I don’t know about you but I am on a (recurring) blue-and-white kick as of late and this dining room clad in vintage Ralph Lauren furnishings fits the bill perfectly! Since I am slightly obsessed with this space, I thought it would be fun to share it here on the blog, and break down its magic into details that might help understand why this space works, and how to recreate a similar look.
For me, the key to understanding this unusual design is layering and contrast. Layers of details – like matchstick shades, black-and-white photography and a one-of-a-kind light fixture – contrast with the more polished furnishings and blue-and-white chinoiserie tablescape.
The interior architecture of the room sets the stage. The white vertical shiplap shows signs of aging, the beautifully rough-hewn beams along with the hardwood floors ground the space and bring in warmth. A row of double-hung windows covered in textured shades brighten the space. As a whole, the room feels casual, coastal, fit for easy summer living.
When it comes to the second layer of details, I love the choice of such a handsome looking light-fixture! The wall of hung art is particularly interesting too – mismatched frames in different sizes share a common style matting, and a blue, black-and-white color scheme. Instead of opting for a rustic style table & chairs combo (and since this is a catalog setting), what works great in here is to choose a more delicate dining room set. While I am not for sets in general, in this case it all just sings!
The leather detailing on the chairs, the nail-head trim and cute skirts are simply beautiful touches. I also think I wouldn’t have liked this dining room set nearly as much in a fussier room.
Finally, this perfect table setting is the last layer of finishes. The blue-and-white dinnerware continues the color scheme, while greenery and fresh fruit add a touch contrast and complete the space. It is a true lesson in styling!