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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.

Get a similar look:

Kravet 25845 Heat Wave Palm Fabric 2100 Lee Jofa 2011109 Stripe it Up Punch Green Fabric 72040 Peking Handicraft Riviera Turquoise Rectangles Embroidery Pillow Down Fill 176805
Jaipur Summer Breeze Pink Red Pillow Schumacher Zebra Palm Jungle Wallpaper Dash and Albert Fair Isle Pink Fuchsia Cotton Woven Rug

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.

Get a similar look:

Ralph Lauren lcf65546f Summer Cottage Plaid Indigo fabric 121796 Phillip Jeffries Manila Hemp Linen Wallpaper Duralee 21009 Buttercup Fabric
Ralph Lauren lfy65303f Footpath Stripe Flax fabric 122360 Jaipur Luxe Black Pillow Fabricut 3835901 Farscape Cornflower Fabric

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.

Get a similar look:

Scalamandre Barbados Navy and White Fabric Peking Handicraft Double Happiness Tangerine Embroidery Pillow Down Fill Scalamandre Le Tigre Ivory Gold Black Fabric
Karastan Carmel Palmero Chestnut Rug Schumacher Stripe Dot Fire Fabric Ralph Lauren Island Stripe Wallpaper

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!

Get a similar look:

Schumacher Manor Rose Breeze Fabric Lulu DK Lucia Raspberry Fabric Duralee 15370 Pool Fabric
Pindler and Pindler Ferrell Petal Fabric Clarke & Clarke Clarisse WP Duck Egg Wallpaper Peking Handicraft Antonia Embroidery Pillow Pom Pom Pink

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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Decorating with Animal Print: The Softer Side of Zebra Stripes

Many zebra prints because of its bold character, but the pattern can be subtle and elegant, too! Get the look with these easy and accessible ways to use zebra stripes in your home:

Barely There

Most of the time when using a strong zebra print, you have to plan your room around it, keeping other details and accessories on the subtle side. With a barely there zebra wallpaper, you can reverse that mindset. Because of its inconspicuous nature, this sandy zebra stripe allows you to play up the color and details in the rest of your decor.

zebra wallpaper interior decor

Kravet Wallpaper - W3088 - 16
Kravet Wallpaper – W3088 – 16
Kravet Wallpaper - W3093 - 16
Kravet Wallpaper – W3093 – 16
York Wallpaper - Zebra Skin - KD1799
York Wallpaper – Zebra Skin – KD1799
Fabricut Fabric - Copper Penny - Silver 3467601
Fabricut Fabric – Copper Penny – Silver 3467601

Misty Greys & Baby Blues

Dove grey and powdery blue zebra prints give traditional homes a modern update. Simple decor in a neutral palette of white or cream tones down the stripes, giving the room a restful, slightly ethereal balance.

Grey Zebra Print - Bedroom Interior Decor

Duralee Fabric - 42031 - Steel 360
Duralee Fabric – 42031 – Steel
Fabricut Fabric - Linen Safari - Mist 3461803
Fabricut Fabric – Linen Safari – Mist
Schumacher Fabric - Amboise Linen Embroidery - Zinc 65180
Schumacher Fabric – Amboise Linen Embroidery – Zinc

Light Blue Zebra Print - Living Room Interior Decor

Kravet Fabric - 29309 - 1615
Kravet Fabric – 29309 – 1615
Duralee Fabric - 42031- Bay 441Duralee Fabric - 42031- Bay 441
Duralee Fabric – 42031- Bay
Kravet Fabric - 23489 - 111
Kravet Fabric – 23489 – 111
Fabricut Fabric - Suede - Tan 3120108
Fabricut Fabric – Suede – Tan

Warm & Family-Friendly

Believe it or not, by simply altering the white and black zebra stripe to brown and cream, it takes on a completely different look, going from bold to mellow. As seen below, when used with warm pumpkin-toned chenille, floral, and stripes, a zebra couch in cocoa hues blends in, rather than popping out. This look is particularly nice for fall.


