Novel Interiors
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.

Novel Interiors Details

TitleNovel Interiors
Author
ReleaseDec 2nd, 2014
PublisherPotter Style
ISBN-139780385345996
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Writing, Books About Books, Design

Novel Interiors Review

  • Miriam
    January 1, 1970
    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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  • Diane S ☔
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Julius McCarter
    January 1, 1970
    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 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. __________________I received this book free, from the Blogging for Books program, in exchange for my honest review.
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  • S.
    January 1, 1970
    Enjoyable book of interiors with some good literary quotes. Will it get me off my ass to redo a room? No.
  • Carmen
    January 1, 1970
    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:Shall I put the kettle on?Home as a well-worn sanctuary. This was my favorite and the 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:Shall I put the kettle on?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:Little WomenSense and SensibilityPersuasionEmmaDavid CopperfieldOur Mutual FriendBleak HouseMiddlemarchThe Mill on the FlossCranfordNorth and SouthWives and DaughtersThe Wind in the WillowsLark Rise to CandlefordOrley FarmThe Small House at AllingtonRemembrance of things past.Stately, elegant, expensive simplicity. Gold rimmed china, plants, cane, wicker, bamboo, monogrammed stuff, silhouette portraits.LovingA London LifeBuddenbrooks: The Decline of a FamilyThe Pursuit of LoveThe EdwardiansVanity FairBrideshead RevisitedThe Age of InnocenceLiving au naturelSimple, authentic, decorating with branches, austere, no clutter, rustic, lots of wood, stone, and earthenware. Shells, driftwood, etc.Wuthering HeightsMy ÁntoniaThe Professor's HouseCold Comfort FarmThe Return of the NativeTess of the D'UrbervillesThe Country of the Pointed FirsSons and LoversLady Chatterley's LoverThe Captain's DollAnne of Green GablesWaldenOh, the glamour of it all.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.The Green HatJigsaw: An Unsentimental EducationThe Great GatsbyTender Is the NightThe Good SoldierThe Sun Also RisesA Moveable FeastDevoted LadiesThe Razor's EdgeCrazy PavementsAnything goes.Color, art, and random objects everywhere.The Wilder Shores of LoveOut of AfricaTrilbyMy Family and Other AnimalsJustine and the whole quartetKatherine MansfieldI Capture the CastleThe Voyage OutMrs. DallowayThe YearsTo the LighthouseSometimes a fantasy.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. Self-Portrait With Friends: The Selected Diaries of Cecil Beaton, 1926-1974Les Enfants TerriblesChériThe Child Of PleasureVaingloryInclinationsAgainst NatureMarcel ProustThe Picture of Dorian GrayTl;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.
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  • Trisha
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.
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  • Amanda Knox
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Juli Anna
    January 1, 1970
    So much fun! As someone who loves both books and decorating, this really hit a sweet spot for me.
  • Gemma (Non Fic Books)
    January 1, 1970
    A wonderful idea executed in a so-so manner.
  • Nicole Husbands
    January 1, 1970
    As a book lover, I was drawn to Novel Interiors: Living in Enchanted Rooms Inspired by Literature by Lisa Borgnes Giramonti. The book is divided in different design aesthetics that are based on different classic novels. Even if you are able to choose a favorite novel, it would still be beneficial to read through all of various aesthetics for inspiration. I think it should been emphasized the literature is referred to are classics. Ivan Terestchenko gives the visuals to the artfully crafted words As a book lover, I was drawn to Novel Interiors: Living in Enchanted Rooms Inspired by Literature by Lisa Borgnes Giramonti. The book is divided in different design aesthetics that are based on different classic novels. Even if you are able to choose a favorite novel, it would still be beneficial to read through all of various aesthetics for inspiration. I think it should been emphasized the literature is referred to are classics. Ivan Terestchenko gives the visuals to the artfully crafted words. The photograph are clear and expressive, drawing the reader into the different rooms. There are sidebars some of which are called "A Lesson From the Books" which guides the reader to personalize their home even more. My favorite example is "Naming Your House" which list famous literary names of homes. It also gives you a tips on how to name your own home. This book also touches on the creating inspired environments with outside plants. I appreciated the inclusion of The "Medicinal Potted Garden" which list herbs and their uses.I close to the end of the book before a child’s room were mentioned. Children’s rooms are addressed in one of the more whimsical sections of the book. I would have liked children’s rooms to mentioned in each of the design aesthetic. Giramonti ends each chapter with “The Finishing Touches” with a list of accessories to add to the room to make it more complete. The end of the book lists authors and their works that are the sources of inspiration for the featured homes. Visually, this book is pleasing to browse through even if you are not in the middle of decorating your home. However this is more than a coffee table book, it is a decorating guide that helps the reader turn a house to the home. Many of the aesthetics in this book seem like a slow decorating process. It is about collecting and displaying items that you love, not just items that fit in the theme. I would recommend this book for bibliophiles with a passion for the classics for decoration inspiration.
