mochatini giveaway; downtown chic

This week’s giveaway is the book Downtown Chic; designing your home from wreak to ravishing by Robert and Courtney Novogratz published by Rizzoli. Downtown Chic, is is one part practical guide, one part inspirational volume on building and decorating your dream home. Lots of before and after shots, with each project they prove you can bring charm to any four walls – and do so affordably.


New York City–based couple Robert and Cortney Novogratz have been renovating and designing unique and hip homes for families for over ten years. Describing their signature style as a sophisticated but bohemian mix of high and low, new and old, they offer their realistic advice on how to create original, warm interiors with ease. One part practical guide, one part inspirational volume on creating a look for the home, the book pairs humorous anecdotes about the pitfalls and pleasures of renovation with a treasure trove of decorating tips: how to use both boutique and flea-market finds; how to inject lots of personality into a room affordably; how to decorate kids’ rooms so they appeal to children and adults; how to easily rehabilitate outdated furnishings; and many more. In each of the ten projects featured—which include a townhouse in New York City, a country house in Massachusetts, and a beach house in Brazil—before and after shots document the agony and ecstasy of any renovation project, as well as revealing the design duo’s vision and remarkable ability to see through the most awful of spaces to the amazing home that lies within.

A sample of tips and advice you will find inside include:

– Tips for buying a wrek: what to consider when buying the ultimate “fixer-upper”.

– Hiring your renovation team: explanation of whom you will need and what to ask when hiring them.

– Creating a plan before you renovate, as well as a wish list (your top five or ten “must haves” for the new house, either structural or cosmetic)

– Decorate with flea market and boutique finds: they keys to mixing high and low

– Advice for building a roof deck

– How to build simple home theatres, bars, and game rooms

– Advice for installing a pool, and other kid favorite – an in-ground trampoline

– Ideas for how to use vintage artifacts to bring instant character to your house

– How to build a second home that pays for itself

– Creating kids’ rooms that appeal to kids and adults

and more..


One of you will win a copy of this decorating book here on mochatini. As always, it is super easy to enter.

Enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post expressing your interest. You need to leave me only one comment per entry. But you can double your chances of winning by :

– joining any or all of my social networks – FB page, and or Twitter.

– blogging about this giveaway on your own blogs.

ps: dont forget to mention the above in your comments.

Giveaway open until Wednesday, December 23. Winner will be selected randomly and announced December 24. Sorry but this giveaway is open to US + Canada residents only. Good luck!

images: manvi drona-hidalgo


  1. About to buy my first house…so I’d love this book! Getting some great ideas from your blog, too… Thank you!


  2. Hi Manvi,
    I’m dropping my name in the hat — hooray! maybe i can use some of these ideas when we arrive back in portland and we’re setting up our new pad…

    take care!

    love the turquoise inspiration.


  3. Wow, this looks like a winning book so I hope I’m the winner 😉

    *Now a FB fan and Twitter follower @bloggeddown

  4. Ooh! I just read about this book today on another blog as well, Project Nursery. I was debating whether to order it from Amazon… maybe I’ll just wait and see if I get lucky and win a copy! Please enter me!

  5. Great blog and beautiful photos! Now i’m curios to see what’s inside the Downtown Chic Home. Interested in advices for building a roof deck and home theater.

  6. Thanks for the generous offer! The book looks so so good! Will I get lucky this time? Time will tell 😀

  7. I hope I win this lovely book…its great!! Just became a fan on the facebook page… Book – ME ME ME!!!

  8. That’s strange.. I had commented on the first day itself and I don’t see my comment yet.:))

  9. Love before and after books. I am always amazed at other peoples projects. This sounds like a wonderful book.

  10. It’s a kind of an off-top comment:

    My name is Stasia and I’m from Ukraine.
    I like your blog very much! Thank you for sharing all the nice things with us 🙂
    As I couldn’t participate in your giveaway, I’m sharing the information about it at my FB page 🙂


  11. Oh, oh! (jumping up and down) Pick me!
    This book looks amazing,and I love Rizzoli books in general.

  12. Looks interesting! I am in need of some ideas… and love coffee table design books.

  13. Please enter me : ) Im blogging about this ( and I follow you on FB.

  14. Hi Manvi,

    Please enter me in your giveaway for “Downtown Chic”. I am a few years away from doing a project like that, but it sounds like a really interesting read!

    – Donna

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