Thursday, May 7, 2009

Seven kids?



Yowza. Seven. Really? Why? That's the first topic. That is a real question. How fucking exhausting (and god bless her,because Mom looks amazing, huh?).

And this is the second topic, from the New York Times:

A book deal would seem to be inevitable, and in fact, Downtown Chic: Designing Your Dream Home: From Wreck to Ravishing, a kind of decorating-and-renovating memoir in pictures, is out this month from Rizzoli. The reality series based on their adventures is just the logical next step. And in an effort to further shape and develop their brand, Mr. Novogratz said, the entire family has been signed with the Ford modeling agency, which imagines partnerships with towel companies, perfume and candle makers and even Tiffany or Coca-Cola, said Craig Lawrence, a vice president for strategic partnerships at Ford.

Thoughts on that?

And speaking of their book, here you go:



You can get the book HERE, if you'd like.

And if you want to read about the couple, their kids (one named Five and another named Tellulah) and how they have collected important art and how it's displayed in their homes around the world, knock yourself out.

78 comments:

lecaro said...

I made the mistake of clicking one of the links. WTF does Bonnie and Clyde have to do with being incredibly pretentious and irresponsible?

Alice said...

Geez, aren't we all beyond crap like that? Who in the world would think those nimrods were someone desirable to emulate?

Eloise said...

Wait, I don't get it. Are we disgusted by their large family or their design style? I'm not understanding the "pretentious," "irresponsible," "nimrod" sentiments. I must have missed something. Must be the pregnancy brain -- I'm about to pop with baby number 5, and yes, there will be more children to join the family in the future.

RJ said...

I kid you not...I have 12 brothers and sisters (I'm 47 now, my siblings are all still alive and kicking, so are my Mom and Dad). We loved decorating our house when we were growing up. Christmas was especially fun. Everyone pitched in. Some people may see the difficulty of having a huge family, but from where I stand, it's awesome to have such a big brood.

Anonymous said...

What does this mean: 'their Southern just-folksiness'??? Can anyone explain it to me?

As far as large families go: I wouldnt want to have 7 kids, but as long as you don't become an 'Octo-mom' and you can look after all your kids and it's what you want, why not?

Anonymous said...

Only child marries man with 9 siblings, and LOVES what life with lots of brothers and sisters is all about.

Tamisha said...

Wolfgang, Bellamy, Tallulah, Breaker, Five, Hoelleder, and Major?? Really? I dunno, book deals, "branding" the family, reality show. Pretty pretentious. And I think most of their design sense is ugly.

g. said...

As the mom of four, the amount of kids is not an issue for me,at all, but the story was. The copy from the times article really made me want to barf my cornflakes. Candles with Tiffany? Did I really read that? No interest in the link. You provided plenty.

Anonymous said...

The size of this family is none of my business...what disturbs me is the use of their kids to promote their "brand". This craziness will not end well I suspect.

Anonymous said...

But don't we all (secretly) disapprove of how other couples raise their kids, how other households decorate their homes, etc. etc.? Families always disapprove of other families. You wouldn't have the "Real Housewives" shows without that classic (and unflattering) component of human nature.

The only differences here are that this family has more kids than is presently conventional, and that it is commercially savvy.

Anonymous said...

When do they have the time or energy or privacy to have sex?

Krysta said...

I think point number 2 is the answer to question number 1. Why have 7 kids if you can't sign them to modeling agencies and develop a brand around them?

On a more serious note, I love the idea of a big crazy family but as one (extrememly lazy person) who cannot wrap their mind around even 1 child at this point, I think I'll end up getting the big and crazy through the extended family and friends.

Courtney said...

Oh, obviously they started the flea market revolution. God, where would we be without them?

That woman's voice is enough for me to pull her hair.

Mrs. Limestone said...

WOW!!!

KO said...

Given Earth’s limits, there already are too many of us for the long run.

http://www.earth-policy.org/Updates/2006/Update59.htm

Anonymous said...

Found it: '...we grew as a couple.' Of course you did. And you fucked - fucked a lot. Yay for you.

They have to be an amazingly gracious couple to retain friends after giving birth to seven children - seven mandatory gift-giving occasions each fucking year. I cut friends off after the second kid - can't afford it.

On a happier note, I did the math and Ms. Vega didn't write 'Luca' about any of their children and that is a relief.

