Many interior designers are talented in other areas of design as well. Some dabble in architecture, while others design furniture, wallpaper, or accessories for the home. Oscar de la Renta is multi-talented: when he's not designing rooms, he designs for the people who live in them. de la Renta is also known for being a prominent fashion designer.
Of course, in addition to being known for his style on the runways, Oscar de la Renta has exciting interior designs as well. Perhaps his experience in fashion has influenced the "sense of romantic luxury" seen in all of his work. de la Renta's designs are certainly upscale, but they're far from stuffy. Every piece he uses is exciting, such as a green suede couch with pink/coral embroidery and tiger print pillows; old-fashioned china in a modern, up-to-date cupboard; a delicately carved, off-white chair (almost like bone) with a deep red cushion; a cheetah print side table. While all of these things may seem outrageous- and certainly could be, in a certain context- here they seem exciting, yet calm and luxurious. His Home Collection features things that he would- and often does- include in his own home: "pleated silk throw pillows, sumptuous floral bed linens, and exceptionally deep plush sofas" and fabrics that are "often delicately embroidered in India or China."
Oscar de la Renta is originally from the Dominican Republic, but he has a diverse background and living style. In addition to Punta Cana, he also has residences in Connecticut and on Park Avenue in Manhattan. The variety of these locales has given his style a mix of"the history of European decorative arts" and "the lush color and sensuality of a Caribbean lifestyle." He wants those who enjoy his designs to be able to replicate them: "If people come to my homes and love the way I live, why would they not want to buy the kind of furniture I live with?"
You can read more about Oscar de la Renta on his website, where you can also see his designs (both fashion and for the home).