At Home With Ralph Lauren

There are three designers that I not only wear, but whose furnishings and/or accessories can be found in an eclectic mix throughout Casa B. Yes, most of you know that I love Tory Burch, Kate Spade and Ralph Lauren. The latter of which has been a staple in my closet for as long as I could spell his name in pen and not crayon. Yes, that long. As a design blogger, I get a lot of catalogs, and access to collections before the glossy pages end up in your mailbox. Sometimes, it can be overwhelming, but my job is to sort through it all for my readers, and I wouldn’t change a thing. So in the past few years, I have been getting magazines from Ralph Lauren, they are introductions to his upcoming collections. Simply put they are breath-taking. He wears luxury like a second skin. In the current issue (some of the images included were from the 2011 home collection), I not only know what is upcoming in the world of home fashion, but I also feel rather close to his family, of whom are often featured in sets across the globe-Tuscany, London or other major metropolis.’ He makes jet-setting look easy if not fashionable, and I am transported into a world of fine living, and I like it. This multi-million dollar brand has assaulted our senses with the finer things in life, from the hills of Tuscany to modern London. Ralph Lauren is no longer synonymous with worn horse leather chairs paired with tartan sofas, but it has evolved into country chic and old world glamour. Fall at Ralph Lauren is a “time of sensuous fabrics and rich textures, of color…” The catalog and collection are opulent, and luxurious from furniture lacquered in glossy black to black porcelain and 24K gold tableware. The offerings in his home furnishing collections are vast, and timeless whether it focuses on organic linens or Leather and gold Leaf Louis XV tables, there is always inspiration for everyone. It’s a lifestyle, and an attainable one even if we can’t travel to glamorous destinations in a private jet.

When I was in NYC in the Spring for the Architectural Digest Show, I toured the tables for DIFFA, most of which were designed by some of the top names in our industry. Of course, the team at Ralph Lauren created a tablescape that I was quite taken with, it was ethereal and romantic from the draping of natural fabrics to an over-sized floral chandelier hanging from a pergola-esque structure. The latter made from wood that looked it had washed up on the beach, a patina that can only be achieved by the effects of sun and surf. Yes, Ralph Lauren also has re-defined the look of romance, and so beautifully. I wanted to share some images from his latest collection, of course Fashion Week is always buzzing about his pieces, several of my very lucky friends were invited to a chic and unique party at Central Park in NYC during the unveiling of his Collection for Fall 2014. How lucky were they? So until I get an invitation, I say “dream on dreamer…” Now for a little visual treat and inspiration…

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This rendering is of Villa Cetinale, the setting for part of the mens collection…

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All that glitters is gold and black….

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The sophistication of black lacquer…

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Harking back to the 30′s and old world glamour.

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Gold and black are synonymous with luxury and sophistication, and are always timeless.


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It’s a glamorous life…

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The home of Ralph Lauren (no further words necessary)…

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Photo/ Vicki Gladle Bolick-theaceofspaceblog.com

The DIFFA table designed by the team at Ralph Lauren during The Architectural Digest Show, although all the tables were noteworthy this was by far one of my favorites…

I hope you enjoyed a little taste of the new collections at Ralph Lauren, and as always don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook & Twitter for more design inspiration, and upcoming trends. The social media icons are located at the top of the page…

Until next time,

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Kohler :: Design With A Vision

