2 Rooms Inspired by Favorite Novels

This week on the Style Matters podcast, we interview Lisa Borgnes Giramonti, author of a fantastic book on developing your personal style.  It's called, "Novel Interiors: Living In Enchanted Rooms Inspired by Literature", and it's unlike any other interior decor guide we've read.  

Think of your favorite books of all time.  The ones you keep on your shelves just because they remind you of a place you've been in your imagination.  Sometimes those settings and environments leave such an impression, we feel like what happens in the book becomes part of our history.  That's the connection between literature and personal aesthetic that Lisa teaches us.  

Our Books & The Rooms They've Inspired

We've decided to try Lisa's approach with two of our favorite novels.  The goal here isn't to come up with a stage set as if we were creating a movie version of the book.  It's to take what is meaningful and personal to us about the novel and interpret that through objects that remind us of the ethos of the author's environment. 

Karen's Choice

Shopping List

1. Upcycled Plate via Dirty Lola

2. Dark Floral Wallpaper via Ellie Cashman

3.  Ceres Teapot via Anthropologie

4.  Manor House Mirror via Terrain

5. Matalena Bed via Anthropologie

6.  “On The Price Of Beauty” by Lisa Borgnes Giramonti

7. Velvet Lyre Chesterfield Sofa via Anthropologie

8.  Antique Black Cast Iron Fireplace Mantel via Chairish

9.  Silkeborg Woven Rug via IKEA

10.  Ghost Candelabra via MoMA


Zandra's Choice

1. Champagne Coupe via Anthropologie

2. Cities Toile Wallpaper by Rifle Paper Co, via Hygee & West 

3. Chandelier by Circa Lighting

4. Decanters via Chairish

5. Bar/Cabinet via Chairish

6. Relief Patterned Bar Glasses via H&M

7. Velvet Marryn Sofa by Anthropologie

8. Shell Planters via Chairish

9. Vintage Hotel Sign via Chairish

10. Marble Side Table by Crate & Barrel


The novels are quite different.  Their time periods are more than 100 years apart, with Pride and Prejudice taking place in the early 1800s and Rules of Civility set in the late 1930s.  The former is immersed in the English countryside while the latter is in Manhattan.  But I think it's interesting that, although Karen and I put together our mood boards without consulting each other, these two rooms could easily be in the same house.  I think it's because we weren't aiming for a picture-perfect recreation of the novels' environments, but instead we were choosing objects that were connected to the books while still reflecting our own, personal styles.  And although our aesthetics are not the same, we do have a lot in common when it comes to what we swoon over while antiquing!  

We'd love to know what your favorite novels are for guiding your personal style!  Share in the comments below or snap a photo of an object you own and tell us what novel it connects to.  Share it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #NovelStyle.  We want to see!!!

xoxo Zandra