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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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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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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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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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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

Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2015 - Charles Pavarini Midnight Manhattan Lounge

Exclusive Tips from Thom Filicia & More Designers from the 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Show House

Just across the street from Andy Warhol’s former residence, you’ll find a dignified mansion with a Beaux-Arts style limestone facade. This year, it’s the home of the Kips Bay Decorator Show House, New York’s pre-eminent designer showcase. We visited last week and compiled exclusive tips from some of the designers.

Thom Filicia

Thom Filicia wanted this room, which he called “A Study in Style,” to blur the lines between the public and private space. He created two separate areas with a desk for working and a sofa for lounging and entertaining.

Thom’s tip: “The space was really about the layering of textures and materials – even though the space has a consistent color tone that makes the space feel serene and relaxed, the textures and materials create a depth and layered sophistication.”

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Photo via Architectural Digest

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Alessandra Branca

The Arthur Sachs mansion doesn’t have a family room, so Alessandra Branca made it her mission to ensure that the living room would be a comfortable space to relax. Many pieces in the room are in an elegant Asian style, and she also added a casual element with a slip-covered chair, modern linen sofa and paisley lampshades.

Alessandra’s tip: “Things should be owned. They should not own you. Your home should be like your clothes – if it’s not comfortable, you won’t want to wear it.”

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Photo by DecoratorsBest

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Charles Pavarini III - Pavarini Design

Though Pavarini Design’s lounge was called “Midnight Manhattan,” the room was anything but dark. Pavarini is known for creating a dramatic effect with lighting, and in this space, a room that could have easily skewed toward gloomy and flat was masterfully illuminated with state-of-the-art LED and OLED systems.

Pavarini Design’s tip: “Everything must be dimmable to prevent glare and to set the mood. Place a small floor-mounted spotlight under a plant or behind a sculpture for dramatic effect. Vary your lighting: lamps, overheads, sconces, and task lighting to create interest in the source of light.”

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Photo by Rafael Quirindongo

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David Phoenix

David Phoenix filled this peaceful bedroom with soft shades of gray and neutral patterns. Though there are multiple prints all being used within a small space – plaids, damasks, a traditional rug – they don’t compete with each other because of their similarity in tone.

David’s tip: “I layered a lot of the same color and tone – I wanted it to be restful. In a bedroom, people should have whatever is luxurious to them. Surround yourself with things that are beautiful to you.”

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Photo by DecoratorsBest

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Alan Tanksley

In his “Gentleman’s Study,” Alan Tanksley honored Pavlos Papageorgiou, the husband of friend Alexa Hampton, with a subtle Grecian theme. Using creative items like a cork sculpture of the Temple of Athena at Paestum and Greek key trimmed pillows, he paid homage to his muse without going overboard into the Aegean Sea.

Alan’s tip: “The theme is a study/retreat, and in this case, not just a place to work but to relax within the same space. The furniture layout and the fabrics I chose, such as de Le Cuona and Kravet, allow its users to sink into a restful mind while escaping other hectic environments. Not overloading your eyes with too many ‘extra’ things is a gift and an important tool that many people never master, ie. send in the pros.”

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Photo by DecoratorsBest

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2015 Kips Bay Decorator Show House

The Arthur Sachs Mansion

58 East 66th Street New York City, 10065

Open May 14 – June 11, 2015

Monday through Saturday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tuesday & Thursday evenings: until 8 p.m.

Sunday: Noon – 5 p.m.

