Robert and Cortney Novogratz are no strangers to home renovation projects. The husband and wife design team has designed and developed many unique houses and apartments in their native New York, L.A. and beyond over the last 25 years.
In fact, many of the Novogratz projects have featured in the pages of Livingetc. Known for their love of colourand art, the couple has done it again. This time with their own holiday home in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
Robert and Cortney Novogratz bought their home in Great Barrington, Massachusetts in 2001. They sought out a home in the country for their family of nine as a country refuge just after 9/11.
It has 6 bedrooms, 5 1/2 baths, plus kitchen, living area, dining room, gym (a recent addition) and a laundry downstairs.
When the pandemic hit earlier this year, the entire Novogratz family sheltered in place in Great Barrington. Kids came home from wherever they were, and everybody moved into the house for months and months.
That is when Robert and Cortney decided to redo the interior of the house. Part of it was necessity — when the whole family could not fit at the dining room table, they built a breakfast nook, which took care of the overflow.
HALLWAY AND LANDING
The entire upstairs hallway started as a modest gallery wall of the family, their extended family, friends and experiences had in the house. Now it covers the entire upper-floor walls.
When The Novogratz first got the house, it was a warren of small rooms, upstairs and downstairs. They started with the bottom “living floor”, taking down walls and turning the space into a loft-like experience, airy, spacious, with living areas that flowed easily into another.
Much of the renovation was created through the total change in accessories, colour, art, new pieces of furniture,
They retained the hardwood floors, which they painted white, and all the fireplaces.
The furnishings in the house are a mix of vintage, found at flea markets and shops around the world (they love Paris), and modern pieces.
They made the room over the garage into an art room, and it has had many other uses over the years.
The Novogratz enjoy mixing styles both high and low, including pieces from their own collection and their new collection at Target.
Each of the kids rooms had a lick of fresh paint and new artworks and accessories.
Edgy artworks prevent the space from feeling too 'girly'.
A wall of large mirrored tiles makes the bathroom feel bigger than it is.
The gym space is another new addition. The floor-to-ceiling doors not only look beautiful, they keep it well ventilated too.
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