If they can get free shit, more power to them. As long as I don't have to hear daily tabloid dreck like 'growing up Gotti', I won't begrudge them a reality show.

Jenna said...

I'm surprised by the jealous comments here. They are savvy, self-made, and cool. These are people I want to BE, not tear down with insults.

Reggie said...

I couldn't stop myself from reading the article yesterday, fascinated by these vulgar, shallow, opportunistic, and media-savvy people. Gross. Big surprise they've got a Bravo show in the works. But a publicist for a baby shower, for god's sake? All the more reason to pump out another baby so they can get more media coverage...

Averill said...

Was this the family with the orange bedroom featuring a GIANT portrait of Madonna?

As for 7 kids, to each their own, but generally I think it's a bit irresponsible, especially if you lack the means to care for all of them adequately (and even then, I question your ability to give them all enough attention -- wouldn't they just start raising each other?). I'm the oldest of two though so I lived in the rather standard four-person household. My sister and I are very close and, while we sometimes wished for a third, I don't think we missed out.

Anonymous said...

Is this seriously something so many people have a problem with? I don't have kids but don't despise breeders. Hell I want them to adopt me: the children seem to be well looked after, they spend lots of time together as a family, and the d├ęcor is great. Yeah you can pretend to be jaded by flea market chic but that's probably because the antique chandeliers you find in Ohio are not quite the same as what these guys pick up in Paris. They make a living out of flipping houses and selling their brand, much like any public person you worship, including Martha and Oprah (well maybe not the house flipping part but you know what I mean).

Iheartfashion said...

I had mixed feelings about this article. I don't have a problem with the 7 kids as long as they have the means and energy to raise them, but signing the whole family up with Ford and talk of "branding" and reality shows smacks of exploitation to me. The house-flipping and decorating sounded kind of cool up to that point, but it sounds like the market for that has pretty much dried up and they're looking for another source of income. Personally, I'd rather do almost anything for money than subject my children to a reality show.

Anonymous said...

"fascinated by these vulgar, shallow... people."

Totally unlike your profile, right Reggie?

Debra said...

They were featured in a magazine, maybe Domino or Elle Decor not too long ago. I was struck by the names of the children, it seems so selfish to me to give your kids names that many people(other kids) might make fun of. On the other hand if they have independent personalities like their parents more power to them.

Anonymous said...

I worry that the self-righteous mommies are slowly taking over the Decorno comments.

Alice and Reggie, you're spot-on.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure what's so offensive about them either. I actually like their style, and I didn't see any indication that they are "irresponsible" or not taking care of all their kids. Who cares what they named them either - I work with a guy named Seven and he survived childhood to become a creative, cool guy.

pillow mint said...

It's like the Duggars with style!
(but, good lord, if I could look like her after 7 kids, I'd sure as hell flaunt it all the way to Ford!)

iona said...

Having 7 kids is an extraordinary act of self-abuse. I can't even imagine the chaos. Mrs Nimrod looks dazed and confused. The design look: dazed and confused. Move over Octomom.
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Richie Designs said...

hey if it gets you into Ford, a book deal and the lot...more power to em'

I on the other hand, if I had 7 kids would be in a housecoat, ciggi dangling...screaming out the trailer..."Johnny I told you to stop beatin' on ur sister!"

Lolo said...

They mystify me but I doubt I would cross the street to avoid them, unless I were hungover and not wanting to hear the chatter of 7!! children. Meh. The names make me snicker but hey, I also snicker at all the soap opera names in our town. Montana, Spencer, Dakota, Rain, Kamia, etc. and if Paltrow can name her lil maggot spawn (sorry, Gwynnie looks like a long maggot to me) Apple, so be it.

At least they spiff up the place much nicer than cookie cutter developers and they're not whining for tax dollars.

Anonymous said...

I realized with dismay that I was jealous when I read of a big, happy , beautiful family able to make a living from creative work. I think a lot of the spiteful comments come from jealousy. How many of us come from happy families (much less, big, happy families)? How many of us make a great living doing creative work we love? How many of us are beautiful enough to be Ford models? I'm trying to find peace and happiness through acceptance of where I am right now. Jealousy will only take you away from your own happiness and make you mean.

Anonymous said...

"I worry that the self-righteous mommies are slowly taking over the Decorno comments."

