Every style star has her tropes. What would Katharine Hepburn have been without her wide-leg pants (radical at the time), or Liz Taylor sans her turbans and diamonds? The editors of CQ have a few looks on rotation, too—we're guilty of loyally loving pieces, patterns and even plants again and again. Here are 120 of them.
It should always herald "hello!"
Dare we call them ... voluptuous? High-gloss curves have made these a designer go-to. ().
The playful, timeless wall-coverings that Albert Hadley dreamed up with Harry Hinson.
You have one, your home should too.
It doesn't have to be colorful.
In your living room. They say, at a glance,"I'm always up for a picnic and a G&T."
The intricate motifs hail from the East and supply easy opulence. ($599,)
Full skirt. Round table. Instant femininity.
Whether you're reviving planks with a fresh coat or adding a herringbone pattern.
Even in miniature, it provides a dose of far-flung allure. ()
Curios collected on your travels across the world, or across town at an estate sale.
Like jewelry, they're both needless and necessary.
Of lamps. Of settees. Of anything. Symmetry works.
As a rule, go for as many small sources of light as you dare.
Graceful and nap-friendly.
Elegance is sitting down at a well-lit table to apply your makeup.
What's more enchanting than dinner in the garden, even when you're inside?
With breathing room.
Brooke Astor owned 218 pieces. You? ($120, )
Let's hear it for Blue Onion: Born in the 18th century and still got it. ()
Soft but sturdy stripes underfoot make for an ideal foundation in workhorse rooms like the kitchen. ()
Not too few, not too many.
Give visitors the royal treatment: a carafe of water, stacks of books and a bedside vase of blooms.
To hide things, to create spaces or just because.
If there's one signal you're house-proud, it's this.
Pages fade, but pretty rooms and bright ideas last forever.
Oh, peonies! They're party dresses in flower form.
Whatever keeps you on the lookout for that next elusive piece.
Actual butler not compulsory.
Concealing unsightly pots and coils of garden hose? Very HB. ()
Create two separate spaces in one big room and exude grandeur, just like that.
Well-placed trim can draw the eye up and down curtains and make pillows beckon. At the very least, your belongings become bespoke.
Graphic memories of that summer in Majorca, if only in your mind.
Beloved by designers, these patterns have graced our pages year after year.
Bowood in Green/Grey by Colefax and Fowler. ()
Les Touches in Aqua by Brunschwig & Fils. ()
Nympheus in in Aqua/Teal by Lee Jofa. ()
Las Palmas in Blues by Clarence House. ()
Put a pretty lid on it.
Ladies who'd rather be seaside in Lyford Cay can bring its barefoot flair back home. ()
There's simply no wrong spot for one ... or two.
Substance and style! We love subdued hues and traditional motifs to ground a room.
Ideal for a sun-room or rec room; they can take a spill.
Cue the romance! Line your entryway or place them on the floor of the powder room.
The beauty is always in the (shiny) details, isn't it?
Orderly little hedges to frame a charming little (or big!) house.
If diamonds are a girl's best friend then crystals are who you call for last-minute cocktails.
Whether they're woven in rattan, jute or wicker, antique or new, we just can't seem to contain ourselves.
A necessity in every room.
Women in petticoats once sat on these armless chairs to roll on stockings. Ideal for small spaces.
Did we mention we like stripes?
Tony Duquette brought ancient Asian accents to Bel Air in the '60s, and it's still trending.
Think small. Every seat in the house should have a place to rest a drink, at the very least.
Originated in 17th-century France with softly worn pastel hues, yet even today it shows no sign of fatigue.
They're de rigueur for our stylists. Perfect in scale and charm, with their fluttery petals and subtle scent. Sweet!
Holiday greetings or raucous birthday notes, all corralled in one happy place.
Especially canopies, daybeds and twins for guests. Even the dog gets a sumptuous one!
A favorite of the sophisticated set, it brings glamour to a high-traffic hall or staircase.
It's a signature sign of a great hostess.
Cover every surface in a winsome print (and yes, that includes lampshades) for the ultimate retreat.
Statement making versions are the new paradigm for lighting an island.
The cozy feeling of the diner booth gets upgraded in fine fabrics and silhouettes at home. We love that you can squeeze in a gaggle of friends.
Ideally overlooking something picturesque.
You can't expect guests to linger if they're not comfortable. The best are stain-averse — and look great from behind.
Beloved since the 18th century for their artfully detailed beauty.
Everything, even goblets, warrants an entry in the Preppy Handbook. ($60, )
Hang them on the wall.
The pattern is purported to symbolize infinity and unity in ancient Greece.
Bonus points for first edition Dorothy Draper, Billy Baldwin and David Hicks.
Yet another gift from ancient Greece that keeps on giving.
Featured in the gardens of Versailles, the graphic trellis ushers the outdoors in.
Exotic beauties that carry a touch of the tropics. ($168, )
The diva of houseplants is worth fighting for: It's lace that grows before your eyes.
Swathe rooms in this natural woven wallpaper for warmth and texture. Bonus: It helps muffle noise.
Exceedingly handsome and functional.
You can never have too many, because they make clutter feel intentional — even artful! Remotes, jewelry, a tea station ... add a tray!
To enjoy the house!
Bearing a monogram or the family crest. Or your trademark lioness. ()
Whatever inspires you to write that note!
Get a set for every tipple.
Pronounced ee-kaht, the print has both ancient origins and modern graphic punch. ()
Have a look for every occasion, reason and change of season.
Topshelf spirits (check!), "baby" Schweppes (check!), something to celebrate: our 120th birthday! Cheers!
Too old and weak to support anything but the cat or a book. But so worthwhile.
The tinier and more delicately scented, the better. ()
Timeless and built to last — you'll pass them down to the next generation or three.
If you can't hop a flight to Palm Beach, open this on the lawn — and look up. ()
Picture a cozy spot under the eaves for writing, reading, daydreaming...
How can you not smile when checks are nearby?
Hand-printed from carved wood blocks, their imperfections are everything. ()
A bed isn't made until it's finished with a monogrammed boudoir pillow.
Especially if there are kids around. A giraffe taller than a tween will suffice. ($75, )
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This article originally appeared in the November 2016 issue of CQ.