- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Potter Style (December 2, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385345992
- ISBN-13: 978-0385345996
- Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 1 x 10.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #429,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Novel Interiors: Living in Enchanted Rooms Inspired by Literature Hardcover – December 2, 2014
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“Lisa Borgnes Giramonti had families from books in mind when researching Novel Interiors: Living in Enchanted Rooms Inspired by Literature. Scouting homes in Southern California, Manhattan and New Jersey, she found details evoking British moors and New England cottages.” –The New York Times
“Conversational, illuminating and full of practical tips for discovering your own design style, Lisa Borgnes Giramonti’s easy-to-digest book matches rooms from the likes of decorator Schuyler Samperton with richly detailed descriptions of interiors found in more than 60 novels, from Jane Austen’s Emma to Dodie Smith’s “I Capture the Castle.” –The Wall Street Journal
"When it comes to gathering inspiration for a decorating project, there are tried-and-true techniques: culling fabric swatches, tearing pages from magazines, trolling Pinterest, and earmarking furniture catalogues. And there are the more unconventional methods, such as sifting through over 60 classic novels and finding modern homes that match the aesthetic described-down to the last chintz flower." -Architectural Digest
A People Magazine "Best of Holiday Gifts" pick for 2014.
“If you’ve ever wanted to live inside the pages of a novel—sip tea in Mr. Darcy’s parlor or jitterbug in Jay Gatsby’s ballroom—then you need to meet Lisa Borgnes Giramonti.” –Brick Underground
“A celebration of her avid reading and her equally avid approach to décor and design and creating a home and a place to dwell…A delightful book to dive into for inspiration.” –The Style Saloniste
"Design loving bookworms, rejoice: Your perfect coffee table companion is here." -Lonny Magazine
"Borgnes Giramonti offers guidelines to help book lovers mix contemporary tastes with literary style. Mining the details written by literary greats offers up ways to bring those small touches to your home. -Las Vegas Review-Journal
"A gorgeous hardback, this book is filled with beautiful photographs, a commentary that makes it feel more like reading a favorite novel than a how to book, and quotes from all the greats. This book deserves a favorite spot on your shelf." --Nerdophiles
About the Author
LISA BORGNES GIRAMONTI is a contributing editor to Hyland magazine, an essayist for Martha Stewart Living magazine, and had her own column in W magazine as a style arbiter. In 2008 she founded the blog A Bloomsbury Life, which C Magazine calls "deliciously eccentric." She and her blog have been featured in the LA Times, House Beautiful, ELLE Decor, San Francisco magazine, as a tastemaker on One King's Lane, and more.
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Overall, being a total book-nerd design-freak LBG fan, this was manna from heaven. And my my literary reading list has gotten waaaaaay longer.
Thank you Lisa! Bask in your achievement, relax and refill your creative tank, and we look forward to your next interesting adventure.
The stunning photography in Novel Interiors gives readers a fantasy escape into the worlds of the imagination, featuring whimsical decor from Anthropologie, West Elm, Pottery Barn, John Derian, Restoration Hardware, Dwell Studio, and more familiar sources.
An especially wonderful gift idea for a book lover, Novel Interiors is not only a visual feast, but it is also a well-written guide to color and design. The author explains how each palette is achieved so that readers can bring some literary influence into their home design. Even little touches can provide joy, such as a vintage suitcase or a cushy pillow. Need a gift for your English teacher? You can't go wrong with this one.
I found this book a delightful read. An excellent coffee table book that would create conversation if left out for guests to peruse. But also containing enough decorating advice that one would enjoy picking it up on a snowy evening while sipping hot chocolate and losing oneself in the photos.
Imagine rooms inspire by L. M. Montgomery, or Elizabeth Gaskell, or Jane Austen, or F. Scott Fitzgerald, or Willa Cather... to name only a few authors of novels who inspired the rooms showcased in this book.
The title of the Introduction explains the contents a little bit more, "We Don't Just Read a Great Story, We Inhabit It". The various section headings are as follows:
Shall I Put the Kettle On? (British books, of course)
Remembrance of Things Past
Living au Naturel
Oh, the Glamour of It All
Sometimes a Fantasy
I doubt few would use this book as a pure decorating source, rather it provides a look at what rooms describe in favorite novels would look like as shown in real life homes today. Although it would also provide inspiration that one can pick and choose from the pages to try at home.
Now I do have one caveat about this book. You most likely will look at some of the rooms representing a favorite novel and think it in no way is what you thought the home would look like. For one of the joys of reading is to create our own backdrop mentally of what we think people, rooms, towns, etc. appear in our visualization.
But the author creates rooms from the descriptions within the pages of the book, how she sees them represented. Which may not completely agree with your ideas but are still authentic to the period. I found it amusing that some of the rooms I definitely did not find attractive are associated with novels I didn't care for either. Hmmm...
If you are looking for a unique Christmas gift this year for the Bibliophile in your life, this would be it. I came away with not only an appreciation of the beautiful photography but a desire to read books listed within the pages I hadn't thought of adding to my list.
This book was provided by the publisher for the purpose of review but the opinion is my own.
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