Just got back from a fabulous trip to England and was inspired by so much I don't know where to begin! I took some decent images of Shakespeare's home in Stratford-upon-Avon, so this seems like a good place to start. Okay, the intro leading up to the home is a bit campy and totally directed toward maybe a 13 year old tourist, but his childhood home was actually pretty cool with interior design that reflects the fashion of the time. My favorite bit (talk about some seriously tight living!) was the decorative canvases covering the walls. They created a much richer, lavish environment in what otherwise would have been fairly stark. See below:
The designs are all so detailed and beautiful (especially love the gods and nymphs of the black and white one), and could totally inspire a wild powder room or dining room wall covering. Also, I love the idea of painting on large removable hanging canvas, then easily switching it out as you like. Perfect middle ground for art and permanent wall covering, I suppose. Quick side note regarding the red and green canopy bedding (the room he was born in)- superstition had it that these colors ward off evil spirits and would keep the sleeping safe. If it weren't so "holiday" I'd consider it!
And lastly, a little piece of design wisdom from the Bard himself:
"See first that the design is wise and just: that ascertained, pursue it resolutely; do not for one repulse forego the purpose that you resolved to effect." - William Shakespeare