Ralph Lauren and the Power of Plaid

No news that Ralph Lauren is Classic ... but just take a refresher course here with me.  The four-poster bed, with Nailheads and Leather on the Headboard.  The walls are covered in plaid flannel fabric ... the chair matches.  The linens and pillows are simple, but the fabric is exquisite.  You can just look at the photo and feel how warm the bed linens are!

The sitting area at the end of the bed ...

Simple really ... not over thought.  Beautiful Chairs, table, lamps, High-boy, and some art and rugs.  Simple, but the best.  And timeless.  Sometimes I ... and I bet alot of you too, want to hurry up and fill the space.  Take your time ... keep it simple ... and buy the best you can.  Then you can move on and live!

Don and I were in London in 2008 and I took these photos at the Ralph Lauren Home store.  I love it as much today as I did then ... and probably will in twenty years.

I'd love to cocoon right here for the winter ... although it is still quite warm here in New England ... making me a little nervous!!



The Cloister, Sea Island Georgia

Sometimes I have to pinch myself ...

This is where I sat for a couple of hours this past Saturday morning ... A slight breeze, the sound of children laughing and people enjoying themselves on this beautiful October day.  In the background was  a guitarist singing and playing ... truly, one of life's moments to treasure.  It's amazing how a little fresh air, beautiful ocean views and gorgeous surroundings can feed one's spirit!

Don and I just had the good fortune to spend a few days at The Cloister.  We were there to experience the property and attend the McGladrey Classic Golf Tournament.   We were treated like royalty ... we didn't want to leave!  But here's the thing ... EVERYONE is treated like royalty at this beautiful and graciously Southern resort.

The Cloister opened in October of 1928.  Addison Mizner, a noted Palm Beach architect, designed the structure and also influenced the Sea Island Company into calling it The Cloister, the name of one of his resorts in Florida.  You might be familiar with the Boca Raton Resort and Club and their main building,  The Cloister, which was opened in 1926.  Here is how it looked then ...

And Now ...

This is probably my favorite spot in the world.  There are many places I still dream about visiting ... but if I never get the opportunity to go any where else, I am satisfied!  There is something in the air here ... it is "gracious" ... the people, the resort, every turn you take on the beautiful stone paths lead you to views even more glorious!

This Cloister was completely rebuilt and renovated several years ago ... but these windows, part of the original building were painstakingly removed and put back into place.  Although the property is basically "new" it still maintains the charm and soul of a much gentler time and life.

We were so fortunate to be here and I have so many more photos to share ... next Friday! You can't imagine the parties, the sites and the table settings ... can't wait to show you!

Have a wonderful weekend!