Do you have any favorite designers? I have been a fan of fashion and interior design for years and years, and one of my favorites hands-down has always been Ralph Lauren.
The first time I saw a Ralph Lauren ad campaign was in Vogue Magazine. I must have been fifteen or sixteen when I picked up and read my first Vogue magazine, and I vividly remember the first Ralph Lauren ad I saw. It was an ad for his Safari Collection. The campaign was brilliantly executed, and I was immediately drawn into his fantastic world. I have been a fan since.
Here's a glimpse of the ad campaign I fell in love with. Beautiful!
When I joined Pinterest some time ago, one of the first pics I pinned was a photograph of a table from Ralph Lauren's Noble Estate Collection. The collection, certainly not lacking in dramatic flair, I have to say is likely one of my favorites the design house has ever created! Here is a peek from the collection which premiered in 2008:
Ahhhh, the tartan!!!
I honor of Cuisine Kathleen's December Tablescape Challenge, I will be using this collection as an inspiration.
The inspiration photo:
I just love the dramatic black, red, and gold with silver accents.....so opulent! What I also love about this table is its versatility. It would work perfectly for a fabulous evening among guests, an elegant Christmas get-together or even a sophisticated New Year's Eve soirée.
I wanted to replicate the table, yet also make it my own (and of course, I can't afford all of the beauty on that table anyway, yikes!), so it isn't an exact copy.
I began on a sparkly tablecloth, adding dark brown placemats and black chargers.
A premade centerpiece of sugared dark grapes, apples, plums, pines, and roses was placed along with one clear candleholder and one black.
If you would like to see the tutorial for the centerpiece, please visit the post in the archives here.
The plate stack was completed with my mother-in-law's china and a simple hammered-edge saucer on top. Simple white linen with gold capiz shell napkin rings were placed along with gold-plated flatware.
I didn't want the tablescape to be completely bereft of any Ralph Lauren elements at all, so I added small shot glasses at each setting, a crystal trifle dish,
A few more shots:
From my collection:
Please be sure to use the link above or here to visit all of the wonderful bloggers accepting the challenge at Kathleen's!!