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  • SmartBitches
    January 1, 1970
    Full review at Smart Bitches, Trashy BooksAnyone who sees in my house knows that mine is a house of people who do a lot of living but not a shit ton of decorating. We pretty much accessorize with books and pet hair. Accordingly, I have a masochistic relationship with decorator magazines and books – I love to see the pictures but the only actual tip I’ve ever managed to put into use involves having a lot of baskets and bins and things so that my disorganized clutter actually looks super organized Full review at Smart Bitches, Trashy BooksAnyone who sees in my house knows that mine is a house of people who do a lot of living but not a shit ton of decorating. We pretty much accessorize with books and pet hair. Accordingly, I have a masochistic relationship with decorator magazines and books – I love to see the pictures but the only actual tip I’ve ever managed to put into use involves having a lot of baskets and bins and things so that my disorganized clutter actually looks super organized (it isn’t).When I came across this book, Novel Interiors, I was pretty darned excited, because hey, decorating tips AND books! Yay! I thought that Novel Interiors would be a book that teaches you how to decorate your house just like specific rooms in literature. I was close, but the book it a little looser, going more for overall styles than any one specific room.The book is full of gorgeous photos by Ivan Terestchenko, fun quotes, and tips – plus a rather remarkable dose of permission to embrace the pet hair and learn to enjoy imperfection.Even though this book presents a lot of different styles, they all feature a lot of “stuff”, which is a look I’m trying (futilely) to avoid. So I can’t say that I found this book to be a personal decorating inspiration.However, it did give me a huge gift. It encouraged me to be more comfortable with my house as it is – the carpet is stained, the couch cushions are messed up because the dog likes to sleep on top of the vertical cushions and now they are scrunched, I have books piled on the floor, and hardily anything matches. Giramonti says that’s totally fine. Piling books on the floor “makes a bold graphic statement.” I always assumed that statement was “I ran out of bookshelf space so I just said the hell with it and started making piles because I was too busy to do anything else,” but Giarmonti seems to think that’s perfectly fine!- Carrie S.
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  • Hayden
    January 1, 1970
    The premise for this book was promising. Unfortunately, the execution of the idea was passable at best. Don't get me wrong; the pictures were well-done and I even liked many of the tips that author gave. But the actual interior designs were just...meh. They weren't so off that you couldn't see how they might remind you of a certain genre of novel, but it wasn't what I was hoping for. I wanted a "Sense and Sensibility" room. A "Great Gatsby" room. A room completely inspired by a Charles Dickens The premise for this book was promising. Unfortunately, the execution of the idea was passable at best. Don't get me wrong; the pictures were well-done and I even liked many of the tips that author gave. But the actual interior designs were just...meh. They weren't so off that you couldn't see how they might remind you of a certain genre of novel, but it wasn't what I was hoping for. I wanted a "Sense and Sensibility" room. A "Great Gatsby" room. A room completely inspired by a Charles Dickens book. Instead I got rooms that weren't hideous, but weren't breathtaking, either. They were just rooms- some appealing, some not so much- that the author tried to make seem novel-ish. A few of them were downright unattractive, but many of them were just shrug-worthy- not terrible, but not amazing, either. My favorite chapters were probably the first two; they reminded me of the types of books that they were supposed to, even if they didn't go quite as far in that direction as I wanted them to. The later chapters were not very much like my decorating style at all, and it was hard for me to appreciate them. Overall, this book has one or two things to recommend it, but not enough where I'd suggest you'd pay $35 for it.I received this book for free from bloggingforbooks.com in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a delight to hold and inspiring to read. The concept itself was unique--Borgnes Giramonti categorizes various pieces of classic literature according to a decorating style each might fit