And, I think I need something relatively easy and definitely fun.
Therefore, today, I’m going to tackle one of my favorite giants in decorating and do a high-low Ralph Lauren.
Well, I don’t have to “do” a “high Ralph Lauren”, because saying “high Ralph Lauren” is like saying “tall Empire State Building” or “wet water.” :]
I was so excited too, because I chose this room that many of you have seen and like me, are drooling over…………..
Right? Timeless and classic.
And, so, of course, I went out to find that show-stopper wallpaper.
I found it pretty quickly.
Hehehe, This High-Low Ralph Lauren is going to be a cake walk!
Ralph Lauren Tea House Floral Racing Green
And, then I was so excited because I found it on Decorator’s Best
First of all, it’s not wallpaper, it’s actually fabric. But, that’s not a problem, because we can send it out to get backed with paper (Custom Laminations does that) and then it can be hung on the wall.
(You might get a healthy dose of Schadenfreude if you check out the 15 hideous decorating mistakes I made.)
Why aren’t they carrying that stunning dark green?
That’s crazy-time! They have the day glow acid green, a raspberry, and a too bright indigo. Ralph? Is you okay? The lighter blue, is okay, but none of these have the sophistication of that deep green, IMO.
And, the dark green is the one that EVERYONE is kvelling for like mad! You know. Plotzing? Fine. Hyperventilating. That paper or fabric, rather, is to die for.
I put the image into google images, because I’m sure that it’s just lame Decorator’s Best who decided not to carry it.
Well, apparently, I was having a severe case of DECORATOR DENIAL.
Phew, finally, I found it— hooray! Except I started tripping a little; probably because I hadn’t had a decent breath of air in several minutes.
I could’ve sworn that I saw the three most dreaded words in all of decorating.
DISCONTINUED – NO STOCK. But, of course, that’s not possible. As my eyes began to focus away from the definitely not Ralph Lauren approved psychedelic combination of hot pink, orange-ish, robin’s egg blue and apple green, on this tacky page, I shook my head in disbelief!
Please, in a world already gone mad, this can’t be true. Half of the western world has filled every river, lake and stream with their saliva over this green wallpaper, fabric, whatever.
In fact, Ralph Lauren, should discontinue EVERYTHING else and only make this one slice of sheer perfection.
But instead, they DISCONTINUED IT??? That doesn’t compute. Oh, it’s not the first time this has happened. But this one might take the top prize.
However, it was already 2:00 in the afternoon, and there was no going back. This room and me are joined at the hip. (Laurel is still editing at 2:00 AM. no judging. thank you. I’m a big girl and can ride a two-wheel bike now too.)
But, Laurel??? Stop yammering for a second. Isn’t this supposed to be High-LOW Ralph Lauren? Weren’t you going to have to find a substitute for this wallpaper anyway?
You guys are so freaking smart. I love you! Well, in this case, I was thinking it will not be too bad because I thought that it WAS wallpaper.
Thus, began the quest for the world’s most perfect wallpaper that for some bizarre reason no longer exists.
The first Chinoiserie paper I thought of with a deep green background is this one I saw 4.5 years ago when I was at the High Point market for the first Design Bloggers Tour.
And, then I remembered another green Gracie paper.
And, I love this paper here. But, it’s not that deep saturated green like in the Ralph Lauren original Room.
If you read the comments on Younghuh’s instagram linked to above, you’ll SEE just how much people are dying over that discontinued wallpaper/fabric. I still can’t believe they discontinued it!
The scale looks awfully huge in the photo above. hmmmm…
Above is another image from the showroom at High Point taken by Monica from Monica Wants It.
Could it be that this is the same pattern, but that this was hand-painted by an artist for their showroom? And, in a larger scale?
I’d say almost definitely. The vertical repeat on the fabric is about four feet and we’re looking at more than that. Well, now I feel a little better.
And, I’m thinking of Maura Endres’ dining room with her stunning hand-painted mural. And maybe the answer is a hand-painted wall. But, that requires a lot of effort, TIME and some talent. Oh, and patience. That is, unless you can afford to hire an artist to do it. But, then it won’t be High-Low Ralph Lauren. It’ll just be high.
Short of that. There are companies that will make custom wallpaper and or murals, out there.
You can google that if you like. Now, I don’t know anything about any of them or if it’s anything you’d want to put on your wall. If you do ANYTHING custom, you must always get a sample. We call it a “strike off” in the business, if you don’t already know that.
I didn’t say the following, but you could get a roll of one of the other colorways.
Shhhh… I didn’t say that. ;] And, you could have them reproduce it in whatever scale would work for your room. And then, change the background color. I mean, you’re not selling it. And they did dare to discontinue it.
Okay, we better focus on the furniture or I will not be going to sleep tonight!
The furniture is in a British Colonial East Indies style. That means that most of the wood is mahogany and/or a fairly dark stain. But, that doesn’t mean that we can’t throw in a painted piece and definitely need some gold accents.
Above and below are two other Ralph Lauren spaces to give you more of an idea of what I’m talking about. Most of Ralph’s rooms have this influence.
Above from the Ralph Lauren Men’s shop in NYC
Now, EVERYTHING is low compared to Ralph Lauren when it comes to upholstery and tables. But there’s low and there’s looooooow.
As you can see, Ralph used the NUMBER ONE sofa that’s an enduring classic. The English roll arm in a white fabric. Definitely, it can be a performance fabric or even a slipcovered sofa. Remember the pretty one in this post that’s super inexpensive?
And then, there’s an entire post of inexpensive sofas and chairs. That’s one of my favorite posts.
Next up in price, is the Carlisle series of sofas and chairs from Pottery Barn.
In case you don’t know, PBs upholstery is ALL made in the USA now, so the quality is much better than the PB of yore. Here, you’ll also find lots of customization possibilities with fabric as well as a feather down insert option. And, for a made-to-order custom sofa, the prices are very reasonable.
However, if you have a little more to spend, I would definitely go with a Serena and Lily sofa and chair. One of the Miramar sofas, if you want a beautiful English roll arm style. They are made by Lee Industries.
S & L is having a sale right now and there’s one promo code on their site that’s only good for about 2 more days.
And there’s another S&L promo code on the hot sales page that is only good through the 29th. But, both will give 20% off which is a good deal.
Also check out the hot sales rug page for some great rugs.
But, so does One King’s Lane and I believe your promo code works for most of them.
One last thing I want to point out are the sconces. It is difficult to find these sconces, at least for a reasonable price. I love the ones that Furlow Gatewood, John Rosselli and Bunny Williams use in a lot of their projects.
Below is a High-Low Ralph Lauren widget inspired by the room with the wonderful Chinoiserie walls.
Many of the items are currently on sale. And most things are relatively inexpensive or at least are moderately priced. You can click on any of the images for more info. Please look also in all of the hot sales widgets for other items in the manner of Ralph Lauren.
Hope that you enjoyed the high-low Ralph Lauren ideas and info.
below is a graphic to pin to your pinterest boards for reference.