Inspirer Picks: 4 Lifestyle Experts Share Their Sleep Essentials

The flurries are sticking. The air is chilly. But your bed? Toasty as ever. We understand the struggle of crawling out of it on winter days. Which is why stocking it with the coziest, fluffiest materials possible is a must. Here, Rue Living Inspirers reveal what they love most about their own relaxing sleep spaces.

Sleep Essentials

The Lifestyle Expert: Camille Styles
“With my jam-packed schedule, my bedroom needs to feel like a serene escape. High-thread-count sheets and ultra plush duvets mean snuggling into the covers with a good book and a cup of tea on wintry evenings.”

The Editor: Crystal Palecek
“The bedroom is typically the most personal space. It should be a stress-free haven ready to unwind in. I always invest in making my bed as comfortable as possible with quality sheets, a cashmere throw, and plenty of pillows.”

The Foodies: Merrill Stubbs & Amanda Hesser
Merrill writes, “We have a really comfortable bed with an organic cotton mattress, but my must-have bed element? My pillows. They’re the same kind you would find in a luxury hotel – heavenly.” Amanda can’t live without “feather pillows. At least four. But for sleeping? A memory-foam pillow that frames to my head.”

Visit the Rue Living page and pile up high-thread-count sheets, flannel, cashmere, and more.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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December 11, 2013

From Invites to Infant Clothes: 4 Items Made for Framing

Rue Living Inspirer and lifestyle expert Camille Styles shares a few frame-filling thoughts – beyond photos. ”I’ve realized that a picture frame is so much more than the sum of its parts. It not only holds cherished memories – whether through a photograph or a memento – but a well-chosen frame can also bring style and sophistication to elevate the atmosphere of any room.” Here are four artful inserts to try.

Camille Styles Picture Frame Tips

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December 5, 2013

Rue Living Inspirers Pick: Gifts for Every Foodie Friend

What will Rue Living Inspirers Camille Styles, Ron Marvin, and Matthew Mead be scooping up for the at-home chefs on their lists?

Gift Picks for Home Chefs

Now go on – grab these for the foodies on your gift list, too. Shop the Staub Saute PanDualit 2-Slice Toaster, and Shun Premiere 2-Piece Knife Set here.

Our For the At-Home Chef: Cookware, Cutlery, & More Boutique opens Monday, December 2, at 3PM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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December 2, 2013

5 Ways to Make Monogrammed Gifts Wow-Worthy

Lifestyle expert and Rue Living Inspirer Camille Styles knows the key to monogrammed gifts: “Get creative by thinking up a few genius accompaniments to make a whole package that reflects your friend’s favorite activities.” Here, she shares a few pairings to get you started.

Camille Styles Gift Picks

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November 28, 2013

Conquer That Gift List: Rue Living Inspirers Give Their Top Picks

Authors, designers, stylists, and all-around experts in their fields, our Rue Living Inspirers Susan Spungen, Ron Marvin, and Matthew Mead dish on their own personal gift lists. Take a peek.

Gift Picks from Susan Spungen, Ron Marvin, and Matthew Mead

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November 22, 2013

Count Down to Thanksgiving with Lifestyle Expert Camille Styles

Fighting crowds at the grocery store minutes before guests arrive? Save that for the amateurs. This Thanksgiving, you’re starting early. Covering every detail from table décor to turkey garnishes, lifestyle expert and Rue Living Inspirer Camille Styles dishes on her foolproof agenda.

 Count Down to Thanksgiving with Lifestyle Expert Camille Styles

Two Weeks Before

  • Inventory your dishes and serving pieces. If you need more of anything, this is the time to purchase, rent, or borrow.
  • Choose your tabletop palette and centerpiece. Consider incorporating natural elements. Lay a sprig of berries or dried wheat on linen napkins at each place setting.

 
One Week Before

  • Order the turkey (the star of the show) and purchase bar essentials. Most liquor stores will deliver with advance notice. Bonus points for serving mulled wine or hot cider.
  • Finalize your guest list and make place cards for the table.

