Oscar de la Renta Home's Spring Collection Builds on the Foundation of the House that Oscar Built

Oscar de la Renta Home's Creative Director Carolina Irving

Building on the past is a cornerstone of the Oscar de la Renta Home philosophy that’s clearly reflected in the company’s spring 2015 collection. “We want people to be able to mix and match, season to season, old and new together—which I love!” says ODLR Home Creative Director Carolina Irving. “People don’t look to tabletop to buy a full collection; they add pieces that they love to what they already have, be it wedding china or antiques.” On her first anniversary at ODLR Home, Irving discusses connections between fashion and home, plus tips on creating an elegant tabletop.

Oscar de la Renta Spring 2015 runway includes floral-inspired patterns

How do your contributions relate to Oscar's Vision for the home line?
My biggest responsibility as creative director is to convey the sense of romance and refinement that infused Oscar’s day-to-day life—his sense of joy and incredible sense of color. More than anything, Oscar valued living well surrounded by friends and family. This collection reflects that lifestyle.

How is Creative Director Peter Copping building on Oscar’s legacy?
He has the same sense of romance and is completely on the same page as Oscar would have been on
homes and interiors. Peter, also, has a great love of furniture and antique textiles, and loves a beautiful table setting.

Who is the ODLR Home consumer?
Someone who loves their house and entertaining at home, surrounded by friends and family—someone who finds joy in setting a beautiful table with delicious food.

How have your editor skills influenced what you are doing now? I think I better understand what people want now—there is something about having worked in magazines, you gain a sensitivity to how people want to live. Whether it is tabletop, furniture or fabrics, I have a vision for how different items ought to live together.

Oscar de la Renta Home Spring COllection: Rattan-Wrapped Pine Cone Tray and Avocado Pitcher

What was your inspiration behind the spring 2015 line? I love anything inspired by nature and mixing natural items with a blue and white palette.

Is there a correlation between spring fashion and all the blues I see? There is always a correlation between fashion and home. The home is an extension of your personal style, and the home collection is an extension of the overall Oscar de la Renta lifestyle. The indigo and white color palette that we use in much of this collection is signature to the Oscar de la Renta Home brand. It is a very timeless and traditional color pairing, but we’ve updated the patterns to make this modern.

What other fashion trends are influencing the home? Every season there are new prints introduced in the fashion industry. Mixing and matching, as well as layering prints, demonstrates the crossover between the two industries. Just as people like to wear beautiful things, they also like to have them in their home.

What’s the biggest trend you’re seeing in home? There has been a major resurgence of the 1960s/1970s sophisticated way of living. A part of that is reflected in the resurgence of an elegant home bar—a beautiful drinks table or tray with accessories.

Pieces from the Oscar de la renta Home Spring 2015 collectionWhat are three essentials to a successful tablescape? The first is layering—tablecloth, chargers, plates and accessories. I love to set a table with brass accessories like beetles or whimsical salt and pepper shakers. The second is mixing high and low materials: Combine a natural rattan with elegant tortoise and brass. The mix is unexpected and chic. Finally, always stick with low floral arrangements and unscented candles.

What’s your personal home style? I do not believe in a complete, perfectly matching house. Throughout my home, there are things that I have gathered from my travels. Everything in my home makes me happy and inspires me, and I regularly turn back to favorites—like my deep, low English sofa with a white slipcover.

How does your international upbringing and art background
influence your design work?

Growing up abroad opened my eyes to different types of aesthetics, which I am happy to mix together. I love to combine all of these aesthetics to create my own unique style. Now, I split my time between New York, Paris and Portugal. Every time I travel, I gather inspiration and am able to gain a wider perspective on design.

A version of this article appeared in the May 2015 issue of Connecticut Cottages & Gardens with the headline: On Solid Ground.