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, then you know that I am a full-fledged interior designer (before I became a full-time design blogger). There were a lot of nights that I made the trek into Atlanta to attend the Atlanta College of Art before it became SCAD (six months shy of graduating before finishing at Vanguard). I can hand draft (and prefer too), read blueprints better than I can my handwriting, and I see the world in terms of balance, symmetry and scale. So when I have a chance to use my hard-earned education, I will. So let’s go back to Spring 2014, I received an e-mail from one of my favorite P/R firms out of NYC, Sharp Communications, and the team of Josh Schoenfelder (Lauren and Kate). Josh wanted to see if I would be interested in designing a vanity with Kohler and then installing it in our home. Well….I thought about it for less than an NY minute, and never looked back. (I do want to mention that one vanity morphed into an entire bath outfitted with fabulous product from Kohler). The opportunity to partner with the leader in kitchen and bath fixtures and furniture was a chance to not only flex my design muscle, but upgrade our builder grade bathroom with cutting edge product and luxury bath cabinets constructed from premium hardwoods. Collaborating with Kohler is a great honour, and with boxes of product filling our garage, I feel like an (overly) excited child eagerly waiting to open her much anticipated Christmas presents. We are a few weeks away from the demo, and have signed on a fabulous contractor, purchased our tile (our master is going to be swathed in Carrera marble, hexagonal tiles for the shower floor, 12″x24″s and subway for the shower walls). All of which will be upstaged by the Kohler vanity, fixtures and lighting. Yes, lighting. Kohler has included every last lavish detail in the Tailored Vanity Collection (you can view the product brochure here) http://kohler.dirxion.com/tailoredvanities/app.php?RelId=6.1.8.2. It’s an opportunity to choose your exterior, choose your interior, choose your top and coordinating components. They have made it easy to customize your bath from a stunning array of choices, for Mr. B and I the challenge was making a decision since we both had our vision of what the master would look like. Typical marital discord over design choices, sound familiar? In the end we chose a 72″ dual sink vanity from the Poplin Collection in Woolen Oak complete with custom drawer dividers, his and hers. Mine has a roll out appliance tray, make-up tray and drawer dividers. Mr. B. chose the side mount power strip and drawer dividers (we’ll share the appliance tray). From the inside to the outside we customized our vanity to reflect the way we live. Kohler has created a collection that is not only “thoughtfully designed”, but beautifully tailored. The vanity is topped with a Solid Expressions top (field trimmable) in white, which will pair beautifully with the Carrera. I love contrasts and the warm woods, paired with subtly veined white marble will transform our bath into a luxe and stunning sanctuary complete with custom features courtesy of Kohler. I want a bath that feels sleek and chic, and this pioneer in kitchen and bath fixture has afforded us an opportunity to create our dream bath including a designer commode, automated shower controls, towel racks, matching vanity mirrors and sophisticated lighting. Kohler’s Tailored Bath Collection truly has something for everyone from cottage style to urban chic, offering an array of choices.

If you followed my personal tour of HGTV’s Urban Oasis 2014  (www.urbanoasis) then you know that Kohler is a sponsor, the baths are resplendent in Kohler product http://www.us.kohler.com/us/Bathroom-Vanities-&-Console-Tables/category/1018351/429204.htm, and all are stunning. I’m so excited to have my readers be a part of this transformation from the demolition of our old master to the “afters.” I’ll be sharing the process from start to finish including tips on how you can build your dream sanctuary. We are even video taping the renovation to document our progress every step of the way and sharing it online. Now for the pictures showcasing some of the product we’ll be using in the transformation, I’m even biting the bullet and using wallpaper in the toilet area (if any of my former clients are reading this I know I’ve always said “no”to wallpaper in a bath, but it’s going to be in the separate toilet room). It’s time to make bold choices in our bath.

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Our Vanity is from Kohler’s Poplin Collection, and we chose the finishes, the inside, sink and top allowing us to customize our choices…

KohlercollageA design concept board for our bathroom, showcasing our product from Koher. (1) Our tile choices, using hexagonal & rectangular Carrera & subway tile. (2) A Kohler Hydrorail Shower Column. (3) The focal point of our bath the Poplin Vanity (ours is dual) from The Tailored Vanity Collection from Kohler. (4) From the “Memoirs” Collection a comfort height toilet. I love the elegant architecture of this piece. (5) The wallpaper for our toilet room, “Mr. Blow in Atlantis” from Walnut Wallpaper (It’s a Blowfish, and I have been obsessed with this wallpaper for a very long time). (6) My plan called for three Puritan Sconces from Kohler, two flanking the mirror and one in the center.

I’ll be sharing more of our selections in the coming weeks as the Master-bath progresses…I want to give a huge thanks to Kohler for making all our Master-bath dreams come true…For more information about The Tailored Bath Collection visit http://kohler.dirxion.com/tailoredvanities/app.php?RelId=6.1.8.2

As a side note: we received product as compensation for our collaboration and blog posts, but as always the musings and opinions are purely my own.

Until next time,

BE INSPIRED. BE AMAZING.

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HGTV Urban Oasis :: Part 2

Here is Part 2 of the tour with Lindsay Pumpa, HGTV Urban Oasis Interior Designer. Lindsay is a delight, not only was she hand-picked as the Urban Oasis designer, but she has a portfolio of work that is truly stellar (www.lpumpadesigns.com). Based out of Florida she has been the lead on the last three houses. She is engaging, talented and funny. Which was just what I needed after getting caught in a torrential downpour that was taking place outside this sanctuary. While she looked picture perfect, I looked like I had stuck my hand inside one of the Jonathan Adler light fixtures, and the electrical shock went straight to the top of my head. So you’ll notice that there are pictures of me with Lindsay suspiciously missing. I’ll be taking a rain-check on any photo opportunities.

