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meet us: robert and cortney novogratz

How did you meet?
We met at a party in Charlotte NC.
Love at first sight.

You both come from families very similar to your own-big and design oriented-do you see your kids becoming a third generation?
Def. we hope it will become a family business. Since we are so hands on with our kids, and work out of our homes, the kids are definitely exposed to our fun, creative and crazy world.

With a large, active family and a growing business, how do you stay organized?
It’s organized chaos but organized. We are doers and get things done.

What’s your favorite room in your house?
The kitchen.

Where is your favorite place in the world and are there any destinations on your wish list?
Paris. We love big urban cities…would love to go to Capetown. and Tokyo.

Do you have an absolute favorite find from your world travels or local treasure hunts?
And which one do you most regret NOT purchasing?
A vintage foosball table from Italy. Few regrets as we enjoy the hunt.

What inspires you?
Our children.

Which has more influence on a project—the architecture or the people who live there?
People—every home should be a direct reflection of the people who live there. From their personalities to the way they live—a project is most influenced by its inhabitants.

Do you have a favorite architect?
Frank Gehry—we love his work because he balances art, sculpture and architecture in a way nobody else has. The second you lay eyes on a Gehry building, you know he designed it.

If you could Novogratz absolutely anyone’s home—whose would it be?
The White House. We love the history of the home and all of the amazing people who have lived there before, but we would love to make it more fun and better reflect the Obama family.

What are your favorite and least favorite colors?
Love all colors. Don’t like tones like beige.

Why did you want to work with CB2?
The people—it’s a big family too!

Do you have one low-budget decorating tip?
Paint can transform a space.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t take your success—or your failures—too seriously.

To see all of the Novogratz’s current designs for CB2, go here.

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Reader Comments (20)

Love CB2 and the Novogratz's! You have to see their show it's Great!!!

I love you guys. You are inspirational and amazing. You can see art where other folks might see junk. That is truly a gift. Love it and love your life views from family to design. The love shows.

May 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRita

I totally love Cortney and Robert's playful, mod decorating style! When will new episodes of their show be back on HGTV? I really miss it!

May 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJudy P

I love your family. I'm currently in Michigan but I have a NY state of mind in all things
I wanna paint my interior a white that they seem to use in every NY apt. What color white do u suggest
And I'm also painting the floors an ebony color

May 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCamille

These guys are my favorite designers!!!! To have them do a make-over at my house would be my ultimate dream!

May 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi

Really love you guys, was so inspired by the Novogratz Family on the Bravo Show and super excited to shop your line at CB2 now that my husband and I are 1st time homeowners-Go Novogratz!

May 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSara

wrong "who's"!! WHOSE would it be

May 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAPL

I love you guys! I have watched all of your shows and am in awe of the end result of everything you have done. I wish I had your style when it comes to my own home. Mostly I wish I was brave enough to try so much of what you guys do. I'm always nervous it will look cheesy or people will just think it's ugly. I know I have to design for myself and what I like, but I also like to please the rest of the family and they are often the harshest critics. Keep doing the amazing things you do and I'll be a fan forever!

May 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie P.

we stand corrected and have updated our grammatical error--Thanks APL!

May 17, 2012 | Registered Commentersandra

I think they are the real thing when it come to design. I was So Happy! to have somthing with real quality on TV, LOVE that anyone, might get the chance to see them design a room in their home. Thank you CB2.

May 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteremily


May 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMdnyc

I want to win the makeover...your work is fascinating and functional

June 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLebaron


June 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commentershirl smith

Do the Novogratz's have a tv show now? I loved 9 by Design? Are they going to do a second season?


June 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl

LOVE LOVE Love you both and your sense of family! we love your work and sense of style.
Wish you would come do our home in NC! Bet you have never made over a manufactured home!! id love to have you do my kitchen. it needs a make over to reflect who we are!
WE watch you when ever we can and you guys amaze us each time on your decorating style. We try to envision the result before the shows over but we are always amazed that it looks 100 times better than we think!
thanks so much for all you give to your viewers.

June 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

Really enjoyed your show. Got a big kick out of watching all of your kids and absolutely adored your home designs! Fabulous taste! IYou are a very talented couple and seem to have it all together! 'm amazed at how you buy, fix, and sell. Moving is not least for the rest of us!

Would love to see the show back on the air. Are you listening Bravo?

June 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

I love your style, I have entered a couple of times for The room makeover.
My bedroom has always been neglected. I would like to see you working in South Texas.
Of course in my house.

June 12, 2012 | Unregistered

I would love to welcome these two to my home! They could help me break out of my beige and egg shell walls!

June 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGenevieve

So inspired by your love story and designs! Just had a ball taking a kissing pic in front of the giant disco gnome at Chicago's CB2. Crossing our fingers that we win the #ohgnomeyoudidnt contest! Keep up the great work.

December 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTara & Mike M

I have just heard about you! Sorry I am uninformed. I would love to see at least one of your shows. RoseMary, New York

December 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRoseMary R

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