Tag Archives: Decor

  • Saturday, December 13, 2014

    We enjoy the simple pleasures that come with staying in. We love relaxing to the sounds of a vintage vinyl record, sipping on a cup of coffee, or doing a little redecorating to our kitchen or office. Don't get us wrong - we love to pop the champagne and enjoy a night out on the town, but there is something very comforting about being in your own space. If you are looking to treat yourself to a little something special for the home, or are looking for the perfect gift for the homebody in your life, here are a few of our favorite and unique gifts for the home! 

    We don't know whooo could resist this darling teapot and mugs featuring one of our favorite creatures - the owl! Perfect for brewing your favorite tea and serving with a breakfast pastry or after-dinner treat, we love this quirky set featuring rustic shades of green, red and mustard. owl-mug-teapot

    Rifle Paper Co. never fails to amaze, and these notebooks are no exception! Each piece of Rifle paper Co. artwork, whether it's printed on a journal, Iphone case, or on a greeting card, is handmade by founder Anna Bond and printed on eco-friendly paper. We love keeping these notebooks close by just in case inspiration strikes, we need to jot down a quick list, or feel like working on our sketching skills. rifle-paper-co-notebook

     Even if you can't hear the sweet song of a canary or dove, these vintage-inspired bird cages add a delightfully rustic touch to any space. We adore the intricate wiring and weathered look, and love keeping these up on a shelf with our favorite trinkets or hanging outside in a garden!bird-cages

     These labeled stakes are perfect for the gal with a green thumb (or is working on improving her gardening skills!). Keep your herbs organized with these wooden stakes that complement any garden - large or small! These stakes come in a gorgeous glass-topped box so you can still keep them close by when there is a blanket of snow on the ground. garden-stakes

    Cute and quirky, we love these veggie candles! Perfect for adding a little mood lighting to your kitchen or just keeping as an adorable display, these candles will make anyone who loves spending time in the kitchen smile! In varying hues of red, yellow, orange and green, these veggie candles are at the top of our wishlist. veggie-candles

    We can't wait to spend a little extra time with family and friends this season, and sprucing up our space with a few cute new items is just the trick for refreshing our space! Which of these gifts for the home is your favorite? 


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  • Wednesday, December 10, 2014

    'Tis the season to sparkle! You may have seen sneak peeks here and here, and the much anticipated giveaway has finally arrived! Outfit your home and closet with the most stunning styles of the season from us and eclectic decor by Lulu & Georgia.  Making your holiday even more festive has never been easier with our Very Merry Giveaway - enter now for a chance to win a $500 Ruche gift card and a $500 Lulu & Georgia gift card! 

    Founded in 2012, Lulu & Georgia has quickly become a favorite in homes everywhere, including a few of our favorite bloggers like Pink Peonies and M Loves M! From mid-century styles to cutting edge and contemporary, we are swooning over Lulu & Georgia's collection of pieces for the home. We were so excited to collaborate with the up-and-coming home outfitters with this holiday photoshoot brimming with seasonal inspiration. From the boldest hues of red and green to sweet touches of metallic copper, silver and gold, we loved creating the perfect holiday soiree complete with frosted sugar cookies and too-cute pups Lily and Olive.

    We're simply enamored with the perfect tidings and trimmings provided by Lulu & Georgia and we definitely are looking forward to adding textured dresses, metallic cardigans, and sequin pants to our holiday wardrobes. To see all these gorgeous images in action, press "play" on the video below! 

    If you enter the giveaway, be sure to share it with us by tagging #LGxRuche! Click here to enter now, and make sure to follow Lulu & Georgia on their beautiful Instagram for endless amounts of inspiration for the home. Happy holidays, Ruchettes! 


  • Sunday, November 30, 2014

    Our friend Jordyn of the Pretty Lovely Blog is not only a darling Ruchette, but she is also a talented florist! We're sharing her DIY for a fun and festive holiday centerpiece. If you're looking to spruce up your table, mantel, or favorite nook, this centerpiece is the perfect way to add seasonal blossoms to your holiday decor. Make your own now with a little help from Jordyn herself! 


    Floral Wire
    Waterproof floral tap
    Wire cutters
    Floral clippers
    Your choice of flowers (Jordyn used Eucalyptus, Rose hips, Hypericum, yellow and purple Mums, and Sunflowers)


    Begin by washing out your vase and clippers and prep your florals by removing all of the leaves. This will make the arranging go a lot faster. Ball up a portion of the wire and place it in your vase. Secure it in place with the tape. Start with your chosen foliage to make a base. Cut the stems to size and remove all of the leaves that would be in the water. Keep on adding the foliage until you have a good base. 