Fabricut Fabric - Celebrity Zebra - Chocolate 3551701
Fabricut Fabric – Celebrity Zebra – Chocolate
Pindler & Pindler Fabric - Sorrento Pdl 1980-Persimmon
Pindler & Pindler Fabric – Sorrento – Persimmon
Stroheim & Romann Fabric - Vilaine - Pumpkin 0672004
Stroheim & Romann Fabric – Vilaine – Pumpkin
Fabricut Fabric - Alabama - Gingersnap 3641701
Fabricut Fabric – Alabama – Gingersnap
Fabricut Fabric - Maud - Sienna 3381710
Fabricut Fabric – Maud – Sienna 3381710

Dining Room Elegance

If you thought that ‘elegance’ and ‘zebra print’ would never be used in a sentence together, think again! Charcoal versions in a texture like linen or silk add fresh refinement to a room. Here we see it used as a table cloth against navy walls in Aerin Lauder’s dining room. Below that we see it upholstered onto 18th century chairs paired with chinoiserie drapery and eggplant purple walls.


Lee Jofa Fabric - Dinisen Linen - Pewter 2009101-11
Lee Jofa Fabric – Dinisen Linen – Pewter
Fabricut - Davinci Code - Earth 2665613
Fabricut – Davinci Code – Earth
Phillip Jeffries Wallpaper - Manila Hemp - Navy PJ 5274
Phillip Jeffries Wallpaper – Manila Hemp – Navy

zebra print elegant dining room interior decor

Stout Fabric - Laplace - Steel LAPL-3
Stout Fabric – Laplace – Steel
Schumacher Fabric - Shantung Silhouette Print - Smoke 174581
Schumacher Fabric – Shantung Silhouette Print – Smoke
Graham & Brown Wallpaper - Beka - Amethyst GB 30-637
Graham & Brown Wallpaper – Beka – Amethyst

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Contemporary Decor Architectural

Contemporary Architectural Features: 3 Hassle-Free Ways to Get the Look

Want to get the look of contemporary architectural elements without undergoing home reconstruction? We’ve got three ways to recreate contemporary structural features, sans hard hat. Check them out:

1. Industrial Loft

This look combines modern with contemporary. Hard features like a cement industrial ceiling and angular furniture are softened by textured fabrics and comfortable pillows. Floor-to-ceiling drapery made of charcoal and ivory fabrics sewn together divide the room and mellow the strong lines of the windows. Get the look with a low-sitting couch upholstered in grey wool flannel, black & white plaid pillows, and a wallpaper that mimics cement.

Contemporary Decor Architectural
Photo via http://www.houzz.com
Andrew Martin Wallpaper - Atlantis - Cement
Andrew Martin Wallpaper – Atlantis – Cement
Highland Court Fabric - 180852H - Graphite
Highland Court Fabric – 180852H – Graphite
Fabricut Fabric - Avalon - Cream 2657602
Fabricut Fabric – Avalon – Cream
Ryan Studio Pillow Slubby Linen Fringe - Ebony 22X22 142-T
Ryan Studio Pillow – Slubby Linen Fringe – Ebony 22X22 142-T

2. Natural Elements

Natural elements like wood and stone are often used in contemporary decor. Here, a linear wood ceiling parallels the wood floor and a fireplace echos the stone wall just beyond the windows. For an easy and less expensive way to create the look, use wood veneer and granite wallpapers.

Contemporary Decor Architectural Elements
Photo via http://www.houzz.com
winfield thybony Wood Veneer Wallpaper WAK7231 Bamboo Stripe
Winfield Thybony Wood Veneer Wallpaper – Bamboo Stripe – WAK7231
Phillip Jeffries Wallcovering - Oliva PJ 1885
Phillip Jeffries Wallcovering – Oliva
Threads Fabric Ava Parchment ED85015_230_0
Threads Fabric – Ava Parchment

3. Coffered Ceiling & Textured Walls

What a statement a coffered ceiling makes in a beige room! Andrew Martin’s Regent wall covering is the perfect way to recreate this without renovating. To give dimension to a room full of natural hues, use textures like silk and quartz wallpaper.

