Growing up I often visited friends who happened to live in wonderfully eclectically decorated, and sometimes eclectically built homes.
These homes were decorated with things loved, not just cookie cutter items picked up local home decor store. Each home was unique and special. Some of these individuals were well off and some were struggling families but the effects were just as inviting, unique, and memorable.
As I’ve grown and moved from place to place I’ve noticed that home decor has taken on this metamorphosis to kind of all look very similar. We all shop at the same place, buy the same trendy color and have these cookie cutter homes. Don’t get me wrong, I love our home, it’s beautiful but what I need is some inspiration to make it unique. Preferably with items I already have on hand.
That’s one reason I agreed to review Novel Interiors: Living in Enchanted Rooms Inspired by Literature by Lisa Borgnes Giramonti
Like most people I love a beautiful home but I’m hoping for something a little more effortless. Something that says “a family lives here”. And something that speaks of our family style.
Something about the premise of Novel Interiors spoke to me. I’ve often been inspired by the books I’ve read. Why not in home decor also. Ingenious!
In Novel Interiors the reader is guided to pick a chapter in their style based on their favorite classic novel. For me that was Chapter 1: Shall I Put the Kettle On?
If some of your favorites include Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and a few others then this is your style too according to Lisa. Homes that show the love, look lived in, and welcome unexpected guests.
To decorate in this style Lisa includes several quotes from books on the state of various rooms. Don’t leave things too tidy. Let things be natural. The beauty of simple things. This was from the Shall I Put the Kettle On? chapter. Ideas about what you could do to get that homey, lived in, yet chic look.
While I got the gist of the book in the first paragraph I really enjoyed reading through the whole volume and getting little hints and tips for making a room express one’s style.
The pictures are not of those of staged and monochrome spaces but certainly of lived in and loved homes. Eclectic looks that make you think you may be able to do something like this yourself. The pictures are also those of actual homes so recreating the look in your own home won’t be easy. Especially if you don’t have that nook bookshelf above your daughter’s bed in the little built in blue alcove in her room. But Lisa does give you a few tips to get the feel if not the look.
Nevertheless I do enjoy the pictures. Instead of copying the look which is virtually impossible, if I look closely it may spark an ingenious bone in my body and too can get that eclectic lived in feeling.
I don’t know if this is a book I would generally buy for my collection. I like the idea, I enjoy the pictures but these days I try to limit my book collection to those thing I actually use. I haven’t done any decorating with Novel Interiors yet, mostly because the pictures are intimidating. While being eclectic and very personalized they are also homes that speak of money. The expansive windows, huge entryways, and expensive are are not looks I can duplicate on my budget.
But this is I definitely the kind of book I would check out from my local library. I won’t be able to recreate any of these looks but maybe with this inspiration I can create a novel look of my own.The concept is intriguing. It also makes a great coffee table book. Don’t be surprised to see your guests thumbing through this one.
You can purchase Novel Interiors: Living in Enchanted Rooms Inspired by Literature on Amazon.
Written by: Lisa Borgnes Giramonti
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.