    Next I go in with my textural elements like the rose hips and hypericum. You can place those wherever you want. I usually like to have some berries hanging over the edge in front and high off to the side. But really, put them anywhere you want. 


    Then I pick out my showiest flower and place that right in front but not center, just off to the side.  Then start putting in my smaller flowers around it. I like to group the same flowers in three's so that they show up more and make more of a statement. 


    When you have those key pieces in place, fill in with the rest of your flowers and add more rose hips and hypericum. The best part? You can take this smaller centerpiece and incorporate it into a larger, more showy centerpiece in a pinch! 


    Jordyn also recommends making sure your centerpiece is an appropriate height for your table - you don't want to block your guests' view! Lastly, don't worry about making a mistake, it's ok to start over and make sure you take a step back every few minutes to see if your arrangement is lovely from every angle and perspective. The final step? Place on your table and enjoy! 


  • Tuesday, October 21, 2014

    Along with updating our wardrobes with the turn of a season, we also love updating our spaces. While we are on the lookout for our perfect holiday dress, statement necklace, or heels comfortable enough for dancing, we we can't help but adorn our favorite places with a touch of seasonal charm. Planning for holiday parties is just around the corner, so we're taking the tables we use for dining and entertaining and transforming them with hints of copper, pretty pumpkins and gourds, autumnal flowers, and wooden details. Entertaining will be a breeze with a little inspiration from these darling fall table settings!

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    The perfect tablescape is the canvas for your food and drinks and where much of the mingling will occur at your family gathering or holiday soiree. We love changing a table setting based on the theme or tone we want to set for our party, and these fall-inspired settings definitely have us swooning!





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  • Wednesday, July 2, 2014

    Those of us at the office spend most of our time working at our desks. Because this is the space where aim to be creative, innovative, and productive, the personalization of work spaces is essential! Your desk, whether you're working from a home office or in a industrial building, should be a space that serves multiple functions like cultivating your intellect, a place for relaxation and reflection, and have some of the essential comforts of home. Here are some tips for creating a productive work space that is still a reflection of the special person you are!   

    When getting started tackling the challenge of sprucing up an old space or personalizing a new one, the most important thing is to create a space that will help you produce your best work. You want to stay focused, but you also want your desk to inspire you and keep you motivated! Don't forget to look at your surroundings and try to have your space reflect the formality and atmosphere of the rest of the office. 

    When decorating your space to reflect why your style, avoid adding distraction-inducing clutter. A good rule of thumb is when it comes to photos or small prints is to limit them to one or two and place them in simple frame. Having a familiar face at work of a loved one will always induce a smile, which is always nice come Monday morning! Small items like notepads or notebooks are a great way to stay organized while still reflecting your individual taste and personality, along with a pretty patterned mouse pad or cute pen and pencil holder. In addition, we love small, cute trays to hold spare items like paper clips or extra bobby pins without cluttering your desk. You can even keep comfy with a simplistic pillow placed on your desk chair! 

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    In addition to personalizing your desk, your business casual style doesn't have to be boring. Our Business Casual Dress Code Guide is handy for any recent grad entering a new office or if you're looking for some inspiration to revamp your office style. For professional pieces that will easily transition from the week to the weekend, view our collection of summer workwear!  


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  • Wednesday, February 26, 2014

    We’ve stumbled upon two of the cutest kitchen DIY projects, and just in time for the influx of seasonal spring crops at the farmers market! Make the most of your kitchen space with these creative takes on vertical organization. Whether you’ve run out of drawer space to store utensils or haven't found the right spot to grow fresh herbs, your solution lies in these darling DIYs. Try your hand at one of these projects and you just might feel inspired to spend less money on take-out!

    Vertical Kitchen Organization

    View the tutorial on A Beautiful Mess.

    Mason Jar Herb Garden

    View the tutorial on Camille Styles.

    You don’t have to wait until “someday” for a stocked, functioning kitchen -- all it takes is a little creativity! Will you be prepping your kitchen for the season ahead with one of these clever projects?


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  • Wednesday, February 12, 2014

    With outfits from our Get Rustic feature nestled in our closets and rustic weekend activities on our to-do lists, we’re looking for new ways to bring rustic charm into our homes. Here are three of our favorite tips for adding a cozy, rustic touch to bedroom decor!

    1. Introduce natural elements: Bring the outdoors inside with unfinished wood paneling or simple glass bottles filled with feathers and local wildflowers for a Walden-approved environment.

