Photo credit: Ralph Lauren’s Mark Reynolds transformed his home’s unused basement Space.
The small space is the new cool space.
I turned my closet into an office, and Ralph Lauren’s Mark Reynoldsrepurposed his Hamptons basement into a hangout space — which he affectionately calls the “naughty room” – filled with all the items he won’t part with. Another New Yorker concealed a baby’s room in an open-floored dining area by using outward-facing book shelves.
Look around and create what you need in your existing space. We all need a place to let loose and we all need a place to store our prized possessions.
“Increase the square footage of your house now without virtually any construction or additional cost,” said Reynolds, senior director Creative Services at Ralph Lauren.
So, how did he do it?
“I simply took what we already had in storage below — unused furnishings, lighting, artwork, additional household supplies, including liquor, of course, and all that family junk too precious to part with — and organized it into a living space, added a little music room, dimmed the lights and, before we knew it, a room filled with our personal blast from the past has now become the ultimate party room,” he said.
Give your space a New Year’s revolution and rebel against interior convention.
I know that colored and printed jeans are huge for fall, but I’m worried I won’t look good in them because I’m not stick-thin. Any suggestions? I love colored jeans – they are the new “It” pants. Pair a colored or print jean with a tight neutral top or sweater, and wear a bright shoe to match the jean to draw attention to the color. If Jennifer Lopez and Beyonce can wear colored jeans, so can you. Embrace your curves.
What are the must-have items for the fall? I love bulky sweaters from Stella McCartney, velvet dresses from Bottega Veneta and anything tweed and wooly from Ralph Lauren. Equestrian pieces are also huge – go for tall boots. Also on my fall shopping list: shirt dresses from Thom Browne and polka-dot Manolo Blahniks.
My hair is so bleached out from the summer. Any tips to get it looking healthy again for fall? I’m in the process of taking care of that exact issue. Warm your hair with a toner, and use Oribe’s conditioning creme on wet hair to soften summer’s sun damage.
What beauty looks are you loving for fall and how can I realistically incorporate them into my everyday life? Quinn Murphy, a celebrity makeup artist, always tells me to use a softer shade of brown under my eye and to line my upper lid with a shade darker. It creates a sexy eye without creating a goth eye. I love Too Faced’s cream blushes, too. They make your cheeks look fresh and rosy.
While many may know Bensimon from The Real Housewives of New York, she’s actually been a Hamptons staple for years. From her dogs to her children to her equestrianism, it’s clear that the Hamptons is Kelly’s home — and where this low-maintenance boho-beauty can truly be herself.
“If I had only five minutes to throw a bag together of items to take out East, it would definitely include: mascara, a Charlie bikini, Havaianas, undies, jean shorts, Ralph Lauren cable sweater and Persol sunglasses,” says Bensimon. “To me, the ‘Hamptons look’ is old guard sophistication with surf infusion.”
For my summer vacation, I do what I love. Riding has been a sport I’ve loved since a teenager. I love everything from brushing the horses to walking them after we jump a course. Every horse I ride is like a pet, I admire their athleticism, and their ability to adapt to different riders effortlessly. Not sure I’d be as nice having many riders on my back, though I do have a lot of people “riding” me daily about Housewives drama nonsense.
I have to admit, I love the uniform, and the integrity that goes a long with the sport. I wear Lacoste fitted shirts or Polo Ralph Lauren, and Tailored Sportsman pants with stretch. My riding boots are off the rack from Brennen’s Bit and Bridle in Bridgehampton. If you’ve never gone riding, I hope I inspire you, and if you like the look, go and wear it. Life is about enjoying. Either way, here’s a sneak peak at my summer vacation.
Since the brand’s 2006 debut, Spurr has been honored as one of the ‘Best New Menswear Designers in America’ by GQ and the CFDA, and DNR, gave Spurr the ‘Editor’s Choice Award for Best New Label’ . His leather fall 10 mens pea coats and suits are amazing. Actually all of his collections that I checked out at Blue and Cream, looked hot.
I know just the man who should walk with me wearing Spurrs designs, do you?