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Cole & Son Nuvole Storm Wallpaper

Shop New Collections & British Products from Across the Pond

From Across the Pond

We’re about halfway through Wimbledon, and all eyes are on London as the tournament progresses. To pay homage to all things English, check out our selection of stunning fabrics and wallpapers from our British manufacturers.

Cole & Son WallpaperCole & Son Nuvole Storm Wallpaper

Founded in North London, Cole & Son has been creating inventive wallcoverings for well over a century, and we think they’re just getting better with age. Ranging from traditional to whimsical, Cole & Son’s vast product line has something for every decorator.

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Andrew Martin Lost and Found Collection

Andrew Martin Lost and Found Fabric Collection

Andrew Martin’s aesthetic is inspired by a kaleidoscope combination of cultures, and Lost & Found is no exception. Featuring contemporary ikats, vintage paisleys and classic heraldic crests, the collection pulls elements from across the globe, not just the UK.

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Clarke and Clarke Reflections CollectionClarke and Clarke Reflections Collection

The Clarke & Clarke Reflections wallpaper collection was inspired by the earth’s natural forms and landscapes and includes trendy metallics made from embossed vinyl. We think it’s about time for a bathroom renovation!

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G P and J Baker Langdale CollectionG P and J Baker Langdale Fabric Collection Botanical Garden

Like Cole & Son, G P & J Baker has been producing fabric and wallpaper for more than 100 years. Following the example set by years of success, the new Langdale collection includes gorgeous embroideries, opulent velvets in shimmering jewel tones, and versatile linens.

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Striped eclectic preppy bedroom designed by Sam Allen

Preppy Home Decor: What’s Your Style?

With Wimbledon in full swing, tennis fans and celebrities across the globe are donning their preppiest attire and heading to London to watch the tournament. To join in on the festivities, we’re taking a look at the different types of preppy home decor. Read on!

Palm Beach Preppy

Pink and green preppy tropical bedroom via Anne Hepfer

In various beach locales across the country – Palm Beach, Southampton, Newport – sun worshipers fill their homes with saturated, bold shades of hot pink and emerald green. Brands like Lilly Pulitzer reign supreme alongside palm prints, pom poms and contrasting trim. In this space, designer Anne Hepfer fully embraced the tropical theme, featuring fanned-out leaves in the drapery, upholstered headboard and bed skirt.

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Traditional Preppy

Traditional preppy breakfast nook by Windsor Smith for Rue

On the more restrained end of the spectrum, fans of traditional preppy decor often employ neutral stripes, dark plaids and limited color palettes. When it comes to preppy brands, Ralph Lauren is king. In this dining area, designer Windsor Smith brightened up the space with white Chinese Chippendale chairs and an unexpected pop of yellow.

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Eclectic Preppy

Striped eclectic preppy bedroom designed by Sam Allen

For the preppy decorator who wants to punch things up, take a cue from designer Sam Allen, who shared the room above in honor of Wimbledon.

Sam’s tip: “I love the combination of navy and white because it is so versatile. It goes with just about everything! In addition, stripes add depth and interest to a room. A great and simple way to achieve this is to use the pattern on a headboard and match it to the wall, adding a ton of character to the space.”

To ensure a perfect match, select a striped fabric and ask DecoratorsBest to have it backed for you.

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Garden Preppy

Garden preppy dining room via HGTV Magazine

The garden preppy look shares elements with the Palm Beach preppy style, but it’s a softer version, incorporating floral and chintz patterns, less saturated shades, and generally, a more subdued aesthetic. It’s often seen as a feminine decor style, but as we all know, real men wear pink – and they decorate with it, too!

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So, which type of preppy decor do you like best?

Photo Sources: Anne Hepfer, Windsor Smith, David A. Land, HGTV Magazine

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2015 The Hampton Designer Show House

The Hampton Designer Showhouse Opens This Month!

2015 The Hampton Designer Show House

The 2015 Hampton Designer Showhouse will debut its fourteenth annual creation to the public Sunday, July 26, and will remain open daily until Monday, September 7. The showhouse will feature 27 brilliant interior designers and architects who have transformed the Bridgehampton home into something truly spectacular. Presented by Traditional Home, the showhouse is benefiting the Southampton Hospital.

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Showhouse Information
The 2015 Hampton Designer Showhouse
Presented by Traditional Home
To Benefit Southampton Hospital

This year’s Showhouse is located at:
233 Old Sag Harbor Road
Bridgehampton, New York

Open Daily from Sunday, July 26 to Monday, September 7, 2015

For more information about the Showhouse, visit www.hamptondesignershowhouse.com

Hampton Designer Showhouse 2015 Designers:

Abby Modell Contemporary Art Glass | Art Works & Designs, Inc. | Baltimore Design Group | Barbara Page Home | Black & Poole | Brady Design | CricketsCrush LLC | Denise McGaha Interiors | Dyfari Interiors, LLC | Elise Som Design Studio | Elissa Grayer Interior Design | Flynnside Out | Gasper La Rosa Landscaping | Hagins & Mortimer Design | Katharine Jessica Interior Design | Madcap Cottage | Mancaves | Marlaina Teich Designs | Melanie Roy Design | Meredith Ostrom | Ovadia Design Group | Patricia Fisher Design | Robert Brown Interior Design | Scot Meacham Wood Design | Timothy Brown Studio | Tyler Steven Pankratz Design | Vintage Interior Design Inc.

