Decorating & Design

September 2, 2010

Design By Numbers

On Tuesday, Canada’s W Network premiered 9 by Design, a reality series that debuted in the U.S. on Bravo last spring. The show follows designing couple Robert and Cortney Novogratz of New York’s Sixx Design while they work on several big projects, including a hotel.

I haven’t watched the show yet, as even the thought of running a business while raising a big family — oh yes, did I mention they have seven kids? — stresses me out. But I like the quirkiness of their work, which is inspiring me to loosen up my own space.

Photo:wine rack with bottles and fresh cut flowers

Case in point: I love cut flowers and this is a fun and unexpected way to use them. 

Photo Blog September 2 9 By Design Bedroom

I also just bought a new bed, and like the cheeky grittiness of a spray-painted headboard like this one that they did for a house in the Hamptons.

Photo Blog September 2 9 By Design Stairs

Here’s another fun detail in a stairwell in the same house.

Photo Blog September 2 9 By Design Bedroom Flag

I also love this funky yet serene bedroom. Tip: Flags as art are a hot trend right now.

Photo Blog September 2 9 By Design Hallway Lamp

This hallway has everything: cool tile flooring, wow lighting, a statement door in one of my favourite patterns — Wrongwoods by Richard Woods  — and tons of space for coats and shoes.

Photo Blog September 2 9 By Design Desk Office Clock

Not your ordinary office wall clock.

Photo Blog September 2 9 By Design White Kitchen

Here, they make a white kitchen downright sexy.

For those of you who prefer to read than watch, they’ve also authored a book, titled Downtown Chic (2009 Rizzoli). When they found the time to write it is a mystery to me.

Photo credits:
1. Great Barrington, Sixx Design
2-3. The Hamptons, Sixx Design, photography by Matthew Williams, courtesy of Carol Leggett Public Relations
4. Bravo
5. Sixx Design, photography by Matthew Williams, courtesy of Carol Leggett Public Relations
6. #5 Center Market, Sixx Design, photography by Costa Picadas, courtesy of Carol Leggett Public Relations
7. The Hamptons, Sixx Design, photography by Matthew Williams, courtesy of Carol Leggett Public Relations