Downtown Chic, Hardback Book
4.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


Robert and Cortney Novogratz, starts of the hit Bravo series 9 BY DESIGN, have been renovating and designing unique and hip homes for families for over ten years.

Describing their signature style as a sophisticated but bohemian mix of high and low, new and old, they offer their realistic advice on how to create original, warm interiors with ease.

One part practical guide, one part inspirational volume on creating a look for the home, the book pairs humorous anecdotes about the pitfalls and pleasures of renovation with a treasure trove of decorating tips: how to use both boutique and flea-market finds; how to inject lots of personality into a room affordably; how to decorate kids' rooms so they appeal to children and adults; how to easily rehabilitate outdated furnishings; and many more.

In each of the ten projects featured--which include a townhouse in New York City, a country house in Massachusetts, and a beach house in Brazil--before and after shots document the agony and ecstasy of any renovation project, as well as revealing the design duo's vision and remarkable ability to see through the most awful of spaces to the amazing home that lies within.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 176 pages, 200 colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
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  • Category: Professional interior design
  • ISBN: 9780847831739



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I like the paper cover, but the hard cover of the book is luscious; I can't decide to keep the paper cover on or undress it! I think the Novogratz children have an amazing life. They live a quasi-nomadic existence as they troop along with their house-hunting, renovating parents.They're learning about art, culture, construction.The Novogratz's adeptly mix thrifty, flea market finds with high end pieces. And, if you are clever and watch a lot of HGTV, you can create those high end pieces yourself. Come on, that chandeler on the cover? That's how to reuse your plastic grocery store bags!The photos are ravishing and left me wanting more. The suggestions for creating the lifestyle yourself are on point and they abound. I hope this is only the beginning of a series of books by this talented bohemian couple. Worth every penny.