The Novogratz Family on Preparing Your Household for a Big Move: ‘You Have to Collaborate’

03/28/2016 at 01:34 PM ET

The first day of construction on a major home renovation may be nerve-racking for some—but not for Bob and Cortney Novogratz.

After relocating their seven kids from New York City to Los Angeles, the stars of’s new home design web series, The Castle Next Door, are calm yet excited to get started on their latest project: a 1926 castle in the Hollywood Hills.

RELATED: Watch Every Episode of The Castle Next Door: The Novogratz Family Take Hollywood

“We’ve built houses in Soho with elevators. We built a house in the West Village where we had to go under the Hudson River. We’ve built between houses,” says Bob in the first episode from the series. “They’ve all been challenging and interesting. This is just another chapter in the book.”

The couple says the key to a successful move is all about getting the whole family involved.

“Try and communicate as a family,” says Cortney. “Definitely talk about the excitement and the fears and try to take interest in the new place you’re moving to. Ask your kids to do some research on where you’re going like great restaurants, great parks, things to do in the new city.”

RELATED: Your First Look at PEOPLE‘s New Home Design Web Series Starring The Novogratz Family

In fact, throughout the series, they are so committed to letting everyone get their hands dirty that Bob and Cortney allow each of their kids, Wolfgang, 18, Tallulah and Bellamy, 17, Breaker, 15, Five and Holleder, 10, and Major, 7, to design their own space.

“You’re going to get your own area but we need some teamwork here,” says Bob. “You’re part of a family, you’re part of a team. You have to collaborate.”

To keep up with the Novogratz family’s most exciting design project yet, visit

—Ana Calderone, @anacalderone

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