I hate to take up timer space for shows that aren't getting renewed, so I was doing some checking this morning to make sure all of my favorite design shows are still active. One of them I hadn't heard about in a long while was "Home by Novogratz" on HGTV. I actually liked the format of their Bravo show "9 By Design" better than season 1 of "Home by Novogratz," but one can't deny the crazy inventiveness of Cortney and Robert Novogratz. They do an amazing job of mixing high and low and utilizing funky items in an unexpected way.
|I can't believe they can get a good photo of 7 kids at one time|
|Rockaway beach house bedroom|
Most of us think that if we were able to decorate without a budget, we'd be happiest, but sometimes super high-end decorating bores me. It's one thing to pick items out of a designer catalog or showroom and put them together in a visually pleasing way. But it's another to be able to mix those items with low-end purchases, unusual vintage items, and found objects.
|Loft makeover mixing old and new (Love the lighting and the shades of blue, but hate the art and the rug)|
|New Jersey family basement redo|
I don't know why, but HGTV isn't sharing exactly when season 2 of "Home by Novogratz" will premiere. It was supposed to be tonight, but it got pushed back for some reason. I believe the first show is a makeover at the home of Ree Drummond, better known as the Pioneer Woman. Many of us got a sneak peek of the new design at The Lettered Cottage last fall. If you're a TLC fan, you probably remember that Layla did a "Pick My Presto" of the room last July.
|Not your average gym design|
Cortney and Robert also have a collaboration with retailer CB2 coming up soon. The first piece will be their "family" rug which you probably remember seeing a lot of last season on their HGTV show. I'm into the colors, but the design is not really my thing. The rug debuts in July, with more products coming out in October. CB2 and the Novogratzes are also hosting a $15,000 room makeover sweepstakes through June 15.
|Chain-link dome they built to corral balls in their rooftop basketball court|
Apparently not people to sit down for a breather, there's also a new book, also titled "Home by Novogratz," coming out on October 9. You can pre-order it from several retailers now. The book gives an inside look at twenty of their projects, with tips on how the rest of us can try to mimic their design style. I believe many of these are the projects we saw last season on HGTV, so that's a bit disappointing.
|There's the rug again|
I've read that season 2 of their HGTV show will be quite different. I hope so, as I thought season 1 was a little stale. The designs were cool, as are the couple and all their kids, but the format of the show just didn't thrill me. Maybe I just preferred the hour-long shows on Bravo to the half-hour shows on HGTV where we didn't get to see as much of their family interaction.
Are you excited for season 2? Are you a fan?
And please tell me I'm not the only one whose DVR timers are maxed out. Please.