When The Official Preppy Handbook came out in 1980, the country became enthralled with the world of “prepdom.” Its tongue-and-cheek look at the life of Biff and Buffy cultivated “The legacy of good taste, proper breeding, and the right nickname.” (And it was a freaking hit!) Well, preppy is in again, from fashion to home decor. Just a few posts of the blogs Unabashedly Prep and May December is proof enough. So, if your favorite color combination is pink and green, you adore sailboats and anchors motifs, or you miss plaids and monograms, here’s a two-room introduction to 21st-century preppy interiors from HGTV’s official preppy design handbook.
Pink and green meets florid British-Colonial in this space by Riehl Designs Inc.. The raspberry pink in the pillow fringe and draperies provides the perfect accent to the predominance of grass green, while the lacquer cabinet and the zebra-print ottoman add a touch of the exotic (so in now!) without going over the top.
While this bedroom is conservative, it’s anything but stuffy or boring. Designer Tobi Fairley makes preppy mainstays – plaids, stripes and monograms – au courant with the introduction of the Greek key geometric. (Houndstooth and herringbone are other manly options for preppy patterns.) The oversized upholstered headboard and drapery accent wall are also of the now.
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