Contemporary Decor Coffered Wood Ceiling White Fireplace
Photo via http://www.houzz.com
Andrew Martin Wallcovering - Regent - Ivory
Andrew Martin Wallcovering – Regent – Ivory
Winfield Thybony Wallcovering - TR252
Winfield Thybony Wallcovering – TR252
PJ 1013 Pillars of Cream Quartz Wallcovering
Phillip Jeffries Wallcovering – Pillars of Cream
Phillip Jeffries Wallcovering Japanese Silky Strings - Diamond PJ 3808
Phillip Jeffries Wallcovering – Japanese Silky Strings – Diamond

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Hamptons Glamour Guide: Top Tips From Designer Barbara Karpf


Hi there,

Memorial Day has passed us, which means that the Hamptons, one of my favorite summer destinations, is filling up with the world’s most affluent and stylish residents. Living and designing there for over 25 years, I have seen the wide variety of beautiful homes from East Hampton to Southampton as well as the latest trends on this coastal hot spot. Here’s how you can get the fabulous Hamptons look in your home…

—Barbara Karpf
DecoratorsBest President & Designer

4 Ways To Get The Look Of The Hamptons Decor Turquoise Aqua Navy Blue

Whether you’re close to the water or not, you will feel like you’re in a beach side home when you fill a room with aquatic blues. The key to this look is to fearlessly use aqua, mixing it with unexpected navy grasscloth and a zany blue zig-zag stripe that evokes the ’70s. I particularly like the idea of turquoise leather chairs in a dining room. It’s slightly nontraditional and also easy to clean.

Phillip Jeffries Juicy Jute Grasscloth Blueberry PJ 4829 at Decorators Best
Scalamandre Aqua Faux Leather Capricorn Turquoise 40019-011 at Decorators Best
Kravet WABASH-5 Aquamarine at Decorators Best
Pindler and Pindler Fabric seacrestPdl 3463-Aqua at Decorators Best

More Easy Ways To Get The Hamptons Look:

4 Ways To get The Look Of The Hamptons Decor Modern Clean Pops of Color

One of the latest trends in Hamptons homes is an ultra modern, clean-lined look. Sky-high vaulted ceilings and stark white backgrounds set a sleek yet relaxed scene that is perfect for afternoon cocktail entertaining. Fill the room with angular furniture containing metal details, small amounts of shocking blue & lime green, and a couple of suzani pillows.

B Berger Lime Linen Fabric 3120-58 Luau Green
Stout Fabric Foolish 2 Lake at Decorators Best
Fabricut Faux Leather Fabric Keeling Electric Blue 3093208 at Decorators Best
Pindler and Pindler Embroidered Fabric Pdl 2529-Porcelain
Hamptons Decor Secrets Neutrals with Pop of Color

Neutrals are very on-trend right now, and in the Hamptons we’ve always gravitated toward the natural look because it exudes a sense of ease. Try brightening up couches that are slip covered in a luxuriously heavy linen with bold charcoal and grey chevron striped drapes. Also add velvet sunshine yellow pillows or throws, being sure to stick to a solid pattern for a color-blocked effect.

Schumacher Fabric Chevron Stripe High Voltage Smoke Sch 173980 at Decorators Best
Lee Jofa Threads Lorena Parchment Linen Upholstery Fabric at Decorators Best  ED85083_230_0
Lee Jofa Bragance II Fennec Velvet Fabric 2006219-4 at Decorators Best
Threads Linen Fabric Trevin Cream ED85054_120_0 at Decorators Best
4 Ways To get The Look Of The Hamptons Decor Layers of Texture

When people vacation in the Hamptons, they do it in the utmost refined and sophisticated manner, where even casual rooms feel posh. Find a balance with rich layers of texture, from a masculine leather or grasscloth wall to a coffered wood veneer ceiling. Bring in chocolate brown & white leather cushions and pillows with coordinating trim details that make the room feel special. Juxtapose that with care-free elements like wicker chairs, raw wood end tables, and trendy metal ottomans covered in linen.

Andrew Martin Wallpaper Regent Oak at Decorators Best
Maya Romanoff Wood Veneer Wallpaper Ajiro Diamond Bronze at Decorators Best
Pindler and Pindler Fabric Pdl 2649 Boulevard-Espresso at Decorators Best
Ralph Lauren Leather Wallpaper Yacare Crocodile Mahogany LWP40879W
Fabricut Faux Leather Fabric Iridium Quartz 3470701 at DecoratorsBest
Fabricut Faux Leather Fabric Koala Cognac 3091403 at Decorators Best
Threads Lee Jofa Linen Fabric Jarah Cream at DecoratorsBest ED85084-120
Phillip Jeffries Grasscloth Wallpaper Glazed Abaca Espresso PJ 4845 at Decorators Best

