April 2009

Photo via NY Daily News

The best example of eco-friendly design that I’ve seen is the 2500 square foot, three-bedroom model apartment designed last year by Thom Filicia for the Riverhouse condominium building in New York City. The LEED certified Riverhouse is a luxury high-rise overlooking Battery Park and probably one of New York City’s “greenest” buildings. It has attracted high-profile buyers including Leonardo DiCaprio and Tyra Banks and in a clever marketing effort, the developers tapped Filicia to create a stylish model apartment that embodied the idea of luxury, eco-friendly living.

The entire apartment was designed using environmentally friendly, …

Christopher Spitzmiller

I’ve been eying a number of gourd lamps like the ones above for my living room. I love this style of lamp not just for the beauty of its shape but for the symbolism that the gourd represents. The gourd is most commonly recognized as a symbol of longevity and good fortune, stemming from ancient eastern traditions where the gourd was once used as a drinking vessel. These bottle gourds were carved from a gourd fruit which is thick-skinned, oddly shaped and similar in nature to a squash or a pumpkin.

A gourd fruit via J.D. Fielding’s Flickr

Do you ever have things in your home that are just placeholders? Pieces that work for the time being but you know you’ll replace eventually? Well, that’s the deal with much of my living room furniture, which I’ve never been quite satisfied with. In a little over a month I’ll be hosting some of my favorite girls in my tiny apartment for my best friend’s wedding weekend so its the perfect excuse to redecorate!  The short deadline makes the task a bit tougher since finding the perfect pieces takes time but it will also force me to stay focused and …

I’m absolutely crazy over the work of San Francisco based design and stylist Gary Spain who was recently featured in a cover story for the March/April issue of California Home + Design magazine. In the feature, Gary used his own living room as a palette to created three different looks.

The first look is has a very clean, modern feel. It features a calming, neutral color palette that gives the room a timeless feel. The Arne Jacobsen egg chair is classic and I love that giant clock propped up against the wall.

This look is my favorite. It includes an …

Jen West with her Labradoodle, amusingly named Truly Scrumptious!

Jen West is a talented interior designer based in Eugene, Oregon who I connected with through this very blog several months ago. We became instant pen pals, emailing back and forth, and when she first shared photos of her home with me, I was wowed by her work. She is definitely a designer to watch and I am very pleased to feature her here on So Haute. Jen’s designs incorporate a mix of traditional and modern and and are as warm and inviting as they are stylish and sophisticated. She has …