Tickets: $35

2015 Kips Bay Decorator Show House Designers:

Alan Tanksley, Inc. | Bennett Leifer Interiors | Branca Cathy Kincaid Interiors | Christopher Peacock | Clive Christian | David Phoenix, Inc. | Drake Design Associates | Gail Green Interiors | Greener by Design | Janice Parker Landscape Architects | Mark D. Sikes Inc. | McMillen Inc. | Michael Herold Design | Paula + Martha | Pavarini Design | Peter J. Sinnott/ Home Works | Philip Mitchell Design | Ronald Bricke & Associates, Inc. | Rottet Studio | Thom Filicia Inc. | Tilton Fenwick

2015 Kips Bay Decorator Show Advertisers:

Decor | Susan Zises Green | New York’s Little Elves | Back Bay Shutter Co. Inc. | Mckinnon and Harris | Silver Lining Interiors | Ferguson & Shamamian | Geoffrey Bradfield | Stark Thomas P. Richmond Inc. | Keepitup | Kholer Hearst | Eve Robinson Associates Inc. | Bilotta | Scott Salvator | Beauvais | Coffinier Kuu DesignThe Shade Store | Penn & Fletcher John B. Murray Architect | Gold Coast Metal Works Inc. | Calder Design Group | Elizabeth Bradley Home | AKDO | Park Monceau | 1stdibs | Charlotte Moss | Design NJ | Silestone Interior Design |  Didier Aaron | Two Worlds ArtsNew York Design CenterMartin Printing Inc. | H.M. Luther | James Rixner | Bernd Goeckler Antiques | Manhattan Renovations St. Charles of New York | Objets Plus New York Inc. | Bunny Williams | Daniel Barney Antiques | Visiting Nurse Service | The Decorators Club Inc. | Christopher Peacock | Drake Design Associates | Ike Kligerman Barkley | Architectural Digest | Jean Karajian | LOM Property Consulting | Maison Gerard | Flower Magazine | Farrow & Ball | Kravet HousePadMyron | Interior Management Inc. | David Scott Interiors | Vermon

2015 Kips Bay Decorator Show Sponsors:

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Palm leaf statement

Jungle Love: Iconic Tropical Leaf Prints

Iconic Tropical Leaf Prints on the DecoratorsBest Blog

This spring, tropical leaves are spreading out all over in both the fashion and interior design world. For your home, this trend can be used as a dramatic statement or sparingly as an important focal point.

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Highlight an Accent Wall

Palm Wallpaper Bedroom

Sometimes less is more! From both a design approach and a cost saving one, an accent wall with a dominant pattern is very effective.

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Make a Statement

Palm leaf statement

A continuous look throughout a room can be achieved with the same window treatment as the wallpaper. Both fabric and wallpaper work equally well.

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Create a Focal Point

Palm leaf fabric print sofa

To emphasize the focal point, keep everything else in the room very simple.

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Photo sources: Decoist, House of Hackney, Completely Coastal

How to Mix Bold Patterns to Express Your Individuality

Interior design today, like fashion has no rules. It’s all about expressing yourself in your own unique way. Here are some tips to help guide you to fulfilling your creativity.

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The bright suzani print on the chairs ties this room together. Taking its cue from the circle in the print, the drapery fabric has a yellow background and its embroidery plays on the circular motif.

Tip:  Use an accent color from the main pattern for a complimentary color.
         Subtly use the same motif around the room.

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All of the colors in this vivacious room emanate from the imaginative painting. The black and white wallpaper is dense and intricate which blends well as a backdrop for the artwork. The white ground of the embroidered yellow drapery works well with the solid orange chairs and hot pink throw pillows.

Tip:  Use artwork as a focal point for a room and select colors from the painting.

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A strong repetitive wallpaper makes a statement on the walls whereas the complimentary color blue in the rug serves to ground the room. Both patterns are united by their colors with white lines.  Blue and Yellow are two of the primary colors and are a tried and true combination.

Tip:  Combine 2 strong patterns by using complimentary colors with similar designs and the same scale.

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The gray and yellow ethnic fabric on the sofa is the dominant pattern for this space. All pillows and colors revolve around it. The pillows are smaller scale designs with some of the same colors. Although the floor pattern is large, it showcases the love seat.

Tip:  Harmonize with a large pattern using smaller scale prints in the same colorways.
         Use a two toned large pattern to act as a background for the multi-colored one.

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