Decorative Ceilings: Affordable Luxury

Decorative Ceilings: Affordable Luxury

Decorative ceilings have a long and rich history. Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel is one of the most famous and elaborate decorative ceilings. Byzantine chapels adorned with religious frescos, elaborately painted Tudor beams, and Federal style moldings are just a few outstanding period examples of ways to enhance a ceiling. Today, interior designers are polishing rooms and updating ceilings with wallpaper. Often overlooked, ceilings open a fifth dimension that can either enlarge a small space or make a vast room feel welcoming and warm. Add luxury to your home with a decorative ceiling.

Ceilings were ignored as interior design practices became more focused on simplistic and budget friendly aesthetics. Today, ceilings are receiving more attention as production costs make adding detail affordable. You can have a beautiful and intricate ceiling without breaking the bank. Follow our helpful tips and paper your ceiling with designer wallpaper from Clarke & Clarke, Cole & Son, Phillip Jeffries, Ralph Lauren, Scalamandre, and Schumacher for a beautiful and fully decorated home.

Tip 1: Excite With Animal Prints

Hanging an animal print on the ceiling adds fun flare to a more conservative space. A neutral Zebra print keeps the pattern from feeling overwhelming and allows you to accessorize in a traditional or modern style. Have fun with Schumacher’s “Zebra – Black On Bone!”

Want the look?

Left to Right: Zebra – Black On Bone | Crocodile – Jet | Ripple – Zebra | Burchell Zebra – Ebony | Zebra Grass – Espresso

Tip 2: Raise the Height of Your Ceiling

Use a light color on your ceiling to visually raise the height. This designer used birds cut out of paper and placed them on a painted ceiling to add ornate detail. Get a similar look with the sparrows in Cole & Son’s “Tropical Birds – White.”

Black and white is a classic color combination that works well on a ceiling because it visually opens up the room in an unobtrusive way. Add elegance with a simple black and white trellis like Cole & Son’s “Stone Trellis.” Create the illusion of a tiled ceiling with Cole & Son’s ethnic medallion paper, “Piccadilly.”

Much like a mirror that adds depth to a wall, a mirrored ceiling adds considerable height. Expand your room with “Albery – Silver,” the large metallic squares create the appearance of a tiled oxidized mirror.

Want the look?

Left to Right: Piccadilly – Black And White | Stone Trellis – White & Black | Tropical Birds – White | Albery – Silver | Weathered Metals – Palladium

Tip 3: Lower Your Ceiling Height

For those of us fortunate enough to have high ceilings, we know that sometimes a soaring ceilings can feel daunting. Add a dark color to scale down your ceiling to a warmer, more manageable level. This tip is especially helpful when decorating a small space with high ceilings.

The designer who decorated this room used a dark and detailed ceiling to complete the feeling of an elaborate jewel box. Ralph Lauren’s flocked “Jinping Dragon – Caviar” adds depth and texture to this ceiling. Paired with the vivid paper “Malachite – Green,” the room appears deceptively larger even though the dark paper lowers the height of the high ceiling.

Hanging the same paper on your walls and ceilings also gives a large open space a more manageable and welcoming ambience. Use dark colors to enclose an open and airy room. Phillip Jeffrie’s “Soho Hemp” adds shine with a hint of color that will lower the ceiling height. For a more glamorous look, Schumacher’s “Metropolitan Fret” introduces texture and scales down the ceiling with stylish beaded fretwork.

Want the look?

Left to Right: Jinping Dragon – Caviar | Malachite – Green | Imperial Trellis – Onyx Gloss | Cut-Out-Lace – Purple | Soho Hemp – Fuchsia Black | Metropolitan Fret – Black Pearl

Tip 4: Unify Different Design Elements

Unify diverse design elements and treat all planes throughout a room with equal attention to detail with a decorative ceiling. Introduce color and modernize an eclectic space with a graphic trellis. In this room, the pink color of the bamboo trellis paper unifies and complements the different floral prints and contrasts nicely with the striped floors. Get the look of this bright elegant room with Scalamandre’s “Baldwin Bamboo” wallpaper.

