I actually experienced my first heartbreak a few years ago when I fell head over heels for a flawless, hand-dyed Chesterfield sofa. Once I discovered the price, I knew it would be years before we would be together. As a lifestyle editor, this kind of heartache is hardly rare; I see beautiful furnishings every single day that I’d love to get my hands on but can’t. Luckily, stylish and budget-savvy gal Sabrina Soto, host of The High/Low Project, has scouted the trendiest pieces of the season and found their lovely — and wallet-friendly — counterparts. From cutting boards and pendant lighting to area rugs and throw pillows, Sabrina has found an affordable match for your favorite designer pieces.
Company C | Rugs USA
Welcome guests this holiday season with a colorful, ornate area rug. The intricate pattern on the companyc.com rug drives the price up to $515 (left). But this similar botanical wool rug from rugsusa.com features less detail, making it a beautiful price of $168 (right).
DWR | CB2
For those who can’t get enough of marble, here’s a sleek coffee table you’re going to love. Splurge on the Italian marble-top table with a stainless steel frame for $900 at dwr.com (left), or save yourself some dough and opt for gray-veined marble at a third of the cost ($329) from cb2.com (right).
Cuisinart, Mauviel | Walmart, Calphalon
Culinary pros will love easy access from a hanging pot rack and the stunning copper and stainless-steel pans. The only true difference between the high and low pot racks is the chain links. Splurge on the stainless steel cusinart.com pot rack for $160 (left), or go for the similar buy at walmart.com for just $66 (right). For a 10-piece M’150s copper and stainless steel cookware set from mauviel.com, you’re going to pay $1,985 (left). But, if you go for the Tri-Ply copper and stainless steel 10-piece set from calphalon.com, you’ll save more than $1,500 (right).
More High/Low Ideas
Summer’s here and you know what that means: it’s time for a brand-new season of HGTV Star! There’s a fresh, new name, 10 smiling faces to meet and a slew of challenges that will leave the judges with a tough (or not-so-tough) elimination each week. Tune into the premiere Sunday, June 9 at 8/7c as these designers each compete for a chance to win their own HGTV show. Looking for behind-the-scenes dish, full episodes and all things HGTV Star? We’ve got you covered.
The 10 hopefuls of HGTV Star season 8, plus host and mentor David Bromstad.
The host and mentor of HGTV Star, David Bromstad, with judges Genevieve Gorder, Vern Yip and Sabrina Soto.
Check out the HGTV Star Blog, HGTVersus. Throughout the season Liz Gray and I will be sharing post-episode recaps, behind-the-scenes photos, sneak peeks, contestant interviews, candid opinions from the judges and more. It’s the only place to get exclusive show info you can’t get anywhere else!
Get social. Follow along before, during and after the show with HGTV Star fans like yourself by using the #hgtvstar hashtag on Twitter.
Help your favorite designer get an HGTV.com show. Help one lucky HGTV Star contestant win an online show by casting your vote up to 10 times daily. By voting you can win prizes like a $25 One Kings Lane gift card or $25 gift cards from Visa or Mastercard.
Watch our online videos. Prepare for the new season by checking out our behind-the-scenes footage, meeting our online HGTV Star host, Dan Collopy, and catching a sneak peek of the premiere episode. Miss an episode? No DVR? That’s OK! We’ll have full episodes available right here every Monday.
Speaking of magazines I love — coughHGTVMagazinecough — Rue Magazine recently celebrated its first anniversary. I was lucky enough to meet Editor in Chief Crystal Gentilello and Market Editor Cassandra LaValle at Las Vegas Market where they were panelists for a WithIt talk about digital magazines, and they offered some great insights (get the scoop here). So, naturally, I was excited to see what the Anniversary Issue had in store, but even more so when I saw our own Sabrina Soto of The High/Low Project in its pages.
Photo by Emily Johnston-Anderson for Rue Magazine
Get a load of the living room in Sabrina’s Manhattan apartment, will you? As someone living in a New York City apartment, this is pretty darn inspirational. It has the clean mid-century modern vibe I love (that lamp!) while still feeling cozy (that couch!). Plus, you know Sabrina knows how to shop, so I’m betting a bunch of the pieces are budget-friendly. Congrats, Rue, on your anniversary! And congrats, Sabrina, on your oh-so-enviable apartment!
You might have heard that words like ”OMG” and “party-crasher” were added to this year’s list of new words in the Oxford-English Dictionary. Now, we at HGTV have another word to add to the list: HGTV’d. Here’s the definition:
HGTV’d (v.)- 1. the act of talented HGTV designers traveling across the country in an 18-wheeler and arriving at the home of a surprised HGTV fan to give them over-the-top transformations of their home: “OMG! Did you hear that the party-crasher down the street was HGTV’d last week?”
HGTV'd Family Room: Before & After
Tonight, pop some popcorn, invite some friends over and watch the premiere of HGTV’d at 9/8c. You’ll see dull spaces turn into wow spaces, like this now luxurious Regency-inspired family room by designer Kim Myles.
If you have a desperate space in need of a jaw-dropping makeover by an HGTV expert, enter a short video or photos for a chance to see the HGTV’d truck roll down your street and David Bromstad, Sabrina Soto, or who knows who, show up on your doorstep.
We were greeted with a surprise here at our headquarters this morning. Upon entering the building, all of the staff was officially HGTV’d with design vignettes by Bliss Home as seen in these two pics. It was a neat treat (considering we can’t enter the competition).
I want to live the life that the family in this Blue and White with Sabrina Soto ad lives. It’s so casual, so effortlessly cool and so well-designed.
Rarely am I such an easy “get” for an ad campaign, but this time they got me. When I went to search for the blue lamp in the ad, sadly, I found that I’m not the only one who’s fallen for Sabrina’s taste. Almost all her blue picks are sold out. Oh well. I’ll be keeping an eye on their stock. In the meantime, I’m soaking up the rest of Sabrina’s totally available advice on Real Estate Intervention.
Sabrina Soto, host of Get it Sold, has partnered with Target to become their Style Expert at Home. We caught up with her to find out about her new role and her essential summer decorating accessories.
What’s Her Decor Must-Have?
We’ve got a fresh, action-packed episode ready for you this Sunday night at 10/9c. Host Jamie Durie challenges our celebrity teams: Sabrina Soto (Get It Sold) and Drew Lachey (host of HGTV’s $250,000 Challenge) versus Matthew Finlason (The Stagers) and Kristi Yamaguchi (yes, Olympic Gold Medalist Kristi Yamaguchi) to see who can best update this seriously dated bonus room in just four hours.
Will they ditch the ugly flooring? Pry the barn wood off the walls? De-plush the support beam? What would you do to update this room?
On the topic of your thoughts, how would you caption this photo?:
I’d say, it looks like Charlie’s got a new Angel. Got a better one? Head over to the Showdown blog and bring on the funny.