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Tropical Vintage

Tropical Vintage

A great mix of prints of summer scenes will turn any room into a chic surf shack. And adding surfboards to the ceiling? Wow, that has maximum impact.

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Stick No Bills is a Sri Lankan company that sells beautiful retro travel posters and postcards. Every year they award the No Bill Piece Prizes for travel poster design. This work by Ruwangi Amarasinghe was one of 2014’s winners.

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There is a great variety of Hawaiian fabrics available: with palm trees, hibiscus flowers and other exotic blooms. Not only for those famous shirts, but also for upholstery.

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An easy way to transform a drab chair or couch is by adding some throw pillows with exotic foliage prints. These ones by Australian Homeworks Design Store are pretty fabulous. If you’d like to make them yourself: has a huge selection of fabrics.

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Nick Kuchar is a surfer from Florida who now lives in Hawaii. He doesn’t just surf: he also designs wonderful prints, stationery and tote bags in sun bleached colours. Inspired by surf culture, of course. His label is called Everything Is Jake.

What’s a tropical theme without a lovely bikini? This one, designed for the H&M WaterAid collection, has a great retro print and shape. Find similar styles at


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Hotel the Surf Lodge is near New York: in The Hamptons, Montauk to be precise. But it nonetheless has a tropical feel. The turquoise floor in the lobby makes sure of that, as well as the colourful objects and bright prints on the wall.

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Aloha is a beach bar and surfer hangout on the Dutch coast. It doesn’t always have the best weather, but that is soon forgotten amongst the many tropical paintings, pictures and knick-knacks. It’s a very inspiring mix and the bamboo frames are especially lovely.

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The Monochrome Home


There are a lot of different objects in this interior, but they go together beautifully because they’re all black and white. The fact that the same black frames are used makes the prints match even more. Plants and a lovely rug add warmth to the room.


Doesn’t this home office make you happy? There’s a great mix of pictures and typography, and the different ways of suspending the prints – clipboards, tape, broad frames and even a clothes hanger – turn this into a playful corner.


This room gave us two great ideas. One: add some shine to the black and white with a touch of gold. Two: display favourite quotes and illustrations on a ledge, together with other objects. (What we also noticed: a frame with rounded edges is pretty fun.)


This is a fantastic lesson in contrasts. When you have a small riot of expressive illustrations above your couch, why not quieten them down a little with geometric cushions?


These retro mugs, designed by artist Jessica Flick for Konitz, have great graphic prints. They’re all very different but all in black and white, which makes this a chic set.


All that black and white can feel a little cold at times, that’s why it’s a good idea to add some softness. But that can be monochrome as well, like this cool geometric design by Blue Print cushions.


A fashion photograph will add class to any interior. These ones are by one of the greats, Helmut Newton. The smoking in the picture is by Yves Saint Laurent, the date is 1975, but the image is timeless.




Catch it while you can: the exhibition 1-2-3-4 by Anton Corbijn in Fotomuseum Den Haag is open until August 16. The famous music photographer, known for his striking black and white images, selected 300 pictures. On display are The Rolling Stones, Nick Cave, Grace Jones and many others. If you missed it, there’s always the book.

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It’s Bananas


A banana leaf print can jazz up an otherwise sober white interior. Like this one, after an oil painting by artist Ildiko Olah from Budapest.


Is your big day coming up? If you want to forgo traditional designs and pastel colours: check out these wedding invitations with banana leaf print. Available at Centanni Design via Etsy.


This is a superb styling idea: grouping three beautiful prints above your bed. The Moroccan wedding blanket adds a bohemian but luxurious feel.

This cute robe by Australian label Masini & Chern wil give you that holiday feeling all year long. The brand also sells lovely pyjamas with a banana leaf print.


Say hello to the beautiful Martinique wallpaper! It was designed in 1942 by decorator Don Loper for the Beverly Hills Hotel and has had iconic status ever since. You can still buy it now, at


Don’t want to spend any minute without the lovely banana leaves? Why don’t you decorate your mobile phone or iPad with this great Martinique Banana Leaf Tropical iPhone Case? sells beautiful ones for iPhone, iPad, Samsung and Motorola. No doubt you’ll feel tropical and chilled out all day long.

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The banana leaf print works well on soft furnishings too – as seen in this fun apartment in Australia, with cushions and a pouf by Australian label Square Fox designs.


How’s this for a show stopper? A chair by CR Laine, covered in the Brazilliance fabric that was designed by legendary decorator Dorothy Draper.


Soft Geometry


Geometry and animals make for an unusual combination – and that’s why it works. The geometry ensures animal prints don’t look too cutesy, and the animals take the hard edges off the geometry.




If you’re a true DIY enthusiast, it’s possible to make your own 3D wall decoration. This pretty mint green and blue one, made with paper, was featured in French DIY magazine KNOT.


Dutch design duo Scholten & Baijings has a knack for combining geometry with unexpected colours. This bed linen design is called Syrup. It’s part of the Minimal collection, available through Danish design emporium Hay.


Rumiko Matsumoto is a Japanese designer with an eye for the softer side of geometric forms. This design called Parallel is a wallpaper she designed for Iphones.


Make geometry playful by choosing a print with multiple overlapping shapes in different colours. Combine with curvy objects and fun typography for an even softer feel.

soft_geometry_07Feel like not only decorating your home but also yourself with some pretty geometry? Vanessa Gade combines geometric forms with delicate chains to make jewellery that looks both delicate and strong.

Designer Tom Dixon is famous for his gorgeous lamps in shiny materials. The Etch Shade lamp is inspired by mathematics and when lit, projects flowing shapes on the walls.



The combination of geometric forms and landscapes makes for intriguing, dreamlike images. Legan Rooster is from Honduras and created these striking beauties. Originally trained as an architect, there’s often a tension between the figurative and the abstract in this artist’s work.

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The Life Aquatic

Looks like the jellyfish is a big inspiration for designers: Roxy Russell came up with this wonderful Medusae Collection, with dreamlike lamps resembling jellyfish.

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The sea is a great inspiration for interiors, but what about adding some sea-inspired clothes to your wardrobe? The Valentino spring-summer collection for 2015 has plenty of pretty accessories and floaty dresses with embroidered starfish, coral and shells.

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Love a big statement once in a while: ask an illustrator to draw your favourite sea creature on the biggest, whitest wall you have. Like this impressive octopus, which you’ll find at Mera Hotel & Spa, located in upcoming travel destination Poland. The hotel was designed by Polish studio Loft Magdalena Adamus.


Do you have a styling blackout? Here’s some help. One should always try to tell a story. In this case: pick your four (or more) favourite sea life prints and put them together. In a group they form a strong, colourful image.


If you’d like to be completely immersed in an underwater theme, this eccentric Fornasetti II Aquario wallpaper from Cole and Son will do the trick. Match with white accessories for a chic, beachy look. 

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Your favourite print deserves a lovely and fitting home. This one, of delicate fan coral, looks good in an equally delicate frame, and surrounded by shells and flowers in soft hues.


Hanging your prints on a bold and bright wall will make their colours pop. Proof: this wonderful picture, found at the online home of interior design magazine Lonny. Match with ikat fabrics for a fresh, upbeat combination.

Not all prints have to be bought. You could get a stamp and create your own prints and stationery. Quality paper is essential: choose materials that look luxurious. This cute seahorse stamp is by Standard Stamp, which also has a selection of fish, whales and crustaceans.

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