A Lesson in Lighting: The 3 Types, Defined

Achieve your ideal lighting by layering these three common types. Think about whether you use the space ­­for work or entertaining, then begin.

How to Choose the Right Lighting

Ceiling lights. Floor lamps. Any fixture meant to evenly illuminate an entire space. Usually directed downward.

Over a reading chair, at a desk, under cabinets in the kitchen – function-based and intended to target a specific spot.

Purely for show and aesthetics. Think wall lights highlighting a painting, outdoor spotlights on a house or tree, or a stylish lamp used for decorative purposes.

Illuminate every corner at our Gallery of Lights: Lamps, Chandeliers, & More Boutique on Wednesday, February 19, at 3PM ET.

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February 19, 2014

3 Easy, Yet Artful, Home Updates

Infusing something noticeably surprising into a room does not  require an absolute overhaul. In fact, simple changes can make the biggest impact. Here, a few tweaks to try.

Easy and Artful Home Updates


Add drama to your windows
Install rods just an inch or two above the window. Then, let those curtains drape low, creating a puddling effect on the floor.

Incorporate extra seating
Store an ottoman or stool under a console. When guests drop by? Pull these out for chic, space-saving seats.

Play with pillow proportions
The fastest way to change up a room’s look: throw pillows. Try mixing oblong or round pieces in with your all-square arrangement.

Start building your creative spaces with The Total Home It List Boutique, opening Saturday, February 8, at 3PM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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February 8, 2014

Let’s Redecorate: Pair Neutrals with Color

Neutrals upon neutrals throughout the house can create a serene, made-to-kick-back space. But whether in the form of wall paint or accent pieces, a hint of color will add life to your neutral scheme. Here, three combinations to try.

How to Pair Neutrals & Color in the Home

January 23, 2014

The White Sale = Updates for Every Room

Those home essentials you’ve been eyeing? Now’s the time. Scoop them up and give your abode a little revamp. Here are three ideas to get you inspired.

Update Every Room with the Rue La La White Sale

In the Living Room or Outdoor Patio
Grab multiple decorative pillows now and swap them throughout the year for a quick and easy changeup.

In the Dining Room
Can’t decide between your two (or three) favorite rugs? You don’t have to. Get them all and start layering.

In the Bedroom
Stock up on extra sheet sets that would otherwise be a big investment.

Ready to get started? Visit The White Sale on Thursday, January 16, at 3PM ET.

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January 16, 2014

Ready the Floors: Sizing a Room for a Rug

Not too big, not too small – we'll help you find the perfect fit.


Whatever the size or shape of a room, a rug can bring it to life – or result in a decorating disaster. You can change the furniture, paint the walls, and re-accessorize each season, but a rug seems to be the one thing that endures – which is why we roll them up once a year and start from scratch (the wine stains have nothing to do with it). So, before you make your decision, make sure it’s just right with this fail-safe size guide and a few helpful tips. Then, get shopping.

Assess your space
Furniture, floor, walls, room size – these are all things to consider before choosing a rug. For instance, bold, patterned rugs reduce the appearance of space, giving large rooms a cozy, inviting feel, while solid, light-color rugs make smaller rooms look brighter and more spacious.

Visualize the rug
With masking tape, create a border on the floor where you would like the rug to lie. Make sure the amount of bare floor between the rug and the furniture/walls is even to ensure balance.

Be realistic when it comes to your lifestyle
“Going green,” allergies, or small children? These are all things to consider. Additionally, a plush white carpet may look pristine and feel cozy underfoot, but when it comes to upkeep, it’s a bear. Find a middle point between aesthetics and easy maintenance. You’ll thank yourself later.

The Rug Tent Sale opens Friday, December 28, at 3PM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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December 28, 2012

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

1. coco+kelley
Stylist Cassandra explains the ins and outs of design so well, recreating our own space is a breeze.

2. Pink Wallpaper
We’re ready to rip up our entire kitchen after staring at all of this design inspiration.

3. The Daily Spark
The only thing we love more than Matchbook magazine itself? Its design blog.

4. Urban Grace
Crisp and clean spaces feel totally relaxing – and have us itching to cozy up.

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

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November 8, 2012

Choose Your Own Aesthetic: The Master Suite

Split into three aesthetic categories – Relaxed, Refined, and Romantic – our Rue Project: The Master Suite Re-Do Boutique packs every last detail you need to kick that bed and bath up into Master Suite status. Sort of like a Choose Your Own Adventure book – just way better.

For the Refined suite: Keep hues classically understated (like this cream throw and bedding). Structure is also crucial in achieving a more tailored look; this angular lamp adds a perfect touch of polish.

For the Relaxed suite: Here, comfort is key. Paired with low-key bedding, this blue rug keeps things easy-breezy casual. And to drive the point home? Slip into a blissfully soft terry robe.

For the Romantic suite. With slightly darker hues (like camel-colored bedding), a smattering of ornate details (like this artfully carved bench), and ethereal window panels (to render any ray of sunlight a soft, golden glow), the mood is most definitely set.

Our Rue Project: The Master Suite Re-Do Boutique opens Tuesday, October 16, at 3PM ET.

By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer

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October 16, 2012

Eye on Design: One-on-One with Workstead

Facebook. Natalie Portman. Wythe HotelBarneys CO-OP. Not only are these all infinitely cool (and a few of our favorite) things – they just so happen to be a small sampling of Brooklyn design firm Workstead‘s exceptionally prestigious (and rapidly expanding) roll call of clients.

Founded in 2009 by husband-and-wife team Stefanie Brechbuehler and Robert Andrew Highsmith - and joined by Ryan Mahoney - Workstead has quickly made a name for itself as an architectural and interior design powerhouse, with its reach extending across the U.S. to, literally, the other side of the globe (they’re involved in the design of the Levi’s flagship store in Tokyo). The oh-so of-the-moment Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, for example? Its entirely one-of-a-kind public spaces (The Ides bar included) were all their designs. And then, there are their totally unique light fixtures – the Industrial Chandelier, for one – that grew so popular so fast, they’re now sold in shops throughout New York City and Los Angeles (and, luckily for us, online).

We sat down with Stefanie for more on Workstead’s aesthetic, the firm’s trip to the top, and how exactly those amazing light fixtures came about (hint: utter necessity).

RLL: First off – we love your firm’s name. How’d you come up with it?

Stefanie: One night, we were eating dinner at Vinegar Hill House in Brooklyn, and their menu included a Farmstead cheese platter. I just loved that word, and mentioned it to Robert. I kept repeating it, then isolated the word “stead.” It felt like a very wholesome word, a word of depth and quality. He agreed. On a long road trip the next day, we passed time by thinking of words that would go with “stead.” Robert was the one who came up with “Work.” It was such an epiphany – we just loved it.  We then checked to see if the “.com” was available and, strangely, it was. Such a lucky thing, indeed…

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October 15, 2012