RALPH LAUREN HOME Anita Sarsidi Design Director, Elle Decor Hi, I?m Anita Sarsidi, Design Director at Elle Decor & I?m here to introduce RLH Collection, the new line from Ralph Lauren Home. INTRODUCING THE RLH COLLECTION What I love about the RLH Collection is that it chooses the best of the past & adapts it to the way we live today. I found the collection very special because of the craftsmanship, the quality of each of the products?like they were handmade, like the artist?s own soul came through. And it?s coming through on the leather, on the nail heads, on the carving of the furniture. One of my favorite pieces is the English Refectory Table. The wood on it is absolutely beautiful?the carving on the legs, on the side of it?everything about it speaks of nostalgia. MAY 2012 ELLE DECOR FEATURE I styled the RLH Collection pieces for the shoot in a very cinematic way. It was meant to evoke a dream place. I let the furniture speak to me & I very much mixed & matched. When you see the end result, they really shine through. MAKING IT YOURS I love one-of-a-kind pieces. It?s vintage inspired, so it looks like you may have gotten it from your grandmother. Maybe you found it at a flea market, maybe it was a special trip you took somewhere & happened to take it home. It?s important to have decorative accents & statement pieces, because like in fashion, it completes a look. A good way of incorporating vintage-inspired pieces into you home to keep it modern is to always mix the pieces and to always go towards things you feel viscerally attracted to. If you feel strongly about it & you feel emotionally about it, that piece is going to work in your home. Look for pieces with updated fabrics or colors. This will make them seem a little more timely. Just as these pieces inspired me, I hope this encourages you to bring vintage aesthetic into your own home.