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Trend: Breton Stripe

Breton stripes are shorthand for dashing, devil-may-care style.

Named after the shirts worn by sailors in Brittany in the 19th century, the look is nautical, but far from kitschy. Synonymous with French chic, the stripes are currently lending loads of fashionable je ne sais quoi to everything from buckets to broadloom. Decorating an old-school-style bicycle by Nirve or embellishing espadrilles, the classic stripes add take-me-to-the-boulangerie flair. Wrapped around smart cleaning supplies from Alice Supply Co. or paper cups from Ikea (perfect for serving chilled rosé at a picnic), they deliver irresistible Gallic charm. Just say oui!

See more photos in the 2010 Decorating Trends gallery.

  • Photographer: Kim Jeffery (fabric)
  • Source: House & Home July 2010 issue.
  • Products: Nautical Stripe pillow, Urban Outfitters; Snap Stripe fabric by Barbara Barry in Marine (left) and Garnet, Kravet; Midsommar paper cups, Ikea; Brookhurst bicycle in Imperial Blue, Nirve; Nautical toolbox, Alice Supply Co.

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