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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.

For Her

Preppy Pink & Green Living Room

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.

For Him

Preppy Plaid Guest Room

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.

Click here to see bedrooms perfect for prepsters in training: mini her + mini him. But first…

What’s your favorite preppy look for home decor or fashion? Is it Lilly Pulitzer, Coco + Kelley or Izod and Top-Siders?

Tell us in the comments below.

9 Responses

  1. Anna says:

    I miss my pappagallo purse with multiple covers!

  2. Almond says:

    Love the use of repeat patterns and textures in the beautiful greens and reds. There is something about that living area that makes it feel very cozy but at the same time very open. Hmmmm

  3. Almond says:

    ……Oh it may be the use of fun patterns

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  5. Hilary_HGTV says:

    Almond, I agree…the pink and greens in that first room are soothing.

  6. Karli_HGTV says:

    LOVE the Tobi Fairley room. I'm a huge fan of traditional, preppy style but have never been keen on the pink and green combo. The masculine room looks so old school and classic.

    • Kayla Kitts says:

      I agree, Karli. I love the pink and green in the first room, even though the color combo isn't really something I would use in my own home. The bright hues and preppy, Southern style immediately remind me of Charleston, S.C.

  7. Mark says:

    How cool is the color of that wall. It"s so beautiful. This picture has changed the way i think about House Remodeling.

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