Joyful Prep for Today

When I think of preppy spaces, my thoughts initially turn to old cash, yacht-inspired rooms, Lacoste sweaters and buckskin shoes. Within the last couple of years, there has been a shift in what is deemed preppy, but all prepsters agree on one thing: Being preppy isn’t just how you dress, it’s also a lifestyle. New-school prep consisting of vibrant colours paired with plain white and also a dose of large scale geometric prints (believe Jonathan Adler’s Happy shimmering), finds favor with old and new pedigrees. Have a peek at these spaces inspired by individuals who don the sharpest popped collars and decide if you fit into thepreppy layout spectrum. Tell us Are old fashioned or new-school prep?


Preppy kelly green is for the Irish. It awakens any room and appears even more economical in the existence of pure white fabric and a high-gloss floor and trim. Accenting the shower curtain — with a trio of stripes having a dark brown borrowed from the vanity and mirror — makes this bath equally appealing to both genders. Lucky you!

Vanessa De Vargas

Barstools upholstered in Barclay Butera’s geometric kelly green and white fabric (Green-and-White Abstract” #69-31P) give a twist twist to this mid-century modern kitchen.

Tobi Fairley Interior Design

Versatile in color and pattern, wing chairs upholstered chairs in the same Barclay Butera fabric make a prim and proper setting within this traditional living space. Its abstract pattern imitates the timeless Greek-key motif seen in the coffee table and provides this formal room a young vibe.

Kim Metheny

The argyle pattern isn’t just allowed for knitwear. Experiment with this diagonal checkboard pattern on the wall of a child’s room or to just put in a three-dimensional effect on your family’s living room.

Andrea May Hunter/Gatherer

The artisan with all the foresight of utilizing mosaic tile to make a plaid floor was nothing short of a genius. The intricacy of the design together with the furniture-turned-vanity catapults this two-piece bath to the ivy leagues.

Emily A. Clark

A pink-and-green color combo paired with monogrammed cushions, undoubtedly, exudes Southern prep. Using a base of black and white makes this color scheme pop; therefore does the replicated damask and polka-dot patterns. Use your beloved Lily Pulitzer frock for inspiration when attempting to pull off this look.

Tara Seawright Interior Design

If conventional prep does not appeal to you, try this edition of joyful prep. A bright, whimsical shower curtain and pristine white walls and fittings is all you have to pull together a clean look that is both fresh and enjoyable.

Restoration Hardware

The French Tournament Edition Backgammon & Chess – $199

Old discovered objects can also evoke the prep-school aesthetic. This classic chessboard along with other accessories such as these create a sense of nostalgia and pay homage to old-school prep decor.

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