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A Really Special Moment

"Robert and I love traditions, but we always try make them our own, too. Just like our design projects."

Hey everybody! Cortney here, and wanting to thank you all for so many amazing comments about the show, and thrilled that you all are enjoying watching it as much as we loved making it!

Tonight’s episode just underscores what lucky people we are! And how much we have to be thankful for!

From a design POV, we create a gym for developer (and friend!) Dave Barry, who is our biggest client, and while certainly things can get sticky with him (as it does with all clients!), he is amazing, and an inspiration to work with. And he has been so supportive of our work, giving us artistic freedom and paying us for what we love to do! It doesn’t get any better than that.

Letting us do our Sixx Design thing in the gym was a challenge. As you know, we love mixing vintage items with modern pieces, and repurposing a space that was mostly sitting empty. The space itself was a challenge—huge, awkward, with a really ugly kitchen that didn’t work, and to make the project more complicated, the budget was very small. We love a challenge, so we tackled it, and created a gym that really works well and looks fab. (Dave lends the gym to a number of charitable kids’ organizations and even to Olympic athletes!). Bob loved the results so much, he donated his entire sports bobble-head doll collection as part of the permanent décor of the gym! Dave was happy, and now we are working on a new project with him—our second New Jersey Shore hotel (Our first, Bungalow, opened last summer—you will see us create that hotel later in the season!)

My favorite part of this episode and certainly the most meaningful to us, our family and friends, is the baptism of Major, the newest member of the Novogratz clan. It was gorgeous, a beautiful spring day in New York City, with a huge expanse of blue sky and not a cloud in the sky. The new house was packed with our nearest and dearest, ready to celebrate an important occasion. While we love to work, we were not thinking about anything but Major on the day of his baptism. All of our kids have been baptized at home, and it is one family tradition we really treasure. The same priest has baptized all the kids, and it was an honor to have him there for Major, even though he is getting on in year (as we all are). Our dear friend singer/songwriter Suzanne Vega performed with her own daughter in Major’s honor, and it was a really special moment that all of us will remember forever. Robert and I love traditions, but we always try make them our own, too. Just like our design projects.

Hoping you will really enjoy the new episode! We love to hear from you, so don’t be shy. We couldn’t do this without your support and encouragement!!! If you are a fan of the show, come join the 9 by Design Facebook Fan Club!!! We’ll see you next week. Can’t wait! Cortney.

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