I recently got an email from someone at Sixx Design saying they read my blog & asking if I would review their latest book Downtown Chic. I was thrilled! I love getting new design books and of course have been intrigued by this young stylish family of (now) 9 since I'd first heard of them.
In case you haven't heard of them, they are the Novogratz's: super-chic Mom & Dad (Cortney & Robert) who run a wildly successful design business with 7 kids!
I wasn't the only one who got the book & reviewed it so you can check out some great reviews here:
I'm a little late on the reviews since Baby 2 came right after I'd received the book, so I'm going to approach this Downtown Chic book "review" a but differently. Yes, it was an awesome book design-wise (bold, a bit funky- industrial, fearless, personal and very instructional) but my favorite parts of it actually pertained to the Novogratz's themselves & their philosophies. Cortney & Robert met and fell in love when Cortney was finishing up college. Since then, they've married, had a beautiful (really beautiful!) gaggle of children and fixed up an insane amount of buildings- turning them into gorgeous unique homes & selling them for a nice profit. They've invested wisely & have taken risks where others were afraid to & it's paid off.
They have this amazingly laid-back parenting style & it's SO refreshing to see. In a time where kids' lives are completely structured & parents worry about everything, it's awesome to read about a family who doesn't succumb to all the HOVERING & STRESSING.
A Novogratz kid has a birthday, so they throw a party. Cake & food for the kids and drinks for the adults. Simple. Easy. FUN. No big deal & no reason to stress. They just live.
They party like rockstars too & they even had a catered party in one of their unfinished buildings. (Cortney & Robert if you're reading- I'm SO up for being a "filler!" ;) You'll have to read the book to check out what a "filler" is, but what a true/ hysterical idea & I'm on the look-out for some in my life!
The book is full of perfect quotes like "The crisis of today is the joke of tomorrow." (H.G. Wells)
"Enthusiasm is life." (Paul Scofield)
I ended up reading the book in one sitting & reading a lot of it outloud to my husband. From there, he went to the computer & started looking up real estate listings- wanting to flip our house & start all over again. The Novogratz's feats are that inspirational. I've said before that one of my favorite things about life is the feeling that there's limitless potential & that we can do anything we set out to do & that so much excitement lies ahead of us. Well, Dowtown Chic really got us thinking in that direction. Not only do the Novogratz's have a bright future ahead of them, but by reading about their path so far, I really got excited about my own family's future & creative potential.
So what are your thoughts? Has anyone else read it? Would love to know!
ps- How gorgeous is the color scheme in the room above??!!
As a decorator & a textile designer, this is my place to muse... perfection doesn't interest me; Reality and charm do. Fresh floppy flowers from the garden over long-stemmed roses any day, I love it when things are slightly off and tell a story.