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Hi everyone. Filming Home by Novogratz has been so much fun. Every episode we shoot allows us to meet new interesting people and work our vintage/modern, high/low, “no rules” design magic on their places. Instant makeovers can be stressful, but the energy and spirit of our fabulous crew and the reactions of psyched homeowners make it all worthwhile. It’s similar to how Robert and I are raising our seven kids — controlled chaos!

Cortney + Rob - Home by Novogratz – HGTV design blog
Here’s Robert and me with Deborah and Katherine Chen, two amazing sisters and our first clients. They bought an inexpensive house in rough shape in Far Rockaway, New York so they can enjoy weekends at the beach surfing. What do they want? A playful, girly beach pad. Their design inspiration? Betsey Johnson! Taking Deborah and Katherine’s cues, we knew exactly what to do. The staircase is the first thing you see when you enter their house.

striped stairs - Home by Novogratz – HGTV design blog

We chose to stripe the stairs for a real “wow” factor. (If you’re on a super-tight budget like us, with some colorful paint, you can tackle anything!) We measured the stripes for the stairs using painters tape and decided to go vertical. Three different shades of pink (their favorite color) with one pale blue one, and it looks amazing! The sisters love their new house , and I’m sure they have the most playful staircase in all of Rockaway.

Betsey Johnson - Ghost Girl - Home by Novogratz – HGTV design blog
If you haven’t seen the show, when you do, I think you’ll agree that Deborah and Katherine’s home is now light and airy with a cool beachy feel. It’s also packed with spunk and funky touches, like the kitchen renovation with a pink stove and baby blue vintage fridge and their new bedroom featuring Ghost Girl images put there by hand by world-famous graffiti artist Matt Siren.

Home by Novogratz Episode One

For next Saturday’s episode on July 23, we head down to the basement for a family playroom perfect for kids and adults. But first, here’s another picture of Deborah and Katherine’s pink surfer chic living room. What do you think? Love the stairs and the pillows? So Betsey.

Tell me in the comments below.

146 Responses

  1. @kellykreth says:

    I would to love to see the exact breakdown of the budget including price of labor, materials, furniture, and the Novogratz' fee. Also for each episode I think the site should publish a complete list of all that was used including specific colors, prices and places to buy. This should be uniform for every show.

  2. Alen B. says:

    Firstly, the choice of stripe pattern was a praise worthy decision. The stairs are looking just great. And the color combinations also revealing a decent taste too. This type of innovative flooring design really attractive.

  3. Julie says:

    It's a Blue Star range. There is a pink one on Ebay for $4700. Here is Blue Star website: http://www.bluestarcooking.com/buildyourbluestar/

  4. Julie says:

    It's a Blue Star range. There is a pink one on Ebay for $4700. Here is Blue Star website: http://www.bluestarcooking.com/buildyourbluestar/….

  5. Julie says:

    It's a Blue Star range. There is a pink one on Ebay for $4700. Here is Blue Star website: http://www.bluestarcooking.com/buildyourbluestar/….

  6. julie says:

    It's a Blue Star range. There is a pink one on Ebay for $4700. Here is Blue Star website: http://www.bluestarcooking.com/buildyourbluestar/….

  7. rocio elena says:

    what about the blue refrigerator?/ love the episode love it thanks
    rocio elena

  8. Kath says:

    Plus : Stairs – very cute

    Not so plus : Everything else. Bedroom was horrid….total waste of time and money. Just not my taste/style, but the good thing about HGTV is there's something for everyone.

  9. Kim says:

    where did the big comfy looking chairs in the living room come from???

  10. debbie says:

    so excited to find you- I was a huge fan of your show on BRAVO and kept checking the schedule to see when you would be on again- then I saw the ad on HGTV advertising your show and could not believe it! And first show did not disappoint- LOVED the "surfer girl chic"

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