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20 Designs That Capture Classic Ivy League Style

September 06, 2019

These preppy designs have a traditional look with a modern aesthetic reminiscent of classic Ivy League style.

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Photo: Peter Rymwid. From: J. Stephens Interiors.

Rich Finishes

Work comes easy in this walnut-wrapped home study. The custom cabinetry holds the homeowner’s treasured book collection and is stained to match the rich hardwood floors underfoot. The rich wood walls and floors are enhanced by sage velvet window seats and coordinating, green shaded sconces.

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Photo: Rustic White Photography. From: Brian Patrick Flynn.

Cozy Upholstery

Preppy, red-and-green plaid upholstery makes a playful statement in this cozy family breakfast table. The punchy settee and dining chairs surround a sleek, glass top table and pop against the snowy-white shiplapped walls. A modern, abstract painting pairs with a stallion print on the wall to create interesting contrast and balance in the otherwise traditional design.

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Photo: Harvey Smith Photography. From: Gail Barley Interiors.

Built-In Balance

A stately fireplace serves as the focal point in this formal sitting room. Symmetrical windows, mantel lamps, arm chairs and built-in bookshelves flank the fireplace and bring a traditional and timeless aesthetic to the space. A leather-bound book collection couples with Chinoiserie treasures to bring the color and personality to the bookcases. Ruby toss pillows pair well with the jewel-toned area rug underfoot and pinstripe drapes add drama to the windows and frame the view of the front yard.

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Photo: Houlihan Lawrence, a member of Luxury Portfolio International. From: Houlihan Lawrence and Luxury Portfolio International®.

Dark + Handsome Details

East Coast charm is abundant in this preppy, seafront sitting room which serves as an idyllic spot to catch up with friends or a lengthy summer reading list. Inky paint highlights the space’s handsome millwork and brings dimension to the walls and beamed ceiling overhead. Traditional crystal table lamps flank a slipcovered sofa and a solitary brass floor lamp offers light to a ruby-red wingback chair.

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