your interesting lives with us!

Gina

Patty K
Patty K

I love the way you guys treat your kids like KIDS, and not fragile little dolls! It reminds me of growing up in the '60s and '70s--big crazy families, bumps and bruises, kids yelling and parents yelling and everyone just taking care of each other--the exact opposite of how people treat their one or two darling, precious offspring today! More power TO ya, Novogratzes! :-)

lolabanola
lolabanola

You guys are the cutest!!! Love the show!!! Kids are awesome. You have a great sense of style and charm!!!

artsyfromALA
artsyfromALA

I really love ALL of Anne Carrigton's work that has been on the show, thus far!!!! I find it, magnetic and mesmerizing. I can't take my eyes off of it!!

I didn't realize that all my favorite pieces that I've been staring at, were all by her. Nor what they were made from!!

I'll keep my eye out for them, in future episodes!

Still watching the show and loving everything about it, including you and your family!!

Marianne in GA
Marianne in GA

Cortney,

I must say me and my fiance LOVE your show. We laugh and smile throuout and are awed by you and your husband's design aesthetic. Your children are AWESOME and so stinkin cute! You also crack me up with your changing accent--sometimes southern, and sometimes northern.

It's great to have such a positive show on Bravo about something everyone can appreciate. I look forward to picking up your book.

Take Care, Marianne

PS, I think you should get a dog, and if you ever come to GA, I'll totally help your nanny watch the kids!

Bini B
Bini B

Cortney... I love the show-- you and your family are so kind, grounded and hip-- fun to see your lives in NY. I've got your show Tivo'ed and have been catching up. Just saw that you had a Parsons table in the Hamptons remodel-- oddly enough, I've been looking for one for my house, so it was nice to see we had the same taste :-) Can you let me know where you found it? Best, B

robin irvine
robin irvine

Love love love the show. The design part is cool and everything, but I tune in for the family interaction. What great parents, and the kids...so cute. Those 5 year old twins crack me up. However I almost cried with the little blond one when his mom was leaving for London...I forgot how quickly they recover haha. I see the 12 year old boy on the cover of teen mags in a couple of years haha. Look forward to seeing you next week.

paulanna
paulanna

everything about you and your beautiful family is a delicious eye treat your feel for style and design shines in your children they are paying attention

Impressed
Impressed

I have never gotten on to "blog" about a show but I LOVE this show, this family, the creativity, EVERYTHING about it.

You guys are so incredibily talented. I envy you!!!

Kim from Texas

ilovetulsa
ilovetulsa

I love this show. Always feel good after watching it. The family is fun, minimal drama and up-beat. What's not to like? Also, I am looking at the white walls of my apartment with a whole new appreciation!

LisainMichigan
LisainMichigan

I LOVE watching your show!! What a beautiful family. Your kids are ALL so adorable!!! I love how you and your husband interact, and even though you have 7 kids you don't have to yell at him and boss him around like a different reality TV Mom of 8. ahem

I hope Bravo realizes what a gem you all are and keeps the show on for a LONG time.

Hilary White
Hilary White

I saw your show for the first time last night and fell in love with both your design style and with your adorable family. As a fellow designer and mother of two I hope I can expand both my family and business as gracefully as you! Congrats!! Sincerely, Hilary White www.liv-chic.com