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This week we worked on an apartment in Hoboken, New Jersey for two young guys in their first “real” apartment after college. We wanted to give them something both youthful and sophisticated.

novogratz in hoboken bachelor pad

The apartment was pretty much a blank slate before we got our hands on it. The first thing we did was go wild with paint. Paint offers so many amazing alternatives—let your imagination be your guide! For a playful twist, we decided to paint diagonal stripes in Casa Blue and Surfboard Yellow from our new paint line with Stark. Next, we decided to lacquer the piano in high gloss white to make it really pop against the stripes, hung colorful lights and vintage sign letters to spell out LUNCH on their kitchen wall. This seemed like an appropriate word for two boys!

hoboken living room

Michael DeFeo, a super-talented artist, created some really fun paintings of different animals. Overall, we really made a bold statement in this place by playing with paint in unexpected ways.

hoboken striped walls and piano

50 Responses

  1. Logan says:

    Some of y'all are really mean. Just because THEIR taste isn't YOUR taste doesn't mean its bad. It means its different. The whole point of the show is for people to think differently about design and see potential in unexpected places. True, I wouldn't put a large drawing of a boar on my wall, but I went right out and bought the Renee Ricard print from the model episode because I fell immediately in love with it. I bought their book, too. Appreciate their aesthetic for what it is, even if its different than yours. Be constructive in your criticism. And if you don't like the show that much, then don't watch it.

    • Becky in 'Bama says:

      Logan..if being honest and puzzled with over-spending and questionable design choices is considered mean-spirited, then I am guilty of that. Bottom line: yes, living and designing in New York City is totally expensive but surely there are other people whose design slant is just as t.v. worthy as the Novogratz's who for some reason have been given carte' blanche for weird/useless room make-overs. =/

    • Not Pretending says:

      Oh please. Don't be such a pretender. They are horrible and shouldn't be called designers. they lack even a small bit of taste. They repeat the same deisgn over and over again. It gets old and doesn't look good.

    • Bethany says:

      Thank you Logan! You would think people would have better things to do rather than post super negative, nasty comments on HGTV's website. I agree with you 100 percent….if you don't like the show, don't watch it!

  2. tracy says:

    What was the name of the furniture store the green pendant light shade and the blue coffee tables were purchased?

  3. Claire says:

    It seems their big claim to fame and the reason they somehow deserve a design show is that they have 7 children. So what. This episode demonstrates that they are amateurs. The first thing you see when you enter the apartment is the stark white door straight ahead in the corner of the living room. Also, one interesting animal head as a conversation piece is great, but four! These two do not know how to edit a room, but they do know how to make a buck, no pun intended.

    Too much hype and not enough substance. Take all 9 of them off the air, I don't care how interesting the kid's name are.

    • Becky in 'Bama says:

      when they had their other show on a different network it was about their buying and completely revamping older un-loved buildings in New York. It was very funny and interesting to see the adventures particularly in light of having multiple children to try and accommodate and a constantly pregnant wife who was trying to nest in the strangest of places. They HAVE traveled throughout Europe in the past in search of eclectic and antique pieces, but now that they have a house full of children they are mostly scouring the junk and antique places in cities surrounding New York. However, the thrill is gone for most viewers.

  4. val says:

    I am not a big fan of this couple. The only episode I think was cool and well laid out is the white loft with tons of windows where they group a bunch of gold pendants together as a chandelier. I thought that one was good. Other than that was hideous. I want them to design a kitchen or remodel a bathroom. So we got to see their real talent or design concept, which is none now after several episodes on air showing their poor decorating eyes.

  5. Roz says:

    Is this show for real or is HGTV just yanking all our chains? This was, by far, the most ludicrous design ever. Baby blue for bachelors?! Stupid cartoon animals as art? Holy hell….I would demand my money back if they did this to my apartment.

    Are these two trust fund babies or something? Because I cannot begin to fathom how they can afford to live in NYC with this kind of trashy output.

  6. disappointed says:

    Their attempt to be hip and cool is really lame; and their "design" work is pathetic. Many of us watch HGTV to learn how to improve our homes; we expect to learn from real professionals; and we like to hear why something works and what principles govern their design decisions so we can transfer these principles to our own designs. They are clueless; it's like watching a blind man painting..

  7. GreenV girl says:

    OMG horrible. What is HGTV thinking with these two "designer." The apt for these poor guys was terrible with those stupid pictures of the animals. Are you kidding? Enough words on the wall, every artist is their friend and world renowned, who could live in any of these spaces. They should concentrate on selling their own horrible looking house that has been on the market forever. Please, take them off the air!!!

  8. Doris says:

    OMG!!!! what a mess. I can't believe this was posted as the after picture. I have never seen anything nice from this husband and wife team. I feel sorry for the guys they have to live in that junk store buys apt.

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  10. Deb says:

    Ditto, there must be someting better you can put on HGTV!

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