 
Five Days Before

  • Pick out your outfit and plan your menu. While I love the classics, I always make sure to try out a couple of new dishes to surprise guests. Dishes overflowing with color and flavor are key to a beautiful spread.

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November 6, 2013

Tidy Up: 4 Ways to Organize the Family Room

As summer winds down and indoor activities pick up (bring on the SVU marathons), it’s easy for common spaces to go into complete disarray. Keep TV rooms tidy with these four pick-up tips from our fave lifestyle experts, including Camille Styles.

Tidy Up: 4 Ways to Organize the Family Room

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August 21, 2013

Expert Advice: A Quick Organization Tip From a Lifestyle Guru

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Dying for more advice like this? Visit camillestyles.com, then check out these four tips on tidying up.

Our Rue Picks: Our Top 90 Storage Pieces Boutique opens Wednesday, August 21, at 3PM ET.

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August 21, 2013

It’s a Blogger’s World (We Just Live in It)

Rue associates' top picks from the blogosphere

Bloggers

It’s no secret: we’re kind of into blogs. Here, four Rue associates share their favorites.

Dappered
“My morning go-to. The guy (Joe) who writes it gives great advice on dressing well without spending a ton of money. It’s nice to have someone else do all legwork around discovering new brands, sites, and sales.”
– Scott S., Director, New Ventures 

Desire To Inspire
“This blog is run by two design-obsessed friends – one from Australia and one from Canada – who have never actually met. It’s the ultimate voyeur’s playground, plastered with big, beautiful interior and exterior photos of stunning homes all around the world.”
– Lindsay L., Editor 

Cheetah is the New Black, Camille Styles, & oh joy!
“It’s a three-way tie. I love CNB’s style. Camille Styles’s recipes and home styling are great. And oh joy!’s daughter is too cute for words and a super-stylish little nugget.”
– Jessica R., Senior Digital Designer

seersucker + saddles
“This girl boldly mixes prints like nobody’s business. I regularly trawl her blog for style inspiration that’s just the right amount of preppy, edgy, and classic.”
– Chrissy M., Copywriter 

Who are we missing? Tell us on Twitter at @ruelala #bloggerswelove. 

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August 15, 2013

Summer is the Season To…

Summer is sacred. No question about it. Here, top bloggers, chefs, and more share their must-happen summer tips and traditions.

Summer is the Season To

“Summer is the season to…

…bake pies. Growing up, my mom used to bake us all sorts of pies. Blueberry. Peach. Strawberry Rhubarb. We’d never eat them hot, though. After they came out of the oven, we’d let them cool off by an open window in the kitchen and then pop them in the fridge overnight. By breakfast we’d be ready for a slice: the perfect relief from the morning heat.”
–Annie Dean
Blogger, AnnieDean.com

…camp in the White Mountains and grill over an open fire.”
–Armand Toutaint 
Chef de Cuisine, Turner Fisheries

…sit back and let the ingredients speak for themselves.”
–The Editors at Food52

…drink smoothies for lunch.”
–Tina Haupert
Blogger, Carrots ‘N’ Cake, and freelance writer, Health.com

…mix up a few pitchers of margaritas, then kick back with your guests and have some fun.”
–Camille Styles
Blogger, Camille Styles

…join up with friends and share some light, fresh, and healthy recipes. Grill meat, fish, and vegetables, and round out your meals with beans or pasta salads.”
–Reena Dulfon
Blogger, Set to Turbo, and health/fitness coach

…make an heirloom tomato salad.”
–Adam Roberts
Blogger, The Amateur Gourmet

…drink fruity herbal iced teas.”
–Debbie Hallock
Blogger, Deliciously Inspired

…picnic on the Deschutes River, sipping frosty microbrews from the Bend Ale Trail and stoking the campfire for an evening of s’mores under the stars.”
–Tawna Fenske
Communications Manager, Visit Bend, and author

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June 14, 2013