Don't be afraid of mixing plaids, checks and prints. Just keep your selections in the same color family to keep the look cohesive. An eclectic mix of patterns creates a casual and homey feel that most guests will appreciate. Tip: Tea towels are excellent to use for oversized napkins and can be found in a variety of prints and patterns.
Two bold patterns and a pop of turquoise turn this neutral kitchen into a stylish, memorable space: Wide turquoise-and-white stripes sweep across the ceiling and the barstools are upholstered in black-and-white plaid.
The bed wall is comprised of thick gray curtains that match the dramatic upholstered headboard. Plaid bedding and a mahogany writing desk add masculinity, while a cheetah-print rug brings flair to the space.
Add comfort. Pillows provide a soft buffer between you and a bookcase headboard. They can also introduce pattern and color. “With the addition of an extra long body pillow, it softened the surface nicely,” says Jo Torrijos, an Atlanta DIY blogger and stylist. “Plus, if you're anything like me, you'll have at least half a dozen pillows on your bed to create a cushioned oasis.”
The aqua stripes in the kitchen are pulled out into the rest of the home with a matching colored accent wall in the living room. Black-and-white plaid barstools act as complementary—and stylish—neutral.
Every occasion calls for a proper invitation that not only informs guests of the details but also gets them in the holiday spirit. These sophisticated tartan invites in French green and silver allude to the party's menswear theme.
This tasteful bedroom was designed for a 12-year-old boy. It incorporates his love of animals and sports and is sophisticated enough to grow with him into his teen years and beyond. The slight woodsy feel of the space meshes well with the home's proximity to a nature reserve.
This Tudor home in Dallas was built in the 1920s by Herbert Marcus, father of Stanley Marcus, one of the founders of the luxury department store Neiman Marcus. Its recent renovation worked hard to respect its beautiful original details as well as outfit it with modern comforts.