May 2011

BHG June 2011

Check out So Haute in Better Homes & Gardens! (Plus Get the Scoop on an Exciting New Blog Feature!)

I am so excited to share a recent press hit in the most recent issue of Better Homes & Gardens! This one is particularly exciting because Better Homes & Gardens happens to be the most read women’s magazine in America with more than 7.6 million readers!!! Thank you so much to the BH&G team for featuring So Haute!! I’m thrilled beyond words! I’m also excited that BH&G is the first to break the news about a new feature here on So Haute that I know you all will love! “Meet the Assistant” will profile design assistants and associate designers …

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A Chic Peek Inside Hillary Thomas’ Chic Shop Plus a Tour of Her Design Studio!

During a recent trip to LA one of the top items on my agenda was to get to Brentwood to check out interior designer Hilary Thomas‘ newly opened Chic Shop.  Hilary says she always wanted to open up a shop to showcase the wonderful treasures she’s collected over the years along with her some of her own designs so once her best friend Clara Hendon joined her as a business partner a year and a half ago, the idea for Chic Shop was born. Located in a fabulous 1950s courtyard complex, Chic Shop opened its doors for business …



I recently discovered a new online magazine that just hit the scene. This one is called Collected and was founded by Los Angeles-based interior designers and bloggers, Krista Schrock and Jessica Comingore. Collected bills itself as a lifestyle magazine and it’s premiere issue includes features on interiors, food, shopping, travel, design and even fashion. I really like its clean, modern aesthetic and the publication also seems to set itself apart with a clear focus on West Coast living. Check it out here…and I’d love to hear how you think this stacks up against Lonny, Rue, High Gloss, Matchbook and …


Erin Fetherston’s Heavenly Home in Tribeca

I usually don’t like to re-blog content from other sites but I nearly died when I saw these photos of fashion designer Erin Fetherston’s NYC apartment! Her stunning Tribeca loft was beautifully captured by photographer Claiborne Swanson Frank for and I instantly fell in love with the space. Those high ceilings…the perfectly weathered floors…those gorgeous doors and those enormous windows…it’s all beyond perfection! I remember being equally impressed when I saw Fetherston’s former Paris apartment featured in Domino a few years back. Some of her beloved antiques from the Paris flea made it across the Atlantic into her NYC …

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Elle Decor’s Modern Life Concept House

Living room by Carrier & Company (Photo: Courtesy of Elle Decor)

On Thursday evening I had the pleasure of attending the opening of ELLE DECOR’s Modern Life Concept House at the new +Art condo development in Chelsea. The showhouse was comprised of two neighboring apartments with rooms designed by 10 of Elle Decor’s A-List Designers to Watch. Each designer offered their own unique take on modern living and I especially loved the living room, shown above, designed by Carrier & Company and the adjacent kitchen/dining area designed by Katie Lydon. The well appointed spaces flowed seamlessly together and felt …

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My Craigslist Dining Chairs: Before & After

It’s been a while since I’ve shared one of my home decorating projects so I thought I’d give you a before and after look at my dining room chair makeover.  I’ve been holding on to these photos for ages! I picked up these Duncan Phyfe style mahogany harp back chairs on from a friendly Craigslist seller in New Jersey about a year and a half ago. I paid $80 for all 4 chairs…an awesome deal! They were nicked, dinged, and the upholstery…let’s not even talk about it. Beyond awful. These definitely needed some TLC.

I knew I wanted to paint …