October 2009


Almost every weekend I bake something sweet and since today is Halloween I woke up with pumpkin on the brain! I decided to make a very simple spiced pumpkin loaf which I topped off with cinnamon whipped cream. It turned out delicious! Here’s the recipe:

Spiced Pumpkin Loaf

3/4 cups sugar

3/4 cup golden brown sugar

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 medium sized eggs

1 cup canned solid pack pumpkin

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon allspice

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon …

Through the world of blogging I’ve had the privilege of meeting lots of wonderful people. Such is the case with the creative and talented Melinda Lewis of the décor and lifestyle blog Get Togetha. We met at a Country Living blogger event and I was thrilled when she asked if she could interview me for her blog. In my interview, I reveal my driving passion behind So Haute, a few of the things I can’t live without, who I’d invite to my dream dinner party and more! You can read the interview here. And thank you Melinda for …

On Monday evening I had the pleasure of attending Elle Decor’s second annual Women in Design event which celebrated five leading women in the design industry. The event featured a panel discussion moderated by editor-in-chief Margaret Russell with designers Holly Hunt, Michelle Nussbaumer, Kelly Wearstler and Charlotte Moss, who was honored with a special Vision Award. (Josie Natori was also one of Elle Décor’s five chosen women but she was unable to attend.) Charlotte Moss, whom I admire greatly, was the lively one of the bunch and kept the audience laughing. Holly Hunt was very graceful and poised and also …

Photo: Vogue

If you’re an Elliott Puckette fan like me you’ll be happy to know that the Condé Nast Store is currently offering a limited-edition Puckette print for sale.

The print was created exclusively for Vogue magazine and is 15″x20″ unframed at a cost of $374. A framed option is also available.

In case you’re not familiar with Elliott Puckette, her abstract works of art art are the result of a laborious process that involves multiple applications of gesso, and ink, usually on wooden panels or paper, combined with the etching of calligraphic lines and strokes, done with a razor …

Celebrated photographer François Halard never fails to produce images so captivating that upon first glance you feel as though you’re being taken on a magical journey. Such is the case with this series of houses and gardens from his portfolio. Each beautifully captured image transforms these already handsome gardens into a majestic fantasy land. The photos are soft, romantic and truly enchanting. Take a look…

Photos: François Halard via Trish South Management…

Edmond’s Bardot Bedding Collection

I have a minor obsession with beautiful bedding and was excited to learn that Italian linen purveyor Frette recently launched a chic new brand extension called Edmond, named after the 150-year-old company’s founder Edmond Frette. The Edmond line has a more youthful and relaxed vibe than Frette’s conservative main line and is aimed at a younger, aspirational customer. Think eclectic mix and match bedding separates in a variety of animal, ethnic-inspired and geometric prints.

Edmond “Trio” bedding. Top sheet, $200, bottom sheet, $155 and pillow case, $75

The line also includes solids that are a modern …