Husband and wife design duo Robert and Cortney Novogratz, are bringing their skills to Los Angeles. The couple recently completed their first project—a midcentury bungalow—in LA’s answer to Bay Area valley tech hub, Playa Del Rey, which has become known as Silicon Beach in recent years.
The newly remodeled sea-side digs feature four bedrooms and two bathrooms. The home also includes stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors and brand-new windows, doors and lighting fixtures. The entire kitchen area was opened up, an oversized double shower was created for the master bath, and a deck was built onto the back of the house, where they also added a small retreat in the corner of the yard, perfect for reading and relaxing. The home’s light, breezy color palette, which includes lots of grey and white, lends itself to the laid-back vibe Southern California living offers.
Cortney and Robert Novogratz have earned a name for themselves with their unique design style that’s a combination of modern, elegant and eclectic. Their philosophy that you don’t need a big budget to have a house worthy of “Metropolitan Home,” comes through in their super-stylish—albeit moderately priced—products of everything from table and flatware to lighting fixtures and furniture, sold exclusively in stores like Macy’s and Crate and Barrel.
The Novogratzes, who first began their design careers buying and renovating apartments in Manhattan, have been flipping commercial and residential properties from Brazil to Rancho Mirage for the last two decades.
Cortney, originally from Georgia and Robert from Virginia, met while working in North Carolina. Both shared a passion for design, art and real estate. They moved to Manhattan, where they would eventually launch their design firm. The company was successful from the very beginning. Even starting a family (today they have seven children together) didn’t hinder the success and popularity of their business. In fact, it helped them.
In 2009, Bravo TV created a show specifically for them, “9 By Design” highlighting the couple and the challenges that exist with running a company while raising seven kids. They would also release their first book in 2009, a how-to effort, choc-full of tips from renovating to refurbishing and decorating, titled “Downtown Chic: Designing Your Dream Home: From Wreck to Ravishing,” which received much critical acclaim within the design community. And, although “Design” would last only one season, the model-good-looks family caught the eye of producers for a different venture, this time on HGTV, for the show “Home by Novogratz.” In each episode, Cortney and Robert take on, and ultimately overcome the design hurdles that come with flipping all kinds of spaces.
The Novogratzes continue to live their passion, while setting themselves apart with their eclectic style—style that’s defined by everything from fine art to flea market finds—all while raising their seven children.
When asked what their favorite aspect of everything they do is, Cortney says, “I really believe that when you figure out what you’re meant to do, the word work takes on a whole new meaning. We love bringing families together through design; it is so rewarding that we get to do what we love, be parents and designers, all day every day. Our work and family all blends together; I am dropping children off at music lessons and stopping at the fabric store down the street a few moments later. We are lucky to work out of our home and never take for granted the help we get from family and friends.”
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