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

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

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

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

As the calendar inches toward May and we eagerly stock up on spring outfits, it becomes more and more evident that beach season is around the corner. But before you crack open The Giver and lather on sunscreen, your home needs a few coastal-inspired updates to mirror the season. From preppy to strictly glam, bring one of these timeless oceanside aesthetics to your house – whatever your zip code.

3 Beach Town–Inspired Home Aesthetics

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April 30, 2014

From art deco to contemporary, the list of American architectural styles is endless. But today, we’re highlighting three: colonial, ranch, and modern loft. The best part? Whatever your home’s exterior look, with the right furniture and décor, you can bring these chic styles inside.

Update Your Home Design: 3 Architectural Styles, Defined

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April 26, 2014

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

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

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

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