Downtown Chic: Designing Your Dream Home: From Wreck to Ravishing

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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 ...
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Overview

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into a room affordably; how to decorate kids’ rooms so they appeal to children and adults; how to easily rehabilitate outdated furnishings; and many more.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.
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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847831739
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 5/5/2009
  • Edition description: Illustrate
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 595,436
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2010

    beatiful book!!!! I pretty good works

    beatiful book!!!! I pretty good works ... NIce :)

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Downtown Chic - good for visuals

    I was not aware of Sixx Design until I recently saw the Novogratzs on their Bravo TV show, 9 by Design. I like and appreciate their design aesthetic, so when I looked them up online, I saw that they had their own book, Downtown Chic. I checked the book out, and felt that it would be a worthwhile design resource, specifically for the photographs (many of which can be seen on their website as well.) The color and clarity of the images, and the quality of the printing are all very good. The book's layout and design are artistic and very clean. There are bits of advice, which although somewhat helpful, are done more as a checklist vs. going into great detail, so one would need to have some prior knowledge. Whereas it's not a definitive bible, they do offer some good information and share their experiences in order to save the reader from making similar mistakes. I went through the entire book the evening in which I received it, and am happy with this purchase. I plan to refer to it for inspiration when doing some future remodeling.

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