Make It Your Own

Bob tells you his flea market picks and the story behind all the kids' names!

Hi everybody. It’s a big week for us! The premiere of our show, which I just saw for the first time, is tonight! Wow...what a crazy episode at that…that was easily the most hectic month of our lives. Cortney was expecting our 7th baby and our new home being built was 3 months delayed in construction. To top it all off, we had to find a temporary space to live in, as we decided to rent out our Soho house when we were given an amazing offer that we couldn’t turn down in this tough economy.

It was sad to be moving from our Centre Market home, as it might have been our favorite one yet…but the truth is that we couldn’t live in 2 homes and this is our gig. Making matters even more stressful was the fact we had a huge camera crew with us everywhere we went. Nobody really wanted to rent to a family with 6 kids and camera crew in tow…well, we finally found a 2 bedroom apartment as we ran out of time and choices. The kids ended up loving the place, although I am not sure our neighbors loved us so much…we made do as we always do, and of course Cortney decided to redesign the temporary place in the midst of all of this. At close to 9 months pregnant, she decided to go to the Brooklyn flea market to find some cool pieces for the new pad...her philosophy is that no matter how long you are in a space, really make it your own. (Some of our favorite flea markets are the Brooklyn flea market, the rose bowl flea in Pasadena CA, the flea market in Nice, France, the Brimfield antique show in Mass, and some of the shops in Hudson, NY). During all of this we still had to complete our new home in lower Manhattan. Building is the most difficult thing that we do, more specifically, dealing with permits, codes, neighbors, contractors etc…not to mention the economy was getting worse every day. The one great part of our careers is getting to meet and work with creative and talented designers/artist etc. For the new building we decided to have artist/industrial designer Richard Woods incorporate beautifully painted boards on the facade of the house. This was one of the highlights of the entire process. Getting the boards up in one day was quite the task, but the end result was amazing and totally worth it. The episode wraps up as we are driving to the hospital, about to have our 7th child, and trying to think of names…we put a lot of thought into their names…


1. Wolfgang (12) – named after Wolfgang Mozart (Novogratz is Austrian, as is Mozart)

2. Bellamy (11) – French name, meaning beautiful friend

3. Tallulah (11) – Cortney is from Georgia, very southern name, ie. Tallulah Bankhead

4. Breaker (9) – named after Harry Breaker Morant from the Australian movie Breaker Morant. He was a scholar, a poet, an opera singer, a soldier, and the best horseman in all of Australia (he broke all of the wild horses)

5. Five (4) - He was obviously our fifth child…

6. Holleder (4) – named after Don Holleder, an All American quarterback at West Point. He was killed in Vietnam in a very heroic act of saving his own men. He was loved by my Pops and all that new him. His guys nicknamed him Holly, and we did as well.

7. You’ll have to watch next week’s episode to find out…


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Tallulah reflects on the season, and talks about her experience at The Bungalow Hotel.

This is my last blog entry for the season. Overall it was a really fun experience! I think the last episode is the best one yet. The Bungalow Hotel is a really nice hotel and I think my parents did a really great job with it. I stayed once over the summer for a few days and I really enjoyed it. Our friend Anne Carrington, who is a great artist, made flags for each room of the hotel. Someone stole the USA flag, so Ann asked Bellamy and I to make a new one with her. It was exciting to work with Anne. I really enjoyed sewing with her. I hope we have another season. Thanks to all of the film crew and my family.

- Tallulah

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