Dream Weavers: What Makes a Rug One of a Kind

What sets a truly unique rug apart from your everyday flatweave? The intricate process of hand-knotted construction. Here’s how to tell if it’s one of a kind:

One-of-a-Kind Rugs

Labor-Intensive: For a skilled weaver to complete a 9′ x 12′ piece, it may take more than one year to tie every individual knot.

Natural Materials: Wool, silk, and cotton are the main textiles used. If a rug price looks too good to be true, it’s likely woven with synthetics.

Durability: On high-traffic floors, hand-knotted rugs will not begin to show wear for about two decades.

Our Art Underfoot: One-of-a-Kind Rugs Boutique opens Friday, May 16, at 11AM ET.

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May 16, 2014

Wild at Heart: Décor Artist Lynn Chase Talks Table Design

Philanthropist and wildlife painter Lynn Chase has been in the home décor business for close to thirty years. As a child, she began painting. As an adult, painting turned to plate design, and her message and passion for nature conservation grew. With no formal training, Chase’s original designs graced countless tabletops, each with an inscription dedicated to a population in need. Today, her works are award-winning, she serves on the board of the Amboseli Trust for Elephants, and she donates a portion of all proceeds to the Lynn Chase Wildlife Foundation. Here, from her home outside New York City, Chase talks business and inspiration.

Lynn Chase with Her Jack Russell Terrier, BanditLynn Chase with her Jack Russell terrier, Bandit

Rue La La: So, first things first. Why animals?
Lynn Chase: I grew up on Long Island surrounded my animals. My mother raised golden retrievers and my grandmother was an ornithologist. I started drawing at an early age – leopards, for some reason, even though I’d never seen one as a child.

RLL: How did you get your business off the ground?
LC: After the October 19 crash of 1987, I drafted a business plan with my then-partner who had worked at Cartier. We went to friends and family for investors, since we couldn’t rely on venture capitalists at the time. A marketing research firm told me it would never sell, claiming no one would eat off of animals. But then, Jaguar Jungle won the Best Design and Impact Award from the National Tabletop Association.
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May 15, 2014

Eat Well, Live Well: Behind the Food at Blackberry Farm

Pamper your body, then feed it right. That’s the mantra behind Tennessee’s culinary resort Blackberry Farm, which beckons wellness seekers with a soon-to-open Wellhouse and not one, but two James Beard Awards. Here, we checked in with Corporate Chef Josh Feathers for a few words about the farm’s health-minded cuisine.

Blackberry Farm Chef

Rue La La: How would you describe the cooking at Blackberry Farm? 
Josh Feathers: It may sound like every other chef in the country today, but we cook with the very best local, seasonal ingredients we can find. Our dishes are Southern-inspired, meaning our chefs and cooks are inspired by their industry and everything that is happening in it.

RLL: What’s on the menu today?
JF: Our cheese and charcuterie plate features elements from our butcher, preservation kitchen, and cheese maker. Soppressata and Finocchiona salami, smoked onion jam, pickled ramps, Downer Brown cheese, and aged Singing Brook cheese. Just throw in the baker and candlestick maker and there’s your nursery rhyme.
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May 13, 2014

Not All Pillows Are Created Equal: Find Your Just-Right Match

Size, materials, density levels – all these things impact your sound (or not-so-sound) sleep. If you’re waking up tired or achy, you might want to take another look at that headrest. Scroll down and find your sleep style. Then decide if it’s time for an upgrade.

Pillow types for back, stomach, and side sleepers

Back Sleepers
Go for a medium density that will cradle your head. Overstuffed pillows guarantee a stiff neck in the morning.

Stomach Sleepers
Opt for a thinner pillow with low to medium density. Look for a high thread count that feels smooth on your face.

Side Sleepers
Light, natural down lets you bury your head without sinking straight to the mattress. Choose a medium to firm density to align the spine.

Our Sunday Sleep-In Featuring Cuddledown Boutique opened Sunday, May 11, at 11AM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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May 11, 2014

Calling All Free Sprits: Bring Your Boho Style Home

Have a closetful of bright, boho maxi dresses? Your carefree style shouldn’t have to stop there. From ikat-print throw pillows to fringed place mats, here are three ways to channel that hippie-chic style through your home design.

