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A sneak peek of The Novogratz Holiday Collection
With colorful bold modern pieces combined with vintage finds they’ve gathered, Robert and Cortney Novogratz transform their New England country home every Christmas. Designed exclusively for CB2, the Novogratz Holiday Collection celebrates our favorites—we hope you enjoy this sneak peek and check out the full collection soon at cb2.com!
What do the holidays mean the most to you?
Robert comes from a big family and ours obviously is too—seven in each—so gathering together for celebrations means a lot of family, friends, good food and fun.
Where’s your favorite place to gather for the holidays?
Wherever we can! Since there are so many of us, our country house in the Berkshires is perfect—we’ve come a very long way since our first tiny apartment when we used folding tray tables for dining.
Decorating the house for the holidays adds visual memories—and we enjoy creating new ones by taking elements of the past into the future. Raw materials like clear acrylic, brass and mirrors—all from the 70s when we were growing up. The mirrored disco gnome is surely the epitome—it’s a trippy ode to the era.
You also bring in elements of antiques…
As much as we can—we love reworking antique pieces and the inspiration they give us. For example, the frame of the acrylic trunk recalls heavy-duty steamer trunks, the ram’s head references iconic taxidermy, and the deuce bed was inspired by “the one that got away” at the Paris flea market.
…and playful elements that remind us of the circus.
When our families and all of our friends are together—it is a circus! The lucky 7 helps create the mood—as well as the flechette dart board which does double-duty by entertaining the kids… and the adults!
How do you keep traditions with so much going on?
Again, with lots of visual cues—like a traditional pattern done in a new way as a brightly colored, over-sized scale on the mod plaid rug.
The acrylic trunk reminds us of the many travels our ancestors experienced to get us where we are today—and the many travels we’ve shared as a large family around the world. Today we use it to organize just about any type of “stuff” we’ve collected along the way.
Tell us about your wreath.
Traditions start by introducing something meaningful and repeating it year after year—so we started a new one by hanging the inner peace wreath on the front door. The modern combination of the twinkling lights with the rustic twigs strikes just the right contrast—and we love sharing and welcoming friends and family with this message since it speaks from our hearts.
When did you first visit South America?
We heard Brasil was a beautiful place with beautiful people, so we always wanted to visit. Our first trip was 10 years ago after our friend Alex told us it was the next cool place—he was right!
What were your first impressions?
Brasil is a huge and beautiful country with great cities and amazing natural elements—not to mention the fantastic Samba music we listened to a lot.
Why did you choose Brasil for a second home—quite a distance from New York?
We wanted to expose our kids to other cultures and we have always loved to travel. With our big gang it gets expensive to stay in hotels, spend a day at a theme park—so the Trancoso house made a lot of economic sense. The bonus is that it allows us to have a lot of quality time together free from appointments, lessons, science projects.
Do you have a routine for visiting—planning the dates, packing, etc?
Everyone enjoys the journey but it is a long flight—thank goodness for in-flight movies. In general we’re able to pack light since it’s all about t-shirts, bathing suits, and bare feet.
Are there “must do’s” while you’re there?
Yes! Swimming, surfing, dune buggy rides, the Qadrado at night and all the great restaurants.
The house is very relaxing so it’s easy to just enjoy the views and never leave—but we’re always tempted by a day trip to check out more of the country.
What do your children love about Brasil?
They love the energy of New York City and Brasil is quite different—the opposite extreme—relaxed, casual, beaches vs calendars, homework, skyscrapers. We have high-speed web access at the house so everyone has the choice to escape or check-in.
We have great memories every trip we take, but we especially love lazy days on the beach, sunrises with great big cups of coffee, or just hanging with our crazy gang.
Join us in select CB2 stores to celebrate the arrival of Home by Novogratz—the latest book from Robert and Cortney Novogratz.
Meet Robert and Cortney, get unique design ideas and inspiration for your space, and see the complete Novogratz Collection.
Most events are 6-8pm—Queen West Toronto is 5-7pm—and attendance is limited so RSVP as soon as possible!