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The World According to Ralph

by habituallychic

04 . 21 . 08

If anyone embodies the notion that anything is possible in America, it is the story of how Bronx born Ralph Lifshitz who started out selling ties became Ralph Lauren, a man, a brand, and a lifestyle. I recently ran across photos from his Bedford, New York home that epitomize the Ralph Lauren style with a level of perfection that is probably unattainable to the rest of us mere mortals but it sure is fun to look. Enjoy!

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  1. Homer's Odd Isn't He. April 21, 2008 | 3:44 am

    Completely beautiful,completely unrealistic. Probably one of the most beautiful houses in Bedford, and there are many great homes. But, I don’t want to live in a store 😉

  2. Anna Spiro April 21, 2008 | 6:34 am

    Loved your post on Ralph! I posted a link on ABT to it today!

  3. Magnolia Wedding Planner April 21, 2008 | 8:08 am

    Gorgeous! It’s really a stunning house..even only for that pool 😛
    Ralph is always Ralph!
    thanks for the photo!

  4. André Barbosa April 21, 2008 | 9:24 am

    Love it!

  5. erika - urban grace April 21, 2008 | 12:29 pm

    wow… this is so ‘ralph’ and so good… what a wonderful sneak peek into his home!!

  6. Anonymous April 21, 2008 | 2:29 pm

    A brass chandelier? Really? With lamp shades. I don’t know. The rest is nice though.

  7. Sacheverelle April 21, 2008 | 3:52 pm

    Amazing house. LOVE what we can see of that bathroom (second to last pic). Overall it’s almost too perfect. Are these from a magazine article or a book?

  8. stacy April 21, 2008 | 4:26 pm

    In Architectural Design, Nov. 07 I believe, they showcase Ralph’s home in Jamaica or the Bahamas. It’s crazy to see how different the two homes are.

  9. Habitually Chic April 21, 2008 | 4:32 pm

    Homer’s Odd, I thought it looked a little like a store too but it might be the monogramed pillows. Even if something is completely perfect and overdone I always think you can take away some ideas from the design.

  10. Habitually Chic April 21, 2008 | 4:34 pm

    Silvia, I would die for a pool like that! I’m so jealous!

  11. Habitually Chic April 21, 2008 | 4:34 pm

    Thanks Anna! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  12. Habitually Chic April 21, 2008 | 4:35 pm

    Erika, I love the Englishness of this home like the antlers and tweeds. So definitely Ralph!

  13. Habitually Chic April 21, 2008 | 4:35 pm

    Andre, thanks for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed it too!

  14. Habitually Chic April 21, 2008 | 4:39 pm

    Anonymous, I don’t mind the brass. It suits the style but to each his own.

  15. Habitually Chic April 21, 2008 | 4:42 pm

    Sacheverelle, I love the bathroom too! I wish I knew exactly where these photos were from. My new firm has a lot of digital images in a database for inspiration and reference and I found these while I was looking for images for a client meeting. They were entitled Triumphantly Ralph and when I googled the title, it seems like there might have been a spread in British House & Garden but I’m not positive. I haven’t seen the big Ralph Lauren book but I’m wondering if they might be in there as well.

  16. Habitually Chic April 21, 2008 | 4:44 pm

    Stacy, I’m sure the different home styles reflect their location. Bedford is very traditional since that is the style of the house and area while I’m sure the Jamaica house was light and airy. It also seems to reflect the different home lines of RL.

  17. N2Design April 21, 2008 | 6:13 pm

    I love the touches of blue and white, especially the Foo Dog lamps that I have been coveting but can’t afford.

  18. Anonymous April 21, 2008 | 8:37 pm

    RJH dl H

    Maybe RL will have us all over for a dip in the pool and give us a tour of the casa!

    Nice post HC!

  19. morrismore April 21, 2008 | 8:42 pm

    These are great images. I had hoped for it to be a little more filled with personal items and/or a little more shabby. I wonder if it looks a little more casual when the family is living there and the stylists are back at the store? His house in the Bahamas was owned by the William Paleys…does it get any better?

  20. jonathan April 23, 2008 | 4:53 am

    Seems like the scale of everything is on the exaggerated side here.
    The paintings, the light fixtures, the hurricanes… and especially the umbrella stand. He’s definitely created his own big american style.

  21. karina April 23, 2008 | 6:11 pm

    Well it is incredible what a boy from the Bronx can achieve in your country, I was reading about Calvin klein the other day and hi is from the Bronx too, and has,too, magnificent houses,in another style.

  22. Easy and Elegant Life April 23, 2008 | 6:22 pm


    Full disclosure: I frequently check in to RL Home on the web so I can watch the mini-movies of the different collections.

    Nice work, if you can get it.

  23. Habitually Chic April 23, 2008 | 6:40 pm

    n2design, I bought my foo dogs at Pearl River Mart for $20 each. Could you buy them and then make a lamp out of them?

  24. Habitually Chic April 23, 2008 | 6:40 pm

    RJH dl H, I wonder how one goes about making nice with Mr. Lauren for a tour of any of his fabulous homes!

  25. Habitually Chic April 23, 2008 | 6:42 pm

    MorrisMore, It is a bit overstyled but I always blame that on the fact that anyone who was having their home photographed would fluff it up and hide any personal clutter.

    The Jamaica house that the Paley’s owned was featured in Arch Digest.

  26. Habitually Chic April 23, 2008 | 6:44 pm

    Jonathan, even if you didn’t know it was RL’s house, I bet you could guess, even if every pillow wasn’t monogramed. He definitely has his own recognizable style.

  27. Habitually Chic April 23, 2008 | 6:47 pm

    Karina, I read too that Calvin and Ralph grew up in the Bronx but they said they didn’t think they knew each other then. I think it’s funny that Ralph’s style is accessorized and full of details while Calvin’s is spare and minimalist.

  28. Habitually Chic April 23, 2008 | 6:49 pm

    Easy and Elegant Life, One benefit of working in a design office is that I can check out RL videos at work and not get in trouble. It’s research!

  29. Claudia April 24, 2008 | 1:04 pm

    Ohhh Thank you for making my day by showing Ralph’s house! 🙂