The Novogratz: How to Make the Most Out of Your Backyard

04/06/2016 at 09:55 AM ET

When it comes to decorating your backyard, the Novogratz say, “Less is best.”

“The more space you leave open, the bigger it looks,” says Cortney Novogratz in the eighth episode of PEOPLE’s home design web series, The Castle Next Door.

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“Whether it’s a table for two or a table for ten, if you choose a place in your yard to hang out,” she says, “you will go there.”

For the outdoor furniture for their renovated castle in the Hollywood Hills, Bob and his daughters Bellamy and Tallulah, 17, and their friend Josie head to Dedon in West Hollywood, California.

“After months of construction we’re at the fun part which is picking out beautiful furniture: swinging baskets, tables, chaise lounges,” says Bob.

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The group eventually decides on a white, rectangular dining table with blue and white wicker chairs, hanging woven baskets and a gorgeous swinging chair.

“Its important for us to be involved in the outdoor furniture because were going to be spending a lot of time outside, like hanging out and lounging by the pool,” says Tallulah. Adds Bellamy: “This is probably the best part of the process of decorating your home because it’s now just all the little details that will make our home perfect.”

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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