One of my favorite things to do when I am in New York is to walk up to Madison Avenue to visit the Ralph Lauren women’s mansion to visit the home section on the top floor. I go there to see what fabulous settings the RL Home team has come up with and to find inspiration.
This afternoon I did just that and I was blown away. There are three settings in all. My favorite of course is the uptown glamorous look with all the gilding, the rich dark colors, the gleaming silver boxes, the crystal chandelier, the lush textures, the hints of chinoiserie and the slight nod to the Art Deco. I like that this room is some sort of continuation of last fall’s very much Art Deco interiors. This section features a generous living room with beautiful floor to ceiling black screens with gold outlines, as well as a bedroom wallpapered in black with gold flower branches. The upholstered tufted bed is in velvet, the color of eggplant.
From there you move to another bedroom, this time inspired by the glamour of Art Deco Shanghai. Its highlight is the canopied bed in a rich green with matching headboard. The walls are lacquered black and there are ornate silver mirrors and commodes with silver detailing acting as night stands.
This leads to the Alpine setting where it is all neutrals in warm browns, beiges and taupes. The walls are lined in wood and the floors are covered with sisal layered with shag and fur rugs. There’s even a fire.
The great thing about Ralph Lauren Home displays is that they fully realized their concepts down to the last detail like sugar cubes next to a cup and saucer or a bowl of nuts next to martini glasses. I was told that the team is given only two weeks to execute all three rooms. And they have to do this every season.
My photos are blurry and they don’t do justice to the settings. You have to come see it.