    2. Create a warm palette: For a down-home feel, add various earth tones, like mossy greens and rusty browns to your space. Next, accent the solid shades with southwestern-inspired prints and pretty floral quilts for a finished look.

    3. Add texture and dimension: Liven up your room with country-inspired wainscoting or a wrought iron bed to give the framework of your space a distinctly rustic air.

    All bedroom images from Country Living Magazine: 1, 2, 3.

    To warm your home with rustic flair, shop our home decor and add some new rustic pieces to your wardrobe as well! How have you made your house a rustic home?


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  • Tuesday, February 4, 2014
    We swoon at the mere mention of anything Parisian! So when Megan Silianoff (a previous Ruchette of the Month!) agreed to do a quick home tour of her daughter's Parisian-themed nursery, we couldn't wait to see it. Plus, we had the most adorable tour guide -- Meet Macy, Megan's daughter!
    Upon viewing the room, we immediately noticed how handpicked details, like a Madeline book and a carousel print create that a playful, though decidedly French, ambiance.
    "This C'est Magnifique wallpaper set the European/Parisian theme that I wanted. Because of the busy print - these three pieces are the only artwork I added to the room." - Megan
    You know we can't resist vintage details and meaningful gifts, making the bistro table in the first photo one of our favorite aspects of this darling room.  "[It's] an antique heirloom in Danny's family. It's been passed on generation after generation. It's been a variety of colors throughout its lifetime. Danny's sister painted it red most recently to match Macy's wallpaper."
    Another heartfelt detail we couldn't help but admire was this antique rocking horse. "[This] was a gift from Macy's birth family and fit in with the inspiration of the room perfectly. That's how adoption rolls though - everything just works out the way its supposed to - apparently right down to the nursery décor." - Megan
    Click here to read Meghan's incredible story and be sure to stop by her blog, Greetings From Texas, for more (including the shopping sources for Macy's nursery)!
    Au revoir!

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  • Tuesday, November 12, 2013

    With the holiday season fast approaching, we can’t wait for warm peppermint mochas, twinkling lights, and a calendar full of holiday parties! As etiquette dictates, we never show up to a party empty-handed, so we thought we would take the guesswork out of hostess gift-giving with ten cute hostess gift ideas. You can always bring a bottle of wine in a pinch, but these thoughtful hostess gifts will stand out amongst the bottles of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on the gift table.

    1. For the Vintage Lover: A cute vintage-inspired print perfect for a gallery wall.

    2. For the Crafty Hostess: A darling DIY book filled with adorable creative projects.

    3. For the Perpetual Hostess: Bring blossoming blooms to the party in these charming white vases.

    4. For your Best Friend: A cute way to frame one of your favorite friend memories from the year.

    5. For the Kitchen Maven: These pretty recipe cards by Rifle Paper Co. will help any baker stay organized.

    6. For the Dog Lover: If your hostess is smitten with her pup, she’ll adore this cute pet bowl.

    7. For the Downton Abbey Fan: Any hostess with a penchant for the Victorian will adore this tea cup with saucer and cream and sugar set.

    8. For the Mason Jar Enthusiast: If your hostess leans towards the rustic, this Mason Jar tumbler will become her favorite way to sip sweet iced tea.

    9. For the Charity Minded: For a close friend, this pretty necklace from 31 Bits is a gorgeous gift that also supports a worthy cause.

    10. For the Hopeless Romantic: If your hostess dots her i’s with hearts, we’ve got a gift that is sure to make her swoon.

    There’s nothing like a thoughtful hostess gift for showing your appreciation. Even better, remember to send a handwritten note of gratitude the old-fashioned way with cute stationery. For even more holiday gift ideas, check out our Gift Guide! And if you’re still looking for a holiday soiree outfit, be sure to look through our winter collection for elegant and sophisticated attire (not to mention some festive embellishments!)


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  • Friday, October 18, 2013

    Ruchettes, meet Justina Blakeney, talented designer, creative consultant, and stylist who is known for her impeccable sense of design and lovely aesthetic. In addition to her freelance work, she writes a popular lifestyle blog and curates prettiness on her popular Pinterest page. Having co-authored four design books, collaborated with brands like Etsy, One Kings Lane, and Martha Stewart Weddings, and been featured in Glamour Magazine, Apartment Therapy, and Refinery 29, she recently added another title to her impressive resume: mom! Justina is one of those incredible, creative, hard-working women who inspire us to no end, so read on for our interview with her!

    Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you began your multifaceted career. Have you always loved design?
    Ever since I was a child I was very art and design oriented. I loved to paint, sew and collage. After studying art in college I moved to Italy and began to think about design as a way to make a living using my creative talents. I opened a small boutique for vintage and new-designer clothing and I found that after a few years, I was most excited about the finding vintage objects and furniture for the shop. It was then that I realized my passion for decor and began working on home decor projects. I originally began blogging as a way to do something creative everyday. I loved blogging right away as it was a natural way to combine so many of the things that I love including writing, photography, graphic design, crafting, styling, collaging, curating and decorating. Now, my blog is truly an extension of myself. I blog about all the things that I love--my family, my jungalow, my closet, my obsession will plants and global textiles, wild patterns, thrifted finds and bohemian dwellings. And yes, I've always loved design, although for a while there, I imagined I'd grow up to be a singer, not a designer.

    What have been some of your favorite projects/experiences as a creative consultant, curator, and stylist?
    The project that I completed last month, designing a pre-fab pod made by Kithouse that was used as a pop-up hotel room for four nights for Air BnB--and that project was pretty amazing, also being a guest curator for brands like Martha Stewart and 1st Dibs is a feather in my cap, for sure.

    You’ve become “one of the world’s most followed pinners on Pinterest.” So, that must mean you’re an addict like us too, right? :) Is Pinterest your main source of inspiration?
    Guilty as charged. I'm a total Pinterest addict. I love that it's just a bottomless pit of beauty. I wouldn't say that Pinterest is my MAIN source of inspiration though. I get more inspired when I'm away from the computer, while I'm traveling (even locally) visiting museums or out in nature.

    What’s a typical day like for you? (If there’s such a thing!)
    Each day is drastically different. This can mean one day I'm doing home decor and interior styling and the next day I'm art-directing a photoshoot. My 'gigs' are kinda all over the map and I like it that way. But, as an example--yesterday morning I woke up at 5:30 AM because I've started a new exercise regimen where I work out 3X per week with a personal trainer. We have a barter and I'm decorating her house in exchange for her helping me get healthy. After working out for an hour I came home and wrote my blog post. By 9AM I was out sourcing vintage items for a client. I got home at 1:00PM and worked on a DIY project for a blog post and then I had a 3:30PM brainstorming session with a company that I'm partnering with for a holiday campaign. One thing that is constant day to day is that at least one hour a day dedicated to the blog. Since most of the posts on the blog are original content--I need time to make things, to photograph things, and to lay them out and then to write the posts, too. I also dedicate 20 minutes a day to reading and connecting with other people's blogs and I'm also very active on twitter, instagram and pinterest--these tools help to catalog and share my inspirations throughout the day. And then, there's my daughter. Since my husband and I both work from home (and don't have childcare yet) we hand her off back and forth all day long!

    How does fashion and your personal style play a role in your career?
    I think my crazy boho vibe helps me stand out. The designer/blogger landscape is pretty crowded and having a distinguishable style from the other bloggers out there is important. I have had many people tell me that they can tell when one of my pins enters their feed on Pinterest, before they see my name on it--and that's huge. I think if a brand is looking to partner with a blogger with a boho vibe, I automatically come up as a contender--similarly, if someone is looking for a stylist or a designer that knows how how to pull of mixing color and pattern.

    Is there anything on Ruche you currently adore?
    The Twin Cities Scarf -- a scarf with pockets?? That's just smart. And cute. I want it! And the Welcome to the Sixties Coat -- this is such a fun piece-when it's on, it's like a living piece of art--and the color combo is unusual and appealing, too.

    Just to get to know you a little more, here's a round of quick fire questions!
    -- Heels or ankle boots? Boots!
    -- Polka dots or plaid? Plaid--like an entire outfit of plaid in all different colors!
    -- Chocolate cookies or apple pie? Right now, how 'bout a yam? My trainer would kill me if I ate either of those options right now.
    -- Saturday morning flea market or mimosa brunch? Can I bring a mimosa to the flea market? 'Cause that sounds like heaven.

    Last but not least, we just have to say that your experience and success is truly inspirational. What advice do you have for women looking to pursue creative careers?
    Thank you! First and foremost I'd say find your voice, find your vibe, and discover what sets you apart. Next I'd say do more listening than talking--the answers are all there if you're listening for them. Be open to new and different opportunities, take risks and do not fear rejection. If people say 'no' than take a deep breath and move on to the next thing. It's their loss. Ask for what you're worth, do your homework, be honest, be raw, be real, and be nice to people--and remember, what goes around comes around.

    Justina, thank you SO much for chatting with us! We can't wait to see what you do next. To all of you who adore Justina as much as we do, find out more about her here:
    her site, her blog, pinterest, twitter, instagram.


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