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2012 Trend: Tea Towel Stripes

A picnic of red-and-white stripes conjures the fine-weather freshness of luffing sails, seaside parasols and beach balls.

The ever-stylish look takes its aesthetic cues from the humble tea towel, and its palette is best matched with soft, textured fabrics (rope, cotton weaves and linens). A wing chair from Ralph Lauren Home and a woven rug from Dash & Albert come in shades of burlap and cranberry. Striped grainsack throw pillows from Pottery Barn have a cottage-ready, haute-rustic allure, while a red-rimmed Crate & Barrel bowl of ice cream would be an ideal finale to any day at the beach.

Discover more of 2012's top trends in our gallery.

  • Photographer: Valerie Wilcox (pillow, ribbon).
  • Source: House & Home June 2012 issue
  • Products: Ribbon, Mokuba; recycled wine balon lamp with vintage grainsack shade, Europe2You; Grainsack Stripe pillow, Pottery Barn; Birmingham woven cotton rug, Dash & Albert; stripe bowl, Crate & Barrel; Ralph Lauren Home Hudson River Valley wing chair, Elte.

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