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

A Chic Country Aesthetic? Yes, It’s Possible – Just Pick Modern Accents

Think country has to equal cutesy? Think again. Whether your abode is an actual farmhouse or you’re simply drawn to the aesthetic, here are three ways to put a contemporary spin on a country-style bedroom.

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  1. Hang traditional floral prints in an unexpected blue or black palette.
  2. Give upholstered and tufted furniture an of-the-moment look in neutral or grey hues.
  3. Pick a side table with a classic and demure shape – and a smooth black finish that brings the wow factor.

 

Find these pieces at our Furniture & More for a Modern-Country Bedroom Boutique on Monday, March 17, at 11AM ET.

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March 17, 2014

Take Oriental Styles Out of Their Element: 1 Rug, 2 Ways

Oriental rugs conjure images of grand entryways, sprawling dining-room scenes, and stately antiques. But these seemingly old-world styles don’t always demand such strict sophistication. Here, from a modern loft to an earthy country home, are two new ways to use one timeless piece.

How to Use One Rug in Two Ways

Contemporary
Oriental rugs aren’t exclusive to a buttoned-up aesthetic. Roll out one (or a few) to create contrast with a mid-century modern sofa or crisp white walls.

Traditional
Hardwood floors will forever welcome a classic rug. Prefer a rustic look? Incorporate distressed furniture. Or opt for more polished pieces for a metropolitan style.

Try it now at  The Spring Rug Event on Tuesday, March 11, at 11AM ET.

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March 11, 2014

Decorate with Safavieh: 1 Bench, 2 Ways

Sometimes, all it takes is adding a single piece of furniture to polish off an entire space. In this case? We’re zeroing in on the indoor bench. Upholstered or padded, it’s a versatile pick fit for any aesthetic. Here are two uses we’re loving now.

How to Use Safavieh Benches

At the End of the Bed
No footboard? No problem. A tufted bench adds dimension and soft texture to a cozy room – not to mention the extra seating and outfit-tossing space.

In the Entryway
Meet your coatrack’s companion. When guests walk in, they’ll know just where to place their bags. Stow fabric-covered baskets underneath for slippers and scarves.

Try it now with the upholstered Safavieh Ramsey Bench, then visit our Decorating with Safavieh: Rugs, Lighting, & More Boutique on Saturday, March 8, at 11AM ET.

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March 8, 2014

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

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

Work Hard, Decorate Hard: Build Your Home Office

The key to a productive home-office environment? Keeping it professional, even if a homemade lunch is steps away. Ensure your chair is comfortable enough to sit in all day, but not too comfortable (i.e., stay away from recliners). And for the sake of your eyes, double up – both overhead and task lighting are musts. But before all that, you have to build the area. Follow these guidelines to get started.

How to Build a Productive Home Office

The Space
Try to carve out a separate location. If not a different room, pick a corner visibly detached from cozy areas that feel personal. Your mind should automatically associate this space with work.

The Desk
Do you need an L-shaped option with room for a computer and extra reading space? Or a deep rectangular desk for sketching? Think about how your work and space will coexist.

The Setup
Imagine working. Picture where you will naturally reach for files, pens, or the phone. Then, you’ll know exactly where to place your essentials.

Get started with our Update Your Work Space: Home-Office Essentials Boutique on Friday, February 14, at 3PM ET.

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February 14, 2014

Make Mine Yours: The Kosta Boda Collection You Need on Your Table

Designed by Swedish artist Ulrica Hydman-Vallien

 

Brunch platters. Home-office storage. Planters for spring buds. The options are endless with the must-use-everywhere Mine collection from Kosta Boda. With unexpected sweeping hues and the artist’s signature serpent featured on every piece, these striking glassworks are more like objets d’art.

Kosta Boda Mine Collection

Start your glass collection at our Kosta Boda & Orrefors Boutique on Thursday, February 13, at 3PM ET.

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February 13, 2014