Lisa Borgnes Giramonti is a friend I met through the world of blogging. I believe we started our blogs around the same time, in 2008. Lisa lives in L.A. with her husband and son, and her wonderful blog is called A Bloomsbury Life. We became social media friends because we shared a similar passion for beauty and a taste in style and books and decorating and culture. When Lisa came to New York, we had a jolly drink together at the Gramercy Park Hotel; she wore perfectly worn jeans and black top which looked simple but was in fact wonderfully complicated.
Recently Lisa published a book with Potter Style which combines two of her, and my, favorite subjects – decorating and literature. Called Novel Interiors, it shows how themes from literature can be borrowed to inspire houses and rooms. With chapters centered on favorites like Jane Austen, Edith Wharton, Evelyn Waugh, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and more, Lisa explores how interiors can capture the spirit of literary passages.
First, I was impressed by all of the reading she has done and all of the literary quotes included herein!
Secondly, I was inspired by the decorating and the ideas –
I love the bamboo furniture in this spread in the chapter entitled "Remembrances of Things Past." I'm sure my fondness for bamboo comes from my great aunt Milly who lived in the Philippines.
A flower garden! Accompanied by quotes from Virginia Wolfe – dreamy.
I think my favorite spread is this bedroom which features windswept curtains and coral tacked to the wall and a mix of stripes and patterns on the bed.
On the Acknowledgements page I was honored to find myself thanked along with an illustrious group of writers and bloggers! What a nice surprise that was to discover –
After I read Lisa's book and I went out and bought some striped cotton ticking fabric to layer on our green canvas couch. And next, I intend to tackle her reading list at the end of the book. It's a lovely tome that I recommend. I support and encourage my compatriots who strive to make the world more beautiful and civilized. Bravo.