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15 Eco-Friendly Finds for Greener Living

In honor of Earth Day here’s a round up of my favorite eco-friendly finds for the home. I hope you like these pieces as much as I do!

A Beautifully Re-purposed Vintage Chair

1. Buying vintage furniture is environmentally friendly because vintage doesn’t require any energy or resources to manufacture. And by salvaging and re-purposing old vintage furniture that might otherwise be thrown away, you reduce waste which is definitely better for the environment. This beautiful dining chair was reupholstered using a vintage Kuba cloth which provides an interesting contrast to its French frame $975. Available at Jayson Home & …

Beach Chic by Kelly Wearstler

Last week I was in Miami for work and blogged about my trip here. Well, I’m back in Miami again…this time to attend a weekend long bachelorette party celebration for a good friend of mine. I travel quite often and love to keep up with the latest hotels in some of my favorite destinations so today I am highlighting a gorgeous hotel that is right here in South Beach.

With the fairly recent redevelopment of the Miami Design District as well as the growing popularity of Art Basel as one of America’s premiere contemporary art exhibitions, Miami has slowly been …

So Haute Featured in The Washington Post’s Blog Watch!!!

I am beyond thrilled to announce that So Haute is included in this week’s Blog Watch column in the Home & Garden section of the Washington Post! In this weekly feature, the Post’s Home writer Terri Sapienza highlights her top picks in the world of design blogs. I can’t tell you enough how honored I am to have my blog mentioned. I started this blog just two and a half months ago and feel incredibly fortunate to have a legitimate following of readers who are engaged in what I am writing about. So thanks to everyone who reads So Haute! …

In Search of a Rug…Need Some Advice!

I’m searching for a rug for my bedroom and am considering a natural fiber rug such as sisal, seagrass or jute. I know, they’re kind of a ubiquitous fixture in any interior ever shot for a magazine but they do seem very practical. They’re durable, withstand a lot of foot traffic (for the record there will be no major foot traffic in my bedroom!), they’re relatively inexpensive, match just about anything and they look great. Here are a few options I like:

Left: 8x 10 Sisal Wool, $518. Right: 8×10 Seagrass, $346. Both via Sisal Rugs Direct

Left: 8×10 Sisal, …

{So Haute!} A Cookie Chic Paris Loft

Photo via cookiemag.com

When I saw this living room of a Parisian loft in the April issue of Cookie it totally grabbed my attention. I’m kind of obsessed. It looks so chic but also very comfortable and lived in. I love the mirror, the Eiffel tower statue in the corner, the built in shelving, the rug…just about everything in the photo. I also love the muted colors which have a similar look and feel to my own living room. I’m not a huge fan of the Noguchi table but it totally works here. The ceiling medallion is also very beautiful …

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The Great Outdoors

Photo by Julina Sohn for House & Garden, Apr ’07

I have a love hate relationship with New York. While there are definitely many things I adore about this city, two things I can’t stand are the lack of outdoor living space and the lack of natural beauty outside. There are a lucky few living in Manhattan who are fortunate enough to have their own private outdoor space whether it be a balcony, a terrace or a small yard in the back of their brownstone. Those things are true luxuries that make me green with envy. The rooftop terrace below …