Observer Home – Spring 2010

Table of Contents:

Nine Is Enough

Robert and Cortney Novogratz, along with their 7 kids, have moved more than 15 times, renovating and flipping properties in the city. Their 100-year-old country farmhouse is a keeper, though.

Art and Commerce

Sandra Nunnerley, a onetime art dealer–turned–decorator, brings her connoisseur’s eye to an Upper East Side townhouse.

Small is Beautiful

Russell Bush has lived in a tiny, one-bedroom, prewar apartment for more than 30 years. The size hasn’t stopped him from collecting all of his favorite things.

A Family Affair

In a Park Avenue apartment that once belonged to Barbara Walters, a young family’s urbane taste creates a very contempory-looking classic.

Rustic Hideaway

Juan Montoya’s Dutchess County retreat encompasses 110 acres, lake included.

A Nest Grows in Brooklyn

Artist Patrick Dougherty will be weaving a giant nest this summer at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Same but Different

Lusting after one of those glamorous Saarinen pedestal tables? Fear not. We show you how to live happily ever after with substitutes.

In the Shops

This season’s fresh crop of outdoor furnishings.


A selection of current photo gallery shows, including edgy newby Hasted Hunt in Chelsea.

Real Estate

When All the World’s Real Estate Is Staged

The Mighty Starchitects

My Life With the Power Brokers

On the Shelves

A review of Zaha Hadid Complete Works

A Feast of All Things Ponti

A Clearing in the Woods

Mucho Musto

The dean of downtown nightlife lives–who would have guessed?–in Murray Hill.

Advertisers in This Issue:


Antique and Vintage Woods of America

Barry Friedman Ltd

Broadway Kitchen & Bath


Carlyle Custom Convertibles

Center 44

Country Gear

Davis & Warshow


Greenbaum Interiors


JMB Design

Just Shades

Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club


Lerebours Antiques

Lighting by Gregory

Ligne Roset

Manhattan Arts and Antiques

Marc Tash

Metropolitan Lighting

Poster Auctions

Roberta Roller Rabbit

Silas Seandel



Under Glass Mfg. Corp.

Wittus Fire by Design