We've already made it clear that we're partial to the UK version of Elle, but that doesn't mean we don't have good things to say about Elle Decor US. In fact, when they score, they score big. Thing is, this month they missed big, at least in our book. The problem starts with the featured theme, which is just not very relatable: "elegant excess," as manifested in the apartments and homes of celebs and high-end decorators like Michael S. Smith (decorator), Zang Toi (fashion designer), Mike Piazza (baseball star), Thom Filicia (Queer Eye's decorator), Beth Rudin DeWoody (art collector and philanthropist), and Tracy Warner (her designer was Philip Gorrivan). Don't the US editors know anyone with good taste who's not rich and/or famous?
Most of the featured homes are just plain excessive, as exemplified by this onyx shower in Smith's Bel Air ranch house. The two exceptions are Thom Filicia's Soho digs and the swank modern Tribeca penthouse of Mike Piazza and his wife. Sadly they're not online, so we can't show you with a link.
This is not to say that there aren't some interesting and beautiful ideas sprinkled throughout the other homes. We liked Toi's giant blowups of Marie Antoinette, Smith's grouping of blue and white vases (pictured above) in front of a gilt mirror, Beth Rudin deWoody's eclectic, art-filled diningroom, and Tracy Warner's cozy breakfast nook. But mostly we're impressed by things we see in the departments rather than the features. And the ads. There are some great ads. Can we blog those?