April 14, 2011

tzi trend review: positively preppy

It’s been a rough few years for the prepsters among us.  Buffy, Muffy and Bif were positively buried in a sea of boho chic.  But the good news for my friends sporting seersucker and Lilly Pulitzer is that – even in interior design – preppy is back!

Truly, this trend kicked off last October with the launch of Lilly Pulitzer Home … but this spring, everyone else is on board.  A perfect example is this Concord Chair from C.R. Laine.

While the style of the chair is completely traditional (perhaps Buffy’s grandmother gave it to her), Buffy totally updated the chair by upholstering it in an oversized plaid and painting the frame a kelly green.  Of course, the green chair gets that extra pop with a yellow pillow (purchased in Kiawah, natch).  Love!

Who wouldn’t adore a room with these twin beds from Hickory Chair?  The Artisan Poster Bed was interpreted from a simple pencil post bed in the Hickory Chair archives – but now you can choose a high or low headboard in either upholstery or wood.  Here, the combination of the blue and white bedding with the red painted chair gives the space a bit of nautical flair.

Both C.R. Laine and Hickory Chair give you the option of choosing any Benjamin Moore color for their painted finishes.  Selecting the perfect color is one perk to working with a designer!

Need something for the walls?  Well, Soicher-Marin introduced a series of Yacht Blueprints – taken directly from the archive of a yacht builder.  Aren’t they stunning?

But if you’d rather go riding (English style, I assume) than sailing, perhaps you should take a peek at this.

Ralph Lauren, perhaps the ultimate purveyor of preppy chic, introduced a new lighting collection through Visual Comfort.  How fantastic is this chandelier with the horse bit detailing?  I am smitten … even though I haven’t ridden since I was a child.

Personally, I have always been more of a preppy dresser than a preppy designer … but I love all of these pieces.  Will you incorporate the preppy trend in your home?


  • Carol@SofasandSage
    Apr. 14, 2011
    Oh the classic and the preppy among us, me included, how we've been watching the world go by! While I try to dabble in other fashion styles, I will always be classic , even a tad preppy at times, with a modern edge (I think). And in design, I remain firmly rooted in traditional, but with a modern edge, too. I love that big plaid on the wing back. Stunning in my book! I adore every thing in every image you showed here. I just did horse motif drapes in my family room, going for a taste of well-traveled English library in there. Okay, it's a work in progress, but that is my end goal. Great post. Looking forward to the rest of the High Point review! Thanks.
  • Marianne {Style For Living}
    Apr. 14, 2011
    Yes, yes, and yes! I love all of these pieces. So, the boat in the center of the collage looks just like the boat my family had when I was much younger. Memories! Okay, so I have got to come to High Point, I think we'd have a blast together!
  • designchic
    Apr. 14, 2011
    Loving the yacht blueprints and the Ralph Lauren lighting...stunning!!
  • Amy Vermillion- Martineau Vermillion Interior Design
    Apr. 15, 2011
    Put me down for High Point in October! Charlotte Designers- UNITE! Happy Weekend Traci, Amy
  • Elizabeth
    Apr. 15, 2011
    All of your preppy pieces are beautiful, I am glad preppy is back.. The wing chair in oversized plaid and kelly green is gorgeous. I am so glad I just found your blog. Have a wonderful weekend.
  • Hannah
    May. 03, 2011
    I am drooling over all the new Ralph Lauren Lighting!

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