Last night on Home by Novogratz, Paul Pierce took his Truth on Health initiative back to the birthplace of his basketball dreams – his high school gymnasium. Since his initiative strives to help kids get healthy through proper eating and exercise, a gym overhaul was just the trick to get these inner-city kids inspired for healthy living.
As parents of seven children, Bob and Cortney seemed the logical design choice to head up this kid-focused renovation -- working with kids is something close to both Pierce's and the Novogratzes' hearts. The overall goal was to make the kids feel appreciated, while creating a sense of community. In addition, they hoped the space would encourage students to develop positive values like truth and respect.
Bob and Cortney wanted to infuse a '60s vibe into the lackluster gym by utilizing cool hues and retro lighting. Take a look to see if you think they successfully completed Pierce's mission.
Oversize images fill the walls and add impressive drama to what was just blank canvas. A substantial, pastel-colored light feature dangles as a focal point in the center of the ceiling.
One goal of the project was to create a sense of community by establishing a gathering place. The main lounge area serves this purpose well -- a black sectional and colorful throw pillows look like they belong in a designer living room rather than a high school gym.
Bob and Cortney shaped multiple living spaces in the once cavernous gym – a designated workout zone, a comfortable place to hit the books and a spot to kick up your heels – successfully establishing different zones for every player's need.
Bob and Cortney made sure to leave Pierce-inspired touches throughout the space. They customized a "Rock Chalk Jayhawk" stencil on a door, framed a "34" Celtics jersey on a wall and placed a "P" throw pillow in the lounge area -- for years to come, students will be reminded of the gift Pierce created for them.
Catch more of Bob and Cortney's renovation magic on Home by Novogratz, Saturdays 10/9c on HGTV.
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