March 2011

So Haute - Starburst Mirror

The starburst mirror in my living room. (From West Elm, sadly no longer available.)

Q. Hi Nicole! I am interested in purchasing a Starburst convex mirror like the one you have in your living room. Do you have any suggestions on where to find one on a tight budget?

A. Hi Michelle! I love the look of a starburst mirror. I think it’s one of those timeless decorative elements that will never go out of style. Designed to mimic the rays of light emitted by the sun or a star, these mirrors add an instant touch of glamour and …

So Haute-Spring Fever

Photos: Top Left – Carter Smith/ Top Right – Suzy Hoodless

Despite the cold, rainy weather, Spring is officially here and I’ve been dreaming up rooms filled with spring greens, lovely lavender, pops of pink and feminine florals. With inspiration from model/actress Devon Aoki in a beautiful spring garden and a pretty pastel room by British designer Suzy Hoodless, here are some ideas for how you can infuse a bit of spring into your home this season!

PAINT: (L-R) Lily Lavender, Sugarplum, Vintage Taupe – Benjamin Moore Paints. FABRICS: (L-R) Simple Pleasures – Duralee,  Velvet

In the Spirit of St. Barths Cover

On April 5th luxury publisher Assouline will release a new coffee table book that celebrates the beauty and magic of St. Barths which happens to be one of my all-time favorite vacation destinations. Written by Pamela Fiori (who also authored In the Spirit of Capri), In the Spirit of St. Barths is full of captivating photos, giving us an up close look at the posh Caribbean isle that evokes the glamour of the French Riviera and is synonymous with chic. Think yachts, champagne, beautiful beaches and beautiful people. Below is a little peek at what you’ll find inside! (Photos and …

Ryan Korban - 1st Dibs Profile

A design by Ryan Korban for pro Skateboarder Chad Muska. Photographer: Patrick Cline. Photo via 1st Dibs

From chic house tours and party planning tips from a top Hollywood decorator to the
new crop of tween design bloggers whose names you should know, here are our favorite articles from around the web that you must read this weekend!

*LA based celebrity interior designer Nathan Turner shares his top party planning tips with Elle Decor (

*Check out 1st Dibs for a great profile on edgy “it” designer Ryan Korban (1st Dibs)

*First there was 14-year-old fashion …

Pottery Barn Found Vintage Kilims

PB Found Vintage Kilim Rugs $1,699.00 – $3,299.00

I came across these limited-edition vintage kilim rugs that Pottery Barn is currently offering and thought they were fabulous! Such rich colors and patterns! Sourced from a collector in Istanbul, each rug is unique and is anywhere from 40-80 years old.  I’ve been hunting for something similar to hide my ugly rental kitchen floor. I totally love the rug Jamie Meares used in her kitchen which was featured in High Gloss Magazine:

Design by Jamie Meares. Photo via High Gloss Magazine

If you love this look too below is some …

Christian Chaize

Praia Piquinia 02/08/07 15h16 by Christian Chaize

I want to hear from YOU! I’m conducting So Haute’s first ever reader survey to learn a bit more about who you are and to hear your thoughts, comments and suggestions on So Haute. What do you love? What do you hate? And what can we do to make So Haute an even more inspiring destination for design and lifestyle content? The survey should take 5 minutes or less and consists of 20 super quick questions. Your responses would mean the world! As an incentive, one lucky respondent will have an opportunity to …