into and includes quotes from different books as well as gorgeous photographs and "how to" checklists. Admittedly, I did not want to live in all of the rooms, but unlike other reviewers here who seemed to base their assessment of the book on whether they liked the rooms or thought they were on trend This book was a delight to hold and inspiring to read. The concept itself was unique--Borgnes Giramonti categorizes various pieces of classic literature according to a decorating style each might fit into and includes quotes from different books as well as gorgeous photographs and "how to" checklists. Admittedly, I did not want to live in all of the rooms, but unlike other reviewers here who seemed to base their assessment of the book on whether they liked the rooms or thought they were on trend, I was just happy to see a book about interiors that embraced literature and didn't assume we all want sleek, sparse, less-is-more houses because that's what we've been told recently is the ideal. Like the authors she highlights here, there is no one single best way to decorate, nor a single way to interpret the descriptions of homes in classic literature. I liked having the opportunity to see her vision and was glad to have stumbled upon the book which then led me to her blog--a true delight. The only thing I might have liked seeing in the book is a little more information about the houses that were featured. It's a fun, beautiful book.
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  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    Cannot even express how much I loved this book and the idea behind it. Taking classic novels as inspiration for design is genius. Anyone who knows me won't be surprised to find that my style fit perfectly into the "Shall I Put the Kettle On?"chapter, which had Jane Austen among its inspirations. Even is the chapter didn't quite fit my personal style, there was a real sense of connection between the quotes and the rooms that was beautiful to behold.
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  • Julie Durnell
    January 1, 1970
    A beautiful book to keep on your coffee table or a book shelf within reach. The pictures and corresponding book quotes are inspiring and just a delight to browse through or look for a decorating idea or two!
  • Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
    January 1, 1970
    This was okay but interesting. The pictures of the different shelves, giving the room a bookish kind of theme was nice.
  • MrsK Books
    January 1, 1970
    Inside the covers of this journey you will find so many insights, a treasury of memories, and an abundance of decorating visions for your home. At first I sat down expecting an enjoyable moment of browsing, which is what I was given. Days later, I returned for a few moments to read the photo captions and was immediately lost in the details of the rooms. A week later my visit lasted through out the lazy morning. "We don't just read a great story, we inhabit it.If you're at all like me, it's what Inside the covers of this journey you will find so many insights, a treasury of memories, and an abundance of decorating visions for your home. At first I sat down expecting an enjoyable moment of browsing, which is what I was given. Days later, I returned for a few moments to read the photo captions and was immediately lost in the details of the rooms. A week later my visit lasted through out the lazy morning. "We don't just read a great story, we inhabit it.If you're at all like me, it's what happens between the plot points of a novel that creates the most indelible impression.Of course, the story line is important, but what you really rememberare all of those tiny details that pull you into beautiful worlds that you hate to leave."Such a delightful quote. With each page I discovered cherished quotes from books that are such good friends you would find them within my bookcases. With every photo, I would inspect the details in awe. Often there were sighs of contentment, quiet "oohs" and many "ah-hah" nods. At times would recognize an item in my home and memories would flash like snapshots in a photo album. Yet, there were so many more moments where I would daydream of a change in that corner, or a revamping of that area, and of course those moments of additions inside and out on my patio.You will experience delightful moments of discovery and inspiration as you reconnect with moments from those storytellers that have illuminated imaginations or generations: "The cottage of content [is] better than the Palace of cold splendor, and