Hope y’all are having a good week! I am hanging in there and riding the reno-wave.
Tomorrow, I have to meet with another structural engineer to look at the wall I was told by contractor #1 I didn’t need to have looked at.
However, let’s bring our focus to Ralph Lauren. I’ve long been a fan of his collected, elegant style. A few years ago, I saw this room vignette that feels like Ralph Lauren, but with a newer side to his style that’s timeless and refreshing.
Maybe it’s the green. If you love green and white rooms, please go to this post.
I love the crisp wallpaper design and the white upholstered or slip-covered upholstery. All of that is juxtaposed against rich dark wood, a warm natural fiber rug, and highlighted by accents of gold and black and lovely accessories.
You are busy, so I’ll just cut to the chase.
I tried with all my might to find that beautiful wallpaper. I came up with it all right; however, despite some false promises, it was discontinued.
Ralph Lauren Tea House Floral Racing Green
I don’t get it. Ralph Lauren should discontinue EVERYTHING else and only make this one slice of perfection. Alas, no one listens to me. haha. It’s gone, and so we’ll have to see what else we can come up with.
Mark D. Sikes uses Gracie frequently, as well.
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.
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 think so. 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. That is unless you can afford to hire an artist to do it.
However, the wallpaper is the pivotal piece of this room.
It is the star of the show. Without the star, there is no show. So, we need to try and find something equally stunning.
Fortunately, there are some wonderful, more affordable options. Please note I didn’t say they are cheap. They are more affordable.
One suggestion I have to save money, and it’s a great look, is to do the panels with several inches of the painted wall in between. This way, you get a break in the paper, and you can also save yourself the cost of several panels.
In addition, in the intervening years since I first tried to come up with a good substitute, I have discovered some beautiful alternatives to the discontinued Ralph Lauren Wallpaper.
First up is this lovely Chinoiserie wallpaper from Tempaper.
I first saw these removable wallpapers at the High Point Market several years ago, and they are lovely.
However, there are some gorgeous new wallpaper murals at the Mural Source!
Look at all of those beautiful panels!
There is a cool widget coming up with many furnishings, including more Chinoiserie murals, and one I found that’s very close.
Aside from the white upholstered sofas, the furniture is an eclectic mix but has some British Colonial East Indies style pieces.
Or, sometimes called Anglo-Indian style. That means most of the wood is mahogany and has a fairly dark stain. But, that doesn’t mean 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 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
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?
For other less expensive pieces, this is an entire post of inexpensive sofas and chairs. That’s one of my favorite posts.
Do I frequently say, “It’s one of my favorite posts?” haha.
That’s because I have dozens of favorites!
Next in price is the Carlisle series of sofas and chairs from Pottery Barn.
If 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 is a good option if you want a beautiful English roll-arm style. Lee Industries make them.
There are some lovely natural fiber rugs in the widget, but these on Overstock are well-priced.
One last thing I want to point out is the sconces. Finding these sconces is difficult, at least for a reasonable price. I love the ones that Furlow Gatewood, John Rosselli, and Bunny Williams use in many of their projects.
The best Anglo-Indian sconces I’ve found online are on 1st Dibs.
Below is a mini widget with some of my favorites. Please click on any image for more information.
Below is in the manner of Ralph Lauren widget inspired by the room with the wonderful Chinoiserie wall mural.
And well, a lot of his other rooms, as well, that I’ve seen over the years.
Many of the items are currently on sale. Some items are expensive, but if they are on here, it’s because I think they’re amazing. I could pin these images every day for an entire year! Most things are relatively inexpensive or at least moderately priced. You can click on any of the images for more info. Please also look in all of the hot sales widgets for other items in the manner of Ralph Lauren.
Hope you’re as inspired as I am by the influence Ralph Lauren has had on our tastes for many decades.
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