Part 2 is all about the back of the residence, the one that is accessed by walking down a long hallway accentuated by bold horizontal stripes running down its length. An added treat was the custom artwork painted by various Atlanta talent lining the walls. The lucky winner will have their own personal art gallery of sorts housed inside this haven of luxury. Our next stop was the Master-bedroom whose walls are bathed in the richest tones of plum. This space reflected Lindsay’s love of a neutral foundation and layers of sumptuous texture, paired with modern furnishings and sculptural accents. Of course, what Master wouldn’t be complete without a fully equipped wet-bar perfect for cocktails or breakfast in bed all while enjoying the million dollar views. Quiet niches for relaxing, a leather wrapped bed to envelop you in modern comfort or a soothing colour palette all define a room that is designed for luxury living. Off the bedroom is an ensuite bathroom with state of the art fixtures, a Kohler (www.Kohler.com) shower with automated controls, and a soaking tub (also Kohler) overlooking the vibrant city of Atlanta. I do want to give honourable mention to the state of the art toilet, which was not only a full functioning bidet, but also had lights, a music stream and remote controls. A man’s dream commode wouldn’t you say? From here Lindsay and I made our way to the guest room, the first thing I noticed was the stunning sculptural light from AllModern, and the geometric pattern painted on the wall that skillfully mirrored the pattern of the rug. The painter was genius because it is a unique and eye-catching focal point (if only I knew his name I would totally share). This room is playfully wrapped in sophisticated neutrals and bold pattern, defining city chic. The Oasis was designed to ensure that the lucky winner is indulged and pampered. Like most who have entered, I am hoping that I will be the lucky winner enjoying this residence of sumptuous living complete with signature amenities of the five-star Mandarin Oriental. Yes, I even made sure to get to know the doormen, after all they’ll be seeing me a lot in the future. A girl has to dream, and it might as well be big, right? I want to thank the HGTV Design Team of Lindsay Pumpa, Jack Thommason and Gary McCormick and Kristin Alm from Scripps Networks for being such gracious hosts. Also, special thanks to AllModern (www.AllModern.com), one of the sponsors who provided all the stunning furnishings and accents that you’ll see here. And lastly don’t forget to enter for a chance to win- visit HGTV.com/urbanoasis. The giveaway runs through October 10th. P.S. If I don’t win and one of my readers happens to be the “lucky one”, can I at least get invited over for champagne and caviar?

Here is a video I produced highlighting the tour, and more pictures for your viewing pleasure completely uninterrupted and without any of my snazzy graphics…I’ll be adding a bunch of photos to Pinterest later today with tons more images…

For a video tour of the residence click the arrow above…

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 Photo courtesy/ HGTV.com

I didn’t get a good shot of the entire Master-bedroom so I borrowed an image from HGTV. From the plum coloured walls to the millionaire views this space is designed for your enjoyment and relaxation..

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Photo courtesy/ Vicki Gladle Bolick-The Ace of Space Blog

Luxe seating covered in plush lambswool, this space is all about luxury from the luxurious fabrics to the fully equipped wet-bar.

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Photo courtesy/ Vicki Bolick-The Ace of Space Blog

The masterbath was huge and stunning. The tan and cream colour palette was the foundation for the basket-weave floor tile and the completely automated steam shower.

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Photo courtesy/ Vicki Gladle Bolick-The Ace of Space Blog

A standalone tub, perfect for soaking the day away…

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Photo courtesy/ Vicki Gladle Bolick-The Ace of Space Blog

Punchy geometric patterns from the floor to the wall…

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 Photo courtesy/ Vicki Gladle Bolick-The Ace of Space Blog

One of my favorite features the Foscarini Allegro Ritmico suspension light with a cool price tag of $5,063. from AllModern.

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 Photo courtesy/ Vicki Gladle Bolick- The Ace of Space Blog

Quite a line-up from the horizontal stripes to the stunning pendant lights…

I hope you enjoyed the tour, the pictures simply do not convey how beautiful this residence was…but if you win I suppose you’ll be able to see for yourself.

I’ll be posting more pictures this weekend on a Pinterest Board here: http://www.pinterest.com/bolickinteriors/hgtvs-urban-oasis-2014/

Check back on Monday to find out about our project with Kohler, it’s going to be gorgeous! Of course we are so excited to be partnering with this leader in the kitchen and bath industry.

Until then,

BE INSPIRED. BE AMAZING.

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