Tuesday, October 26, 2010

TUESDAY: Inspiring Spaces by Ralph Lauren Home PLUS some news...

I was asked to be a part of the 2010 Lewiston Tour of Homes a few weeks ago, before the Nate Berkus madness, and I've had my head wrapped around hundreds of ideas - trying to narrow it down to one great one for each of the two houses I'll be decorating. It's a Christmas themed tour - so instead of making huge design and decor decisions - it's usally all about taking what's there and accenting it with beautifully decorated trees, mantels, and tabletops. USUALLY! hmmhmm, not my case.

So, while I am so excited and extremely honored to be asked to help, I've got a lot to think about - and I've been highly inspired by the luxury of Ralph Lauren and Tartan. So inspired, in fact, that I purchased 20 yards of a gorgeous tartan for one of the houses today - curious?
I'll blog about it soon! Til' then, please sit back, grab another cup of coffee, tea, or diet soda in my case ... and enjoy.

P.S., I just found out that our segment will air Thursday, November 4th. Check out http://www.thenateshow.com/ to find the channel and time details of when it will air in your neighborhood!


  1. I do love the Tartan that RL does -- he does it so well and it does seem so Christmasy (which is perhaps why I have Tartan Christmas dishes!) -- I know you'll do a great job and what a coup to be asked! Can't wait to see the finished product.

    We do that here on our Christmas home tour -- take what the homeowner has and then embellish it with Christmas.

  2. I love Ralph Lauren...always have. I have always thought it was definitely a male themed decorating style with a nod towards the feminine side...a perfect blend of both. Good luck and I am looking forward to seeing what you do! Hugs- Diana

  3. My favorite designer! Love the richness and deep colors of RL. Can't wait to see what you do with the tartan fabric. Good luck!

  4. Oh I cannot possibly wait!
    Ralph is a fav of mine, the two of us go WAY back!
    Looking forward to your room.


  5. Ooo. The tartan you purchased is wonderful. Can't wait to see what you do with it.

    Love, love, love the RL images!


  6. First of all, congratulations on being selected! What an honor to be asked to do something like this!

    I do love a Tartan Plaid used in certain applications, Artie! Too much can be, well, too much and I'm eager to see how you are going to use it. I'm surprised I still like it actually since I was a Catholic school girl for 8 years growing up in Brooklyn and our uniforms {girls' skirts and X tie} were a red Tartan Plaid.

  7. Nobody, but NOBODY does it like RALPH!!! Every detail perfection!
    Good luck to you! Tartan purchase is fabulous!!! Can't wait to see!

  8. I love plaid...particularly at the holidays! I just checked to make the TIVO is set so I can watch!

  9. I can't wait to see what you do with the fabric. What a treat to be asked to do that. I can only imagine the fun it will be. Ralph Lauren fabrics are just pure comfort in my book. I could live in any one of these pictures. Good luck with it!

  10. Artie, I'm SO excited you are on the Nate show!! Wow, that's so much fun for you. Every blogger's dream come true. I can't believe all the blog celebs that have been on there already, who is next??! YOU! Can't wait to see your segment.

    I'm sure you followed along with the design bloggers who all went to the show in Sept. WE had so much fun, but what a highlight to get your own segment. IN my dreams!

  11. Eeek! What a cool experience, Artie! I love the fabric you chose!

    I CANNOT wait to see us on TV next week. I am still on cloud nine.

    Have a great week! : D

  12. Congrats on being chosen for the tour, and Congrats to them for getting YOU! What a magical combo - you, RL and Christmas! I can't wait!
    According to my tv, you are on Nate tomorrow!
    Xo isa

  13. Great interiors, so cosy with all the shades of red...

  14. Spectacular! Savoring this post as a color boost, I love the whole French/Belgian subdued colorations, but then, there's the BRIGHT Red side of my design heart. Thanks for the Lauren inspiration. Love the plaids. Lidy

  15. LOVE LOVE LOVE Ralph Lauren!! I'm especially smittened by his B&W line called Brook Street, and always loved Metropolis....

    I marked my calander for Nov. 4th!! Can't wait to see you on the show! Again - Congrats Artie!!

    BTW: I've been having trouble with my emails this wk (Comcast) since Monday... Did you receive my response I sent to you about the paint prep??

    :D Lynda