Sixx Design- Love, Design and Lots of Babies.

07novo-600 photo courtesy of the NY Times

I spent the weekend looking online for an apartment (we have to move in 4 weeks) and got really flustered that the perfect space did not present itself to me immediately.  You know, that really cool two bedroom South End brownstone apartment with private garden, central A/C, fireplace and parking for under $3,000 – available immediately? Hmmmmm. So what did I do? I had a pity party for myself and spent a whole afternoon in bed watching season 3 of Lost, reading John Krakauer’s newest book about Pat Tillman (you must read it-more on that another time) and finishing my Easter candy.  I have a flair for the dramatic sometimes, in case you didn’t know.  So this morning I was watching the preview clips for the new series on Bravo, 9 By Design, about the Novogratz family (of Sixx Design) and I felt a little like an big whiner.  There is a scene in which Courtney (who looks SO much like Demi Moore) is 8 months pregnant with her SEVENTH child and they are looking for an apartment to move into in a WEEK! And the best part is her husband brings her to see this loft that used to be a bar that still has vomit in the bathroom and he’s all “I think it’s cool” and she is about to completely freak her freak on him.  I sat here going  “Ok, so I guess I shouldn’t be freaking out too much” and making note to watch the premier tomorrow night!  It looks fascinating- how this couple not only can work together on stressful re-design projects but also raise seven kids and move constantly is beyond me!

I was sent their book Downtown Chic a few months ago and have really loved looking through it and finding out about their design process and background.  This New York Times article is fabulous too- I loved watching the slide show and listening tot hem speak about how they met, how they work and how they live. Here are some images of their work, and be sure to tune in tomorrow night to see all the drama unfold!

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(This pic below makes me wonder if they were inspired by The Royal Tenebaums?)

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Watch the clip I referenced above here to get a taste of what this new reality series is about!

Images via Sixx Design and NY Times


  1. I just loved the show also, the places they have redone are amazing, all those kids, amazing, her doing it all pregnant, amazing! looks like a fun show to watch.

  2. Ok now I feel like a big huge whiner being brought to tears on a near weekly basis about have to move in 6 weeks and not knowing where we are going to live since our house won’t be finished for 2 months…I would offer you a good cry and a cocktail but I think we both need to buck up and take a tip from this dear, insane, talented woman. Can’t wait to see where y’all end up!

  3. I can’t wait to see it all unfold! How could anyone not be addicted to all Bravo reality TV?

    Best wishes for your house hunt!

  4. Good luck w the apt search. My husband and I looked for ages in the south end and the only places under $3,000 per month were in the sketchy SOWA area. Nightmare.

  5. Looks like a really interesting show with amazing and creative people. I’ve seen their work before and think they do fabulous stuff but, and here it goes, am I the only person wondering if these people have heard of global warming and the population problem that awaits our world? Seven?!

  6. Hey Erin,

    You sound like a smart self-made woman, well connected and extremely creative and talented. Instead of the pout fest, see how you can take your entrepreneurial spirit and this opportunity, and turn it into something exciting for you and hubby.

    You know, this couple may inspire you.

    Things could be a lot worse, honey.

  7. To me they are people who use their abundance of resources and talents to buy bigger and bigger houses and throw bigger and bigger parties. So what? Especially in this day and age. There is so much good they could be doing. The world does not need another reality show. It’s like a 21st century version of 80s ostentation. It looks down to earth and cool, but it has the same underpinnings.

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