6 Ways to Organize Your Messiest Spaces

Don’t be intimidated by spring cleaning – notoriously untidy rooms can be tamed. So say goodbye to overflowing laundry piles and out-of-control dresser drawers, then follow these room-by-room tips for some much-needed relief.

How to Organize Messy Spaces

Laundry Room
1. Keep spaces looking clean by pouring soaps into separate drip-free canisters.
2. For crisp stacks, use a folding board on dress shirts and towels.
3. A laundry cart with supply drawers and ironing surfaces will straighten things up.

Closet
1. For easy-to-access outfits, arrange clothes by category and color.
2. Use baskets for off-season clothing or easy-to-store items like scarves and accessories.
3. Have a walk-in? Make it double as a dressing space by hanging a mirror.

Our Organize & Decorate for Spring, Room by Room Boutique opens Thursday, April 17, at 3PM ET.

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April 17, 2014

Home Trend to Try Now: Grey & Turquoise

Spring’s of-the-moment hues have been revealed. Introduce them to every room.

The Best Home Colors for Spring

In the Living Room
Accent with decorative pillows and throws in zigzag prints. Toss, swap out, and store these summer numbers with ease.

In the Bedroom
Fold back a grey duvet to reveal turquoise sheets. They add a surprising pop of color without going overboard.

In the Dining Room
Mix together cloth napkins, plates, and glassware in the two hues. Outdoors or in, this nautical color duo shouts chic tablescape.

Our Grey & Turquoise: Décor Trend to Try Now Boutique opens Tuesday, April 15, at 11AM ET.

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April 15, 2014

Editors’ Picks: Chic Essentials for Your Beach House

Memorial Day is quickly approaching, which means the weekends will soon be packed with bonfires, sunbathing, and barbecues. So, first things first – head to the closest coast. Next? Outfit your abode with all things nautical, practical, and essential. Here, our Rue Living experts share their top picks.

Beach-House Essentials

Collapsible Basket Cooler: Insulated and sturdy, use this to transport food for the whole family. Rainy day? Leave it open in the entryway for storing beach reads and towels.

Malibu Cheese Set: Think instant summer with every slice of Brie. All that’s missing? Homemade red sangria and a slew of friends.

Beach Towel for 2: Sure, you could invite a friend to share. Or you could sprawl out, magazine and all, without sticking to the sand.

Dive into our Create Your Dream Beach House, Inside & Out Boutique on Thursday, April 10, at 11AM ET.

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April 10, 2014

Calling All Francophiles: Infuse French Style Into Every Room

You say “croissant” with a flawless French accent. You visit Paris every spring (or, at least, you dream about it). Basically, the City of Light runs in your blood. Therefore, it should run through your home décor as well. Here are three très-chic essentials to get you started.

How to Infuse French Style Into Your Home

 

In the Bedroom
Daybed: Balance a modern Parisian room with laid-back French-country touches in casual fabrics.

In the Kitchen
Apothecary Jars: The fleur-de-lis (or lily flower) has been a symbol of the French monarchy for centuries.

In the Living Room
Memo Board: Channel the age of Louis XV with this feminine, rococo-style frame.

Our French-Inspired Dining: Cookware to Serving Pieces and French Accents: Parisian-Inspired Gifts & More Boutiques open Tuesday, April 8, at 11AM ET.

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April 8, 2014

Just Signed the Lease? Grab Artful Essentials for New Homes

Just moved in? On a budget? We understand. When it comes to home design, starting from scratch can feel like an impossible feat. But, we’re here to prove that it shouldn’t take a floor-to-ceiling redo to liven up your space. Here are the key pieces you need to get started.

Decorate Your New Home

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April 5, 2014

Decorate Like an Expert: Interior Designer Ron Marvin Talks Amping Up Your Home Design

Spring means new beginnings. What better time to refresh every corner of the house? Open the windows, invite in new colors, and, finally, turn to the pros for some interior advice. Ron Marvin, a New York City–based interior designer and Rue Living Inspirer, is dishing on out-of-the-box ways to work with your décor. From layering rugs to organizing with style, read on for his expert tips.

Ron Marvin's Interior Design Tips for Spring

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April 2, 2014

Editors’ Picks: For a Glam Home Office

You’re a go-getter. Your job is coveted. And your home-office space? It should inspire creativity. When it comes to demanding function and style, these three pieces – handpicked by our Rue Living pros – work overtime.

Glam Up Your Home Office

Everett Armchair
In a room that’s traditionally grey and white, make this oak and faux-velvet chair the focal point.

Hollace Table Lamp
You have overhead lighting already, but a stylish task lamp or two will frame your space.

Sete Tray Table
An easy-access spot for your morning cappuccino and croissant. Or a chic home for that printer.

Ready to get to work? Grab these pieces (plus others) in our Glam Up Your Home Office with Desks, Décor, & More Boutique on Tuesday, April 1, at 11AM ET.

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April 1, 2014

3 Space-Transforming Pieces for Tiny Rooms

Small-apartment dwellers, don’t give up your subway-adjacent space just yet. A few smart décor decisions will have you playing penthouse in no time.

How to Decorate Small Spaces

Oversized Mirror
Rest one against an alcove wall to give the illusion of extra space. Or hang it horizontally above the couch for added height.

Decorative Screen
Live in a studio? Create a makeshift dressing space or a barrier between the bed and lounge area.

Nesting Tables
When guests swing by, pull these out to hold hors d’oeuvres. Then tuck them together when you’re on your own.

Feel your place getting bigger? Scoop these pieces up at our Smart Style for Small Spaces: Furniture & Décor Boutique on Saturday, March 29, at 11AM ET.

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March 29, 2014

Dream Weavers: A Look Behind Frette Linens

You know it’s top-notch, but did you know this luxe company has crafted linens for foreign embassies worldwide? We didn’t think so. Read on for more reasons to indulge.

A History of Frette Linens

Fit for Royalty
In 1881, Frette became the official linen purveyor to the Italian Royal Family. Soon after? Over 500 noble European dynasties followed suit.

Gold Standard
Frette’s accolades began rolling in during the late 1880s. The first: a gold medal at the National Exhibition in Milan.

Made to Be Treasured
The altar cloth at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome was created by a Frette artisan in the 1890s. A replica of the original remains there today.

Five-Star Favorite
Celeb-frequented hotels – from the Mandarin Oriental, Boston to The Peninsula Tokyo (plus 748 others) – dress their beds in Frette linens.

Not a royal? No worries. Check out our Frette Boutique on Monday, March 24, at 11AM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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March 24, 2014

The Great Outdoors: How to Create a Chic Alfresco Space

Sprawling backyard or tiny patch of grass? Whatever your outdoor space, Rue Living Editorial Director Nancy Soriano shares must-try tips for taking it from simple to stylish.

 

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Use flowerpots for more than planting. Store candles, games, and flatware caddies in these earthy essentials.”

Roll out rugs in bold hues. Reds, blues, and oranges add contrast to the surrounding leafy scene.”

Create a focal point. Frame your fire pit with Adirondack chairs. They will instantly draw guests out into the yard.”

Start your outdoor living space now with our Go Alfresco: Essentials for Outdoor Living Boutique, opening Thursday, March 20, at 3PM ET.

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March 20, 2014