To Mom, Love Rue: Associates Share Mother’s Day Gift Picks

Grandma. Stepmom. Favorite aunt. You know – the lady who packed lunches, let you take the car out, and gave you a pep talk after your first failed relationship. Now, it’s time to show her how much you care. Can’t decide what to pick up? Take cues from a few of our associates.

 Mother's Day Gift Picks from Rue La La

Go for Something Nostalgic
“My mom always said this to me as a kid, but I think it’s true at every age. I know she’ll love to hang this in her home.”
– Kayla S., Assistant Event Producer

Cater to Her Craft
“My mom is always looking for unexpected ways to make her cakes more festive. The bright, unexpected touch of whimsy in this flag set fits the bill.”
– Shannon T., Delivery Project Manager

Guarantee (Happy) Tears
“My mom has stacks and stacks of photo albums, so I’m going to surprise her by framing a few forgotten favorites.”
– Kelly H., Social Media and Site Writer

Our Made for Every Mom: Gifts by Personality Boutique opens Tuesday, April 22, at 11AM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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April 22, 2014

Sip & Snack: Must-Try Pairings for Casual Sunday Dinner

Maybe you’re catching up with old friends over cocktails, watching the play-off game, or recovering on the couch from the night before. Whatever you’re up to, Sundays were made for kicking back. Turn these classic culinary duos up a notch with made-for-each-other combinations.

Snacks for Casual Sundays

Cocktails & Tapas
Goat-cheese frittersFried plantains. Anything that’s bite-sized, add it to the spread. For refreshments? Homemade sangria.

Wine & Cheese
Invite your neighborhood connoisseurs for Chardonnay with soft Brie or for Gouda with a full-bodied Cabernet.

Beer & Bites
In addition to your cheesy nachos, try candied bacon. Then bring out those salty-sweet flavors with a lambic or fruit beer.

Our Sunday Supper: Beverages & Bites Three Ways Boutique opens Sunday, April 20, at 11AM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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April 20, 2014

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

For Movie Night, Cocktails, or Brunch: Use 1 Porcelain Bowl 3 Ways

Whether you’re on the couch catching up on Mad Men or hosting brunch for close friends, let one chic porcelain dish be the star of your laid-back day.

How to Use One Bowl in Three Ways

Movie Night
Hello, popcorn bowl. Make it gourmet with drizzled chocolate or mixed-in pretzels.

Cocktails
Hard lemonade or virgin punch, use this chic piece for ladling drinks.

Brunch
Choose a full flower, like sweet pea, then cut the stems short to create a centerpiece for your buffet.

Grab this does-it-all piece and more in our Sundays at Home: Brunch, Movies, & Cocktails Boutique on Sunday, April 13, at 11AM ET.

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April 13, 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

A Guide to Spring Soirees: Designer Lela Rose Shares Her Dress Picks & Hosting Tips

With a fashion label just as chic as her Tribeca home, designer Lela Rose knows how to entertain in style. So, we asked her to share a few of her dress picks and hosting tips for the season ahead. Just read up, then send out those invites – because after this, you’ll be looking for any excuse to throw a party.

Lela Rose Dress and Decor Tips

On Hosting a Tasteful Luncheon:
 “Try fruits or veggies on the table instead of flowers. Then tie it together with a specialty drink that matches your dress.”

On Throwing a Designer Dinner Party:
“Mix glamorous and natural elements on the table and bring that same vibe to your outfit.”

Our Lela Rose Boutique opens Wednesday, April 9, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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April 9, 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

Ready the Hefty Cookware: The Best Roast Chicken from Food52

For novice cooks, roasting a chicken can feel like a daunting culinary feat. But put your fears away. Merrill Stubbs – co-founder of recipe mecca Food52 – is here to guarantee you pull it off without a hitch. All it takes? Six ingredients, a heavy roasting or cast iron pan, and a hint of patience. If you can swing that, The Best Roast Chicken will be golden brown and ready for carving before you know it.

The Best Roast Chicken from Food52

Stubbs says, ”Don’t open the door for at least 45 minutes, when you can start to test it for doneness. (The chicken is cooked when you pierce the thickest part of the thigh with a sharp knife, and the juices run clear.) Let the chicken rest on a carving board while you make the pan sauce.”

Trust yourself. When the juices run clear, pull the chicken out of the oven. The alternative is a dry dish, unsalvageable by even the tastiest of gravies. Once your bird is ready for plating, watch Food52′s video tutorial, “How to Carve a Chicken.”

Then visit our Sunday Supper: Roasting Essentials Boutique on Sunday, April 6, at 3PM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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Merrill Stubbs graduated from Brown and Le Cordon Bleu. She went on to work at Cook’s Illustrated and behind the counter at Flour Bakery in Boston’s South End. In addition to her work with Amanda Hesser on The Essential New York Times Cookbook, Merrill has written for the Times’T Living, Edible Brooklyn, and Body+Soul, and she was the food editor at Herb Quarterly. She lives with her family in Brooklyn.


April 6, 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