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Happy Preppy Home Decorating

We know what you’re thinking: you were there for the 1980s incarnation of preppy (and maybe even the 1960s original), and you cringe at the thought of crested blazers, the boat shoes you wore till the soles separated and your toes poked out, or your drawer full of wide plaid headbands. Relax. We’re not turning back the clock. We’re reimagining preppy in a bold, modern way.

Happy Preppy home decor is all about simplicity—function dictates form, appearance never outweighs comfort, and easiness is the word of the day. Is it still that happy-go-lucky style you remember? Absolutely. Is this decorating style kid- and pet-friendly? Check. Is it pretty? You bet. Is it precious? Never.

To emulate this quintessentially American decor look, keep these elements in mind:

  • You can never go wrong with a classic, especially when it comes to practical furniture that you’ll have for years to come.
  • Utility cannot be overrated, so celebrate the useful, everyday objects that make life easier, as well as durable fabrics that can stand up to everything from spilled cranberry juice to dog slobber (believe us, we’re experts on both).
  • Add a dash of pep with lively pieces that convey energy and enthusiasm. Silliness and sentimentality are encouraged.
  • Pack a graphic punch by using strong shapes, and colors from a cheery Crayola palette.


With Happy Preppy, your home is simple and stylish, functional yet fun, livable and lovable.

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