Bob and Cortney Novogratz Blog: 6 Easy Ways to Turn Your Home into an Entertaining Space

02/19/2016 at 05:37 PM ET


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 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.

It’s no secret that we love to entertain. Whether it’s our first big party in a new house or a small dinner party for someone’s birthday, we’re always looking for a reason to have people over.

Entertaining is such a huge part of making your house feel like a home: the more memories you have of hanging out there with your friends and family, the better. Here are a few tips we live by.


1. Oversized flower arrangements make a big statement and make your home feel inviting. Go to your local flower district if you live in a big city. If not, or if you’re in a hurry, cut a few beautiful blossoms from your yard. Keep the arrangement simple and beautiful.

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2. Create areas for people to hang out and chill late into the night. Move chairs from their normal spots to create groupings for intimate conversations. I love when a party lasts much later than expected, but everyone always needs a place to kick of their heels and relax.


3. Hang lanterns in trees if you have a big yard so that it’s lit well. As soon as the sun goes down, the party will have a beautiful glow that makes people want to stay. These lanterns from Dedon come in all different sizes and give off the perfect amount of light.

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4. We love to leave my party lights up year round, but they’re a must for any great event. Oversized cushions and pillows for lounging are also great for extra seating. Some guests have loved our cushions so much that I couldn’t wake them up to go home long after the party was over- fortunately that was before kids.


5. Put out nice hand towels and soaps in your bathroom so your guest really feels like they’ve freshened up. A powder bathroom is one of the biggest places you can make an impression.

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6. L.A. has amazing, talented musicians and DJs, which are so important for a great get together. What makes our friend DJ Ivy so special is that she allows everyone to have fun with her. She’s always so good, even to our son Major who adores her. She’s taught all of us a few things about how to DJ a great party.

Entertaining in your home will never be perfect there’s always something that can go wrong. The most important thing is to remember that whatever energy you put out there determines the vibe your party has — so be kind, be welcoming, be laid-back, and be the first one to dance.

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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