The hardest part of spring cleaning? Disposing of all the stuff I’ve deemed clutter. But in an effort to be a little more DIY-saavy this year (in no small part thanks to Pinterest), I’m challenging myself to come up with crafty ways to reuse old items. Here, some spring DIY inspiration:
For me, the home is so much more than just a place to eat and sleep. It’s where I can unwind in full and regain my sanity after a long, busy day. And that means it needs to be full of personal touches and creature comforts. Call it a result of my upbringing, but I can’t imagine living in a place that feels stiff. Give me a comfy homestead instead of cookie-cutter one any day.
So forget the pages of that catalog. Instead, opt for some of these pieces, sure to pack your home with comfort and personality that’s undeniably yours.
Create a Magazine-Worthy Vignette with Tips from Home Guru Eddie Ross
It’s no secret that our Home Editorial Director, Eddie Ross, knows a thing or two about setting a mean table. Don’t believe us? Just check out this month’s Lonny Magazine, featuring a tablescape for a cozy winter luncheon styled by Eddie himself. The bold color combos show Eddie has mastered the art of mixing and matching – and now, he shares his tips.
Photo credit: Patrick Cline
Embrace a vibrant tablecloth. It’s the simplest way to take something inherited – like generations-old china – and instantly infuse a cool factor.
Look for color in other places. Set out some colored glasses, or add patterned napkins. In January, when things are dreariest, a bright and colorful home adds instant cheer.
Think outside the box. In Eddie’s words, “Sometimes rules are made to be broken. Break up sets up china, use something casual with something formal, play with patterns.” The best mix-and-match successes transform classic pieces into something totally unique.
To get started on a colorful tablescape of your own, check out our Be Bold, Be Bright: The Hue-Happy Table Boutique, open now. And don’t miss Lonny Magazine’s January/February edition for even more color-happy wisdom from Eddie.
By Anna Kuchinsky, Staff Writer
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Think neutrals are boring? Think again. With their ability to hold down a room on their own and mix with rich textures and bold colors, these subtle hues are the darlings of the interior design world. Don’t believe me? Just check out these three ways to decorate with anything-but-dull shades:
For a classic and sophisticated space, layer your neutrals and add depth with different textures – just make sure to stay within the same color family. Tip: Pair soft and tough fabrics like silk and burlap, then go from there.
Add a Pop of Color
The best part about a neutral room? The simple addition of a bold accent color can instantly breathe new life into your already-existing décor. Tip: Add bright green throw pillows to a white or beige couch for a fresh look.
Play with Patterns
Bringing in bright color isn’t the only way to liven up a room. Combining contrasting patterns – in the same neutral family – is a surefire way to invigorate your space.
Tip: Mix a traditional floral fabric with a large geometric print.
We’ve cleaned house so you can do the same. Starting 8PM ET on Tuesday, December 25, our every category – think coats, jewelry, heels, home decor, and more – will all be up for grabs, at everything-must-go pricepoints. You know what a spic-and-span Rue warehouse means, after all: just that much more room for a whole new year’s worth of style.
Turning Thanksgiving dinner into a buffet-style extravaganza is a surefire way to ease tension when you’re home (and hosting) for the holidays, especially when the meal itself takes days to prepare. Spend less time cleaning and more time eating – and let guests fill up on as many waistband-stretching helpings as they please – with these self-serve tips.
Location, location, location.
Be creative with your table placement. If you have both a kitchen and dining room, it’s easy to create separate zones for serving and eating. If not, you can host the buffet on a wooden sideboard, a dresser, a desk – or even a door propped up on sawhorses and covered with a floor-length tablecloth. Just try to keep the table away from the wall so guests can access it from all sides, and set up the décor and serving dishes the night before.
Define your color palette and style it seasonally.
Floral arrangements need not apply. Instead, take cues from seasonal bounty and style the table with gourds, grapevines, or crab apple branches. You can also place clustered vignettes (try any combination of rose hips, artichokes, beets, eggplants, mini pumpkins, and sweet peppers) between your serving dishes for a dazzling, colorful spread. If you’re craving candles, choose the flameless variety – no one wants a side of smoking sleeves with their sweet potatoes.
To create additional serving space, stack vintage wooden cheese boxes or bricks wrapped in cloth napkins, then place your platters and décor on different heights to spur visual interest and increase functionality. Just keep it classy, not cluttered, and make sure everything is stable. You can even move décor to baskets on the floor, mantel, or side tables to make more room for the all-important food.
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.
I love dressing up the outdoors and indoors to make a warm, festive welcoming, and there is no better time to do this in New England than the fall. So before the leaves blow off the trees, take some time this weekend to carry that breathtaking backdrop of autumn straight into your fall décor. Here are some quick tips:
Frame the front door with cornstalks. Find them at your local nursery or craft store, and then place them upright next to the door. (Bonus points for one on each side.)
Fill your flower boxes with gourds. So simple, and you don’t have to worry about wilting at the first sign of frost.
Autumn-ize the mantel. A leaf-sprawled mantel with a touch of golden wheat? I can’t think of a better way to cozy up the home.
Meet Dominique and Nathan, an in-love couple with not-so-harmonious decorating styles. Dominique is all about a simple, black-and-white color scheme, while musician Nathan craves vibrant colors to inspire him. The cure for their dispute? Simple – just add red.
Designer Vanessa Deleon maintains some of Dominique’s favorite elements (like her zebra print rug), but revamps the room with splashes of color via a red accent wall and tons of throw pillows. Vanessa creates a faux window simply by hanging sheer panels from a curtain rod over a hanging photo of busy NYC streets, which brings a sense of the outdoors in (always crucial when it comes to city living). The end result of the makeover is a simple room with tons of unique touches. The mounted mirror candleholders? I think I’ve found my next DIY project.