I worry that class anxiety is spreading through the Decorno comments.

Hanako66 said...

home decor book deal with a family of 9? impressive. my house looks like a bloody wreck at times and we are a family of 4 (two of which are dogs).

Hanako66 said...

and seriously...five? they named a kid five. nice.

Anonymous said...

She had 2 sets of twins...god bless her. They were in Domino.

Anonymous said...

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think they were (also?) in the last issue ever of O at Home ("The Color Issue"). The comment about the huge orange Madonna bedroom was the tip-off.

Anonymous said...

If I had the money to raise have seven kids I would! They a have a beautiful house (no doubt a cleaning service at times).

To be able to do work you enjoy and reno on houses is something I would love to do. They are fortunate to have what they have.

Branding? The kids and wife are look GAP, J Crew...not too sure about the dad. Looks like he is trying too hard to look hip.

Would probably not put my family on BRAVO, but I would watch their show. Come on...Flipping Out is great!!

Kosicle said...

yesterday I babysat 7 kids.
Those seven kids were better behaved than most kids I know.
The nay-sayers need to get a clue. People can have 7 kids if they want- or one or none. Some people like large families, get over it.

Anonymous said...

Who really gives a Sh*t about multi-millionaires breeding like wild dogs? She looks great because the nanny and and the cleaning lady do all the grunt work, not to mention the team of manicurists, personal trainers, drivers and make-up artists employed to keep the old womb-bag together.

Anonymous said...

Why is having or wanting a large family a character flaw? Is choosing to be single a character flaw? Is a couple that chooses to be childless better off? Would he be more likable plugging away at a 40-hour a week job? They've managed to have a large family, support them well and hang out together as much as possible. Gee, what ass holes.

Anonymous said...

Seven kids???

Really?????

Branding???????

Only in America could this bs exist

Anonymous said...

i dont care if they have 18 children or none, they're pretentious.
my favorite part of their website is that they call their style "vintage nouveauxx"

Anonymous said...

The husband looks like a class A super TWAT. A middle-aged man with that style? So put on, so cringe-worthy. Good for them they made a tone of money, but they sound (and look really) bloody awful. We should aspire to people who want to brand their family and to use their children to sell any crap that comes their way? Frightening (and they are rich, so they could do much much better in the style department).

Anonymous said...

I think it is perfectly reasonable to have a broader discussion about large families - whether the impact of having a large number of kids in a society that consumes a higher percentage of earth's resources is something to consider when determining how big you want your family to be. A discussion about how to improve the means of domestic adoption { for everyone} so that children that are already here are loved.

As a mother, I don't have jealousy when I see large families. But I do admit to feeling {sometimes} that super large families are kind of gluttonous. {not saying this is right} Babies are a rush of sorts - babyhood is intoxicating and overwhelming and hard and wonderful. Perhaps most mothers have a little tug/longing for another one - no matter how many before. I don't know if that makes sense...
As for this family in particular, there is something a little whorish about branding and marketing your family, shopping them around as a commodity.

jen said...

What's the big deal? They're supporting themselves financially and not asking for handouts. I've read several articles about them and everyone seems happy. Just because it's not something you would personally do doesn't mean it is wrong.

s. said...

Well, I came from a family with 6 children and even though we were relatively well-off, we all lived in hand-me-downs, played with each others' used toys and used fewer of earth's resources than many of the spoiled rotten 2-children families I see today.

Besides mom, this family is certainly not attractive enough to garner a modeling contract, except as a sort of novelty. They (especially dad) seem self-promoting in a way that I find vulgar, but as long as they're making the money honestly and not asking for hand-outs to care for their children, then I have no great issue with them. Again, I know plenty of 2-kid families who ask for all sorts of financial aid so I don't flinch to see a large family who pays their own way.

mary said...

I can't keep quiet. I didn't read the article (maybe I will, maybe I won't) The questions are: Are they good parents? Do they meet the emotional and physical needs of their children? Do they have enough energy to be loving and yet firm? Do they model appropriate behaviors for their children? If so, then everything else is relatively unimportant. Some couples can be great parents to each child in a big family; others were not destined for that. period.
Thanks for letting me vent.

rerun said...

..."one of their homes around the world"? you lost me right there. i'm gonna go stick my head in a toilet.

suzanne said...

