Just when I was coming to terms with the fact that I will never beautify my Scotch Tape roll, and that clutter is just a sign of a busy, happy life (ahem) I have to go and accept an invitation to a cocktail party Chez Novogratz. Or as New Yorkers know it, 400 West Street–that six story reno on the West Side highway with the blue and white garage door, now reduced to a mere $17.5 million. (Snatch it up, ladies!)
Only in New York will people pay millions for an apartment on a highway.
But oh, what an apartment it is.
LEGO invited us over (boy I love LEGO) for a talk about how home design and play and creativity can come together for kids, and if that’s not up my alley, I don’t know what is. Robert and Cortney were gracious hosts, as were their kids who honored us with a memorable a capella rendition of Wonderwall. Overall, I spent a lot of time wondering whether I had accidentally fallen down some rabbit hole on Christopher Street en route. In a way, I did.
I don’t tend to write about press events that I attend for Cool Mom Picks here, but I thought this one was too awesome not to let you in. You can find fancy professional-like photos here, but these are just a few details that caught my own eye.
The exterior, courtesy Elliman/Sixx design. Tranny hookers have been photoshopped out.
The Novogratz clan, minus a few kids.
What, you don’t have a basketball court on your ground floor?
The kids’ table–not so many toys, lots of space for creativity. Decoupage skull chairs FTW.
Mini sliders served on LEGO trays. Awesome kids party idea.
Rebecca Levey and Edward Kennedy on the landing between the 4th and 5th floors. Or 5th and 6th? Hard to keep track.
Button Queen, by Ann Carrington, over the bathtub. It’s their favorite artwork in the house–I think mine too. Originally scavenged in a Vintage shop in Soho for $1000. Now it’s worth uh…a little more. Though the prints are more reasonable.
Vintage baby heads on a mantle. Of course.
Bieber has a home among the fancy art.
For some reason I’m obsessed with the sunglasses hanging in the kitchen.
Art made by the kids on the back patio. I suggested they auction it for a charity. Maybe the LEGO foundation?
“Apartment with a view. Does not suck.”
Eagle-eye Rebecca noticed hipster 5:00 shadow dad slacking on the swingset
While above him, rebellious teen girl mixes up some margaritas.
New use for a digital frame–rotating photos of Britney. I love this to pieces; only mine might be John Waters.
Cortney mentioned something to the group about how now that we’ve seen their home, they’d love to see all of ours. I assure you that should they ever come to my place, I will have smelling salts at the ready.