Besides interior design and everything (even remotely) related to interior design, I love reading. It is my ultimate leisure activity indoors or outdoors, at home or abroad.
I don’t really make parti pris’ when I choose what to read, but I love books that along the entertainment factor have also the educational element and teach seamlessly and apparently without effort about history, philosophy, history of art, science and all the other tough topics. I guess that was useful when I decided I need more structured and theoretical knowledge on different topics like art and furniture history and started to read also theoretical literature. Nevertheless, when I really really need to unplug, I turn to my big guilty pleasure, the Scandinavian crime fiction (although the “guilty pleasure” part might be unfair to a certain extent, as some of the books are really well written).
So,”Literary Interiors” happen when interior design meets literature on my blog. It will be a weekly topic aiming to illustrate interiors in books I read, by way of credited interior design photographs and my own visual version of those interiors.
First in the row is “Tender is the night” by Scott F. Fitzgerald. Enjoy!
“On the pleasant shore of the French Riviera, about half way between Marseilles and the Italian border, stands a large, proud, rose colored hotel. Deferential palms cool its flushed façade, and before it stretches a short dazzling beach. Lately it has become a summer resort of notable and fashionable people; a decade ago it was almost deserted after its English clientele went north in April. Now, many bungalows cluster near it, but when this story begins only the cupolas of a dozen old villas rotted like water lilies among the massed pines between Gausse’s Hôtel des Étrangers and Cannes, five miles away.”
This was an easy one! A simple Google search revealed this Cap d’Antibe Villa Picolette where apparently Scott F. Fitzgerald stayed during his expat years in Europe, and got his inspiration for the scenery of his novel “Tender is the night”. Judging by the cover of an early edition of the book, depicting the bell tower of the villa, the information seems credible. Nevertheless, I can imagine Fitzgerald, Zelda and his famous friends writing, debating and partying here. My favs: the bathroom and the winter garden with its green doors.