Novel Interiors: Living in Enchanted Rooms Inspired by Literature

Novel Interiors: Living in Enchanted Rooms Inspired by Literature

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 decorat...

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Title:Novel Interiors: Living in Enchanted Rooms Inspired by Literature
Author:Lisa Borgnes Giramonti
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Novel Interiors: Living in Enchanted Rooms Inspired by Literature Reviews

  • Elizabeth

    What is better than reading a novel? Living in a house decorated around one! Novel Interiors by Lisa Borgnes Giramonti is a beautiful book highlighting rooms/homes that are inspired by literature. "You don't just read a good book, you inhabit it."

    This book is filled with gorgeous photographs. Also quotes from over sixty works of literature, which help tie in even the smallest decorating element.

    Can't you just imagine what the room from Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence should look li

    What is better than reading a novel? Living in a house decorated around one! Novel Interiors by Lisa Borgnes Giramonti is a beautiful book highlighting rooms/homes that are inspired by literature. "You don't just read a good book, you inhabit it."

    This book is filled with gorgeous photographs. Also quotes from over sixty works of literature, which help tie in even the smallest decorating element.

    Can't you just imagine what the room from Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence should look like with this passage from the book: "He was rather proud of his home...The chairs were only wooden, and the sofa was old...{but} there was a simplicity in everything and plenty of books."

    What about "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers...Look at these maple branches. Don't they give you a thrill- several thrills? I'm going to decorate my room with them." Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery.

    This is the perfect coffee table book for any book lover and designer. Such original, classic ideas tying our love for reading into a relaxing home in which to read. :)

    Disclaimer: This book was given to me by Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest review.

  • Trisha

    I bought this book because of the title, expecting it to be filled with illustrations of some of the very rooms my favorite authors have described in their books. That didn’t turn out to be the case, but it didn’t matter because what the book actually does is even better. The author is an interior designer and an avid reader who has created a charming guide to decorating that incorporates some of the same features we find in the rooms we read about in literature. This gorgeous book is as beautif

    I bought this book because of the title, expecting it to be filled with illustrations of some of the very rooms my favorite authors have described in their books. That didn’t turn out to be the case, but it didn’t matter because what the book actually does is even better. The author is an interior designer and an avid reader who has created a charming guide to decorating that incorporates some of the same features we find in the rooms we read about in literature. This gorgeous book is as beautiful to look at as it is to read because the stunning photographs of contemporary rooms have been carefully chosen to capture the essence of the literary quotes that accompany them. For example a full page photograph of a leather armchair conveniently placed in front of a blazing fireplace is accompanied by the following quote from The Wind in the Willows: “When they got home, the Rat made a bright fire in the parlor and planted the Mole in an armchair in front of it.” Giramonti draws from over 60 classic novels and I was happy to see so many of my favorite authors represented, including Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, George Eliot and Thomas Hardy as well as Edith Wharton, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Willa Cather and many others. The author of this wonderfully engaging book feels stories are important but “it’s what happens between the plot lines of a novel that creates the most indelible impression. . .what you really remember are all those tiny details that pull you into the beautiful worlds you hate to leave.” In addition to offering decorating tips based on the rooms in those beautiful worlds, she includes a list of all the books she has quoted from, along with short descriptions of what makes them so visually memorable. (It’s tempting to confine my reading for the next few years to every novel that gets mentioned in this book.) This isn’t just a book about decorating. It’s a lovely glimpse into what we find so enchanting about the houses and rooms we inhabit when we read our favorite books.

  • Diane S ☔

    Yesterday here was so cold, only in the fifties and windy and rainy, a perfect day to page through this wonderful books. Rooms decorated in the style of some of our favorite classics, along with quotes from the books and explanations from the author. Some of the rooms were just great, some a little too colorful or clutter for me, but entertaining reading. I even found a little out door searing area, a cafe from The Sun also Rises from Hemingway, have the perfect spot for this. It will make a gre

    Yesterday here was so cold, only in the fifties and windy and rainy, a perfect day to page through this wonderful books. Rooms decorated in the style of some of our favorite classics, along with quotes from the books and explanations from the author. Some of the rooms were just great, some a little too colorful or clutter for me, but entertaining reading. I even found a little out door searing area, a cafe from The Sun also Rises from Hemingway, have the perfect spot for this. It will make a great private reading and eating nook. Think I may need to buy this book, it has a great reading list at the end, some of which I had never heard.

  • S.

    Enjoyable book of interiors with some good literary quotes. Will it get me off my ass to redo a room? No.

  • Carmen

    When I first got this book, I thought Giramonti was going to recreate rooms in literature. For example, Anne of Green Gables bedroom or the living room of Gatsby or etc. etc.

    I was surprised to find instead that this is a how-to-decorate book. Giramonti goes through different classic books and breaks down some basic styles, and then teaches you how to incorporate them into your real-life living space.

    The styles:

    Home as a well-worn sanct/>Shall

    When I first got this book, I thought Giramonti was going to recreate rooms in literature. For example, Anne of Green Gables bedroom or the living room of Gatsby or etc. etc.

    I was surprised to find instead that this is a how-to-decorate book. Giramonti goes through different classic books and breaks down some basic styles, and then teaches you how to incorporate them into your real-life living space.

