Editors’ Picks: For a Glam Home Office

You’re a go-getter. Your job is coveted. And your home-office space? It should inspire creativity. When it comes to demanding function and style, these three pieces – handpicked by our Rue Living pros – work overtime.

Glam Up Your Home Office

Everett Armchair
In a room that’s traditionally grey and white, make this oak and faux-velvet chair the focal point.

Hollace Table Lamp
You have overhead lighting already, but a stylish task lamp or two will frame your space.

Sete Tray Table
An easy-access spot for your morning cappuccino and croissant. Or a chic home for that printer.

Ready to get to work? Grab these pieces (plus others) in our Glam Up Your Home Office with Desks, Décor, & More Boutique on Tuesday, April 1, at 11AM ET.

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April 1, 2014

Serve Up Italian: Homemade Gnocchi from the Blog Cupcakes and Cashmere

My love for Italian food? Let’s just say, it’s everlasting. Fresh ingredients, savory sauces, seafood – I’m sold. This week, we’re taking our tastebuds through Northern Italy to Tuscany. On the menu: homemade gnocchi with pesto sauce.

Emily Schuman, author of the blog Cupcakes and Cashmere, gushes, “Last week I made it from scratch and was delighted by the results. I love the versatility of gnocchi – that it can work with any sauce (I made a quick pesto) that you have on hand and is far superior to the packaged variety available in stores.”

How to Make Gnocchi

Potatoes, flour, an egg, and a ricer, and dinner is served.

Before you start ricing? Grab cooking essentials at our Sunday Supper: The Tuscan-Inspired Kitchen Boutique on Sunday, March 9, at 11AM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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March 9, 2014

It’s a Smorgasbord: Menu Essentials for a Swedish Spread

The word “smorgasbord” may sound complex, but really, it’s just a Swedish term for a meal offered buffet-style. Looking to make it truly authentic? Here are five foods to feature.

Swedish Menu Essentials

Lingonberry Jam
A tart red fruit spread. Think of this as the Swedish ketchup ­– it goes on everything.

Pickled Herring
Choose mustard, onion, garlic, or dill flavors for this tasty fish.

Swedish Meatballs
To us, they’re cute and tiny. To the Swedes, they’re just meatballs.

Open-Faced Sandwiches
These date back to a time when a slice of bread was used as a plate. Pile it high.

Pea Soup and Pancakes
Savory and sweet, this combination is traditionally served on Thursdays.

Our Sunday Supper: Smorgasbord-Style Boutique opens Sunday, March 2, at 11AM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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March 2, 2014

Today in the Shaker: Grapefruit Rum Cocktails from the Blog Pastry Affair

Sometime between college graduation and now, I realized that I could recreate the same tasty drinks I’d sip at swanky Boston bars for a fraction of the price. Case in point: jalapeño margaritas. Needless to say, my friends were impressed when I served those up last week – salt rim and all.

This week? I went on the hunt for a tart concoction that didn’t scream summer. The answer: rum. Even when packed with grapefruit and oranges, rum – the way it warms from the inside – is ideal for cold weather. “The ruby color, however, is what keeps me coming back,” writes Pastry Affair blogger Kristin Rosenau. “A pink grapefruit is juiced, which is mixed with ginger ale for sweetness, rum for boldness, and triple sec to round out the citrus flavor.” Consider me convinced.

Grapefruit Rum Cocktail Recipe

Click the recipe card to download and print.

A couple of quick tips: Mason jars give this mixture a rustic feel, but it can just as easily be served in a martini glass. And, if you find it too sweet – or you’re looking to cut a couple calories – swap in club soda for the ginger ale.

Our Cocktail Hour: A Splash of Citrus Boutique opens Saturday, March 1, at 11AM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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March 1, 2014

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

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

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

Accent
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

On the Home Front: Behind the USA-Made Brand, Vermont Farm Table

It’s a fact that buying within our borders means the majority of your dough stays local, and you can trace those locally sourced materials back to their roots. Case in point: Vermont Farm Table. This Burlington-based woodworking company has our attention. Here, a bit about the brand.

Vermont Farm Table

With little design education and a lot of dedication, Dustin Glasscoe began this woodworking company out of a two-car garage in Shelburne, Vermont. Utilizing reclaimed and repurposed materials, as well as nontoxic oil-based finishes, each piece is handcrafted to last. Really last. He fully expects them to pass down to future generations.

Thinking twice about buying out of the country? Shop our American Mainstays: USA-Made Cookware & More Boutique on Monday, February 17, at 3PM ET.

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February 17, 2014

On the Table Tonight: Fried Chicken from the Blog Cupcakes and Cashmere

Tomorrow is Presidents’ Day. And in honor of George Washington’s southern roots, we’re whipping up something truly indulgent. Enter: this crispy recipe for classic fried chicken from Cupcakes and Cashmere.

Cupcakes and Cashmere's Fried Chicken Recipe

Photo by Emily Schuman

Topped with lightly fried thyme, rosemary, and sage, then served with a squeeze of lemon, this juicy dish is comfort food at its finest.  So call over friends, pull out a deep cast iron skillet, and treat yourself.

Prep for the evening at our Sunday Supper: Southern Delights Boutique on Sunday, February 16, at 3PM ET.

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February 16, 2014

Guilt-Free Dish: Lemon Basil Pasta from the Blog Love and Lemons

It’s February. And the idea of keeping some kind of resolution… well, let’s just say, I’ll become a morning person just as soon as the Boston sun rises at 5AM. As for diet, thanks to a myriad of food blogs – including one of Rue’s personal favorites, Love and Lemons – it’s easy to put in a valiant effort.

Tonight? Pasta. A personal splurge. But this one’s chock-full of uber-healthy veggies like asparagus, peas, spinach, and basil. Also known as easy, simple, and delicious.

Love and Lemons Pasta Dish

Photo by Jeanine Donofrio

“Despite starting this meal way too late, it comes together super fast,” writes Love and Lemons blogger Jeanine Donofrio. “The lemon and olive oil highlight the crunchy spring vegetables in a bright but simple way. And especially if you’re using homemade pasta, the flavors don’t overwhelm the taste of the fresh noodles.”

Sold.

Next year’s resolution? Making my own pasta. (We’ll see.)

Before you pull out the ingredients? Check out our Sunday Supper: Fast, Fresh, & Healthy Cooking Boutique on Sunday, February 9, at 3PM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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February 9, 2014

Winter Warm-Up: Savory Mushroom Fondue by Chantal

Whether you hit the slopes like a Sochi champ this weekend or went straight from bunny hill to lodge, you’ll want to warm up with a steamy supper. Made with mushrooms, cream, corn flour (cornstarch), and butter, all simmered until thick and then served with cheese and sausage for dipping, this recipe from cookware label Chantal is guaranteed to soothe your insides.

All that’s missing? Friends and a few hot toddies.
Savory Mushroom Fondue Recipe

Click the recipe card to download and print.

Then grab your fondue essentials in our Sunday Supper: Après-Ski Boutique on Sunday, January 12, at 3PM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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January 12, 2014

Bring Casa Alegre to the Dinner Party: A Look Behind the Tabletop Brand

Alegre? It means “cheerful” in Portuguese. And we have to admit, this label lives up to its namesake. Glass antique-like candlesticks in yellow and mint. Personality-packed mugs. Earthenware place settings inspired by fresh dinners at home. Encouraging family-style dining with inviting colors and textures, this brand proves that setting the table doesn’t have to be a chore.
Casa Alegre by Vista Alegre on Rue La La

 

Start your collection at our Casa Alegre by Vista Alegre Boutique on Friday, January 10, at 3PM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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January 10, 2014