WHAT WOULD RALPHIE DO?
We have a joke around the office about how obsessed I am with my new Ralph Lauren handbag, creatively named “Ralphie”. Ralphie and I go every where together, even taking photobooth photos together much to my coworkers' embarrassment and horror. So when a contractor friend of M.Swabb asked for our advice on picking out finishes and furnishings in a Hyannis Port hideaway meets Jackson Hole chalet style, Ralphie and I were thrilled. Below you'll find all the elements of design you need to turn your home into an East Coast Dream – and then you'll invite Ralphie and me to stay, right?
Windows & Walls
Go for more neutral paint tones in your Ralph Lauren home, we're talking creams and ivories. If you're feeling particularly brave, paint your trim glossy black. Curtains and blinds should have a “leading edge” of ribbon on their border. Find the ones above at Pottery Barn.
While hardwoods floors are beautiful, if you're on a budget you can accomplish the same look with engineered wood in either warm, greyed tones like the image above, or rich dark colors. The most classic rug out there is a natural jute or sisal, which can be found everywhere from Williams Sonoma to Ikea. Buy one with a neutral border or a contrasting black border. Many stores like Pottery Barn have jute rugs weaved with chenille, making it extra soft for tootsies.
Kitchens & Bathrooms
Hamptons style is all about classic, and no rooms better represent that than bathrooms and kitchens. In both rooms you can mix brushed nickel pulls and knobs, with either marble or quartz countertops, shaker style cabinets in greys, whites, or blues, and black and white tile for backsplash, flooring, shower walls, you name it. All of these blend beautifully with our warm wood floors.
This lighting leans nautical and we love it. Sure, you'll be on your boat all summer long (did I mention Ralphie and I REALLY want to visit?), but come winter time you shouldn't have to go without such a timeless style. We're also big fans of recessed lighting.
I know, I know, you both love and hate me for showing you the above pictures. But if you can afford millwork in your house then go for it! Even simple crown molding makes your house look more put together, like throwing on pearl earrings or a signet ring. On the left we have a coffered ceiling, the middle shows beautiful wainscoting, and the right picture illustrates tongue-and-groove paneling which transports you straight to Nantucket.
There's a lot of Ralph Lauren-esque furniture out there (even some made by Ralph Lauren himself), but nothing captures this style more than a white sofa, leather armchair, and brass sidetable. Bonus points if the sofa has rolled arms, the armchair tufting, and the sidetable claw feet.
Accessories are what takes the home from pretty to preppy. Incorporate beautiful decanters, taxidermy (real or faux), plaids of any persuasian, and blue and white porcelain pieces. To top it all off, just cut some hydrangeas from the bush growing to the left of your pool, you know, the pool in which Ralphie and I are currently floating on our own separate plaid donuts.