When it comes to interiors, I am most inspired by Ralph Lauren. His style is timeless. I love his mix of traditional vintage mixed with modern lines. His use of textures with velvets, linen, and natural woven grasses. Years ago, I saved an article from House Beautiful from November 2004, "How to Get the New Ralph Lauren Look". I saved the article for six years before I finally used the pictures to design our final renovation project. It probably wasn't a "new" look by then, but RL never goes out of style. It's classic. Unfortunately, I gave my pictures from the article to our contractor to use for our project and they were never returned. I searched the Internet trying to find it with no luck. Finally, I went through all my house files yesterday while cleaning out my office and stumbled across one lone page from the article. Victory! I had the issue date and a little info to investigate. I love this article, it's about the Lauren Showhouse in the Hamptons. The House Beautiful website doesn't have their achived articles back that far, but I found a great blog post from the Bittersweet blog by Margot Klope with the pictures of the article. Click on the picture below to view his fabulous rooms that inspired our home and read the Bittersweet blog post about the article.
Here is the dining room porch picture that inspired the new vaulted ceiling in our converted porch dining room and our woven chairs.
|Porch Dining from House Beautiful 2004 Via Bittersweet Blog from Margot Klope|
Also, the black and white striped Roman Shades inspired me to find black and tan plaid & houndstooth coordinating fabrics for our new family room. Most of our home is blues and neutrals, instead I decided to try for a little cozier look the new family room addition.
|Nailhead Velvet Chairs from Club Furniture|
Lamps Pottery Barn
Asian Ming Side Tables from Nantucket Trading Emporium in Vero Beach
Burlap Storage Ottoman from Ballad Designs
|Velvet Striped Wing Chair from Consignment at A & T Antiques in Orlando, FL|
Nautical Ship Print from Interiors in Winter Park, FL
|Black modern sofa with tufted buttons on back from Robb and Stucky|
$5000.00 Retail--bought on sale as floor sample for $2,500.00
There is also a wonderful blog post with more great pictures of Ralph Lauren style. It's another house in the Hamptons of Vice Presidents of design for RL James and Whitney Fairchild. Click on the picture to view Michael Penney's Style blog and see fabulous pictures of this home.
|Click on cover to view home's interior pictures and read article & post by Michael Penney Style blog|
I especially love Ralph Lauren's use of blue and white throughout these Hamptons showplaces. We decided to change our colors to cool blues and neutrals in our living room and master bedroom and incorporate the bamboo, pine and woven sisal flooring. Our Master Bedroom also has bamboo & diamond woven Ralph Lauren Home nightstands, a 1940's bamboo tray table, zebra rug and vintage nautical paintings.
|Ralph Lauren Nightstand|
Bamboo Shades Home Depot
Cottage Style Plantation Shutters
Glass Lamp Ethan Allen
Driftwood Sisal Wall to Wall Carpeting
|Ralph Lauren French-Style Hearth Chair |
|Ralph Lauren Home Painted Cabinet |
|Ralph Lauren Home Blue & White Charger Plate|
|1940's Style Plantation Chair|
|Ralph Lauren Home Two Apothcary Pots|
|Ralph Lauren Home "Farmhouse" Cupboard|
The Ralph Lauren website is also a great source for style ideas for your own home. My mom and I have spent hours together browsing the site for home ideas and inspiration. There's a extensive archive available online to view his rooms and collections from years past. The Ralph Lauren site is also a great place to shop the RL collections and accessories with informative style articles to help achieve his classic style.
|Ralph Lauren Rosecliff Bedding Collection|
Via Ralph Lauren Home
|Ricky Lauren The Hamptons|
Via Ralph Lauren Website
|A Perfectly Kept House is the Sign of a Misspent Life.|
Via Ralph Lauren Website