Robert and Cortney Novogratz

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Robert and Cortney Novogratz are a husband and wife design team based in New York City. They currently have a design show on HGTV called Home by Novogratz. They are parents to 7 kids. They are known collectively as The Novogratz. The Novogratz recently moved to a castle in Los Angeles which they are renovating. Each of their kids is designing their own room.

Early life[edit]

Robert grew up in Alexandria, VA (b. February 11, 1963) and Cortney in southern Georgia (b. September 8, 1971). Both were from large families and had parents who were decorating enthusiasts. The couple met in Charlotte, North Carolina, moved to New York City and got into the design world through real estate. Robert was a sports enthusiast.


They began their design career by renovating run-down properties in Manhattan. Their work combines the use of distinctive architectural details, unique interior finishes, and rare collectibles found while travelling to flea markets around the world. They are known for their distinctive style, which mixes vintage/modern high/low pieces. One of their featured works is 5 Centre Market Place, converted from a former gun shop located on the edge of Soho. In addition to Centre Market, the couple’s design of two properties, also in Soho, on Thompson Street sold for record prices.

Personal Life Robert and Cortney have 7 children, Wolfgang (b.1997), Bellamy (b.1998), Tallulah (b.1998), Breaker (b.2000), Five (b.2005), Holleder (b.2005), and Major. Wolfgang Novogratz is an actor. Bellamy Novogratz is a model. Tallulah Novogratz is a writer and actress. Breaker Novogratz is a singer.

9 By Design[edit]

In 2009, the television network, Bravo TV, featured the lives of The Novogratz in the reality television show, 9 By Design. The show followed their lives, raising 7 kids in Manhattan while running a design company. The show premiered on April 13, 2009 and ran for one season.

Home by Novogratz[edit]

After the interest generated from 9 By Design, The Novogratz returned to television with a new show on HGTV, which showcased their celebrated unique design aesthetic. Season 1 of Home by Novogratz premiered on July 16, 2011. HGTV accurately describes the show's premise, “In each episode, Robert and Cortney take on a new design project and create totally unique, wildly original spaces that showcase their funky, downtown-chic aesthetic, their unpretentious design sensibility, and their self-taught, drop-dead gorgeous style. They'll learn on the job, pull together an eclectic mix of shopping finds and, in the end, present their client with a spectacular and totally customized room that surpasses every expectation”. The second season of Home by Novogratz is set to premiere in 2012.

Downtown Chic[edit]

In May 2009 Robert and Cortney’s first book, Downtown Chic, was published worldwide from Rizzoli. Their book chronicles their works.

Episode list:

Air Date Episode Title
July 16, 2011 Season 1, Episode 1 Surfing Sisters Rockaway Beach Home
July 23, 2011 Season 1, Episode 2 A Manhattan Townhouse Goes Chic
July 25, 2011 Season 1, Episode 3 A Colorful Condo on the Ocean in Long Beach, New Jersey
July 30, 2011 Season 1, Episode 4 Jan & David’s Manhattan Penthouse
August 6, 2011 Season 1, Episode 5 Winegard Elementary Music Room Makeover
August 13, 2011 Season 1, Episode 6 Pat & Rika’s Cozy Williamsburg Condo
August 20, 2011 Season 1, Episode 7 Paul Pierce’s All Star Renovation At Inglewood High School In Los Angeles
August 27, 2011 Season 1, Episode 8 Bedroom Sharing for Triplets in Midtown Manhattan
September 3, 2011 Season 1, Episode 9 Refurbishing the Novogratz Country Home in the Berkshires
September 10, 2011 Season 1, Episode 10 An Ode to Iconic Party Planner, Robert Isabell
September 17, 2011 Season 1, Episode 11 Creating an Home for Fashion Models in NYC
September 24, 2011 Season 1, Episode 12 A Retail Experience: Babakul At Fred Segal In Santa Monica
October 1, 2011 Season 1, Episode 13 Busy Bachelors in Hoboken Get a Grown-Up Home

References[edit] Retrieved 3/30/2012. Retrieved 4/2/2012. Retrieved 4/2/2012.

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