Exotic Escape: Décor Inspired by Morocco

Morocco is known for its elaborate aesthetic, complete with jewel tones, fine details, and rich textures. Add small doses to your own home for a pop of style. Here’s how.

Morocco-Inspired Decor for the Home

On the Floor
Arabesque and geometric patterns mirror Moroccan architecture. Try them out underfoot.

On the Table
Take cues from nature. Gold and orange hues reflect the surrounding desert.

In the Bedroom
Decorative accents with lush textures give a feeling of abundance. Pile them on.

In the Entryway
From entryway or bedroom ceilings, hang lamps with mosaic-like details for an authentic look.

Ready to get started? Visit our Bold & Bright: Moroccan-Inspired Décor & More Boutique on Thursday, February 27, at 3PM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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February 27, 2014

So Long, Winter: Our Rue Living Editorial Director Talks Spring Cleaning

It’s about that time of year. When the outside temp hits 45 degrees, the world comes out of hibernation. And with spring on the brain, we turned to our Living editorial director (and former editor in chief of Country Living magazine), Nancy Soriano, to give us her step-by-step scoop on organizing, purging, and sprucing up every space for the sunny season.

Rue Living Editorial Director on Spring Cleaning

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February 26, 2014

Bring the Hotel Home: Bedrooms Inspired by 3 Five-Star Spots

Close your eyes. Now, think back to your finest hotel stay. Got it? Whether it was an over-the-top Ritz or a cozy B&B, use that memory to recreate the same feeling at home. Here, we’ll show you how with three aesthetics.

Recreate That Hotel Feeling at Home

Images via The Carlyle, Soniat House, and Destination360

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February 24, 2014

Turn Up the Heat: A Fiery Cocktail for Taco Night

Pandora set to the salsa station? Check. The taco bar’s set up. With homemade guacamole – obviously. You’re a champ. But the fact is, it’s no party without the proper beverage. From the blog Love and Lemons: Spicy Jalapeño Margaritas.

Spicy Jalapeño Margaritas Recipe

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Jeanine Donofrio of Love and Lemons suggests mixing the margaritas with regular tequila, then preparing a jalapeño-infused tequila for guests to add to their drinks to taste. But, if you’re for spicy all the way, I say shake it up with the infused version from the start. If the taste is too sharp, add a slice or two of cucumber to balance the heat.

First things first – shop our Sunday Supper: Mexican Night Boutique on Sunday, February 23, at 3PM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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February 23, 2014

For the Aspiring Sommelier: Blissful Wine & Cheese Pairings

Last Sunday at the Boston Wine Expo, we absorbed mouthwatering cooking tips aplenty. While in the same room with hundreds upon hundreds of vineyard owners and wine experts, we couldn’t resist asking – how does a beginner go about pairing wine with cheese? According to Angie Van Ruiten of California’s Van Ruiten Family Winery, the most basic rule is this: “Pair soft cheese with white and hard cheese with red.” To graduate beyond novice? Read on.

Delicious Wine and Cheese Pairings

Blue Cheese
Salty blues like Gorgonzola balance best with sweet whites like Riesling and Moscato.

Hard Cheese
Pour a full-bodied red – Cabernet Zinfandel or Chianti – with full-flavored Cheddar, Gouda, and Parmesan.

Soft Cheese
Brie, Muenster, and Camembert work well with Champagne or Chardonnay, which won’t overpower their milder flavors.

Okay, enough studying. Prepare for your soiree with our Cocktail Hour: Host a Wine & Cheese Party Boutique on Friday, February 21, at 3PM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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February 21, 2014

A Lesson in Lighting: The 3 Types, Defined

Achieve your ideal lighting by layering these three common types. Think about whether you use the space ­­for work or entertaining, then begin.

How to Choose the Right Lighting

Ambient
Ceiling lights. Floor lamps. Any fixture meant to evenly illuminate an entire space. Usually directed downward.

Task
Over a reading chair, at a desk, under cabinets in the kitchen – function-based and intended to target a specific spot.

Accent
Purely for show and aesthetics. Think wall lights highlighting a painting, outdoor spotlights on a house or tree, or a stylish lamp used for decorative purposes.

Illuminate every corner at our Gallery of Lights: Lamps, Chandeliers, & More Boutique on Wednesday, February 19, at 3PM ET.

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February 19, 2014

3 Types, 1 Kitchen: Which Cookware Works for You?

Whether you’re a braise-and-sear kind of cook or you keep health in mind, we’ve outlined the benefits – and a few things to be mindful of – for each. So, do your research, then get choosing. That stack of cookbooks is begging to be cracked.

How to Choose Cookware

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February 18, 2014

Refine That Palate: Chef Jody Adams Dishes Cooking Tips at the Boston Wine Expo

Last Sunday, instead of my usual afternoon of brunch and Bloody Marys, I headed down to the Seaport Boston Hotel and World Trade Center for the 23rd-annual Boston Wine Expo. Oenophiles from Oregon, Italy, and beyond gathered to promote their best-selling bottles, while local chefs from hot spots like The Tip Tap Room, towne, and Tavern Road gave cooking demonstrations to eager foodies.

First up on my must-see list? Chef Jody Adams, a James Beard Award winner (it’s kind of a big deal in the biz), author, and founding force behind two acclaimed area restaurants, Rialto and Trade. In addition to serving up her tasty Tomato and Farro Soup – a recipe we just happened to find on her blog, The Garum Factory – Adams spilled a few priceless kitchen tips for aspiring cooks.

Jody Adams Tips

Images by Marisa DiSarno

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February 18, 2014

On the Home Front: Behind the USA-Made Brand, Vermont Farm Table

It’s a fact that buying within our borders means the majority of your dough stays local, and you can trace those locally sourced materials back to their roots. Case in point: Vermont Farm Table. This Burlington-based woodworking company has our attention. Here, a bit about the brand.

Vermont Farm Table

With little design education and a lot of dedication, Dustin Glasscoe began this woodworking company out of a two-car garage in Shelburne, Vermont. Utilizing reclaimed and repurposed materials, as well as nontoxic oil-based finishes, each piece is handcrafted to last. Really last. He fully expects them to pass down to future generations.

Thinking twice about buying out of the country? Shop our American Mainstays: USA-Made Cookware & More Boutique on Monday, February 17, at 3PM ET.

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February 17, 2014

On the Table Tonight: Fried Chicken from the Blog Cupcakes and Cashmere

Tomorrow is Presidents’ Day. And in honor of George Washington’s southern roots, we’re whipping up something truly indulgent. Enter: this crispy recipe for classic fried chicken from Cupcakes and Cashmere.

Cupcakes and Cashmere's Fried Chicken Recipe

Photo by Emily Schuman

Topped with lightly fried thyme, rosemary, and sage, then served with a squeeze of lemon, this juicy dish is comfort food at its finest.  So call over friends, pull out a deep cast iron skillet, and treat yourself.

Prep for the evening at our Sunday Supper: Southern Delights Boutique on Sunday, February 16, at 3PM ET.

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February 16, 2014