The French Countryside = Now Cheaper Than Disney

It’s time you brought some dignity back to the family vacay. Instead of shelling out thousands on Mickey Mouse everything, unwind in a castle. Yes, a real-life castle. And did we mention it’s cheaper? 

The 17th-century French Château de Sorel is just 47 miles outside of Paris (hello, Champs-Élysées and macarons). After you shop ’til you drop in the city, head back and settle into the country way of life. Fish private streams and explore nearby villages by bike. Your castle getaway even comes complete with moats and well-manicured gardens.

And the best part? The entire property sleeps 15 for $600 a night (a.k.a. everyone chips in $40). Cue the champagne.

By Natasha Iwanow, Copy Intern

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July 2, 2014

Liora Manné Talks (Rue-Exclusive) One-of-a-Kind Rugs

Liora Manné is a trailblazer in textile design. After completing a dual master’s degree in North Carolina, the Israel-born artist ventured to New York City where she launched her business, now nearly 25 years in the making. Today, her handcrafted works of art are on display at iconic locales from Radio City Music Hall to the Met. The secret to her success? The uncommon needle-punching process of LAMONTAGE™, where synthetic fibers are cut, blended, and layered by hand to form artful patterns unachievable by traditional tufted and handknotting techniques.

Over the past two decades, from managing a 20-person team in West Chelsea to personally training over 150 women in her factory overseas, Manné has designed thousands of rugs. Today on Rue? We’re getting exclusive access to a never-before-seen collection straight out of the company’s archive. Featuring one-of-a-kind styles with ancient mosaic motifs and modern geometrics, these pieces have lived in Manné’s studio – some since the early 90s – as a nostalgic reminder of how business all began. Read on as the designer delves into materials, inspiration, and the story behind these limited-edition gems.

Liora Manné Talks One-of-a-Kind Rugs

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June 28, 2014

5 Top Travel Apps – Install Now, Thank Us Later

The musts for any getaway? These five apps that will essentially do the thinking for you. Vacation is a time to escape and take a (much-needed) break, so kick back, relax, and let them work their magic. I can already picture you on the beach with an ice-cold drink in your hand.

Top 5 Travel AppsImage via Inc.

1. Packing ProThere is nothing worse than getting to the airport – or, better yet, opening your suitcase in Paris – and realizing you’ve forgotten something. I mean, who wants to buy another rain jacket you’ll never wear again? This app allows for customizable lists and iCloud syncing to ensure nothing is left behind.

2. Free Wi-Fi FinderThis app from JiWire, featured above, is a dream come true. You can quickly and easily locate a Wi-Fi hot spot, then get directions there. Boom! You’re connected, wherever you are. Which means, don’t fret – you can upload those just-filtered-enough Instagram photos after all.
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June 24, 2014

Model Unit: See Inside Karlie Kloss’s NYC Townhouse

When it comes to the places models call home, visions of cramped, dingy Manhattan apartments often come to mind. But for 21-year-old supermodel Karlie Kloss, those days are long gone. The St. Louis–born stunner recently welcomed The Coveteur and Vogue inside her Nate Berkus–designed West Village townhouse, and well, it is just as chic as you’d expect the home of the world’s top model to be.

Inside Karlie Kloss's Home

Image via The Coveteur

Berkus told Vogue he wanted to design a space that reflected Kloss’s personal style, as well as her age. The resulting aesthetic includes a mix of high- and low-end products, much like Kloss’s own wardrobe. Among my favorite features are the entryway’s basketweave-patterned marble floor, playful wallpaper, and lots of gold-accented, glass-topped furniture. One of the more unexpected features of Kloss’s hideaway? A “football-watching room” where the catwalk queen logs hours watching the Rams play – a nod to the city she first called home.

Head over to Vogue and The Coveteur for interviews with Berkus and Kloss and to see more photos.

By Lindsay Lambert, Editor

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June 18, 2014

Beyond Floor to Ceiling: Painting Tips from Benjamin Moore®

The season for opening the windows, donning those ripped jeans, and trying your hand at refreshing every wall color is here. And when it comes to painting, we turn to none other than Andrea Magno, Color & Design Expert at Benjamin Moore.

To date, we’ve touched on sheen levels, chevron stripes, and the just-right balance of dark and light. Today’s topic? Adding dimension with paint. No, not top coats and bottom coats. We’re talking the technique of using different paint tones, shades, and finishes in the same space. From matte finishes to accent ceilings, our go-to paint pro discusses the ways.

Benjamin Moore Painting Tips

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June 18, 2014

Welcome Home, Sir: Your Newest Bachelor Pad Is Waiting in NYC

When a new apartment building in Manhattan has a penthouse nicknamed “the Don Draper apartment,” it’s safe to say Mad Men is now an entire lifestyle concept. And we want in.