Eclectic red white and blue living room with animal print designed by Jamie Meares

4 Creative Ways to Use a Red, White and Blue Color Palette

It doesn’t take much for a red, white and blue color scheme to turn cheesy. One wrong turn, and you’re in Uncle Sam territory. But the good news is: when done right, this combination can be fresh, fun and invigorating. And we’ve got tips to help you to pull it off!

Add a Surprising Accent Color

Red white and blue dining room with coral chandelier via Lonny

Crisp blue and white is the primary pairing in this dining room, and cherry red is incorporated via a subtle herringbone fabric that echoes the rug’s border. This space would have screamed patriotism if it weren’t for the light coral and gold chandelier, which adds an unexpected element and softens the more traditional decor.

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Jaipur CC09 Cape Cod Blue Ivory Rug 262157 Clarke & Clarke Creek Red Fabric 190719 Scalamandre WP88325-002 Pavilion Trellis Indigo Wallpaper 171562

Use Classic Lines

Red white and blue nautical kids room designed by Keith Baltimore photo by Pablo Corradi

We asked designer Keith Baltimore for his advice on red, white and blue decor, and he shared this creative kid’s room with us. The stripes on the walls are paired with a simple bed frame and nightstand and then repeated on the bedding and in the bathroom.

“When presenting a theme, think classic lines and select the accessories carefully [so you don’t] overdo it,” Keith suggested.

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Mix in Animal Print

Eclectic red white and blue living room with animal print designed by Jamie Meares

Designer Jamie Meares is the queen of eclectic decor, and her living room is no exception. The red, white and blue color scheme is anything but Americana when mixed with a tiger print throw pillow, a Moroccan pouf, a cow hide rug and a playful zebra hiding under the coffee table.

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Dash and Albert Zebra Tufted Wool Rug 187101 Jaipur Tab01 Tabby Solid Blue Pillow 263327 Schumacher Bleecker Twilight Fabric 23359

Incorporate a Theme

Coastal red white and blue beach living room via Domaine Home

In this bright and cheerful living room, the red, white and blue palette is downplayed with the addition of warm yellow. The driftwood coffee table, textured rug and themed throw pillows create a beach vibe that instantly relaxes the room, despite the presence of such strong blue and red shades.

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Kravet 29701 Fabric 5692 Peking Handicraft Coral Reef Embroidery Pillow Down Fill 176718 Jaipur Nat01 Zavier Taupe Tan Rug 262836

Photo Sources: Lonny, Pablo Corradi, Jamie Meares, Domaine Home

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Dark floral chair and dark floral wallpaper via Vogue Living

Brighten Your Home With Bold Blooms & Fabulous Florals

Floral sofa at Greenbrier designed by Dorothy Draper

When Dorothy Draper, one of the top interior designers in America from the 1920s to the 1960s, decided that big florals in bright colors were the pattern du jour, word spread quickly. Now, half a century later, we still love them! Shop some of our favorites below.

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York Wallcoverings Casabella II Collection

York Casabella II Document Floral Wallpaper

Casabella means “the beautiful house,” and this new collection by York Wallcoverings strives to create just that. Featuring fresh, inviting florals, metallic textures and clean stripes, Casabella II is the perfect set of products to start off your summer.

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A Statement Powder Room

Red and gold powder room with floral wallpaper designed by Erinn Valencich

As you can see from the powder room above, designer Erinn Valencich is a master of pattern. Erinn shared her exclusive advice with DecoratorsBest, suggesting that using traditional patterns on flat items instead of pleated or gathered pieces is a great way to keep florals modern and avoid a “Grandma” look.

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The Moody Blooms

Floral chair with dark floral wallpaper via Vogue Living Australia

Floral patterns in deep hues were all over the runways this spring, and we’re already seeing them pop up in stylish, modern interiors. We love the way that a colorful, feminine floral becomes almost masculine on a black background – the ideal way to satisfy all the members of your household.

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Photo Sources: House & Home, Melissa Valladares, Lisa Cohen for Vogue Living

Brooklyn townhouse living room designed by McGrath II and featured in the New York Times

Modern Meets Historic: Shop the Brooklyn Brownstone Look

The Brooklyn Renaissance

For young, creative New Yorkers, there’s no better place than Brooklyn. And with the influx of hip residents has come a flood of design inspiration, featuring statuesque brownstones full of style. Check out a few below, and shop our products to get the look!

White living room in Brooklyn brownstone by Audra Canfield Interiors

Above, ornate moldings are brought into the 21st century with contemporary furniture, clean lines and pops of color. Neutral furniture and a visually-light glass coffee table allow the focus to remain on the stunning architecture.

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Jonathan Adler Clarity Collection

Jonathan Adler Clarity Collection for Kravet

Featuring geometric patterns and bright colors, Jonathan Adler’s new collection of fabrics for Kravet provides the perfect counterpoint to classic paneling and soaring ceilings. For a unique juxtaposition, try upholstering a traditional piece in a bold, graphic print.

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Classic Elegance

Brooklyn townhouse living room designed by McGrath II and featured in the New York Times

In the graceful parlor of this Carroll Gardens townhouse, the designers at McGrath II embraced the age of the building and incorporated antiques and quality pieces to complement the majestic pre-war details.

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Organic Modern Mix

Rustic organic living room in Park Slope brownstone by The Brooklyn Home Co

In contrast, the designers at The Brooklyn Home Company completely gutted this Park Slope brownstone to reveal original beams. They layered rustic textures with modern pieces and botanically-inspired fabrics, topping the marble mantelpiece with a monochromatic sculpture.

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Photo Sources: Audra Canfield Interiors, The New York Times, The Brooklyn Home Company