Guest Post and a Preppy Round-Up: Houzz

My second Houzz product picks article called The Elements of Prep is up and I’m pretty excited. I have a certain affinity with preppy decor, especially when it reminds me of fabulous dinner parties, sailboat rides and big family homes. Below are are few of my picks, but hop over to Houzz to see the full list!

I’m now giving the stage to the lovely Becky from Houzz who appreciates preppy, especially plaid, as much as I do. Take it away Becky!

Hello everyone! My name is Becky and I’m a contributor at Houzz, a home design site focused on helping design professionals and homeowners manage the remodeling and decorating process. Thanks so much to Gabrielle for having me!

I noticed that, like myself, Gabrielle is someone who appreciates plaid as a classic pattern and uses it in new, chic ways. It seems as though every other year it is deemed “in” again. Certain colors, scales or Scottish tartans may stand out with each resurgence, but plaid is a staple that will always be present in interior design. Here are three fresh ways designers are using it in 2012.

This room shows just how versatile and sophisticated plaid can be. A marble-topped Saarinen dining table, woven French bistro chairs, and a smashing deco-industrial pendant are beautifully arranged in front of subtle plaid walls.

A large-scale gray and black plaid adds a bit of menswear-style to this glamorous living room.

The plaid print in these rounded chairs is the only source of straight lines in this eclectic dining area. Designer Garrison Hullinger has balanced the contrast between classic tartan and the contemporary ring pattern, revving things up by using a plaid full of bright orange and red hues.

Where do you weigh in on plaid? Will you always associate it with school uniforms and flannel shirts from L.L. Bean or are you looking at it in new ways?

Find more inspiration from Montreal interior designers and more design professionals at Houzz.

Thanks for your input Becky! What are your thoughts plaid, tartan and gingham?