Bohemian Home Style

 

1. Reinterpret your favorite batik maxi dress as a lightweight throw.

2. Take a hint from your bold accessory stash and pile on decorative embellishments.

3. Create an eclectic tabletop through your love of fringe and natural hues.

Our Dressing Room: Bright & Bohemian Style Boutique opens Friday, May 9, at 3PM ET.

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May 9, 2014

Lost for Words? Say “Happy Mother’s Day” the Rue Way

For those who haven’t set a phone reminder or plastered your desk with Post-its, Sunday is Mother’s Day. A.k.a the time to thank the most important woman in your life. Still need a card? We have you covered. Simply click on the Rueism you like best below, print, fold, and voilà! Chances are, we took the words right out of your mouth (but that macaroni necklace, well, that’s all you).

Rue La La Mother's Day RueismRue La La Mother's Day RueismRue La La Mother's Day Rueism

Looking to say something different? We have even more card options below. Just click on your favorite, print, and fold.

Dear Mom, I took your advice. You were right. Again.

Dear Mom, you’ll always be at the top of my call list.

Dear Mom, I’ll watch the season finale with you.

Dear Mom, I promise to read all of the chain emails you send me.

Dear Mom, I promise not to go over my data plan this month.

Dear Mom, I promise to put my eye-rolling on hold.

Dear Mom, I’ll guard your guac recipe with my life.

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May 8, 2014

Editors’ Picks: For Stylish Outdoor Dining

Lover of patio soirees? Us, too. But kicking off your stilettos for bare feet doesn’t have to mean sacrificing a chic spread. From lighting to crack-proof wineglasses, here’s how to take the party outside with style.

Editor's Picks for Outdoor Dining

Moroccan Lantern
Hang these in the backyard trees for ambiance the neighbors will covet.

Raffia Napkin Rings
Dinner party or buffet – don’t let outdoor dining stop you from setting a stylish tabletop.

Melamine Wineglasses
Crack-proof plastic lets guests sip and socialize on your patio until the wee hours.

Take it to the patio with our Outdoor-Dining Checklist: Barware to Serving Sets Boutique on Tuesday, May 6, at 11AM ET.

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May 6, 2014

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo: The Under-100-Calorie Margarita

While Cinco de Mayo is always a cheat day in my book, it’s tough to swallow how many calories the holiday’s signature drink comes with. Until now. Say hello to the under-100-calorie margarita. Total game changer. I mean, do you know how many calories that frees up? Excuse me while I run to the store for another bag of tortilla chips. To make your own, check out the recipe below, courtesy of Women’s Health magazine.

Under-100-Calorie Margarita

Image via Women’s Health

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May 5, 2014

Opposites Attract: Rustic & Romantic Décor

Two aesthetics. One unexpected combination. Pair curvy, French-inspired styles with all things linear and utilitarian. Here, items that bring these beloved looks together.

Pair Rustic and Romantic Décor

Rustic Features
Get this simple, utilitarian style with distressed furniture. Then capture that no-fuss feel with natural or reclaimed materials like wicker and wrought iron.

Romantic Features
Soften rustic design with carved frames and mirrors in Louis XV style. Hang vintage-like crystal chandeliers, and decorate with fleur-de-lis or rose motifs.

Our Romantic & Rustic Décor: Looks to Try Together Boutique opens Sunday, May 4, at 11AM ET.

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May 4, 2014

Cocktails with Rue Magazine: 3 Spots to Pop Bottles

The temptress that is spring is finally showing her face, which means post-office Pilates classes will quickly become post-office martini sessions. Or margaritas. Or sangria. (The options are endless.) Here to help us kick off the cocktailing season? Crystal Palecek, founder and editor-in-chief of Rue magazine. On the lawn, in the kitchen, and on the roof – Crystal shares three fail-safe ways to sip with friends this season.

Cocktail Tips from Rue Magazine

I admit, I thoroughly enjoy hibernating each winter. But even more than curling up with hot cocoa and a good movie, I love the arrival of warmer weather and the entertaining options that come with it. This summer, I’ll be playing hostess and inviting  friends over for happy hour every chance I get – from an alfresco picnic on the lawn to an urban rooftop retreat.

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May 2, 2014