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Dashing and Dapper Rooms with a Side of Savoir Faire

“What I do is about living. It’s about living the best life you can and enjoying the fullness of the life around you—from what you wear to the way you live, to the way you love.”
–Ralph Lauren

In honor of Father’s Day this Sunday, I thought I’d write about designing for men. Here’s what I won’t show you…a matching set of Barcoloungers, a large screen TV, a pool table, sports posters, beer on tap with beer steins lined up behind the bar. Now, be honest, didn’t every one of those items bring a vivid picture to mind of numerous “man caves” you’ve seen before? Uh huh, so no need to beat that dead horse.

What I will show you is the ultimate, sophisticated masculine retreat, where you might expect to run into John Steinbeck, Rhett Butler or James Bond; an interior space that is the epitome of modern luxury and timeless style. Hmmmm. And who better to dream up this luscious, testosterone-laden, cigar smoking, martini sipping, booklined Men’s room, with a capital M, but our very own modern day Renaissance man, Ralph Lauren.

These photos are from his 2016 home collection. This is “Man done right,” the perfect male retreat where the kids don’t dare barge in without knocking, man’s best friend rests at your feet, a glass of port sits at your side –– c’mon guys I know you want one! If you can find the room, I can make it happen. I’ll conjure up my inner Ralph.

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Enjoy! And Happy Father’s Day.

All photos: Ralph Lauren Home

Two gray chairs near bookshelf and fireplace inside house

Rustic elegance at its finest. This library just oozes class and sophistication, all wrapped up in cozy. A rugged mix of materials, including natural stone, leather, warm woods and mixed metals, brings out the masculine vibe and conveys warmth, strength and personality.

Black leather padded armchair

Tall, dark and handsome. That’s how I’d describe this room. Deep, saturated colors, substantial “beefy” furniture and thoughtful mood lighting make this room an ideal gentleman’s getaway.

Brown table lamp beside curio cabinet

Ralph Lauren is famous for his modern western lifestyle, which melds “rough” with “luxe.” Here, luxurious layers of fur, hide, linen, velvet and silk make this sofa sink-in soft and seductive, while still maintaining its masculine mojo.

Clear wine glasses on tray near window

Champagne on ice. Crystal glasses on a silver tray. Martinis, shaken not stirred. Yes, please.

Brown leather lounge chair near book lot

Cognac and a nice hand rolled cigar; this room is perfect.

Do you have a room that is in need of dashing and dapper design? Give us a call at 314.560.0830 or CLICK HERE to contact us. We will transform your space into one that exudes modern luxury and timeless style. And we promise there won’t be a beer stein in sight.

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