Book Review: Novel Interiors

21494601Copyright Year: 2014
Genre(s): Non-Fiction, Design
ISBN: 9780385345996
Series: None
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Summary via Goodreads: 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.

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My Review: 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.

Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this book as part of Blogging for Books. You can read my review on the Blogging for Books site, here.

4 stars1/2


I think I’ve lost my mojo

For the past few weeks I just haven’t had the energy (or drive) to really do any writing. I didn’t touch my book at all last week, and even this week I’m just not too enthused to do anything with it. That goes double for blogging.

So, how do I get my writing mojo back?

I’m going to go back to my roots: Poetry!

I fell in love with poetry in high school and started writing my own poems around the 10th grade. I wrote throughout high school and college, but then stopped. I’m not really sure why, but I think it is time to get back to it.

I was so excited to see the Writing 201: Poetry class offered through Blogging U. on WordPress. I haven’t been following the prompts, due to my lack of writing lately, so I am going to be a week or more behind everyone else. But, I’ll post my poems with the prompts as I finish them.

I am also starting an online Scrivener class this week. It is a Scrivener 101 course offered by Gwen Hernandez. I’m really looking forward to getting into the crux of what Scrivener can do to help me better organize my books.

So, long story short, I’m thinking of stepping away from my book for a week, or so, and focusing on some other things: poetry, crafts, some early spring cleaning. Maybe this will help clear my mind and help me get back into editing and rewriting my book.

Writing Haven

So, I didn’t win the Powerball jackpot yesterday. Bummer! I was already deciding what to do with my millions.

After paying off my bills, giving some to family, and donating to my favorite charities I was going to spend the rest of my days in a house on the water, where I could open up the windows and write to my heart’s content.

This is the house I was thinking about. . .

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Do you recognize this house? It is Diane Keaton’s beach house from the movie, Something’s Gotta Give. I am so in love with this house. It is the perfect writing haven for any author.

I mean just look at this writing nook!

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Ahhh, someday. . .

Weekly Update: Still Editing

Proofreading its error

What I thought would be only one week of editing is now moving into its second week! I had a very busy weekend, plus throw in a migraine and much didn’t get accomplished.

I am happy to say that I have worked my way through the first two chapters in my novel, which doesn’t sound like much but they were really long chapters! Actually, all of my chapters are really long. One of the things I’ve been doing is breaking the chapters up into smaller chapters. When I started editing last week I had twelve really long chapters, now, after reading through only the first two chapters, I have six smaller chapters. At this rate I’ll be doubling them up, so I’ll probably end up with around 24 smaller chapters.

I also have a laundry list of problems that need to be fixed or cut. Right now I am just going through the book and making notes. I am using Scrivener (which I absolutely love) and there is a note button that has become very handy. I have also color coded my problems. So far, I have used purple for added text, yellow for my notes, blue for things I need to research, and pink for text that might be cut. It is working really well.

So, that is where I stand as of today. I am hoping to get through another few chapters this week and then finish editing by next week. This weekend is going to be busy as well. I am going to a gun class to learn to shoot a gun. Researching for this book can be a lot of fun!