Up for Grabs: SJP’s Greenwich Village Brownstone

Looking for a place in the Big Apple to rest your head? For a cool $22 million you can buy Sarah Jessica Parker’s 6,800-square-foot Greenwich Village townhouse (last seen in a Vogue.com video tour, spurring apartment envy worldwide). As a refresher, this brownstone is home to seven fireplaces and an oval-shaped, hand-carved stone tub. Who wouldn’t want to cozy up to that?

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Rumor has it she bought the property solely for remodeling purposes without ever living there. Even if she didn’t actually call it home, the townhouse still has that unmistakable SJP flair – modern with an eclectic touch. Neutral-hued, art-adorned walls complement the double-paned mahogany windows and, naturally, the space boasts an enviable Carrie Bradshaw-worthy walk-in closet.

Too bad I don’t have a few extra million lying around – or a Mr. Big to buy it for me.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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September 10, 2014

A Royal Surprise: Kate Middleton Is Pregnant with Her Second Child

Confirmed: Prince George is a soon-to-be big brother. Yesterday, The Clarence House announced via Twitter that Kate Middleton and Prince William are expecting their second child. Amid worldwide squeals of excitement, however, there’s a bit of sad news. The full press release states that, as with her first pregnancy, The Duchess is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum (a condition that causes extreme nausea).

Here’s hoping you feel better soon, Kate. We can’t wait to meet Chubby Cheeks Round Two.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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September 9, 2014

Cocktails with Rue Magazine: Moscow Mule Edition

When it comes to industry trends, it seems none has spread faster this past year than the copper Moscow Mule mug. With its gleaming exterior and ability to moderate hot and cold temps, it has become a home-bar staple. So this week, we curated a Boutique with just that in mind.

To help us narrow down the necessities for a fail-safe Mule-themed soiree, editor in chief of Rue magazine Crystal Palecek shared her expert tips: “I am admittedly looking forward to indulging in about 700 pumpkin spice lattes this fall. But – we wait all year for these balmy evenings under the stars, and I plan on enjoying every last one.”

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August 19, 2014

The 6 Kitchen Essentials for Every Home Cook

Attention home cooks: Whether you’re a novice or a pro, your kitchen calls for a few necessities. From a copper saucepan for melting chocolate to a cast iron skillet for sautéing meats, this list of kitchen staples will lay the groundwork for every must-try recipe.

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  • Medium- to large-sized skillet (nonstick or cast iron) for sautéing and stir-frying.
  • A 6- to 8-quart Dutch oven with lid for everything from braising to boiling.
  • Stainless steel or copper saucepan for cooking sauces, rice and grains, and vegetables.
  • Enameled cast-iron baking dish for casseroles and desserts.
  • Always-sharp stainless steel cutlery for effortless slicing.
  • Stackable mixing bowls and measuring cups for tidy storage.

 

Stockpile these necessities at our The Rue Kitchen Shop Boutique opening Tuesday, July 22, at 11AM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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July 22, 2014

Bedtime Story: How The Company Store Got Its Start

If you cocoon yourself in these color-happy comforters and down blankets every night, then you know all about the dreamy softness that is The Company Store. But, do you know how it all began? Before you snuggle up, take a second to find out.

How The Company Store Got Its Start

For 103 years, this sleep authority has been crafting premium bedding from its very own factory in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Rooted by values passed down from Scandinavian ancestors, natural cotton and large-cluster down abound. Today? Those same standards (updated with head-turning hues) still keep us cozy.

The Company Store Boutique opens Thursday, July 17, at 3PM ET.

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July 17, 2014

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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June 18, 2014