Amazon: Downtown Chic - Designing Your Dream Home - From Wreck to Ravishing by Bob Novogratz and Cortney Novogratz

Amazon: Downtown Chic - Designing Your Dream Home - From Wreck to Ravishing by Bob Novogratz and Cortney Novogratz

I have a hard time sitting still long enough to watch most shows on HGTV. But "Home by Novogratz" turns interior design into performance art, with the husband-and-wife team at the helm letting their six kids into the act along with their clients. And, although they do attempt some insane feats with lucite, paint, handmade wallpaper and repurposed furniture, they are not tragically hip but brilliantly off-the-wall. You just might want to get two copies of this book . . .

  • As much as I love layering clothing, I get an even bigger thrill from cleverly layered meanings. This book is perhaps the best example of such layering I have seen this year. "Deus ex machine" is a literary term, a reference to ... As much as I love layering clothing, I get an even bigger thrill from cleverly layered meanings. This book is perhaps the best example of such layering I have seen this year. "Deus ex machine" is a literary term, a reference to a former movement of motorcyclists and the name of a thriving custom bike business with outposts in Australia, Indonesia and (soon) Venice, California. This book captures this cycle-driven zeitgeist in text and color photography.