Perfect Pair

Pink-and-green color combos evoke juicy watermelon on a hot summer’s day. Inspired by the pretty fruit, we slice into its perky palette to present some favorite home accents.


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ARRANGE eye-popping displays atop a French Heritage Sennely commode, $3,585, Scott Shuptrine Interiors, Royal Oak. Snappy frames for snapshots include Rosannebeck Collections’ Cabana 3x3, $26.50,and 5 x7, $35, The League Shop, Grosse Pointe Farms. Scents and sensibilities make Michel Design Works’ green meadow soy wax candle, $27.50, a must, Leon & Lulu, Clawson. A vanity Bellamy mirror with antique accents adds elegance, $85, Restoration Hardware stores. A hand-painted amaryllis tray is garden-gorgeous, $205, The League Shop. A polka dot bowl — the perfect place to stash rings or tie stays, $10, Anthropologie. This moss fish Gurgle Pot charms, $23, Leon & Lulu. Mood lighting goes modern with Jonathan Adler candlesticks, $48/set of two, Scout, Royal Oak. (above, left)

DINE in delight with Pepi face plate, $46, Leon & Lulu; Kim Seybert bamboo place mat, $16, Neiman Marcus, Troy; Raynaud Tropic Rose bread and butter plate, $49, The League Shop; and Nature Table by Lou Rota salad plate, $18, paisley dish cloth, $18, and hand-woven napkin, $8, all from Anthropologie. Kim Seybert beaded napkin ring, $23, and pink “burst” ring, $25, both at Neiman Marcus. Preps who love time-tested fare will enjoy The Preppy Cookbook (not shown) by Christine Nunn, scheduled to publish this August. (above, right)

BRIGHTEN up neutrals with fabulous fabrics and finishes. Lilly Pulitzer for Lee Jofa fabrics’ Racy Lacey, in lush green; Tail Lights, in Daiquiri; Weymouth Collection Carpet, in Bazley mint; and Kadina fuchsia, prices upon request, all from Kravet, Lee Jofa, and Brunschwig and Fils showroom, Michigan Design Center, Troy. Polka dot knob, $8; green glass knob, $6; clear square knob, $10; and white knob, $8; all from Anthropologie. (above, bottom right)

TOSS these pillows onto anything, and voila, instant prep! Lilly Pulitzer for Lee Jofa fabrics Heritage Floral in salmon pink, Tail Lights in Daiquiri with Swingers white ball fringe, and Happy Plaid in pink and green, all at Kravet, Lee Jofa, and Brunschwig and Fils showroom, Michigan Design Center. Eva’s Fleurs de Jardin pillow, $25, Leon & Lulu. (above, left)

SERVE libations on dazzling trays. Michel Design Works’ floral soap dish, $12, and tray, $26, La Belle Provence, Birmingham, sits atop a green soap dish, $18, and John Derian watermelon dish, $75, Neiman Marcus. Also, Marimekko tray, $72, Scout; and Rosannebeck Collections diamond tray, $60, The League Shop. (above, top right)


Set Match!

Why pink and green go hand-in-hand

WHEN THE OFFICIAL Preppy Handbook by Lisa Birnbach (Workman Publishing) was first  published in 1980, there was an instant obsession with the cheeky guide — its reverent chapter on the virtues of pink and green was one of the most popular. Citing “unashamed ...  hot-hot pink and hubba-hubba electric wild lime green” as de rigueur, the book proclaims the pair has “endless possibilities.” 

But what of preppy décor? Home accents turn heads when awash in the lively watermelon-inspired color pairing (a favorite watermelon plate by John Derian, $75, Neiman Marcus, is shown above).

“I prefer the combo in porch settings, a child’s bedroom, or as trim on curtains or pillows,” says Gail Urso of Urso Designs in Grosse Pointe Park.  Adds Bloomfield Hills interior designer Paul Feiten: “Pink and green is such a classic because they’re so happy together. And who doesn’t want to be happy?”

By incorporating these bold, brash shades into your spaces, you add  potency and frivolity — while also mimicking fashion.

“Designers recommend using the colors that you wear for inspiration when designing your home,” says Sarah Kreisler, owner of The Village Palm, a Lilly Pulitzer signature store in Grosse Pointe that sells apparel and Lilly Pulitzer for Lee Jofa fabrics for the home. “And this happy palate is not only easy to work with, but also fresh and modern.”

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