Beauty at Home – Aerin Lauder

First there was Martha. Then Tory. Gwyneth. And, now Aerin. Lifestyle mavens that seem to have it all…and product lines to match. And, many of us, myself included, want a piece of their fairy dust. 
With the release of Aerin’s new book, Beauty at Home, I found myself flipping through the pages, learning about her life and lifestyle. And, though she does seem to lead a glamorous life, I have to respect her work ethic and the fact that she didn’t simply carry the mantle that could have been given to her. Much like her grandmother, Estee Lauder, she has blazed a new path and created a very appealing brand. Beauty, shoes, fragrance, candles, jewelry and home decor.
She has 2 sons. I have 2 sons. One son likes red….the other blue. Hmmmm, mine too. Monogrammed linens in their rooms? Check. Their hand painted pottery used as breakfast bowls? Check. Kidrobot is a favorite collectible? Check.

She has a dark, cozy room in her home. So do I. Hmmmm.

I love that she shares “never before” seen aspects of her homes in New York and the Hamptons. And, I really, really do love her approach to family, friends and creating a home based upon heritage and updated style. 

“Beauty is my heritage. Home is my passion.” – Aerin Lauder 

Her life has seemed very private, but I for one am really happy that she has pulled the curtain back, at least a little. It’s always fun to see how the other half lives.

This book is beautiful and has happily been added to my collection. And, I would definitely recommend it for you or to give as a gift. 

Here’s to living well…each and every day!

images: Simon Upton

Winter Hostess Gifts

Are you hibernating this winter at home or are you joining friends for ski weekends and cozy dinner parties? This time of year, I must admit to my desire to nestle in at home a bit. But, for all of you out there tearing up the social scene, here are some of my favorite hostess gifts for winter gatherings!
Love this antler wine stopper from Aerin Lauder’s home collection, Aerin.
Just when you’re ready to move on from the holiday scents….the ladies at Diane James Home have created a winter candle, inspired by the idea of walking through a lush forest on a crisp winter day…soft pine, red berries and a hint of Spring to come. Divine!
And, for your friends who prefer to spike their cozy bedtime treats….this fun book can be found at Terrain.
Whether you’re cuddling with your favorite book and blanket in front of a fire this weekend or rocking the ski lodge, have a wonderful winter weekend. Enjoy the shorter days and longer nights!

Mirror Mirror on the Wall…..It’s a Give Away Day!

Do you have a vanity? The one above belongs to Katie Lee ( the former Mrs. Joel) and was designed by favorite cutie-pie, Nate Berkus. I’ve had this gorgeous vanity/closet in my files for a while.

Aerin Lauder’s dressing area

We’re working out the design to our master closet and master bathroom…and originally our architect had drawn in a vanity. I think we may go with a big ‘ole shower instead but I’ve had fun looking through my inspiration files.

In case you’re looking to spruce up the look of your bedroom, dressing area or any other room in your house, CSN Stores wants to give you an incentive of $40, to be used on any of their sites!

Just leave a comment below by midnight this Friday (make sure you’re a follower) and I’ll announce the winner on Monday.

Who’s the fairest of them all?
xo, Elizabeth