Sixx Design is made up of married designers, Robert and Cortney Novogratz who can renovate and turn around even the most ho-hum of properties. Their company is named after their six children (which has now turned into seven) and specializes in blending vintage flea market finds with modern furnishings to create unique, one-of-a-kind homes. They also have a fabulous book Downtown Chic out in bookstores, as well as a TV show 9 by Design on Bravo.
The lovely couple tells Home Rejuvenation their original aspirations as designers, lives as parents of seven children and the design of their abode at 400 West by Matthew Williams.
What drew you to the architectural and design industry? is that original fascination still alive within you today?
We were both doing different things when we first came to New York. But we decided to completely makeover a condemned brownstone in Chelsea, and learned a lot and realized this was our true passion. We have evolved since then, but our love for architecture, design and décor has only grown.
Tell us about your typical day (at work and at home).
Our office is in our kitchen, so that allows us to be home part of the day to be around our seven children. We sit with our design team around a huge French lab table (that is our dining room table!) and we meet with clients there, go to job sites, go off to shoot our TV show, and make other TV appearances. It is a very hectic life, but we love it!
You always want to strike the right balance between looking stylish and also serving the needs of the people who are living there. Also, we sometimes have some ideas that the owner of the house might not think is right for them, and that means we have to reach a compromise but still not dilute our design aesthetic. But we love the challenge.
Tell us about your own home.
Our current home was originally a dilapidated BMW garage - bright pink two stories with no roof! We razed it and built a six-story townhouse with a garage, a basketball court, lots of outdoor space. Now it's a complete getaway within the city. An oasis for all of us...
As an architect/ designer, what do you think defines an inviting home?
An inviting home has to be functional, comfortable, and soothing to the people who live there. It should also be colorful, fun and stylish. A home should be a place of refuge for the people who live there, and also a place they can show off their creativity and style. We like to do this with an eclectic mix of colors and neutrals, vintage and modern, high and low. This make every member of the family feel good to be there.