“Knowledge is not a passion from without the mind, but an active exertion of the inward strength, vigor and power of the mind, displaying itself from within.” – Ralph Lauren
Replace knowledge with style in this wise observation and you have Brooke Shield’s classic, yet fresh style reflected beautifully in her downtown home. With historical influence and clean lines, a series of rooms with very distinct, yet harmonious styles seem to be channeling Ralph Lauren, himself. I’ve always found American history to be an intriguing and grounding element in interiors, whether it’s displayed in guilt-framed portraiture, art depicting battle scenes or hunting dogs or barren landscapes, display of antique decoys, leather riding boots and saddles, or a working vintage record player. Brooke successfully incorporates history and youth alike into her retreat. See if you can spot a few of those historical elements in the photos below.
All images courtesy of Architectural Digest.
A side note to close, and because we all know I love bragging about my Grandmother, her home was rich with history. Not only was the building, itself, a historical landmark, she somehow – beautifully – juxtaposed a portrait of George Washington with bold prints by Calder, her own sketches, and my Aunt’s modern art. There were modern sofas with old, yet clean hearths and rustic exposed beams with a large abstract painting I received as a wedding gift. In true form, we installed halogen track lighting to illuminate this very painting. You could say I’m a proud and inspired grand-daughter.
Happy Saturday, friends.