For your holiday décor: Create a festive glow at home. Simply stuff holiday lights into a tall bell jar. For a more dramatic look, cluster several together in a nonfunctional fireplace.

For DIY tea lights: Running errands for a party? Add satsumas (or clementines) and olive oil to your shopping list. In a few simple steps, you can use the fruit’s skin and pith for mini tabletop candles.

For fresh flowers: Everyone loves a bouquet of blooms, but caring for one can prove challenging for anyone with a black thumb. Just pour a small amount of 7UP into a vase to preserve them.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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December 15, 2014


Our Refresh the Bed & Bath: In White, Grey, & Natural Boutique opens Friday, August 2, at 3PM ET.

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August 2, 2013

Maybe I’ve been watching too much HGTV, but lately I’ve been daydreaming of a home makeover. While a full renovation may not be in my (er, my landlord’s) budget, I will not be deterred. Instead, I’m starting small, with my home’s problem rooms. You know the kind: those spaces that are just too weirdly shaped, or are lacking windows, or are all too cozy. In my old Boston home there are plenty of nooks and crannies that, no matter what I do, just haven’t worked – yet. Here, some crafty tricks to make even the strangest space feel like it was designed by a pro.

Room Makeover

Our Safavieh Home Furnishings Boutique opens Thursday, January 10, at 3PM ET.

By Anna Kuchinsky, Staff Writer

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January 10, 2013

Mark your calendars. Every day for the next 12 days – starting tomorrow – we’ll be featuring a Rue Living Boutique to help get your home holiday-ready. From décor musts like ornaments and trees to gourmet goodies and tabletop settings, our The 12 Days of Merry Boutiques ensure your holidays are just that.

The best part? For each of these Boutiques, we’ll be doling out a little holiday decorating advice – just check back here daily at 12:30PM. And just to whet your palate, check out our tip for red wine stains below:

If you’re serving red wine at a dinner party, make sure to have some Kosher salt on hand in case of a spill. And if that spill does happen, wet the entire thing and put it in the freezer until you’re ready to launder.

Happy holidays! (And shopping, of course.)

Our The 12 Days of Merry: The Festive Holiday Table Boutique opens Saturday, November 10, at 11AM ET.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Blog Editor

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November 9, 2012