    The styles:

    Home as a well-worn sanctuary. This was my favorite and the 'style' I go for in my own home. Comfy, charming, with mismatched china and lots of overstuffed furniture good for lounging on. It doesn't matter if things are worn, it gives them style. Tons of books.

    All my status updates are from this section.

    Book Inspirations for this section:

    Stately, elegant, expensive simplicity. Gold rimmed china, plants, cane, wicker, bamboo, monogrammed stuff, silhouette portraits.

    Simple, authentic, decorating with branches, austere, no clutter, rustic, lots of wood, stone, and earthenware. Shells, driftwood, etc.

    Glamorous, luxurious, elegant. Not much color, lots of white. Lots of mirrors. Gold and silver, sleek furniture. Geometric patterns. Lace curtains. Black-and-white photography on the walls.

    Color, art, and random objects everywhere.

    and the whole quartet

    I couldn't really get at what she was trying to say in this section. Tons of color, very weird furniture, and shells and turtle statues glued to the walls. It was very... interesting.

    Tl;dr - It's like looking at the interior decorating Pintrest or Instagram of someone who really loves books. I would have appreciated some more modern books in the mix. And I would have preferred the 'fantasy' section to deal with actual fantasy novels, and not whatever she was doing here.

  • Gemma (Non Fic Books)

    A wonderful idea executed in a so-so manner.

  • Juli Anna

    So much fun! As someone who loves both books and decorating, this really hit a sweet spot for me.

  • Amanda Knox

    This is such a fun book! I was under the impression that the idea was designing with books, but it's actually designing based on numerous settings within classic novels. It is organized by various styles which is a nice feature considering many interior design books focus on just one. Fun quotes are interspersed among the wonderful pictures, and the explanatory sections are incredibly flexible. Rather than insisting that a chair be set in a particular corner with a specifically sized window, Gir

    This is such a fun book! I was under the impression that the idea was designing with books, but it's actually designing based on numerous settings within classic novels. It is organized by various styles which is a nice feature considering many interior design books focus on just one. Fun quotes are interspersed among the wonderful pictures, and the explanatory sections are incredibly flexible. Rather than insisting that a chair be set in a particular corner with a specifically sized window, Giramonti ultimately says, if this is your style shop for these kinds of things and the rest will fall into place.

  • Julius

    I love books. And a home simply isn't homey without books adorning each room in a home. So I was excited to discover Lisa Giramonti's Novel Interiors: Living in Enchanted Rooms Inspired by Literature.

    Since Kendra and I have begun envisioning the style our home should take, I thought this would be the go-to reference for all ideas decorative.

    The full-color, glossy-paged hardback arrived today. And after reading, I must say my initial reaction is ...

    Disappointment.

    Novel Interiors di

    I love books. And a home simply isn't homey without books adorning each room in a home. So I was excited to discover Lisa Giramonti's Novel Interiors: Living in Enchanted Rooms Inspired by Literature.

    Since Kendra and I have begun envisioning the style our home should take, I thought this would be the go-to reference for all ideas decorative.

    The full-color, glossy-paged hardback arrived today. And after reading, I must say my initial reaction is ...

    Disappointment.

    Novel Interiors didn't live up to the hopes and expectations.

    The premise, of course, is beautiful: Interior decorating inspired by different stories and literary contexts. But the book itself is a sad embodiment of that premise. Most suggestions are logical leaps to connect interior design with literature.

    I don't need Giramonti to suggest buying a framed copy of the cover page of Shakespeare's folio for Julius Caesar to decorate our home. (Yes, this is an idea we've actually discussed.) And the suggestion to add more bookshelves? As if every bibliophile needs that decorating tip?

    No, Novel Interiors is anything but novel. The sections with specific ideas for achieving different literature-related styles struck me as a waste -- one that takes up almost the whole book. For example, Kendra is an F. Scott Fitzgerald fan, but I highly doubt she would need to pay $35 to be told that a Fitzgerald-themed home should be glamorous and include lots of Art Deco.

    If that's the best Giramonti has to offer -- and it is -- I suggest you look for other books in interior decorating. Allow the literature to flood your imagination. "There are more things in heaven and earth, dear decorator, than are dreamt of in Giramonti's philosophy", as the Bard might put it.

    Yes, there are some beautiful interiors pictured here. But once I got beyond the flash, I found little substance.

    I suppose I expected to see rooms that were either re-creations of settings in famous novels, or creative re-interpretations of the styles and themes found in literature. This book promised to be at the intersection of two interests, but delivered well on neither one.

    Like I said, I was disappointed.

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    I received this book free, from the Blogging for Books program, in exchange for my honest review.

  • Mir

    I expected from the way the book was described that the rooms would be more directly related to the books. Like, "Your next challenge is to redecorate this beach-front cottage in a manner that visitors recognize as representing Wuthering Heights." That kind of thing. Instead it's just rooms with vaguely historical styles or touches, paired with quotes.

    The specific suggestions are all along staggeringly obvious lines: if you like books add more shelving (duh), frame a copy of a cover you like, c

    I expected from the way the book was described that the rooms would be more directly related to the books. Like, "Your next challenge is to redecorate this beach-front cottage in a manner that visitors recognize as representing Wuthering Heights." That kind of thing. Instead it's just rooms with vaguely historical styles or touches, paired with quotes.

    The specific suggestions are all along staggeringly obvious lines: if you like books add more shelving (duh), frame a copy of a cover you like, choose art from the period of your favorite books.

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