Hang an open trellis or large scale geometric pattern to refine the space and pull together different fabrics and colors. Clarke & Clarke’s wide stripe, “Sofi – Mineral” replaces the effect of a traditional beamed ceiling with a contemporary painted look.

For a room that has low or angled ceilings, use the same paper on the walls and the ceiling to soften and unify the different dimensions and infuse a welcoming ambiance. Use a traditional toile such as Scalamandre’s “Winegrowers” to introduce color and warmth.

Design Trend: Fabulous Faux Bois

Design Trend: Fabulous Faux Bois
Faux Bois: French for false wood. Refers to the artistic imitation of wood or wood grains.

Faux Bois is an increasingly popular look for furniture, decor, fashion, and even electronics. This unique motif is, according to Elle Decor, “suddenly hip, showing up in glamorous new guises and unlikely colors.” DecoratorsBest could not agree more! Turn over a new leaf this Fall and update your interiors using this woodsy design in fun colors for an edgier look or neutral colors for a softer feel. Appealing as a textured woven fabric and printed or textured wallpaper, faux bois is versatile enough to complement both rustic and contemporary decor.

Woodland Walls

Create a sanctuary with a colorful daybed and neutral fabrics. Enhance the soothing atmosphere with Nobilis’s “Papier Bois – Chene Paille.” Subtle color gradation within the grain adds depth to the space and harmonizes the different shades of beige throughout the room. Head east into the Bamboo wilderness of Asia with Phillip Jeffries“Vinyl Bamboo Forest.” This wallpaper imitates the unmistakable look of bamboo without the high cost or challenging installation of real lumber. Relax surrounded by earthy colors and wallpaper that brings the serenity of the forest into your home.

Want the look?

Left to right:

Papier Bois – Chene Paille | Papier Bois – Chene Gris | Papier Bois – Chene Beige | Vinyl Bamboo Forest – Beechwood | Vinyl Bamboo Forest – Grey Birch | Vinyl Bamboo Forest – Sycamore

Funky Faus Bois

Spice up your interiors with brightly colored faux bois fabrics from John Robshaw for Duralee, Fadini Borghi, and Thom Filicia for Kravet. John Robshaw’s “Chun – Moss” chenille offers an elegant interpretation of the teal fabric featured here. “Chun” can be used for the occasional duvet and is excellent as an upholstery fabric.

Colorful faux bois jacquards are great for contemporary bedding. Try Fadini Borghi’s vibrant silk jacquard, “Fabio – Topaze” for drapes. Fabio is a moire available in attention grabbing chartreuse and red.

Vivid colors enliven and make a room more inviting. Add bursts of color and texture to a stark living room with Thom Filicia’s  “Lawrence – Citron.” Upholster your headboard with “Lawrence” and wake up every morning in a thicket of sunshine infused bark.

Want the look?

Left to Right:

Chun – Moss | Chun – Aqua | Chun – Indigo | Fabio – Topaze | Fabio – Carmin | Lawrence – Citron

Subtle Striations

Accessorize a stately home with elegant fabrics that add the illusion of natural wood and complement timeless decor.

Phillip Gorrivan for Highland Court’s “London Plane faux bois is a chic rendition of the wood grain motif. Subtle striations in the weave make this fabric more sophisticated, perfect for a refined study or sitting room.

Love the look but aren’t ready to commit your club chairs to this trend? “London Plane – Nickel” accent pillows let you indulge your inner Thoreau and get back to nature without sacrificing your traditional style.

Want the look?

Left to Right:

London Plane – Molasses | London Plane – Toast | London Plane – Aqua | London Plane – Olive | London Plane – Nickel | Fabio – Ecorce

Barbara Karpf meets with Grace Mitchell

Last week we were amazed to have a pleasant surprise visit from loyal client and D.I.Y blogger Grace Mitchell. Welcoming Grace into our designer showroom we spoke about possible fabrics for her future projects.

“I love creating interiors that evoke a story…you can often find me on the hunt for incredible antique and vintage furniture” – Grace Mitchell

Read Grace’s inspiring Blog “A Storied Style”

Here are some of the prints that caught Graces’ eye.

Robert Allen “Speckles – Cloud”

Schumacher “Paloma Herringbone – Coconut”

Phillip Jeffries “Zebra Grass – Iced Tea”