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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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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!

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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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Tips from Interior Designers: How to Enhance Your Home with the Color Grey

Since so many of you loved our post on how to enhance your home with neutral colors, we got the scoop from top designers, including Nate Berkus & American Dream Builders winner Lukas Machnik, on how to decorate with grey, one of the most popular colors in interior decor right now.

Nate Berkus

Nate Berkus is one of those designers that works with both colors and neutrals, but in his own living space gray is a “huge favorite.” Here, Nate anchors the space with a grey wool chesterfield sofa. He also adds pattern with a grey & white striped rug and sheen with silk drapery in a lighter shade. To balance the formality, he incorporates the natural, rugged texture of sea grass (the club chair), a theme that all of the designers in the post utilize.

Nate’s Tip: “The reason the sofa is the largest investment is because they’re not meant to be disposable. They’re meant to last for 20 years. So if you buy the most traditional one in a solid fabric, or the one with the cleanest lines, even if you’re a modernist, every time your tastes change it allows you a foundation to keep changing and letting your home evolve with your personality without having to go buy a new piece.”

Nate Berkus Head Shot

Nate Berkus chicago apartment interior decor how to decorate with greyPhoto via DGAC Design; Quote from Nate Berkus via NBC Philadelphia

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Windsor Smith

This room by Windsor Smith has a European feeling to it with the French doors, classic crystal chandelier and “puddled” Douppioni silk drapery. What’s interesting, though, is that she has combined an ethereal ambiance with shabby-chic elements like the watercolor-esque walls and a naturally textured area rug. The room is really a layering of different eras, and it’s absolutely stunning.

Windsor’s Tip: “Blue and gray is my favorite color scheme. I use them in every project in one way or another. Any good color palate, including this one, needs a large dose of white to ground it. With rooms where you want more than one color, dilute the paint on the walls by 50 percent by adding pure white.”

 Windsor Smith Head Shot

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Elsa Soyars

Designer Elsa Soyars really makes this neutral room work because she’s built in layers of texture. It’s a yin and yang of sensual versus tactile with the grey silk headboard, the textured gold wallpaper and linen drapery.  She has also added metal & granite-encrusted accessories for that hard/soft appeal.

Elsa’s Tip: “I typically work by instinct, and I do get inspired by color. Grey, in particular, has been a color I have been using–it’s neutral and mixes well with other neutral colors as well as purple, turquoise, green. My favorite color scheme lately is shades of grey, black, white, emerald green and other jewel tones.”

Elsa Soyars Interior Designer Head Shot

Neutral Bedroom Interior Decor Tan Grey Canopy Bed by Elsa SoyarsPhoto by Bob Frame

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Lukas Machnik

Lukas Machnik uses mainly grey, white and black in his designs. Here, he’s made this modern living room feel both edgy and livable with natural materials like the wood bark sconces, leather stools and sisial rug. The black and white abstract painting is the focal point, and the different shades of gray complement, rather than compete with the piece.

Lukas’ Tip: “The best spaces are the ones that are quiet and don’t scream. When using neutral tones, select furniture that is timeless, successful in function, and organic/geometric in form. My aesthetic leans toward Minimalism – it’s about the balance of moods, and creating neutral spaces that highlight form and function.”

Lukas Machnik Headshot

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GeoMazing Fabrics for Spring!

As it warms up, so should your palette!

Add colorful geometrics to your outdoor decor and get a head start on spring! Durable, washable and of course, colorful, our collection of geometric outdoor fabric is among the most versatile in the industry. Apart from having a wide selection of colors and designs, outdoor fabric technology has improved to the point where it has become virtually indistinguishable from the fabric you use in your home.

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20391M-001 | 20401M-001 | 20402M-003| 20401M-003


Trina Turk’s Classic Collection

Whimsical and fun, Trina Turk’s outdoor fabric collection with Schumacher is an instant classic. Featuring her most sought after designs, including Tangier Frame, Carmel Coastline and Peacock Print, Trina Turk’s Indoor/Outdoor collections are bright, bold and wonderfully optimistic.

City dweller? No problem! These fabrics are great to use indoors too. Wherever you need the extra durability, be it in a child’s room or family room, these selections of outdoor geometric patterns are perfect.

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174740 | 174280 | 174330 | 174660 |174690

Windsor Smith Brings it Outside

Bringing a place to sit outdoors is a fabulous way to add a relaxing escape in your yard. Windsor Smith’s outdoor fabric collection, featured above, shows you just how easily it can be done! See Windsor Smith’s entire Kravet collaboration here.

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31764-135 | Mandella – 40 | 31725-130 | Mandella – 106

Beacon Hill’s Outdoor Ikats

Jackie, our sales rep from Beacon Hill, recently stopped by our New York City Showroom to drop off samples of their latest Outdoor Ikats collection. All 100% Sunbrella Acrylic ikats, this outdoor collection is the collaboration of quality, functionality, and style.

The collection introduces their Sabina Ikat, a beautiful large-scale woven ikat, as well as their stunning Shara Ikat sunburst pattern. These intricate ikats create dynamic and flavorful indoor and outdoor spaces.

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Ibi Ikat – Indigo |Sabina Ikat – Indigo | Miram Ikat – Pomegranate | Ona Ikat – Clay | Shara Ikat – Clay


Pattern Play

This spring it’s all about pattern both on and off the runway. Floral, nautical and geometric prints are some of the trends in fabric we are seeing. Geometric patterns are great at drawing the eye, but you must be careful not to overwhelm. Scale of pattern is important for achieving that classic, chic look.

Photo via New York Style Girl

Like with fashion, it is important that the geometric pattern in your home be of scale. You don’t want the pattern to overpower the space. One area we are seeing a lot of growth in geometric patterns is in outdoor fabrics.  From Trina Turk for Schumacher to Windsor Smith for Kravet, geometric fabrics are a great way to add some interest and pizzazz to your outdoor living space.

Windsor Smith's MOLOKO-PARADISO Fabric at DecoratorsBest

Trina Turk dips into poolside glamour with her outdoor fabric collection.

Trina Turk's Amazing Maze - Ocean Outdoor Fabric at DecoratorsBest


Trina Turk's Bamboo Forest Print - Parrot Outdoor Fabric at DecoratorsBest

Duralee offers a lot of choices in outdoor fabric as well. You’ll surely find the perfect pattern for you backyard.

Duralee Blueberry Outdoor Fabric at DecoratorsBest


Duralee Outdoor Fabric in Aqua at DecoratorsBest

This spring create the ultimate outdoor living space with our geometric designs in indoor/outdoor fabrics. To see our selection of outdoor fabrics visit us online at DecoratorsBest.com.