Fellow blogger Jessica of The World According To Jessica Claire recently conducted a reader survey which included a special giveaway prize for one lucky respondent. Well, I’m the lucky winner! Above is my prize: a lovely silver julep cup, a set of Chippendale patterned bathroom serviettes and the chicest tape measure I’ve ever seen…all from the stylish Toronto based home and garden shop Teatro Verde. Thanks Jessica!
I was in Chicago shopping at C.O. Bigelow
earlier this week and had a chance to check out the Michael S. Smith
Collection of home fragrances for Agraria which I had heard about but never had the chance to experience in person. I have to say, collection smells amazing which isn't surprising given the fact that Michael S. Smith has impeccable taste. The line includes candles, reed diffusers and and fragrance sheets made of two signature fragrances created by Smith. The scents, Ankgor and Palma, are exotic, spicy and deeply intriguing. You can purchase the Michael S. Smith home fragrance collection here
DayNa Decker's Luminesse Sculpture series. Lune, left and Ikon, right.
Speaking of home fragrances, have you seen the incredibly chic line from DayNa Decker? If you haven't, let me introduce you…
Dayna Decker's Botanika Diffuser, left and Flora candle, right.
DayNa Decker is a stylish, eco-friendly collection of sculptural oil lamps, diffusers and candles with sexy scents and even sexier packaging. Decker's candles are made from botanical wax and the diffusers are made from alcohol free concentrated botanical oils. And, instead of the traditional yarn candle wick, Decker's collection features organic EcoWood wicks which make a crackling sound that creates a truly multi-sensory home ambiance. Recently, the brand expanded its collection of diffusers to include the Decker's two most popular scents, Botanika and Flora. Botanika gives off the alluring aromas of Leila, Sierra Yasmin and Zelia while Flora is scented with notes of Acacia, Dahlia, Eglantine and Polianthes. Click here
for more info.
If you didn’t already know, InStyle recently unveiled a new design with its August Issue and it looks amazing. The magazine now has a younger voice and a strong emphasis on personal style. The fashion pages are better than ever…cleaner and more thoughtfully edited. But as much as I love the fashion, I love the magazine’s new home section 10 times more! The new and improved home section which is now called Life, etc (formerly Life & Home) includes the tag line “Because style isn’t just about what you wear.” A line that holds true here at So Haute, since this blog really is all about stylish living. Life, etc features more pages than in the old design which is really making me wish Time Inc would just bring back InStyle Home! Sigh!
The September issue just hit newsstands and as expected Life, Etc is full of chic interiors and inspiration for stylish living. Here are a few highlights :
The issue provides a peek inside designer Michael Kors’ fashionable West Village penthouse, above, which was designed by Glenn Gissler. This story alone is makes picking up a copy of the issue completely worth it. Kors’ place is amazing and there are plenty more photos in the magazine including shots of his insanely beautiful terrace.
The modern and airy East Village apartment of actress Lisa Edelstein was also featured. Above is her living room…I’m obsessed with her floral printed Harem carpet from The Rug Company.
The perennially chic Margherita Missoni was also profiled. In the two-page feature, Missoni discusses her move from New York to Paris and also highlights a few of her favorite finds for the home. There’s also a photo of her family’s Paris apartment where she currently lives…the interior architecture is incredible!
Other September issue highlights include:
*A feature on Desperate Housewives star Kyle MacLachlan’s dinner party to celebrate his new wine label, Perused by Bear.
*A round-up of stylish, eco-friendly furnishings and accessories for the office.
*Etiquette tips for hosts and party guests from fashionable types like Colin Cowie and Jonathan Adler and more!
Ok, now off to the newsstands! Go check out the issue and let me know what you think!