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Classic Hollywood

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The Audrey Hepburn image is completely at home in this room. In fact, she herself wouldn’t have looked out of place in this feminine interior. The colour palette is gorgeous and subtle, with its shades of silver and touches of lilac.


Now this is what we call making the most of your pictures. First: the frames are great, black with gold inside. Second: those bows are fantastically elegant. And third: the triangular shape in which they are hung shows great imagination.

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Don’t Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire look lovely in this sumptuous mirror frame? And how about Alfred Hitchcock in the classic black one? Together, they inject some playfulness into this wonderfully opulent restroom.

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We’re getting a little off topic here, but still: what’s a classic Hollywood movie without a good cocktail? And where would James Bond be without his martini? Good reasons to buy a vintage bar cart. It looks great and you’ll always be ready for a party.

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If you really, really love Audrey Hepburn, then maybe a few pictures here and there isn’t enough. Maybe you need to decorate your walls with this wallpaper by Wilko, that consists entirely of pictures of the fabulous movie star. A little advice: keep the rest of the room basic.

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Black and white doesn’t need to equal minimalist. The combination also works well in luxurious interiors. It helps if you have a classic beauty like James Dean playing peek-a-boo behind your collection of photobooks.

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If you keep your colour scheme simple – and black and white is always the best – you can go a bit overboard with the rest. So why not fill and entire wall with classic portraits in rectangular frames, and the one next to it with round mirrors? It’s fun!

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American photographer George Hurrell is said to have invented the celebrity glamour shot. He surely is a master, bringing out the best in stars such as Joan Crawford, Humphrey Bogart and Greta Garbo. His best work can be seen in George Hurrell’s Hollywood (Running Press), a beautiful book of over 400 pages.

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She’s in Fashion

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Brighten up dull tasks done in your home office with an intriguing fashion illustration. A background in a pastel shade will soften dark furniture and whimsical accessories add a touch of fun.

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Pink! Gold! Flowers! Go full-on girly by combining your fashion illustrations with even more girly stuff. Why not? The simple frames in black and white keep it from becoming too sugary.

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Turn fashion sketches from girly into ladylike with grown-up accessories and furniture. Like this wonderful leather tray, mirrored table and patterned poufs. And don’t forget about the frames: the arrangement of these silver ones is very classy indeed.

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Australian fashion illustrator Megan Hess has worked for Dior, Chanel and Tiffany & Co. She even made a design for the bottom of a luxurious swimming pool. As is to be expected, her home and studio are the epitome of feminine style. She makes the most of her illustrations with wide white or black frames.

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More, more, more… why choose a print when you can have all of them on your wall? Just go for an interesting mix of designs and colours. The occasional baroque gold frame looks fabulous in between black and white frames.

The warmest, funniest and most stylish fashion blogger – it’s Garance Doré, of course – has published a book. It’s called Love x Style x Life (Spiegel & Grau) and is full of great illustrations, advice and stories. Not just about fashion, but also about work, friendship and love.

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Jessica Durrant is a fantastic fashion illustrator. Check out her Instagram account or, even better, her Etsy shop. Not only does she make fab fashion water colours, her travel and nature images are equally captivating.

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Really make your fashion illustrations pop by hanging them on a bright wall. It’s even better when you match the shades of the wall and the illustrations. Hot pink and Tiffany blue are great choices.

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The Word Is Out

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Dare to be outspoken! Choose quotes in different colours, fonts and graphic styles and combine them with abstract art. It will make any interior happy as can be.

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Orange is the new black, according to the hit series. But you can choose any bright colour you like for your quote to really lift a room.

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Fond of Scandinavian interiors? Can’t blame you. A collection of black and white framed quotes will give your room a cool Nordic atmosphere. Note: the frames should be black or natural, to keep the vibe calm and clean.

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You can keep it classy with quotes. It only takes a beautiful frame, a lot of white and some food

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YUP Hotel in the Belgian city of Hasselt (where you can find the Modemuseum) shows you how to set a framed quote on fire: black background, black frame and white letters. Mix it with soft pastels and fashion photography for a very up to date look.
for thought.

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Here’s a different way of adding quotes to your interior: tiles. Danish web shop Tile Junkie has great, quirky tile stickers. It’s never been easier to update a bathroom or kitchen

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There’s little arguing that quotes look best in black and white, but combined with one colour that really pops, those monochrome images look even better.

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Why not put your motivational quote where it’s needed most – beside your bed. Keep it feminine with a delicate golden frame, elegant objects and flowers. These fun prints are by Etsy shop BySamantha.

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Misty Mountains

Misty Mountains

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This is how you make a modest statement with only one bright colour, like the green in this dining room. There is a beautiful, serene unity between the pine forest and the green plants.

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Surprise yourself and your visitors: choose a unique shape for your print. This wall sticker by Urban Outfitters is like a window onto a beautiful Alpine peak.

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A misty mountain print calls for natural colours and materials, like this piece of wood, wooden furniture and brick wall. It will create a chic rustic mood.

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The white bedroom.

If your room needs a big statement, then a wall mural might be your solution. It’s almost impossible to make your room more dreamy and magical than this.

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Would you like to spend your nights in a fairy tale landscape? You’ll definitely have magic dreams underneath this duvet cover by society6.

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The interior of Amsterdam restaurant Nevel (the name means ‘mist’ in Dutch) is all about simple design furniture, shimmery details and lots of white. The perfect surroundings for a huge print of a winter wonderland.

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The plywood trend is everywhere, so it was only a matter of time until some creative blogger came up with this great diy idea. Make your own headboard of plywood, and decorate it with a misty mountain print. It’s the perfect combination! See how it’s done at the

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Decorating is all about telling stories. So why don’t you put a chair with a nice woollen pillow or sheep skin next to your misty mountain print? Looks like a cloud came by to say hi.

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Baroque Bouquet

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Dolce & Gabbana know a thing or two about the impact of a beautiful flower on a dark background. Their autumn/winter collection 2015/2016 is full of pretty rose fabrics, most of them black and some a rich green.

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Flowers are romantic, so why not put a still life in the bedroom? The green glass objects in this room complement the shades of green in the painting. And the roses on the bed stand make it even more romantic.

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Hotel Canal House in Amsterdam is comprised of 17th century merchants’ houses. The interior design is modern but warm, with rich chocolate browns and gorgeous purples. The colours are a great match for the floral still lifes that are displayed in the rooms.

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For those who aren’t afraid of a dramatic impact: choose wallpaper with huge blooms, like this one by Ellie Cashman. Let the rest of your interior follow suit with baroque furniture and colours, or go the opposite way with simple and light designs.


Design label Moooi has launched Moooi carpets at the Salone del Mobile in Milan. Thanks to new technology, the company can make extremely photorealistic carpets. This round one is a design by Moooi art director Marcel Wanders called Eden Queen.

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Not only when it comes to wall decoration can the Golden Age be an inspiration. Brass candlesticks and blue and white crockery are also a stylish wink at the era. Those really enamoured by the idea can add their own fruit still life.

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The dark backgrounds are part of what’s so special about the floral still lifes of the Golden Age. It makes the flowers really stand out. Put a print on a wall with a similar shade and the effect is doubly beautiful.

Is it a photograph or a painting? Dutch photographer Bas Meeuws creates still lifes that call to mind the paintings by the Dutch Masters of the 17th century. He photographs the flowers one by one and then digitally arranges them into a lush bouquet.

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