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Posted on: Friday, March 11, 2011

We all strive to live a "comfortable" life, and this can mean many different things. Before turning 50, "comfort" was pretty clear to me. Being raised with a mom who had towels for 'company only', an aunt who had a plastic runner at the front door, and a grandma who always covered the sofa (i still wonder what that sofa looked like), neatness and conserving were expected. Living neat and tidy came to be a habit, clutter, not so much.


A few years back, a friend and I ( we'll call her Georgia) had an opportunity to work as assistants on a 'decor' book. We had a great experience and learned so much. One of the things I came to realize is that the beautiful rooms that we see in the magazines have taken a team to get them that way. Seriously, people just don't live like that.


My favorite stylist, Mary Randolph Carter has written a lot of books and is the stylist and image behind Ralph Lauren (my personal hero, guru, etc.). I am drawn to Mary's style and I now know that her kind of comfort and clutter that she writes about in her books is what I love and try to emulate in my own living. Her last book, A Perfectly Kept House is the Sign of a Misspent Life, says it all. The chapter on clutter spoke to me. These are some of my favorite quotes in the book: "Clutter is a skillfully arranged state of spirit.", "Clutter is all the things you need most, never use, but can't part with.", and "Clutter is the poetry of our homes."

If you come by my house, you will see that I don't have a misspent life. This, to me is comfort. --S.

The Weekly Six!

1. If Dorothy were in town, these little lovelies would knock her socks off.

2. Flash back, vintage Bare Trap sandals (so current, so darling!)
3. A personal favorite, this is a must for artists or the chronic organizer (drawers, cubbies, solid, and a beautiful patina)


The next tree are from our mid-century department. Yep, we have a mid-century department.

4. A beautiful credenza (adjustable shelf and slide doors)

5. Elegant and sleek colored glass vases

6. Simple and perfect vintage art

Quote of the Week

Posted on: Wednesday, March 9, 2011

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There's no point in being a damn fool about it. --W.C. Fileds

C U L T S (+ one).

Posted on: Tuesday, March 8, 2011

  • Urban Outfitters Catalog featured band - March 2011

  • Performing at Coachella!

  • CULTS + Proud Aunt Kathy (see above)...who also happens to be Ruby Rose's Employee of the Month! Kathy's niece Madeline is the lead singer in CULTS!

...did we say PROUD?

The Ruby Review: No Strings Attached

Posted on: Tuesday, February 22, 2011

No Strings Attached: 3.5 stars

From the trailer, this movie appears to be just another romantic comedy, with a meaningless plot and lots of gorgeous people. But the lack of a date for winter formal led me to this adorable movie! Ashton Kutcher plays the predictable cutie, who seems like an airhead but really has a heart of gold, and Natalie Portman portrays his emotionally guarded childhood friend who can't help falling for him. The first part of the movie is a fun distraction from reality, with the couple 'using each other for sex' and nothing more. But as you can guess, that doesn't work out and it blossoms into a perfect love story. Highlight was the amazing homes they live in and the cars they drive; I guarantee you you'll be jealous. -R.

The Ruby Review: The King's Speech


The King's Speech: 4 stars

Being a teenage girl, this wasn't exactly at the top of my films-to-see list, but it was my mother's birthday, and I can never say no to a movie. I have to say I'm glad I went. The King's Speech may have been predictable but it was truly inspiring. All of the characters were vivid and real, and at many points this very dramatic film made me laugh. Helena Bonham Carter was beautiful and eloquent and Colin Firth did an impeccable job with not only a stutter, but playing King George VI with believability and passion. Go see it! -R.

City to City Junkin' Trail Event

Posted on: Thursday, February 17, 2011

A handful of shops (see poster below) are offering an incentive to make your junkin' a lot more fun! Mark your calendars--this event is taking place on Saturday, February 26th! If you own a store and want to jump on the trail of offerings, leave a comment on this post with your store name, location, and what specials you'll have available.

At Ruby Rose a lot of fun things will be happening. The Junk girls will be joining us and selling their handmade bling and art. There will also be a group of Girl Scouts on the premises (think cookies-- yes, it's that time again!). We'll also have a few edibles for you to nibble on while you shop.

Spied at The Rose

This issue of Spied at The Rose has so much style and love between moms and daughters, as well as a lot of style in details. We love the little girl in the blue Holly Hobbie style dress, which was previously worn by her mom when she was young (so cool that her daughter loves it now). Another fave of ours is Sophie, in her Ralph Lauren sweater and pink tutu! Now that is a gal after my own heart. How lucky we are to have spied all of these beauties in our little shop! --S.

New Spring Hours!

Posted on: Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Yes! It is Spring here at Ruby Rose--and that means new hours. We are adding an extra day that you can come see us (more shopping days for you!) and our opening and closing hours are shifting a bit so please take note.

New hours starting this week:

Thursday 11-5
Friday 11-5
Satruday 11-2

Those are the hours that you can always depend on rain or shine. Just to let you know we rarely close at 2 on Saturdays (it ranges anywhere from 3 to 5). We are also always open to appointments, staying open later than our normal hours, opening earlier...whatever you need or may need for guests in town, special occasions, etc. Just give us a call.

Quote of the Week

Posted on: Monday, February 14, 2011

This is the perfect quote, it says it all.

The Alameda Six

Posted on: Sunday, February 13, 2011

Our favorite flea market was finally not rained out this month. It was a clear 70 degree day and three of us represented Ruby Rose. We were all excited. It took one of us about a half an hour to finally focus because it was so overwhelming. Another one of us took off from the crew because the others were moving too slow...and the last one of us kept it cool, although a little common sense slipped her head at one point. For us, this is perfect and normal.

1. This beautiful galvanized tub was our first purchase. There were seven to choose from and this was the lucky one that came home with us. When we went back to pick it up after we finished our rounds, it was sitting alone, all the others gone! Our seller mentioned to us that so many people had tried to buy it. Thank goodness we made up our minds right away!

2. Cake plates. These thick faceted plates are perfect for any table setting--or maybe to make a store bought cake look like a million bucks.

3. Hand-dyed lovelies! These slips are perfect for layering under and over. So current--amazing shades and details.

4. This oval frame with raised glass is amazing on its own, no picture required!

5. Needlepoint pillows are always in style. These large pillows have a mid-century feel.

6. Jenn captures the colors of these flawless beauties perfectly! Not only are these amazing blankets, they are also a work of art.
All images by Jennifer Young of I ART U

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