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Wow, that stuff is gorgeous as a table decoration! I'll have to remember that the next bbq I have.

When I prep a salad I always let the leaves soak in cold water for about 5 minutes when washing. Then I spin and they come out really crisp. We also store leftover salad in a salad keeper in the fridge so we have it prepped for another day or two. A great way to get a salad "on the go" without resorting to bagged salads!

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5/5/10 09:51 AM

The Novogratz's are fascinating people. Utterly fascinating. One article about them printed a while ago compared them to Nicole and Dick Diver, a couple in F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tender is the Night, which reminded me of one of my favorite lines from the book:
"Her naivete responded whole-heartedly to the expensive simplicity of the Divers, unaware of its complexity and its lack of innocence, unaware that it was all a selection of quality rather than quantity from the run of the world's bazaar; and that the simplicity of behavior also, the nursery-like peace and good will, the emphasis on the simpler virtues, was part of a desperate bargain with the gods and had been attained through struggles she could not have guessed at."

Much of the Novogratz's history as a couple is available to read on the internet, and can be read about in their book Downtown Chic, so I won't repeat too much here. But it is important to note that they both came from large families. This is obviously a cultural factor in their own decision to have a big family.

But what I find even more fascinating is the Novogratz family history, and its history of success. I'm not sure what sort of success Cortney's side of the family has, but it's probably quite impressive as well. Robert's siblings range from a very successful venture capitalist, Michael Novogratz, to best-selling author and TED speaker Jacqueline Novogratz, "founder and CEO of Acumen Fund, a non-profit global venture fund that uses entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems of global poverty," says her wikipedia file. And there are several other siblings as well, perhaps just as successful if not as public.

What is it about their upbringing that makes them all so successful? I would love to learn more. For some reason, I also thought I read somewhere that their grandfather was an artist, but I can't find mention of it anywhere now, so I'm not sure that's true.

One thing is clear in watching the show: They know how to maneuver and negotiate and thrive in a very difficult environment: New York City, real estate and development, lots of kids, and being successful design professionals without having degrees. They are opportunistic in the most creative of ways. Sure, they probably have opportunities available to them that most of us wouldn't have, including access to people with money, but opening just a few doors can lead to myriad more, and they seem to be on a bit of a roll now. That is impressive.

Back in the early 2000's I went to a few of Robert's New Year's Eve parties and they were quite the NYC fabulous events (except for the liquor lines and the getting home afterwards). Having worked with one of his relatives (not sure if it was a younger brother or cousin), I get a kick out of watching and listening to Robert. My co-worker was hilarious, a really sincerely nice person, and lots of fun, plus he knew where the good parties were. So I get the sense that the Novogratz's would be great fun to know, too. Authentic.

While watching the show or reading their book you won't get much design "how to", you will see their negotiation skills and their creative intuition at work. And that is downright inspiring.

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4/30/10 12:31 PM

I have a Conran Aspen and as michelleto says, the covers aren't right anymore after dry cleaning. I had twins a few years ago and they spit up all over the sofa. Even though you can't actually see stains, I know it's there and have plans to reupholster the whole thing and get new cushions made.

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4/26/10 01:18 PM