Rhinelander Mansion, Home of Ralph Lauren NYC Men’s Flagship Store

Ralph Lauren FlagShip, story behind the mansion on www.CourtneyPrice.com

In honor of today’s Fifth Avenue POLO flagship opening, I thought we would take a look at the very first Ralph Lauren NYC flagship store and the story behind its stunning location.

The Gertrude Rhinelander Waldo House is a French Renaissance revival mansion located at 867 Madison Avenue on the corner of East 72nd Street in the Lenox Hill neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. Completed in 1898, it was modeled after a châteaux of the Loire Valley in France. The plan was for this home to outshine the Vanderbilt limestone palace. Gertrude Rhinelander Waldo, the eccentric New York heiress who commissioned the mansion, made numerous trips to Europe to buy art, furniture, and statues, which were shipped back in crates and stored in rooms and hallways of the home.

Gertrude never actually moved in, never opened those crates. Widowed after two short years of marriage, she preferred to live across the street in a town home with her unmarried sister.  She was unable to maintain the building and it went into foreclosure in 1909. The crates of valuable furnishings, never opened, were the cause of multiple lootings of the property in 1909. She died in debt in 1914. The building remained vacant until 1921, at which time the first floor was converted into stores and two apartments were carved out of the upper four floors. Commercial enterprises which have used the location at various times include an antique store, Christie’s auction house and a Zabar’s-owned restaurant. Then greatness happened:  [Read more…]

Ralph Lauren Point Dume Collection

Ralph Lauren Point Dume Collection on www.CourtneyPrice.com Let me introduce you to the new collection for Spring this year, the Point Dume Collection. This light fresh look was inspired by Ralph Lauren’s Montauk residence, delivering beach elements of bamboo, rattan, seagrass, crisp white bedding and a campaign style that balances the masculine and feminine beautifully. As I stand in this room I feel like I have been [Read more…]

Ralph Lauren Apartment No. One Collection

Ralph Lauren, Apartment #1, Living Room

The latest Ralph Lauren collection has been unveiled, a timely nod to the posh 21 room Kensington Palace “apartment” of Will and Kate. Ralph Lauren Home’s Apartment No. One Collection is mostly a beautiful mix of pieces from various other Ralph Lauren collections, with nice masculine/feminine balance of textures and patterns. See my favorite elements of the collection  [Read more…]

Ralph Lauren Bedroom – Light and Feminine

Feminine Bedroom Decor, ralph lauren bed, white bedding, white sheets, blue and white bedroom

Few people “get” luxury in the way that Ralph Lauren does. This Ralph Lauren bedroom invites us to be pampered in the cool light colors, pattern and textures of summer…. but having just said that, let me just say: I would love this any time of the year.  Shown above:  The Heiress Bed with Upper Fifth Bedding collection, and the Marlowe Floral wallpaper (available in many colors). Dreamy! If you have questions about any of these items, consult Ladye Kay Allen, the expert!

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Making a Bedroom Comfortable

Brown and white bedroom, comfortable bedroom

What is it that makes this bedroom so comfortable and inviting? Actually, it is a couple of things: [Read more…]