A Glimmer of Silver
In the Art Deco home, silver was the gleam of choice. A few accents—a pencil holder on the desk, vases on the shelves—set against rich ebony and black will give a room the glamour of the Roaring Twenties while looking fresh and contemporary.
An eclectic mix of textures and materials is the easiest (and the most fun) way to create the look of a well-traveled life. A silver cup to hold pencils, a crystal paperweight, boxes and trays made of varying woods—all seem to have been acquired over the years and hint at adventures past.
Gatsby was an aesthete as well as a businessman. So one of his desks would have reflected that side. A burnished globe, stone bust, and crystal-accented lamps all play up the decorative look on any surface. Add one or two purely design touches to satisfy your inner connoisseur.