that was where love was, all was." David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (pg.23). With an inviting breakfast partially eaten on the kitchen counter just reminding me of a kitchen I once knew. "It was just what it ought to be, and it looked what it was." Emma by Jane Austen (pgs. 26-27). With furniture that is worn, the trunk as a coffee table and my mother's sketches on the wall... I glanced around my front room and was reassured in the comfort of my home. "See!' said Eugene, 'miniature flour-barrel, rolling- pin, spice-box, shelf of brown jars, chopping-board, coffee-mill, dresser elegantly furnished with crockery, saucepans and pans, roasting jack, a charming kettle, an armory of dish-covers. The moral influence of these objects, in forming the domestic virtues, may have an immense influence upon me..." Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens (pgs. 30-31). I adored this pantry. What a great idea. Instead of having a pantry of cans, I could renovate my pantry will all things for guests. Displaying all the wonderful generational items. Adding the decadent jams and biscuits. Folding the guest and holiday linens. And what would I do with my every day stockpile of cans, flours, etc... why hide them on the shelves where all of my guest items once lived! "Don't let us make it tidy,' said Mary anxiously. 'It wouldn't be a secret garden if it was tidy." The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (pgs. 32-33). I could smell the flowers outside the window. I glimpsed the pots that added layers to the patio's edge... I was ready to go on to the patio and begin replanting! "The linen...though coarse, was clean and smelt beautifully of lavendar." The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (pgs. 38-39). The whimsy of a built in bed. The detail of items loved, crafted, and cherished. Which room should the construction begin in? "Every room feels as cozy and welcoming as the kitchen... A home that embraces these qualities is a place friends will return to again and again." (pgs. 48-51). Not only did I fall in love with this kitchen, I realized some of the angles could benefit my kitchen layout. "In Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, there's a blissful-sounding 'wilderness of books' in the March family's library that Jo hurries to every chance she can." Check... I have recreated this image in every home... this is my touch of comfort... my retreat that I share with all who enter our doors. "Jo hurried to this quiet place, and curling herself up in the easy chair, devoured poetry, romance, history, travels, and pictures like a regular bookworm." Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (pgs. 54-55). Recreating our own 'comfy' spot is a must in every home, on any porch, and within any garden. The author has great little hints on creating the "ultimate cozy corner" which brings to life all of your hidden treasures or at least "plants" a seed as to what you could look for when out and about your town. "In every nook and corner there was some queer little table, or cupboard, or bookcase, or seat, or something or other, that made me think there was not such another good corner in the room; until I looked at the next one, and found it equal to it, if not better." David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (pgs. 58-59). With an abundance of treasures from the past, I value that everywhere, everyday generational touch. Not every photo lends to my liking... yet every quote offered an insight into the depth of inspiration from authors I have known. Beyond the quotes, beyond the images, there are the best "tidbits" from what to look for when you are out and about, or suggestions for naming your home. Maybe you want a quick reference about color and texture choices. Maybe a suggestion or two for entertaining with just the right touches. Or maybe you just enjoy literary connections. This book offers a treasure with every browse!There are so many delightful treasures within every photo and behind every quote,Enjoy your discoveries, your memories, and your quest in redecorating even the smallest area of your home.MrsK http://mrskbookstogo.blogspot.com/
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  • Relyn
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, I really did love this book. It's one of the few shelter books (and I've read a TON of them) that I've read every single word of. I loved this one.
  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful rooms that will make you wish you can just climb into the pages of this book.
