Hi Everyone! Sorry it's been so quiet over here at So Haute! That's only because I've been super busy working on the brand new site that is set to launch in less than 10 days! I can't wait to reveal it! We'll have a new URL plus a brand new look! And we'll also be rolling out an exciting mix of new content in the coming months which includes video and other fun features! Stat tuned! And in the meantime, I'm currently obsessed with this beautiful sunny living room from designer Timothy Whealon's Hampton's home that is featured in Elle Decor's June/July issue. You can see more here and be sure to pick up a copy of the issue on newsstands now!
I love the look of a crisp, tailored skirted table. Above is a skirted table in San Francisco designer Grant K. Gibson's home. That wide Greek key trim is to die for!
Grant loves his skirted tables. Here's another one he designed for a client's bathroom vanity that has the same Greek key trim.
And here's another skirted table in Grant's home that's used as a TV console. This photo was featured in House Beautiful.
This octagonal skirted table is the focal point of an entry in a home designed by Tom Scheerer that was featured in the July 2009 issue of House Beautiful.
Designer Timothy Whealon designed this skirted table for a vanity in a client's Park Ave apartment.
Decorator and blogger Jenny from The Little Green Notebook used an inexpensive ikat print fabric to cover a simple table in her entry way. Using a fun fabric or fun trim really adds a fresh, youthful take on a more traditional design element.
Blogger Nicole Cohen from Sketch 42 chose a dotted Kelly Wearstler fabric from Lee Jofa called "Confetti" to fashion her fabulous skirted console. I absolutely love this fabric!
She enhanced the look by adding this rich-looking jacquard trim from M&J Trimmings.
Palmer Weiss of San Fransico is another designer who loves herself some skirted tables! I see them appear in many of her projects. Here she used a geometric David Hicks fabric for thsi skirted table which she topped with glass.
And here in an entry way she added a coral colored corner key trim to a simple natural linen fabric.
This is another entry way by Palmer Weiss and is the photo I used as inspiration for the skirted console in my own apartment. I took this photo in to my upholsterer to use as a guide.
Here's how my skirted table turned out! It's actually an Ikea expedit bookcase which I had a slipcover made for. It not only serves as my TV console but also provides a practical storage
solution as well!
Underneath, I keep a stash of books, CD,s DVDs, electronics, etc and my archive of every issue of Domino ever published (tear). I prefer to keep things like this out of sight so my skirted table is definitely also functional!
Shelf Table, $149 and Linen Table Skirt, $99, from Wisteria
So after much debate I finally landed on a light fixture for my dining room! I chose the Thomas O'Brien Bryant Small Chandelier, pictured above. I think the silhouette balances nicely with the curvature of my dining table and chairs and really love its delicate feel. It's totally classic and the hand rubbed antique brass finish will develop a nice patina over time. It wasn't one of the options I iwas originally considering but I'm really happy with my choice. It's getting nstalled next weekend and I'll be sure to post pics!
I scored these peonies at the Union Square Farmers Market on Sunday...for two dollars and fifty cents a bunch! Yup, you heard right! I got to the market at the very end of the day, just as all of the
vendors were packing up and clamoring to get rid of their leftover
product, hence the steep discount. They were going for $10 a bunch that morning! It's true the early bird may catch the worm but it's the
patient shopper that scores the best deal! I bought four bunches and made 2 beautiful arrangements...this one and another smaller one for my coffee table. When I got them they were a little wilted but I have a great florists tip for reviving wilted cut flowers which I used to perk up my peony blossoms. Here's a close-up of the beautiful blooms and just below are my tips on how to revive fresh flowers.
HOW TO REVIVE WILTED FRESH CUT FLOWERS:
Trim the stems on a diagonal, preferably under running water. This gives the stems more surface to drink from.
Fill your vase with very warm (almost hot) water. If you have flower food, great - you can add that to the vase as well.
Place your flowers back in the vase then find yourself a spray bottle which you'll fill with very cold water.
Spray the cold water directly onto the blooms. Give them a light spraying, do not drench.
If possible, temporarily place your flowers in a cool place. (not in a refrigerator)
Crisp white cotton percale with three-stripe embroidery detail make this bedding chic and timeless. I just ordered this duvet set for my bedroom with monogrammed shams and I LOVE it! The best part? The collection is on sale! $79.99 for a full/queen duvet and $19.00 for a standard sham.
Nate Berkus can do no wrong in my book! His fabulous dhurrie rugs for HSN are stylish and affordable. I also ordered this rug for my home and can't wait to receive it! Prices start at $74.95 for a 2'x9' runner. Available here.
High Street Market is one of my absolute
favorite Etsy shops and offers chic vintage finds for the home. I've
been browsing their goods for a while and recently made my first
purchases - a stylish brass pineapple box and a crystal Wedgwood paper
weight. The customer service couldn't have been better and my pieces
arrived quickly and very well packaged. The inventory at High Street
Market is updated often so visit the shop here
to see what's new and be sure to also visit the fabulous and inspiring High Street Market blog!
I just discovered this Etsy shop and am obsessed with their linen tea
towels that are hand dyed with batik patterns in fun, bright colors. A
great way to add color and style to your kitchen! $21.00 per towel.
Love fresh flowers? You can have beautiful floral arrangements delivered to your door as often as you like with this innovative subscription based floral service! I'm so tempted to sign up! Right now H. Bloom only serves the New York area but hopes to expand to other markets in the future. Subscriptions start at just $35/week and you can get more info here.
I can never get enough of classic blue and white porcelain and this tea jar lamp from Wisteria is just perfect. The drum shade provides a modern contrast to the very traditional Asianscenic pattern. $299 at Wisteria.