Blogging Elle Decor: Reading Rooms

Blogging Elle Decor: Reading Rooms

Shayna
Mar 7, 2008

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Sure we've thought about decorating a room with book covers, but what about decorating a room guided by a book? Like many, we love digging in to a good book bursting with visual details. And, along with the rest of all y'all visual folk out there, we sometimes applaud, but more often cringe when we see those rooms come to life on screen. That said, we were intrigued by the premise of Elle Decor's goal of creating illustrations of rooms based on passages from some well known novels.

American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis

Too bad we can't say we're all that impressed. It's a fun concept, and we like the compare and contrast of having the passage and the illustrations to look at side by side, but these illustrations are perhaps a bit too wimpy to really get us going. Or maybe it's the choice of books?

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

We wonder if it wouldn't be more fun to design a room around a character from a book rather than literally translating a room....

Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad

Anyone ever approach decorating a room from this angle? What books or characters would you use for inspiration?

Images from Elle Decor, March 2008

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