Sunday, May 08, 2011

Ralph Lauren, Spring 2011

What I learned: Throw a giant textile over any coffee table for a new look.
Add giant trees to soften the corners of your room.

I came close to calling this blog post "Ralph Lauren: my personal porn" but then I thought of all the crazy Google searches that might come up. Every season I have to check out the master and see what he has been up to and this Spring, he is true to form. His home decor is open and fresh as well as the fashion and fabrics that make up the Ralph Lauren Spring 2011 collection. I did notice he has returned to his cowboy roots a little more than usual (not that there is anything wrong with that) but more importantly, so many of these styles can be easily attained by us with a little imagination and a lot of savings.

What I learned: Take an old blanket or rug and make your own cross-body
bag using straps from an older purse or thrift store belt. Notice the giant chokers,
almost belt size. Get crafting!

What I learned: Mixing a little Navajo with a little floral gives the perfect
masculine/feminine mix. (But we've always known that!)

"I've always believed one could live many lives through the way we dress and the places we travel to, even it just in our imagination. The world is open to us, and each day is an occasion to reinvent ourselves." - Ralph Lauren
What I learned: Reincarnate the butterfly chair! Making your own cover couldn't be easier.
Leather or not try sturdy denim, canvas or an old quilt with random stitching for interest.

What I learned: An ornate gilded mirror breaks up the casual, natural palette.
And I have always loved pictures hanging on a bookcase.

What I learned: It's all in the accessories!

What I learned: When blues do not match perfectly, it gives a 'collected over time' appearance.

What I learned: Western blanket and lace!
Am I crazy? Should we paint part of an old pair of boots with silver paint?

What I learned: Use a bowl for the bread, not a plate.

What I learned:
Keeping the palette neutral will make haberdashery dressing more feminine.

What I learned: Pinstripes and damask, hounds tooth and crewel!

" I like things that are worn. I don't like newness... I still wear old things. And I wear new things. And the old things that I love are non-fashion. There's a timeless quality and an unfashionable sensibility... they're utility, the things you wear to work in, they're the things that have sort of an honesty." - Ralph Lauren

What I learned: My passion for broken statuary can still be stylish.

What I learned: Add a little crochet lace to a tired old jacket sleeve.

What I learned: Patterns can blend perfectly in the right color combination.

What I learned: Fabulous clothing can be hung as art!

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  1. I was just wondering the other day if your new direction in design would still leave room for RL. So glad it does!

  2. I'm crazy for Ralph Lauren!

    It's classy and timeless. Can't get enough.

  3. OMG! I have always loved Ralph Lauren. Maybe it's the cowgirl in me, or the antiquing, or anything that reminds me of of the west!

  4. I had to comment on this post NO ONE AND I MEAN NO ONE does it al well as Ralph Lauren!! He is the all time best at design and style!!



  5. Great post. When I first saw this collection it took me back to the early 70's, when I was still in high school. Chokers, leather with fringe, crocheted lace. loved it then, glad to see what's come full circle.

  6. I just love the rich colors and textures! Ralph Lauren knows how to create lovely clothes and home decor!

  7. I posted a pic from the collection a few weeks ago on my blog, too.....I just love your recap and addition of home fashion as well! Yummy!!!!

  8. What a perfect Monday post! I'm energized. And inspired. Thanks for the great information, as always!

  9. Great Post...! lots of cool ideas from the ultimate idea lady of the USA!

  10. OH MY!!! RL porn is spot on! Lol. What a perfect collection to view before going to bed. How I hope my dreams will be influenced by these visuals!

  11. I heard Oprah will be interviewing Ralph L. at his ranch in one has ever been allowed to film on this property in his house...should be interesting!

  12. Oprah just interviewed Ralph L. at his ranch in one has ever been allowed to film on this ranch...don't know when this will air, but soon...only a few days left. Should be interesting!

  13. In sympathy with your camper trailer purchase, I too have just bought one. I am having a log cabin built in Charlottesville Va and needed some place to live on weekends during construction. I got a 28" trailer from Craig's List for $1800 and everything except the lights work from a propane tank. I got a car battery for the lights. This week I put down a Lowe's carpet throughout. And I tore out one side of the built in eating booth. It took up too much room. Now I have a 3' x 7' living room which is luxurious. I am going to buy a generator though to run more appliances with. My property has no electricity.

    I am egger to see how you are going to decorate your trailer. Ann

  14. I'm in Love! And those boots? Just might inspire me to wear a pair! The natural tones and the style...can see why you'd call it your porn!

  15. Yummmmmeeee! I am inspired. Thanks for the inspiration.

  16. I loved this post, what a fun and fresh way to talk about designing and trends!

  17. Debbie, We miss hearing from you? Hope your having a great summer.

  18. I love Ralph Lauren. I love old and worn. My husband, on the other hand, likes new, but his "old" polo sweatshirts (he has one in every color) have lasted for years. Timeless and quality. Can't beat it.

    Marvelous post!

  19. Love the combinations of color and patterns. You have a good eye.


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