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Jazzin' up your decor with some art deco inspiration

Downton Abbey's stuffy Edwardianism? So last season. This spring, Great Gatsby chic is the retro look du jour, interiors included. Here's how to lend your home some Jazz-Age pizzazz

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COMBINE AND CONSTRAST As you’ll likely note in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming (3D!) Great Gatsby flick, black, white and metallic tones are integral to the art-deco palette. This vignette, built around a pair of vintage ivory bookends atop a polished walnut cabinet, blends all three to dramatic effect.

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RAISE THE BAR Prohibition in the United States drove the party home, making the bar cart a must-have for stylish hosts. Kit yours out with statement-making accessories rendered in chrome and etched crystal.

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GET A FEEL FOR GLAMOUR Create a tactile as well as a visual feast by combining quilted, puckered or scaly fabrics with others bearing animal and geometric prints.

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SOFTEN THE EDGES It’s the signature mix of strong lines and soft curves that sets art deco apart from other styles. The graphic chevron wallpaper hanging here complements the shapely forms of a shell-patterned carpet and velvet slipper chair.

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GET REAL (OR THE NEXT BEST THING) When scouring vintage shops, don’t shy away from deco-inspired pieces from the latter half of the 20th century. Unlike other styles, art deco has remained influential over the past 80 years. Case in point: These dinner plates were made in the 1970s.

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FRAME THE LOOK Fine-art posters and lithographs from the 1920s are an easy way to fold deco style into any room. Custom framing can cement the effect.

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