Monday, July 25, 2011

Home by Novogratz on HGTV

Last fall we, The Design House, had the privilege of meeting The Novogratz'.  Cortney and Bob (Robert) Novogratz are a husband and wife interior design team based on the East Coast.  This pair of designers travels and hunts for the perfect pieces to place in the spaces they design.  Searching antique and vintage furniture shops they find and refurbish many items giving them new life and purpose for their design.

If you've watched their previous show on Bravo TV "9 by Design" you'd know that they rehab old properties as well as do interior design.  On that show we saw their family dynamic, the balance between work and home as well as them moving into their newly rehabbed home.  They have since moved from Bravo TV to HGTV and they have a non-conventional way of tackling interior design.

What is so fun about this duo is that nothing is off limits. Recently I've been watching their new show "Home by Novogratz" on HGTV and so many of their ideas are crazy, but crazy good.  There was an episode that they designed a family room in the basement for adults and kids.  What was so fun about this space is that they added in a slide next to the basement stairs. 

The slide into the family room.  Photo courtesy of HGTV
I have not seen the episode that goes with this room, but it is so fun and quirky.  They took the "traditional" animal head/bust and placed a pop art spin on it in this retro mid-century modern room.
Mid-Century modern furnishings are paired with eclectic pieces in the room to give it an updated look but still keeping that retro vibe.  Love the faux moose art.  Photo courtesy of HGTV
This next room is from tonight's episode where they made over an entire beach condo in New Jersey.  The entire condo received a color makeover and wow at times I even had that moment where I questioned what they were doing, and as a designer I don't do that often.  The beds in the boys' room were covered in duct tape to give a new feeling and appearance.  They used carpet tiles alternating every other tile to create visual interest on the floor.  So much fun in this room.
Duct tape covered head boards, you wouldn't know it from the picture.  Photo courtesy

The master suite in the same condo was kissed by the sun, literally.  I wasn't sure how it would work out because it is A LOT of yellow, but I think it came together nicely.  They opted for yellow carpet tiles and yellow walls.  To tame it they used white window coverings and multi-colored art posters from the 60's. 
The shining master suite. Photo courtesy of

There are so many more designs that the Novogratz' have created and I'd love to show them all to you, but what fun would that be.  You really need to experience them for yourselves.  Head over to HGTV and watch them.  Their episodes are on Saturday nights and hopefully soon they'll be online for you to catch up on.  Definitely a must watch, they push the boundaries of design and it's fun to see.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Traditional Chairs with a touch of Whimsy

A little over two months ago we started a client project and proposed doing a traditional chair with a twist.  We selected an accent chair with a rush seat, or woven seat, that has upholstered cushions for the seat and back.  The fun thing about the chair we chose is that we had numerous ways we could customize it from fabrics to welting and wood color; our options were really endless. 

For this particular client and space we decided to do one specific fabric for the cushions, another on the chair back and a third for the welt cord that runs around the back as well as the cushions.  If you're not familiar with what a welt cord is, it is the decorative edge around a pillow, cushion or sometimes what you'd see on a cornice box.  It is another way to add character to a piece. 

The fabric selected for the cushions is a whimsical floral with a neutral background.  This particular floral is very colorful without being ostentatious.  Grounding this great floral on the back of the chair is a tweedy fabric with tans, greens and reds blended together.  It has great texture and pairs nicely with the rush seat.  The welt cord is a strawberry red that pops off the cushions and the chair back around the tweed fabric. 

All of these great fabrics are brought together with a beautiful mahogany toned wood that gives these chairs a touch of elegance.  What is great about blending all of these traditional options with that touch of whimsy is that it creates a more light-hearted space that the entire family will enjoy, not just mom. 

We will have the finished room to show you in the next few weeks, but until they are taken I want to share the chairs with you because they are vibrantly fun and whimsical.  Wait until you see them in the room, they are fabulous. 

The chair! 

Side profile allows you to see the rush seat, tweed fabric back, gorgeous floral and that strawberry red welt cord around the cushions and back between fabric and wood.

Here's the back fabric with welting.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Movin' on Up.....

So the title of this post may be a bit deceiving, but I couldn't resist.  No we're not moving, but you could be.  This year Bangerter Homes in Salt Lake County asked and received permission to build a replica house from Disney Pixar's "Up."  It is currently for sale and you could be the one movin' on up.  ;)

The builders are having custom furnishings made to match those from the movie and they've painted it to match the house in the movie.  It will also feature murals on the walls as seen in the movie as well as balloons on the weekends.  This home will be available to tour during Salt Lake County's Parade of Homes which runs from July 29 - Aug. 14, 2011.

Check out some of the pictures:

Photos courtesy from  To read the article and see more pictures head here.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Happy Fourth of July!

The Design House hopes you are having a fun Fourth of July weekend.  In honor of the Fourth, check out some great patriotic rooms over at House Beautiful.  They put together a few images here.  All of the images are great, but we're loving number 7.  Which is your favorite?