  • Bethlynn Dolle
    January 1, 1970
    Title: Novel Interiors: Living in Enchanted Rooms Inspired By LiteratureAuthor: Lisa Borgnes Giramonti (Photographs by Ivan Terestchenko)Published: 2014, Pottery Style, Random House LLC.Summary: This is an interior decorating guide that combines good taste with popular literature ideas. Giramonti describes how many of our favorite classic novels provide excellent insight to home decor.My Reflection: This book was absolutely amazing and by far more inspiring than any other coffee table book of it Title: Novel Interiors: Living in Enchanted Rooms Inspired By LiteratureAuthor: Lisa Borgnes Giramonti (Photographs by Ivan Terestchenko)Published: 2014, Pottery Style, Random House LLC.Summary: This is an interior decorating guide that combines good taste with popular literature ideas. Giramonti describes how many of our favorite classic novels provide excellent insight to home decor.My Reflection: This book was absolutely amazing and by far more inspiring than any other coffee table book of its kind. I had originally anticipated reading through this book and writing a review but I ended up taking this book around with me for days, glancing through the pages for hours. Obviously one of the main pros of this book is the photography. Giramonti provided hundreds of examples with paragraphs of detailed specifics as to why the designs work. Every page is filled with photographs from dining rooms to close up of table decorations. The “Lesson from the Books” were extremely helpful and created hours of inspiring ideas for me. One in particular being the “Naming Your House” which I have know spent a few hours coming up with some clever names for my own. I found myself adding sticky notes to dozens of pages where the designs were particularly unique and intriguing. This book includes six chapters surrounded by six different themes; my favorite being “Living au Natural”. I loved all the “green” ideas of incorporating plants throughout the house. I was inspired by the idea of includes plants, large and small, throughout the house. One of my favorite ideas was the Medicinal Potted Garden which was Giramonti’s inspiration from Sons and Lovers. I found the information throughout the book and the detailed paragraphs to be helpful but since many of the them referred to their literary reference I found myself wishing for a quick guide to all the books mentioned. It wasn’t until I had finished looking through the well developed and beautiful photograph that I stumbled across “The Style Gurus” toward the back of the page. This chapter was extremely helpful and I wished that it was presented earlier on in the book; possible as the first chapter instead of one of the last. This information was helpful and organized but I felt that having it at the end of the book created an after thought. After all, this book was inspired by these novels, why should they be thrown in the back? I really appreciated the sources page “Beauty’s Where you Find It” above everything about this book. Unfortunately after googling many of the sources I realized that a lot of the photographed designs were out of my price range. This didn’t surprise me since it is a designer book with fresh, new ideas inspired by antique and classical decor. I appreciated that Giramonti provided examples and explained why these pricy items worked so that I can find similar items within my price range. Let’s not forget the helpful “Finishing Touches” included at the end of each chapter that gave a detailed list of ideas for decorations that you can incorporate throughout. Overall, this book was surprisingly more than just a large, heavy coffee table book. This book is to blame for my new inspiration for turning my simple house (which still resembles the Bachelor pad it originally was) to being a refreshing and beautiful home.Note: "I received this book from Blogging for Books for this honest review."
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  • Laurie
    January 1, 1970
    Novel Interiors by Lisa Borgnes Giramonte is a beautifully illustrated coffee table book that showcases rooms that presumably convey the style and character of famous literary works. Sprinkled amid these lovely, modern-day photographs are quotes from well-known books that mirror the particular picture being featured. Giramonte essentially uses book content to describe decor.  For instance, a small excerpt from Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, in which a "wilderness of books" is mentioned, is pl Novel Interiors by Lisa Borgnes Giramonte is a beautifully illustrated coffee table book that showcases rooms that presumably convey the style and character of famous literary works. Sprinkled amid these lovely, modern-day photographs are quotes from well-known books that mirror the particular picture being featured. Giramonte essentially uses book content to describe decor.  For instance, a small excerpt from Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, in which a "wilderness of books" is mentioned, is placed alongside a picture of a bookshelf with a copious amount of books.  Since Novel Interiors is called "the ultimate book-lover's guide to decorating", this method worked nicely for me. Some authors, and their books that inspired the styles represented in Novel Interiors, included:  Jane Austen (Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, Emma), Charles Dickens (Bleak House, David Copperfield, Our Mutual Friend), Louisa May Alcott (Little Women), Lucy Maud Montgomery (The Anne of Green Gables series), Henry James (A London Life), F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby, Tender Is the Night), Emily Brontë (Wuthering Heights) and many others. Each author's book fell under one of six categories.  