New Yorker Nicole Gibbons launched her blog, So Haute, in 2008 and has gone on to earn a reputation for herself as a bona fide interiors guru. Offering inspiring tips and insights, So Haute is a comprehensive guide to decorating stylishly and living well. We caught up with Nicole to talk Fall trends, style influences and must-buys for the home…

What inspired you to start up So Haute?

I originally launched So Haute on a whim, as a personal creative outlet. I was reading so many other inspiring design blogs so I thought, why not start one myself?! It was initially just a place for me to chronicle my inspirations. I had no agenda or expectations but my blog gained a following and it slowly evolved into what it is today. Now I have readers all over the world who turn to So Haute as a resource for decor inspiration. Through writing about everything from my favorite decorating ideas, resources, trends and products, to sharing DIY tips, photos of inspirational interiors and even entertaining ideas, I hope to inspire others to live well and to live with style.

How did having a decorator for a mother influence your taste?

I think being exposed to good design at a young age opened up my eyes a bit more. I’ve developed my own taste and sense of style throughout the years but having that influence gave me the opportunity to cultivate my eye throughout the course of my lifetime.

Summarize your design style…

My design style is centered more on a philosophy than a particular aesthetic. I believe your home should always feel warm and welcoming and should reflect who you are. It should also feel effortless and lived-in and always exude comfort and style.

What interior trends are exciting you this fall?

Metallic accents!

Do you have a failsafe source of inspiration?

I’m currently obsessed with Pinterest! There are so many inspirational images and it makes it so easy to catalogue and organize photos efficiently. I also am very influenced by my travels, fashion and the arts. I find endless inspiration at the Met.

What’s your most prized possession?

The things that are most important to me are family heirlooms. I have two vintage watches and a pair of reverse glass Chinese paintings that my grandmother passed on to me and are incredibly special to me.

Ultimate impactful decorating tip everybody should know?

Don’t strive for perfection! Work to create a home that makes you feel comforted when you walk through the door.

Most important interior item to splurge on?

A great sofa and the best mattress you can afford. Those things make a world of difference and are two pieces most often used in a home.

Best way to give your space a style overhaul on a tight budget?

A new coat of paint is the best, most inexpensive tool for transforming your space on a tight budget…and fresh flowers! The color and life will help brighten up any room.

1. Artichoke Note Cards, $45.00

2. Pink hand painted Tole Croc Lamp: $380.00

3. Fouta Solid with Thin Stripes: $65.50

4. Vintage French slipper chair: $1,630.00

5. Mixed Bouquet, SET 4 Cups and Saucers Mistletoe: $295.00

6. Ceramic Box: $37.50

7. Horn and Stainless Steel Bar Tools: $75.00

8. Linen Cocktail napkins –Monkey: $80.00

9. Jumbo Ric Rac Guest Towel: $38.00

10. Katie Ridder Rooms: $50

About Julia Reed

Julia Reed is a columnist at Garden & Gun magazine and a contributing editor at Elle Décor. She also contributes to The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, and The New York Times, and makes frequent appearances on MSNBC. She is the author of five books, including But Mama Always Put Vodka in the Sangria, Adventures in Eating, Drinking and Making Merry and the upcoming One Man’s Folly, The Exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood, which will be published by Rizzoli on April 1.

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