I cannot even tell you how excited I was at the opportunity to review Downtown Chic: Designing Your Dream Home: From Wreck to Ravishing, but it just got better and better from the moment I peeled away the plastic and cracked the cover! This gorgeous book is filled with massive photos of stunning interiors, quotes (love), and lots of useful and practical little lists and bits of advice from the authors.
Cortney and Robert Novogratz and their seven darling minis make up the dream team that is SIXX DESIGN. Now, I realize the minis probably don’t too terribly much designing of their quite yet (especially the teensiest of the bunch!), but they are very much part of the team because the whole gang will soon be the stars of their very own show on Bravo! The Novogratzes turn nothing into something truly spectacular and have made over several homes of their own as well as various commercial projects.
You guys know how much I love quotes. I collect them, really, so this book has earned a special little place in my heart. Each main image page has a different thought-provoking quote beautifully incorporated. One of my favorites:
Design is not making beauty. Beauty emerges from selection, affinities, integration, love.
– Louis Kahn
Besides the quotes and stunning inspiration, I just can’t get past how clever all the little ideas scattered throughout Downtown Chic really are. I mean, they sunk their kids’ trampoline into the ground, like an in-ground pool. C’mon now people – does it really get any more impressive than that?!?
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.
– Mark Twain
You know those helpful little lists that I mentioned? Well – they’re [another] one of my favorite things about this book. I love how this design duo can mix chaos, kitsch, and color in one room for an explosion of perfectly crazy unity and then go stark-bare in the next for a tranquil, spa-like atmosphere. Their house in on the beach in Brazil (yes – on the beach; yes – in Brazil; yes – I’m jealous) proves that this couple can work their magic anytime, anywhere. The Brazil chapter includes a list on purchasing artwork – an intimidating task for many. Here’s a little teaser:
Do your homework. Or be sure to read “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”
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