Book lovers will love Novel Interiors by Lisa Borgnes Giramonti.
And I don’t mean that simply because it is a book.
Every page is, in a word, intimately gorgeous. Through quotes taken from famous novels and authors and the beautiful photography of Ivan Terestchenko, Giramonti reveals a splendid range of domestic worlds inspired by the best books–homes perfect for snuggling up with classics by Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, and Virginia Wolff and feeling like you have fallen into their pages.
But the photos are not the only breathtaking feature of this book. As an avid reader myself, I was delighted to find Giramonti’s writing style as fluid and poetic as some of my favorite classic authors. Her writing is spellbinding. Indeed, when I first received this book and cracked it open for the first time, I could not put it down for nearly an hour, though I had several other tasks begging for my attention.
Readers will be grabbed on the very first pages of the book, where Giramonti classifies the “types” of styles revealed in famous novels. Each section of the book is divided to fit these categories: “Shall I Put the Kettle On?” reflects the writings of Dickens and Gaskell, while “Remembrance of Things Past” espouses the style of Henry James and Edith Wharton and “Oh, the Glamour of It All” presents the bold worlds of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Beverly Nichols. Other sections of the book expose the domestic interiors of homes presented in works by Katherine Mansfield, Oscar Wilde, and Willa Cather, to name a few.
Any lover of classic literature–and home decorating–will find Novel Interiors truly novel and inspiring.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.