OH MY GOD. first we hate octo-mom because she can't support her family, saying 'oh, well, if she could SUPPORT the 8 kids, it would be FINE!' and here we have a family that is more than able to support their 7 children, and still we berate them for being selfish assholes. WTF??

seriously, people give it up. these negative comments reek of jealousy and i seriously doubt that any of you would turn down the opportunity to have your own bravo show, to have homes around the world, or to have a career that you love that supports your family well. give me a fucking break!

KO said...

World population stands at over 6 billion people.

By 2025 it's expected to reach 8 billion.

The generation between 15 and 24 is the largest ever, with one billion teenagers entering their reproductive years.

11 reasons why population matters

1. Worsening water scarcity stems from increases in human demand. Water tables are dropping world wide.

2. Pollution in cities is the number one killer of young children due to respiratory diseases. Cities are growing at an alarming rate.

3. Worldwide, 800 million people are malnourished. Farm lands suffer from soil erosion and desertification

4. The poor get poorer due to competition for resources while governments strain to keep up with them and economies fail.

5. The world's oceans are overfished and the coral reefs are dying.

6. Humanity is rapidly changing the earth's atmosphere and thus its
climate.

7. Wild habitats that shelter endangered plants and animals are giving way to human activities and needs.

8. Disease knows no borders and crowding helps spread disease. Lack of education in reproductive health is a factor in the recent upsurge of infectious disease.

9. Migration pressures are aggravated by rapid population growth.

10. Civil conflict often emerges in societies where rapid population growth combines with environmental scarcity to undermine governments.

11. Natural beauty is being destroyed.

Anonymous said...

gosh, KO...nothaving any kids then? ooookay.

Anonymous said...

KO, I'm a guy and I smoke pole so I'm an offset against people with kids - at least two of the kids (three if they stay short).

Because of this, I want an area rug (6x9) from pieced vintage kilims - I've seen them twice in the last week and I really have earned one.

Start sewing. I'm not a fan of yellows.

lucy said...

Ummm...I just looked through the book, and read more about the family, and I'm not sure why everyone is hating them here? They seem like very smart, educated, sophisticated people who run an incredible design company! Who cares if they have 7 kids, they can obviously take care of them. And you know, the deal about ruining the planet? I think if we had more large families like this one, we would actually live in a better world.

It appears that all the negative comments are coming from jealous people who are either a)recently laid off from their design jobs and now are jealous of anyone working on an actual project, or b)have never known the joys of a large family.

Anonymous said...

I suppose the branding only exists and succeeds because we consume it.
The joke is on us folks.

Alison said...

Everything we know about these people has been fed to us through the publicity mill. I'm fairly certain that if we knew the truth about their day to day experiences, our sense of self would not feel threatened. No matter how attractive their living quarters. One more thing...that Bonnie and Clyde song is the cherry on the whipped cream, n'est-ce pas?

Anonymous said...

why 7 seven kids is right? what in the hell is wrong with people today pro-creating large families. it is selfish, irresponsible and destructive! they are self-absorbed and opportunistic narcissists who give manhattanites a bad name! and who cares about their lame design and ideas.

Katherine Lee said...

I really love them! What's with the mean comments? If you took the time to visit their website and really looked through their portfolio, you'd find that they're incredibly diverse and really really creative. I say viva la Sixx! (or now seven...)
xo Katherine aka. Urban Flea :)
www.urbanfleadesign.com

lauren said...

to anon: 10:02,

you sound like a jealous ex-lover! were you stomping your feet while writing that comment? :-)

i love sixx design, they're incredibly talented and their projects are gorgeous. i'm not having any kids, so they an have my 2.5, which really brings their total down to a more "responsible" 4.5.

Anonymous said...

i'm not smelling a lot of old money, so these people seem to have built this on their own. and their design aesthetic is more to my liking then many other style icons out there...though i doubt i'll be worshiping at their thrones any more then i do at their competitor's.

i find it inspiring that they can make a great living doing something they love.

if they can feed and support and love and education 7 children, who an i to throw stones? of course, we'll have to wait and see how the kids turn out, (missus the publicity hype and stories of what great parents they are). is anyone famous even successfully branded a bad parent?

and all you chinese government workers logging in as anonymous and decrying their choice to have such a large family should goggle famous people from large families....it's hard to argue that ben franklin's mom or rose kennedy or even maman dion made selfish choices.

iona said...