The section entitled Shall I Put the Kettle On really resonated with me because it contained inspiration from some of my favorite authors' and their books—Jane Austen's Persuasion, Elizabeth Gaskell's Cranford and Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden. My second favorite was the section Remembrance of Things Past which featured Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence, Henry James's A London Life and also Nancy Mitford's The Pursuit of Love. I was inspired to acquaint myself with some of the novels I haven't read after perusing the photographs that their books represented. I didn't connect with some of the other sections that were of a different era. This is just according to my own personal taste, and I understand that others will likely be thrilled by photographs representing the era of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and George Du Maurier's Trilby. I only skimmed those pages recognizing that there is a little something in this book for many tastes, and as a coffee table picture book this is likely the preferred way to enjoy it. I appreciated the tips and advice on decorating and the part that mentioned growing herbs in your kitchen, the different types and their medicinal benefits. Overall I found Novel Interiors very visually stimulating and a fun, creative way to look at decorating. I could see enjoying it again and again in the future, and I definitely think it will invite pleasant conversation while displayed on a coffee table. I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review which I have given.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    http://www.nerdophiles.com/2015/01/16...Have you ever wanted to jump into a book and live in the homes there? I’m sure we all have at one point or another. This book helps you to realize that dream by giving you tips and suggestions on how to make your home feel like your book home. 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 favorit http://www.nerdophiles.com/2015/01/16...Have you ever wanted to jump into a book and live in the homes there? I’m sure we all have at one point or another. This book helps you to realize that dream by giving you tips and suggestions on how to make your home feel like your book home. 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.Giramonti breaks down the book into sections based on the authors you favor. From Dickens and Austen, to Wharton and Waugh, to Fitzgerald and Dineson, and even Wilde and Proust, there’s a section for everyone. The sections are broken into cleverly named chapters that explain a bit about what they are all about. For example, the chapter that takes inspiration from Charles Dickens and Jane Austen is aptly named “Shall I put the Kettle on?” and “Sometimes a Fantasy” is drawn from Oscar Wilde and Marcel Proust. Each chapter gives you a new genre of book to explore to find the one that suits your personal taste. Never fear if you fall into more than one category! All the themes can be brought together to give you a real sense of being in your favorite novels!Not only is this a pretty book to look at and leaf through, it is quite practical as well. Each section is filled with tips on how to make your space excel. It explains every aspect of what was chosen to fill that space, where to find it, and even gives some history behind why the rooms look and feel the way they do. One of my favorite sections is “The Finishing Touches,” as it gives little extra things you can add into your space. Another favorite of mine is the many book quotes throughout the book. It gives it that little extra special touch that ties the pictures and tips back in with the novels.Final Thoughts:I honestly really enjoyed reading this book and being inspired by all the beautiful photographs. Giramonti is a brilliant author and designer, and Ivan Terestchenko is a great photographer. Together they really pulled the essence of the novels out into the real world and made living in a fictional one more accessible to us readers. The flow and break down of the book is nice, and it really does read more like a novel than your average how to decorate book. This is one of those “coffee table” books that is much more at home on a shelf than an end table.A FREE COPY OF NOVEL INTERIORS WAS PROVIDED BY BLOGGING FOR BOOKS FOR A FAIR AND HONEST REVIEW.
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  • Denice Barker
    January 1, 1970
    Novel Interiors – Living in Enchanted Rooms Inspired by Literature by Lisa Borgnes Giramonti Photographs by Ivan TerestechenkoThe back cover of this book says "You don't just read a good book you inhabit it." And oh, goodness, from the front cover to the end we inhabit this book!Would you, if you could, build a room for your home, for yourself, inspired by your favorite piece of literature? The author of this gorgeous book offers us interiors that classic authors like Jane Austen, Charles Dicken Novel Interiors – Living in Enchanted Rooms Inspired by Literature by Lisa Borgnes Giramonti Photographs by Ivan TerestechenkoThe back cover of this book says "You don't just read a good book you inhabit it." And oh, goodness, from the front cover to the end we inhabit this book!Would you, if you could, build a room for your home, for yourself, inspired by your favorite piece of literature? The author of this gorgeous book offers us interiors that classic authors like Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, George Eliot would be comfortable in. The formal elegance of Evelyn Waugh, Henry James and Edith Wharton, the glamour Fitzgarald’s Gatsby and the tribute to the earth found in the works of Lawrence, Cather and Bronte and Hardy. The pages are scattered with quotes from the works of these authors and many, many more, the design style is such that we would expect to see one of our favorite authors sitting at the table or coming round the corner into the room, startled that we were there, much as the quotes made me feel when poring over the pages and finding a tidbit from one of their books or the author themselves tucked into a spot on the page. ‘Oh, hello! You’re home today?” We are given gorgeous photography, explanation of style and design tips if we want to try to create the style of our author and those wonderful affirming quotes everywhere. I can’t even imagine being able to replicate the charms of these rooms but that would not have stopped me from purchasing this book just to look over and over again at the photos. I did find several ideas that I certainly can incorporate into my home or create a corner that makes me feel like these rooms do. It’s lush, it’s beautiful, it’s delightful.
