Author(s): Robert Novogratz; Cortney Novogratz
Effortlessly combining bohemian chic style and family living, the fashionable couple serve up fun and practical design tips from their beachfront vacation home. Well known to their fans through their reality TV shows (on HGTV and Bravo) and various home decor lines (Macy's, CB2, and Walmart), designers Robert and Cortney Novogratz's third book is dedicated to one of their favorite places to spend time with their sizable brood: their vacation home in the sleepy beach outpost of Trancoso, Brazil. Transforming a ramshackle house into a sanctuary for family and friends, we see the Novogratzes' relaxed and family-focused style in its purest and most laid-back form. Brimming with great decorating and entertaining ideas that easily translate from vacation vibe to "real life" back at home, the gracious couple excel at living well, in sandals and bare feet, and never sweating the small stuff. In addition to offering up terrific decoration suggestions for every room in the house and the outdoors (including a treehouse ), they have advice on how to make your vacation home pay for itself--advising that small touches add up in big ways when creating the most enjoyable experience for guests and renters--and traveling with kids--with seven of their own, it's a subject they have mastered.
Robert and Cortney Novogratz met at a party twenty years ago and have been together ever since. Native Southerners, and both from large families, they moved to New York to pursue a job on Wall Street (Bob) and acting (Cortney). After realizing they had a knack for renovating derelict properties into coveted, gorgeously designed homes, they put their talents to use full time and founded The Novo- gratz, their design firm. They divide their time between New York and Los Angeles, where they recently just bought a house.