December 2011


Just wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a wonderful holiday! I hope you all are enjoying time with your loved ones and filling your bellies with amazing food!  I know I am! It’s been such a great year and thanks to YOU for reading and for your constant support! It means the world!

Wishing you lots of love!!!

xoxo Nicole


So Haute Gift Guide 2011 - Fashionista

With less than a week to go before Christmas, it’s officially crunch time for last-minute holiday shoppers everywhere. If you’re still not sure what to get that special someone and need some inspiration, we’ve got you covered with 41 great gift picks for everyone on your list. Happy last-minute shopping!

1. Christian Louboutin by Christian Louboutin Hardcover Book, $150

2. Kelly Wearstler Brass Knot Earrings, $125

3. Reed Krakoff Watersnake & Leather Luggage Tag, $85

4. Caudalie Beauty Elixr (I live for this!), $46

5. Givenchy Antigona Tote in Bright Orange, $1280

6. NARS Night Series Nail

Maison de Luxe brought together so many uber talented designers under one roof and there were so many gorgeous rooms it was difficult to narrow down the spaces to feature here on the blog. Below are more of my favorites from the show house including rooms by Philip Gorrivan, Nathan Turner, Kathryn Ireland, Ron Woodson & Jaime Rummerfield, Suzanne Rheinstein and Oliver Furth.

Breakfast Room & Solarium – Philip Gorrivan

Philip Gorrivan‘s room for Maison de Luxe was originally the home’s breakfast room with an adjacent solarium. Philip created a chic salon style space that evokes a sense of …

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The first floor living room at Maison de Luxe designed by Jamie Drake

I just returned from LA where I was invited by Luxe Interiors + Design to attend the opening of the Maison de Luxe show house at the storied Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. Luxe editor-in-chief Pamela Jaccarino tapped 26 of the country’s top interior designers to re-imagine the living spaces of this 46,000 square foot landmark and each room was completely captivating! It was truly one of the best lineups of design talent and one of the most stunning show houses I’ve ever seen. I took a …

L-R: Jessica Spink, Joe Lucas, Tami Carey and Jessica and Parrish Chilcoat

Meet the Assistant profiles the assistants and associates who work behind-the-scenes with some of the industry’s top designers to help make beautiful spaces come to life.

Interior design duo Joe Lucas and Parrish Chilcoat run a successful, multi-faceted design business. First there’s Lucas Studio, their high-end residential design firm known for producing beautiful interiors that exude style, comfort and that intangible California cool vibe.  Then there’s Harbinger, their newly expanded retail showroom which features a range of to-the-trade fabrics and wallpapers as well as furnishings and …