Beanbag chairs: the stuff our tween dreams were made of. And now, Alexander Wang has single-handedly made us yearn for the slouchy furniture once again. How? With a high-end leather version for a cool $8,800.

The designer – always chic with a bit of edge – teamed up with Poltrona Frau for a capsule collection boasting two styles of his black leather and brass beanbag chair, as well as a matte leather trunk bar.

It’s official: I’m adding these buttery-soft beauties to my already extensive Alexander Wang wish list.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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January 28, 2015

Perhaps you recognize Serena & Lily‘s print-happy designs. You’ve spent some time flipping through – and coveting everything in – a catalog or two. Or maybe it’s even your go-to home brand. But do you have any idea how it all began? We’ll tell you.

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Once upon a time in 2003…
Design-savvy Serena Dugan met business maven Lily Kanter. Eight months later, 15 whimsical nursery collections were born.

Celebrity moms? Obsessed.
And so is everyone else. In 2006 the brand is featured – twice – in PEOPLE magazine. By the end of the year, designs are in 600 stores.

Hello, growth spurt.
Grown-up bedding in 2009. Upholstered furniture in 2010. Entertaining musts in 2011. Two retail locations (in San Francisco and the Hamptons). Serena & Lily officially has it all.

Ready to redecorate with confidence? Our Serena & Lily Boutique opens Thursday, January 22, at 3PM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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January 22, 2015

There’s something freeing about the start of a new year. It’s a chance to recharge and reset everything from your diet and exercise habits to your TV intake (so long, Bravo). But few things can have a restorative effective on the psyche like a change of scenery at home. Whether you’ve resolved to make over your entire abode or vowed to update a few key corners, one simple trick can keep that fresh-feeling momentum going long after the ball has dropped.

New Year Home Makeover

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January 1, 2014

Four HandsOur Four Hands: First Time on Rue Boutique opens Monday, April 8, at 11AM ET.

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April 8, 2013

Living with a significant other can be difficult when you have completely opposite tastes in design. To easily merge your décor preferences, check out my tips for stylish cohabitation below.

Find a wall color that makes you both feel at home.
Greens, yellows, and creams work well as neutral colors.

Choose your storage unit wisely.
Storage is a huge necessity when you’re living with someone, so make sure to find the perfect wall unit that will fit both your love of sports memorabilia and their love of porcelain figurines.

Compromise is key.
If your partner is into stark modern design and your taste is more sumptuous, make sure to include soft touches such as plush throw pillows and soothing candles to help soften the minimalist look.

It’s okay to let everybody win.
If you can’t compromise on furniture, keep it all. Place your sharp leather couch atop their super soft shag rug – it’ll make you both happy and create a contemporary-meets-cozy space that you both can live with.

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November 14, 2012

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Who said upholstery materials and prints are for décor alone? Here, ten easy tips to incorporate upholstery and other nontraditional materials into your wardrobe:

1. Your ratty old jeans are so comfy, and yet the holes are so UN-chic. Let some patches do the work to spruce them up!
2. Nothing takes a beating like your handbag… so why not allow it to be walked on? It can be when it’s a carpet bag.
3. If you could walk a mile in these shoes, you’d see that they need some loving. With just a can of Simply Spray Fabric Paint, they’re suddenly made for walking.
4. Fanny packs went out with David Hasselhoff in the 80s, and now we love Lady Gaga and hip bags. Between you and me, the name might be different, but they’re still fanny packs – extra cute when they’re made out of upholstery fabrics!
5. A bike can be so utilitarian unless you jazz up the seat with fabric like this. Seriously loving the floral terrycloth!
6. I am obsessed with vintage bow ties. This bow-tie hairpiece ups the ante and this ring raises the ante even more.
7. Buckle up for safety… or just to protect your MacBook®. Now you can go from 0 to 60 with this seat-belt briefcase when pitching your ideas at the office.
8. No, this fab vintage swing coat is not Chanel, but rather chenille… and Coco would be envious.
9. Brocade isn’t just for plastic-encased living room couches anymore.  It’s perfect for a chic dinner-party dress.
10. Take samples from an old leather furniture company, give them a ladylike S&M vibe, and – voilà – this fringe necklace!

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October 31, 2012

AN INTERVIEW WITH ALEX BERNHARDT, JR.

Bernhardt A room Alex loves

It’s high time to feather our nest, so we went right to the source. Alex Bernhardt, whose furniture company bears his name and earns praise for its modern refinement, shares a room he loves, a little of his design sensibility, and more.

Rue La La: Who has made a huge impact on you in this industry?
ABJ: My father, Alex Bernhardt, Sr., CEO and Chairman of our company.
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February 11, 2010