French Lessons: Cookware Tips from a Chasseur Pro

Graduation soirees. Outdoor dinner parties. The summer season is packed with every type of get-together. And whether you’re the host of your social circle or just looking to test out your chef expertise, this beaming collection of Chasseur cast iron will put your feast center stage – even if you went off-recipe. Before your fire up the stovetop? See below for a little know-how from the president of this French brand, Michael Walt.

Cookware Tips from Chasseur

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June 3, 2014

Wrinkle Remedy: Smooth Your Bedsheets (Sans Iron)

Pure cotton linens are crisp, breathable, and durable. But without woven-in synthetics or an afternoon of ironing to keep them smooth, they’ll likely turn into a wrinkly mess post-wash. Our advice?

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  1. Remove your sheets from the dryer while they’re still slightly damp.
  2. Tuck them in tightly on the bed.
  3. Smooth them out with your hands.

 

The combination of moisture and tension will remove wrinkles.

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June 1, 2014

A Very Gourmet Father’s Day: Gifts for Foodie Dads

Is your annual fruit basket feeling a little staid? Step up your game this year by combining kitchen tools and treats tailored to his tastes.

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The Grill Master
He loves: prepping feasts on the patio
What to give him: a sleek and shiny grill set, a wireless thermometer, and a foursome of flavored rubs

The Gourmand
He loves: adventurous eating and drinking
What to give him: a Laguiole pocketknife for on-a-whim nibbles, sink-your-teeth-in steaks, and a set of sugar-maple grill planks

The Chef
He loves: trying new recipes nightly
What to give him: a does-it-all chef’s knife, a sturdy chopping block, and a pro-grade salt-and-pepper set

Our For Dads Who Cook: Grills, Gourmet Meats, & More and Best Father’s Day Ever: The Gifts He Really Wants Boutiques are open now.

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May 30, 2014

Hollywood Haven: Tour Nate Berkus’s California Home

Star interior designers spend most of their time catering to clients’ tastes, which means it’s always a treat to see what happens when they work on a dwelling for themselves, no holds barred. So, when Nate Berkus opened his California home to EyeSwoon founder Athena Calderone for a photo op, I couldn’t take a look fast enough.

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The decorator, TV personality, and author shares the 1930s bungalow with his new husband, interior designer Jeremiah Brent. And just as you might imagine a home occupied – and outfitted – by two massively talented designers to be, it’s a study in seriously cool style. The couple chose a muted palette to let their favorite decorative objects and personal touches stand out, but color isn’t entirely absent from their abode. A retro-style range in seafoam green sits front and center in the kitchen, where the floor is covered in black, white, and green tile. Throughout the space, leather, marble, wood, and metals mix together to create a combination of textures that’s downright dreamy. Happily for the duo, it’s one dream from which they never have to wake up.

Head over to EyeSwoon to read more and see the photos

By Lindsay Lambert, Editor

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May 28, 2014

Turns Out Kimye’s Wedding Venue Was a Total Steal

The wedding of one of Hollywood’s biggest power couples is finally in the rearview mirror. While anxiously awaiting dress photos untainted by Instagram filters, let’s turn to that over-the-top venue: the Forte di Belvedere in Florence, Italy. Built around 1590, the star-shaped structure served as a luxurious fortress for Grand Duke Ferdinando I de’ Medici, as well as a status symbol for his family’s prestige and power. (How fitting.)

The price tag? A mere $410,000 for booking. According to The Nest, the average couple allots roughly 50% of their wedding budget to the venue. Therefore, I can only conclude that with a budget of about $14 million, the West-Kardashian clan was being rather thrifty. Either that or the Belvedere got swindled.

My money’s on the latter.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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May 28, 2014

Passport to Style: Get the French, Belgian, or Italian Look at Home

With its centuries-long history of art and craftsmanship, it’s a no-brainer that Europe is one of the world’s most stylish continents. Here, we share tips for incorporating three of its countries’ distinct looks into your home.052714_blog

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May 27, 2014

Fire Up the Grill: Memorial Day Dining Must-Haves

Whether you’re barbecuing for the whole block at home or taking your feast to the beach, here are your can’t-live-without essentials.

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May 23, 2014

What Dad Wants: Gift Picks from Our Men’s Editor

With Father’s Day less than a month away, it’s about time to start corralling together a few gifts for the man who taught you how to be a respectable adult. To help? We enlisted Rue Men’s Editor Cassandra to choose three items from our handpicked Father’s Day gift shop that she knows her dad will love.

Take a look, then feel free to steal her ideas (we won’t tell).

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Want to shop these gifts? They’re all yours:

Brookstone Wood Earphones
New York Mets Baseball Hat
Robert Graham Button-Front

Need more ideas? Our Best Father’s Day Ever: The Gifts He Really Wants Boutique is now open.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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May 22, 2014

The Olsen Twins’ Foray Into Furnishings: The Row Opens in L.A.

Recent news that The Row would, ten years after its founding, open its first brick-and-mortar store might be exciting enough for fans of the Olsen twins’ high-end fashion label. But for anyone whose pulse picks up at the thought of home design, it gets even better: In addition to cashmere jackets and black silk evening pieces, patrons can purchase the ultra-sleek furniture and décor found throughout the store, too.

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To update and outfit their modern Los Angeles shop, a space that once housed a Sally Hershberger at John Frieda salon, the famously fashion-forward sisters worked with architect David Montalba and designer Courtney Applebaum and sourced furniture and antiques from esteemed local vendors, including Blackman Cruz and Thomas Hayes Gallery. If you get there fast enough, a Jean Prouvé dining table, a Fortuny floor lamp, Poul Kjærholm coffee tables, and Paul McCobb woven leather chairs are a few of the super-chic pieces you could scoop up for your own abode. Now that’s what I call full-service shopping at its finest. 

Read more about the shop on WWD.

By Lindsay Lambert, Editor

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May 21, 2014

It’s Moving Day: A Trulia Expert Shares 10 Essentials for Your First Truckful

It’s official. The movers are booked and you have mere days to completely uproot your life. The time frame for settling in, however, is up to you. It could take two weeks or two years. To avoid pulling your hair out? Ensure your first truckful is filled with the absolute essentials.

Here to share her must-bring list is Trulia's Home Buying Pro Jena Beaver. From your bed (necessary for reenergizing) to a frying pan (you can only eat takeout so many nights in a row), keep this list on hand. It may not make moving week effortless, but it will help to avoid the late-night dig for your toothbrush.

Trulia Moving Packing List

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May 19, 2014