Meet The Novogratz: The Family Who Bought a Castle

07/23/2015 at 04:20 PM ET

Novogratz Family Castle
The Novogratz

Bob and Cortney Novogratz are a design duo—and parents to seven children—who recently bought a 1920s-era castle in the Hollywood Hills. Check back regularly on PEOPLE.com as they blog about the rewards, risks, messes, and successes of the project, giving their expert tips and tricks for home renovation. You can follow them on Twitter at @TheNovogratz.

We’re Bob and Cortney Novogratz, and there’s nothing normal about the way we live our lives.

A husband and wife design team with seven kids, we work out of our dining room. For over 20 years, we lived and worked in Manhattan, and we not only made it work, but we managed to make a life we loved for ourselves.

This past year, we decided to shake things up so we packed up our kids and our office and made the move to Los Angeles. The transition hasn’t been perfect, but we’re loving every minute of it.

We found a rental home, set up our dining room office, and started house hunting immediately. For us, finding a home had a twofold purpose: housing all our crazy kids, and making our mark in the L.A. design scene. After a few months of scouring real estate websites and driving with our eyes peeled, we stumbled across a house we couldn’t pass up:

Novogratz Family Castle
The Novogratz

Built in 1926, this white stuccoed house with turrets and a multicolored slate roof looked like a castle straight from a fairytale. It was definitely different from anything else we’d ever thought about buying, but this house had it all: character, nooks, views, and outdoor space.

We can’t say the interior was anything we were jazzed about hodge-podged remodels left the rooms feeling isolated and mismatched but we love a good challenge. We gutted the interior to bring the house up to code, and that allowed us to design a floor plan that works not only for living, but for entertaining. We kept as many original details as we could to maintain the historical character.

Finding a dream house is exhilarating, and it doesn’t always happen how you might expect. Don’t limit yourself we never thought we’d be remodeling a 1920s castle, but this will likely end up being one of our favorite and best projects. Keep an open mind when you’re looking at what’s on the market, search by neighborhood, and don’t be afraid to tackle a gut job (these have a lower price tag anyway.)

Novogratz Family Castle
The Novogratz

Most importantly, envision your family and friends hanging out in the space. A dream home isn’t just one that’s beautifully decorated; it’s a place where loved ones feel comfortable and welcomed.

Follow us as we give tips and stories about remodeling, and check out our castle Pinterest board to keep track of the progress.

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K, well, fine…. nice house….. BUT take a look at their teen son the one with the white T-shirt and dark hair and a dimple….GORGEOUS!!!!! Put him in a movie now!!! holy cow!

Guest on

Beautiful home. I can’t wait to see how they design it. They are a little quirky but over all, I like them. And yes I agree their son is cute although I’m old enough to be his mother!!

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Yikes, your comment is hilarious. I actually just scrolled down to the comments section to see if anybody had commented on the son’s obvious attractiveness!

Lissy on

Sorry but this Not a castle. It has some shape 1 or 2 bit farfrom acastle , it isjust a big house . Coem totoureurope and then you can talk avout real castle. Cut family though

Joy on

What a WONDERFUL house! It is like a fairy tale house. I could live there! Cute family. They look so happy together.

mick on

Love the house. I use to watch them on HGTV but hated their designs. lol Not my taste but everyone is different.

maggie on

They used to be on HGTV. I’ll bet they’ll be making a new show about how they fixed up this place.

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