You need three trump cards to win this game: the audacity card, the imagination card and the budget card. If you have all three, why not lay your cards down on the table right now?
You don’t have the budget? Limit yourself to one room. Maybe two. The pleasure will be just as great.
Americans love to play this decorative game. Graceland, Elvis’s home in Memphis, is the most popular example, despite the kitsch.
The Jungle Room, with its safari atmosphere, with reddish-brown as the dominant colour and the skin of feline on the floor has made the rounds in all the magazines. The same applies to the billiard room, where the sofa, walls and ceiling share the same motif, which gives it a bland, monochrome look.
In Brussels, go to the Cook and Book restaurant with an open mind. It’s divided into nine bookstores with a decorative them specific to each one. It’s a sign that ideas abound.[……]