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  • Marissa Suddreth
    January 1, 1970
    4 StarsBeautifully laid out, Novel Interiors starts out strong with homes and decor that are appropriate in today’s world, but echo classics like Pride & Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, and The Picture of Dorian Gray. Giramonti does not replicate rooms from these novels, but rather the style and feel of them. Some features, like a hint of blue china or a shimmery cocktail tray, are taken right from a book’s pages.Novel Interiors is conveniently divided into several section that each reflect a 4 StarsBeautifully laid out, Novel Interiors starts out strong with homes and decor that are appropriate in today’s world, but echo classics like Pride & Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, and The Picture of Dorian Gray. Giramonti does not replicate rooms from these novels, but rather the style and feel of them. Some features, like a hint of blue china or a shimmery cocktail tray, are taken right from a book’s pages.Novel Interiors is conveniently divided into several section that each reflect a certain style, like: warm cottage home, natural and minimal, etc. Novels and authors are placed in one of these categories based on the decor styles of their novel. While of course her titles are different, I really liked this aspect of the book, and it kept it well organized and focused.Sadly, the second half of Novel Interiors began to stray for me. Not only was the book growing more distant from its novel inspirations, but they were designs I did not care for. The crazy, jumbled rooms did not feel like they were connected enough– hence the four stars. It could just be my tastes, but I felt the second half of the book a little too modern and overwhelming, and I didn’t get that classic novel feel. I would still recommend this book for its lovely pictures and tips, but it will look best on my coffee table when I want to flip through for some home decor inspiration.DISCLAIMER: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review! All opinions are my own.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    I love a good coffee table book (even better with a great cup of coffee). And a book that combines interior design with literature—well, that is truly irresistible. Novel Interiors by Lisa Borgnes Giramonti is, for me anyway, the perfect balance of photography and text. The book—subtitled “Living in Enchanted Rooms Inspired by Literature”—is divided into six sections, each with a different literary focus, from the world of Dickens and Austen to Proust and Colette (and everything in between). Eac I love a good coffee table book (even better with a great cup of coffee). And a book that combines interior design with literature—well, that is truly irresistible. Novel Interiors by Lisa Borgnes Giramonti is, for me anyway, the perfect balance of photography and text. The book—subtitled “Living in Enchanted Rooms Inspired by Literature”—is divided into six sections, each with a different literary focus, from the world of Dickens and Austen to Proust and Colette (and everything in between). Each section includes design and entertaining ideas to help capture the featured literary environment in your own home (example, naming your house, which I have always wanted to do, but have either moved to frequently or just not had the courage!). Novel Interiors concludes with a helpful list of all the authors and books that provided most of the research sources for Borgnes Giramonti. Quite honestly there were many that I haven’t read (yet!) despite all my travels through literature, so I have added a quite a few to my “to read” list. I certainly recommend this book to all of my fellow lit geeks, those especially who have a penchant for décor and design. #booklovesunday
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  • Mazzou B
    January 1, 1970
    With my interests of interior decorating backed by a love for classic literature, I was intrigued by this new book published by Potter Style. Novel Interiors is a large, elegant-looking hardcover book full of attractive photographs. The concept of this book is wonderful. What book lover wouldn't want a room designed specifically according to the style of his or her favorite classic? I must say that this book was a disappointed surprisingly. First, the styles presented within the book were all so With my interests of interior decorating backed by a love for classic literature, I was intrigued by this new book published by Potter Style. Novel Interiors is a large, elegant-looking hardcover book full of attractive photographs. The concept of this book is wonderful. What book lover wouldn't want a room designed specifically according to the style of his or her favorite classic? I must say that this book was a disappointed surprisingly. First, the styles presented within the book were all so similar it could have been the same room. I think it would have been better if a variety of interior designers had been consulted for this publication. Secondly, this is personal but I think many people would agree with me: the rooms were each and all quite hectic and cluttered. There wasn't a good sense of balance or beauty. In this era, I do not think most people will appreciate the dark, cluttered look these rooms had. Thirdly, I found it hard to guess which book each room represented. As an experienced interior designer and decorator myself, I was disappointed with this book.I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Elissa
