Novel Interiors: Living in Enchanted Rooms Inspired by Literature
Lisa Borgnes Giramonti
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For those who have ever lost themselves in the stylish worlds of novels like Sense and Sensibility, The Age of Innocence, Wuthering Heights, The Picture of Dorian Gray and countless others, this design book embraces the fantasy of time and place, showing you how to bring some of those elements into your own home.
Lisa Giramonti inspires a new approach to decorating: by teaching us through the lens of worlds we may already know and love. With gorgeous photographs by World of Interiors photographer Ivan Terestchenko, aspirational quotes, and tailored reading lists, Novel Interiors reveals the essence and details of interiors mentioned in great literary works. This is a stunning, photo-driven book that shares enchanting and timeless ways to live more elegantly.
looks even better when passed down from previous generations—a good reason to scour your local antique shops if you don’t have access to heirlooms. In Sons and Lovers, earthenware is what Mrs. Morel cooks with: “a great bowl of thick red earth.” There are many kinds—majolica, faience, and Delft, for example—but creamware, terra-cotta, and Japanese raku ware have an organic lyricism that’s more in keeping with this rustic style. Enlightenment from on high: a second-story bookcase keeps the lower
cocktail tray in Brideshead Revisited? Don’t underestimate how important these details can be to your life. Happiness has a wonderful way of reverberating outward—when you are surrounded by things that bring you a deep sense of well-being, everyone around you feels better, too. This book is filled with a vast array of richly detailed fictional worlds—from the homespun comforts of Cranford to the Mediterranean cool of Tender Is the Night—and renowned photographer Ivan Terestchenko’s beautiful
to introduce color in small doses. If you feel drawn to dense colors, try incorporating pigment-rich accents like persimmon or marigold or apple green to make a brown or gray palette feel even richer. For a more muted option, sage greens, robin’s-egg blues, and soft pinks work beautifully with any neutral palette. • Amplify with texture. When your palette is restricted, texture becomes a crucial factor in keeping a room looking interesting. Coarse materials like burlap, wicker baskets, a
do you want the focus of the room be? Where should the lighting dim? Where do you want people to gather? Appetite for graffiti: dinner parties become a creative confessional with a chalkboard wall. A Currey and Company chandelier casts a dark spell. “But [the smoking room] will be rather drastic with all those strong colors. It’s going to look rather charmless without a lighter note somewhere…a white vase or a statue.’ ‘Nonsense,’ [Chéri] interrupted, rather sharply. ‘The white vase you want
shouldn’t the same principle apply to your dining chairs? If you’ve always been attracted to the laid-back vibe of a mismatched set, keep a few tips in mind to make sure everything looks good. • To start with, all seat heights should be approximately the same so that everyone sits at approximately the same height. • Keep an eye on balance: if your side chairs are mismatched, try anchoring the heads of the table with two of the same armchair. • Finally, make sure there’s at least one common