The Ultimate Bachelor Pad
Image via Esquire

The apartment building, currently under construction near the High Line in Chelsea, was designed by prestigious architect Zaha Hadid. The building’s futuristic design holds no resemblance to the mid-century aesthetic of Mad Men, but naming the apartment after the show’s lead character appears to be universally accepted shorthand for “stylish.” The 6,391-square-foot apartment boasts five bedrooms and a balcony. But most impressive is the extensive 2,297-square-foot deck – ideal for getting your tan on during the day and hosting cocktail parties with an impressive view at night.

Read the full article on Esquire.

By Christine Mitchell, Staff Writer

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June 16, 2014

How to Make a Dreamy Summer Bed in 4 Steps

High temps don’t have to mean sleeping sans covers. Your bed should be a cozy, enveloping sanctuary no matter what the season. So choose breathable 100% cotton, then begin layering.

Make the Perfect Summer Bed

  1. Start with the basics. A mattress cover will extend the life of your mattress and keep your fitted sheet from sliding off.
  2. Stay cool with crisp, breathable percale. Lay down your flat sheet, followed by a light, cotton blanket. Tuck them both in tightly and turn down at the top.
  3. Fold a duvet in thirds. Keep your comforter gathered at the foot of the bed for cooler nights – and to add plush texture to the overall look.
  4. Finish with pillows. Two sleepers, two shams, and a few front-facing throw pillows should do it. (There’s no such thing as too many.)

 

Our Sunday Sleep-In: Summer-Weight Bedding Boutique opens Sunday, June 15, at 11AM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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June 15, 2014

Cocktails with Rue Magazine: Essentials for Girls’ Night In

Remember back in 4th grade when all your girlfriends would come over to talk about crushes and eat ice cream sundaes? Well, this is just like that. But, you know, with grown-up drinks. From the classiest of crystal stemware to gold and blush accents for the buffet, Crystal Palecek, founder and editor-in-chief of Rue magazine, dishes on her must-haves for those no-men-allowed nights.

Girls' Night Tips

“The arrival of summer is the perfect excuse to get together with your girlfriends. And, if you’re tired of the rushed happy hours after work (I know I am), a thoughtful, feminine fete is easy to throw with a few essentials. First off, take cues from your garden with festive florals that never fade. Deck the table with gold accents. And take your cocktails – mojitos are a must – to professional levels with handblown wineglasses in blush hues. Opt for a sturdier sipping option with vintage-inspired paper straws.

Set your Spotify to play the summer’s top hits. Then send guests off with a flirty tote filled to the brim with basking must-haves, from beach books to coconut water. Let the party commence.”

Our Cocktail Hour with Rue Magazine: Girls’ Night In Boutique opens Friday, June 13, at 11AM ET.

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June 13, 2014

Screen to Shore: Rent Sex and the City’s Malibu Beach House

Remember that steamy scene from the first Sex and the City movie where a depressed Samantha watches rapt from her balcony, mouth stuffed with guacamole, as her lothario next-door neighbor frolics on the beach with his paramour du jour? Or the one where she lies immobile on her kitchen table, covered in sushi? For a pretty penny, you can rent the Malibu mansion where it all unfolded.

Rent the Sex and the City Beach House

Image via Coldwell Banker

The three-level mansion–turned–movie set is available for monthly rental fees of $55,000 or $100,000, depending on time frame. Wondering what that hefty price tag will get you? Multiple balconies, a chef’s kitchen, a wine cellar, maid’s quarters, a two-car garage, a stunning stretch of beachfront, and a little claim to fame, for starters. Nightly antics not included.

Want to play Samantha for the summer? See the official listing here.

By Lindsay Lambert, Editor

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June 11, 2014

A Happy (Foodie) Marriage: Chocolate & Wine Pairings

Wine and chocolate are a match made in heaven – if you know how to pair them. Here, we checked in with our friends at Lindt Chocolate for a little cheat sheet. Read up below, and then get ready to seriously impress friends and family at your next dinner party.

Lindt Excellence Wine & Chocolate Pairing Tips

Tasting Tricks

  1. Start with a lighter wine and pair it with chocolate that has a low cocoa percentage. Then work your way up to bolder wines and extra-dark chocolate.
  2. Always taste the wine and chocolate separately before trying them together.
  3. When pairing: Take a small bite of chocolate, then as the flavor is fading, have a sip of wine. Note how the flavors change and interact with each other.

 
The Pairings

  1. Chocolate with a hint of sea salt (we recommend trying Lindt Excellence A Touch of Sea Salt) is the perfect match for a light Rosé. The ripe berries and floral notes from the wine complement the sharp tastes of sea salt and dark chocolate.
  2. Full-bodied wines go best with a high cocoa content. Try a rich Cabernet Sauvignon with a dark chocolate like Lindt Excellence 70% Cocoa.
  3. For a combo with a warm burst, pair a spice-infused chocolate (we suggest Lindt Excellence Chili) with a deep Syrah.
  4. Citrus-flavored chocolate (ahem, orange) pairs best with lighter wine, like a crisp Chardonnay. The full fruit flavors balance out the acidity for a smooth, sweet flavor.

 
Click here for more tips (and some incredible chocolate).

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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June 10, 2014