sixx design

Has anyone else seen the Bravo TV show, “9 by Design?”

Image by The New York Times

I’ve become a little addicted to it. In case you don’t know, here’s a short overview: Husband and wife, Robert and Cortney Novogratz, have seven children….that’s right, seven. The ages range from 12 to 8 months or something like that. For the last 10 years they have been demolishing, renovating and redesigning old spaces into livable areas as the design firm, Sixx Design (named for the six children they had at the time).
Case in point, a recent episode highlighted the fact that one of the unconventional home spaces they were working on used to be a Manhattan sex club. Yeah…not your typical home renovation. Now, mind you, neither of them has any traditional training as designers. But they sure have a knack for it. You should see these uber cool, beautiful spaces they come up with!

Let me tell you what I love:

1) The kids names: Wolfgang, Bellamy, Tallulah, Breaker, Five, Holleder and Major. Right off the bat, they just sound like super cool people…though I know not everyone would agree with me, I love the names!

2)Their style: They have this wild, “I just threw this on” kind of messy downtown look to all of them, kids included. I love it.

3)And of course, their design aesthetic: Seriously, just watch the show (or check out their website) to see the amazing aesthetic this duo has!! They each come from the South and I think it definitely plays into their designs, which combine traditional with modern, vintage with contemporary and Southern antique with New York eclectic. If I had endless amounts of money, their design style is exactly what I’d be shooting for. Beautiful. Seriously. Check it out.

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pop a cork on spring!

To be honest, I can’t quite figure out why I’m inside right now when the loveliness of spring is tapping on my window. Outdoors blue skies and less-icy weather are begging me to come out and play! Alas, I’m an unfortunate adult with work to do…blah…oh to be a kid again!

Taking a short break I wanted to post some recent spring related decor updates I’ve undertaken.

If you’ve seen my house and where I live you know that it’s almost cabin-like in its remoteness and architectural style. Therefore many of the wonderful decorating inspirations I come across are hard to mesh what we’ve got to work with – speaking in terms of design and budgetary constraints.

So, when I was shown this idea, I jumped on it!

It was cheap, doable, and, most of all, so lovely! At least to me…

All I did was wash out various sized and shaped wine bottles (thanks Brittney!) and peeled off the labels. Then I chose several complimentary faux flower stems at my local craft store. I picked out an arrangement of peonies and hydrangeas in three different color shades to highlight the advent of spring while making sure it didn’t clash with the rest of my house. You can use whatever flower you like best!

I’m not done tweaking (in fact I’ve pushed the arrangement closer together since these pics were taken) and may yet add to it…we’ll see 😉

See what you think. I’d love to hear what you’ve done to spruce up your space for spring?!