    January 1, 1970
    I have been thinking about redecorating my home for a few months now, so I was really excited to read this book. I was especially interested to see how author, Lisa Giramonti, envisioned rooms from different books.The book is beautiful. It is full of large and colorful photos to inspire your own decorating ideas. Complementing the photos are quotes from books and authors. I enjoyed reading about the perfect cozy reading nook and adding the finishing touches to a room. While many of the concepts I have been thinking about redecorating my home for a few months now, so I was really excited to read this book. I was especially interested to see how author, Lisa Giramonti, envisioned rooms from different books.The book is beautiful. It is full of large and colorful photos to inspire your own decorating ideas. Complementing the photos are quotes from books and authors. I enjoyed reading about the perfect cozy reading nook and adding the finishing touches to a room. While many of the concepts won’t necessarily work in my own home, it did give me many ideas that I can add to my own decorating style.As for the cover, it is also beautiful. One large photo on the cover with a very nice blue spine. The matte works very well with the hardcover binding. It will definitely make a beautiful coffee table book. It has already found its way to my coffee table.I really did enjoy this book. While not everything will work in my home, many of the decorating ideas can be tweaked to fit my own style. I am giving this 4.5 out of 5 stars for a beautiful coffee table book full of decorating ideas for the bibliophile.
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  • Erin Cataldi
    January 1, 1970
    An enchanting coffee table book perfect for book lovers and interior decorators. Lisa Borgnes Giramonti takes readers on a picturesque romp through some of the prettiest and most well decorated homes I've ever seen. While the title makes it sound like this book will showcase home libraries, it does soo much more than that. This book will help you discover your design style through different literary worlds. According to the author, classic novels contain all the details needed for living a styli An enchanting coffee table book perfect for book lovers and interior decorators. Lisa Borgnes Giramonti takes readers on a picturesque romp through some of the prettiest and most well decorated homes I've ever seen. While the title makes it sound like this book will showcase home libraries, it does soo much more than that. This book will help you discover your design style through different literary worlds. According to the author, classic novels contain all the details needed for living a stylish life. The book is broken into six sections: Shall I put the kettle on, remembrance of things past, living au natural, oh the glamour of it all, anything goes, and sometimes a fantasy. Each section contains decorating tips, literary quotations and GORGEOUS photos that will make any homeowner want to go out and start re-decorating. This book is sure to have something for everyone, from the man that loves sleek geometric lines in The Great Gatsby to the woman who loves threadbare cozy chic like in Austen's Sense and Sensibility. A visually captivating and inspiring read!
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    This is a beautifully large hardback book full of color. I enjoy reading magazines or books that have to do with homes and decorating. I love books and the author wanted to portray certain looks corresponding to a certain novel. I really enjoyed the first section of the book Shall I Put the Kettle On? The rooms are light and homey to me and more my style. These rooms reflect Charles Dickens, Jane Austin, Louisa May Alcott and a few others. The other sections are Remembrance of Things Past, Livin This is a beautifully large hardback book full of color. I enjoy reading magazines or books that have to do with homes and decorating. I love books and the author wanted to portray certain looks corresponding to a certain novel. I really enjoyed the first section of the book Shall I Put the Kettle On? The rooms are light and homey to me and more my style. These rooms reflect Charles Dickens, Jane Austin, Louisa May Alcott and a few others. The other sections are Remembrance of Things Past, Living in au Naturel, Oh,the Glamour of It All, Anything Goes, and Sometimes a Fantasy. The pictures are good and there are many side notes on what you could do with a certain idea. I wish there were more examples on how to do certain things but it is still a nice book to have on hand when you need an idea. Honestly, I think I get more out of my design magazines but then I think it's because I know I like certain things. Four stars. "I received this book from Blogging for Books for free in exchange for an honest review."
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