29 August 2012 21:55 | 2 comments | Posted by

Lifestyle Spotlight On Ralph Lauren Home Fall 2012

The Shanghai Luxe Bedroom at Ralph Lauren. Photo by Style Intel

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.

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Detail shots of the Shanghai Luxe room. Photo by Style Intel

Uptown glamour at Ralph Lauren home. Photo by Style Intel

The living room with a crystal chandelier and floor-to-ceiling screens. Photo by Style Intel

Photo by Style Intel

A rich and lush bedroom with black and gold wallpaper. Photo by Style Intel

Bedroom tablescapes. Photo by Style Intel

The Alpine Lodge. Photo by Style Intel

The living room of the Alpine Lodge. Photo by Style Intel

The bedroom of the Alpine Lodge. Photo by Style Intel

These are inspiring me a lot. Photo by Style Intel

What do you think?

  1. Janice Hannan | December 7th, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    I love everything about Ralph Lauren designs, they are so elegant and inspiring. I can’t seem to get enough of his luxurious collections no matter when he did them. He is the top designer in all aspects as far as I am concerned. I would love to see the flagship Ralph Lauren store in NY. I know I would probably never want to leave.

  2. Betsy Busch-Le Ne' | August 30th, 2012 at 10:57 am #

    Ralph Lauren’s model rooms were always inspiring and even if I couldn’t afford 99% of the furnishings I always came away with great ideas that I could adapt to my budget, as well as a perfumed candle, CD of the great music they always had playing in the store and, from time to time, a set of fabulous sheets!