Jealous? Are you kidding. I'd rather be waterboarded than have 7 kids but this is coming from someone who didn't particularly enjoy the process of raising only 2kids. At least I'm up front about it and not hiding behind anonimity.
Garden Lust Journal

Anonymous said...

This is NOT IMPORTANT ENOUGH to be all opinionated and angry and outraged about, let alone bring up "water tables" and "coral reefs dying." Stop blathering unnecessary opinions and go contribute something more valuable to the world.

Anonymous said...

Anon 9:00 PM

What the fuck kind of pole smoker are you that you can't piece together your own vintage kilims? You are a disgrace to pole smokers everywhere.

Anonymous said...

All of you earth-momma types with one kid saving the planet had better wake up. Part of keeping nature beautiful involves showing up. You don't like the way conservative republicans and third world countries pollute the planet? In about 100 years they'll be the only ones here at rate rate you're breeding. If you want to make a difference, you'd better step it up!

Julie said...

Who cares about them. If it's up to me they'll never make a cent out of a book or T.V. show.

P.S. Anyone can have twins now with in vitro fertilisation, anonymous person.

BetterHomeNoGarden.com said...

Creepy...but don't you think that rug on the book cover is pretty awesome??

birdy said...

I laugh at them every time I see yet another profile in yet another magazine over the name "Five."

I didn't read the article, but are they self-made? I assumed by the real estate alone that there was some family money there somewhere.

Anonymous said...

Another stupid, dumb ass American redneck family. Where do they get the money to feed a family of 9 people?

No country needs women that breed 7 children in a world that is completely overpopulated.

Anonymous said...

Seven? Where are they hiding the sister wives?

Anonymous said...

My sister just went to their hotel opening party on the Jersey Shore this past Thursday and saw the dad letting his ten year old take multiple sips of his beer with nary a comment! Mind you, the kid was not dipping his finger in his beer, but took at least 5 sips. Not so sure I want to emulate this family.

Alice said...

I personally find them repellent because they think that signing the family up for a modeling contact and having a Bravo show about themselves somehow exempts them from being fame whores. I guess I'm old-fashioned that way.

Also, yes, I do think having seven kids is being irresponsible, so anyone on this thread who thinks that having large families like that is just duckie also has a screw loose, in my opinion.

Reggie said...

I could care less that they have 7 children. If you can afford to bring up and eductate and parent 7 children repsonsibly, then so be it. As Alice says, the issue here is that they are fame whores. That's what is gross and repellant.

Anonymous said...

Hey Reggie, I find it gross and repellent to describe yourself as a "Saint Grottlesex/Ivy League Episcopalian WASP living on Manhattan's UES." It's class whoring.

Anonymous said...

Reggie Darling
Vulgar?
Shallow?

Heres another three words for ya.
Pot. Kettle. Black

Anonymous said...

The pole smoker discussion is way more hilarious and reasoned than this whole embarrassment of comments. To those who live in the US, read this blog and comment on this post to decry the fame-whoring: you must be no part of why your nation's culture is defined by the celebrity culture (aka fame-whoring).

Reggie said...

Hello Anonymous 9:50 pm:
You may find it gross and repellent, but actually its simply a statement of fact.
Reggie Darling

Anonymous said...

Mr and Mrs have taken narcissism to new heights; exploiting your children so you can make more money to buy more stuff...I love that one set of Grandparents didn't show up for the baby's christening b/c they don't think something like that belongs on a reality show--obviously the only sane members of the family!

Cristina said...

I think they have an entrepreneurial spirit that most people wish they had. They made wise investments and can afford their lifestyle.

Their style on the other hand. ish.
that painting in the baby's room - let's teach the baby ANGUISH from a young age. Most of their house looks like garage sale junk cleaned up. money = sense? never. but those are the kinds of customers they are banking on.

the reality show? stick with the books. JOHN AND KATE PLUS 8 PEOPLE! everyone has sins.

Jennifer Ramos said...

This was one amazing article ..i recall reading it and loved their dining table and chairs!



Jen Ramos
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magpiesandmagnolias said...

What's the big deal with having 7 kids? Does that really merit a family modeling career? My mom is one of 6 and my boyfriend's mom is one of 13. I don't see books about them coming out anytime soon.