Home Decorating Red Alert: Ellen O’Neill’s Graphic Decorating

Red Alert: Ellen O’Neill’s Graphic Decorating

Designer Ellen O’Neill proves that less is more with her graphic approach to Hamptons style.

We’re all about pops of bold color and graphic prints against a white background, low-maintenance fabrics, and rooms we can’t wait to snuggle up in. So when we saw this feature in the March 2011 issue of House Beautiful, we couldn’t help but think, It’s Happy Preppy—red, white, and vintage edition!

This Bridgehampton, New York, home owned and decorated by design consultant Ellen O’Neill is the perfect example of one of the keys to Happy Preppy style: less is more. What we especially love:

  • O’Neill’s “blank-canvas,” graphic decorating approach, with the snowy wall color allowing layers of textiles and made-you-look twice decorative objects in shades of red—from fire-engine to brick, from raspberry to dusty rose—to take center stage
  • The fusion of vintage and modern, like the shiny red chairs juxtaposed with the distressed white worktable in the dining room, or the cheerful, check-full guest bedroom (including an antique wicker trunk we’re drooling over)
  • Her liberal use of rich red checks and peppermint-stripe accents throughout

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