With New Year's resolutions still top of mind, we're on the hunt for stylish and clever ways to stay organized in 2012. Luckily, Rue magazine's January issue is filled with organizational tips for every room in the house. Whether you're looking to banish clutter or create extra room out of limited space, we rounded up our favorite ideas for tackling these dilemmas. Keep reading for inspiration on how to whip your place into shape!
Over the last few years, we said goodbye to some of our favorite shelter prints and watched in awe as the online magazine phenomenon exploded. Our most beloved stylists, bloggers, former editors, and designers took matters into their own hands by shaking up the publishing world of interior design and launching a multitude of inspiring online magazines. Despite the hours we clock in working in front of our computers every day, these publications have introduced us to the new joy of turning a digital page. Take a look at some of our favorite online design reads and let us know which one inspired you the most in 2011!
Rue magazine's holiday issue just launched today, and it's filled with decorative delights that will tickle any home enthusiast. From the simplest objects to the most lavish pieces, we combed through Rue's holiday gift guides to showcase our favorite picks from the issue. If you're still searching for perfect presents for a handful of people, see if you're inspired by these home gifts that made our list.
Rue magazine and HGTV recently teamed up to host a party during Atlanta's Lavish lifestyle blogging conference, and to no surprise, the entrepreneurial team whipped up decor that was not eye-catching but thrifty! To give the event space (the Bradford Gallery) the Rue touch, executive editor Anne Sage and stylist Christina Loucks Ahumada of Anora Grey created a hanging ornament and branch installation. Sage says she was inspired by "the spare, spartan beauty of bare Winter branches and our extremely small budget — we spent around $200 for the whole installation!"
Come September 16, there'll be a new girl town — town being the online-only world of shelter publications and the girl being Rue Magazine. Formed by a foursome of passionate design bloggers (Crystal Gentilello, Anne Sage, Alain Kaczmarski, and Caitlin Flemming), the magazine is proof of the power of the Internet. Not only will it live exclusively in cyberspace, joining the ranks of favorites like Lonny and Nesting Newbies, but the ladies "all met through the wonderful world of blogging," as cofounder and editor in chief Gentilello says. They decided that with a lot of hard work and their shared knowledge, experience, and love for interior design, they could bypass the velvet ropes of the publishing industry and simply . . . launch their own magazine!
Rue has been kind enough to share these exclusive images of the upcoming premiere issue with us as a sneak peek. From the looks of it, it will be chic to the core and full of inspiration for design fanatics like me. I'm seriously swooning over that perfectly styled and accessorized bookcase and anxious to see more of the home it belongs to.
Gentilello also happily obliged to answer some questions about the magazine. Check out my interview below!
CasaSugar: Can you tell me a little about what prompted you to launch Rue?
Crystal Gentilello: In a moment in time when I felt a need for the next big thing in my life, the idea for the magazine came to me last April and on my 27th birthday. It was as if a light turned on in me and there was no stopping me from there! The team formed very naturally soon after that and Rue Magazine began to quickly take shape! In general terms, the idea was just the obvious marriage of two lifelong loves of mine: interior design and writing. On a more specific level, the magazine world can be so sequestered, and we wanted to bring the all-inclusive mentality of design blogging to a shelter publication.
CS: The magazine is a team effort between you, Anne Sage, Alaina Kaczmarski, and Caitlin Flemming. Who plays what role?
CG: I am so proud of the team we've built at Rue! I'm impressed each and every day by these ladies' intelligence, business savvy, creativity, and collaborative attitude. All us have such different professional backgrounds and strengths, but are brought together by an enormous enthusiasm for design and a love of magazines. Anne (cofounder, executive editor) is the most brilliant writer I've ever known and has a knack for producing the most stunning shoots I've ever seen. Alaina (managing editor) has an incredible editorial instinct, vast knowledge of magazines, and a common-sense way about getting to the heart of the matter. And Caitlin's (market editor) eye for picking up on trends before they happen and bringing them together in a way that really tells a story is uncanny.