My reading in the time of corona has taken inspiration from some leading designers’ tried and true favorite books as well as their current bedside material.
Many creative people are taking this time to get inspired through books. Live Instagram stories have profiled some of my best-loved creatives. During the one hour conversations there is typically mention of books. Some new titles have been added to my library as a result. Below are some wonderful books that you may find interesting.
Nathalie Farman-Farma had a few preferences that she returns to time and time again.
One is, no surprise, Russian Houses.
Another book she said that she has poured through repeatedly is Marella Agnelli The Last Swan. For some reason, I did not buy this book when it was released. Mistake. The book provides a peek into her many incredible houses. They are all spectacular, but Ain Kassimou in Marrakech is my favorite.
Ms. Agnelli has beautiful taste, adeptly mixing simple pieces with those of a higher pedigree. Wicker is a favorite. She seems to use it in all of her homes.
Garden books always intrigue.
My friend, an enthusiastic gardener, lent me his copy of Mediterranean Gardens Jean Mus. His gardens are wonderful, often set in fabulous places such as Cap d’Antibes, Cap Ferrat or Evora, Portugal.
This image reminds me of my daily walk down to the beautiful turquoise Mediterranean last summer in Praiano.
Fashion is another wonderful source of inspiration.
After languishing on my wish list for some time, I decided to purchase From Russia With Love Costumes for the Ballets Russes 1909-1933. This book is a treasure trove of ideas.
Other titles that were mentioned throughout the week were:
William Dalrymple’s The Anarchy and In Xanadu
Sybille Bedford’s A Visit to Don Otavio, Legacy, Jigsaw, and Quicksands
Nicky Haslam’s The Impatient Pen, Redeeming Features, and Folly de Grandeur
Should I ever finish Middlemarch, I will read this book about Ganna Walska’s life. She is the owner and creator of Lotusland in Santa Barbara. I have yet to visit but have longed to for some time now. The next best thing to visiting the gardens would be to read her book. So grateful for a second printing of this book. The only other copy I could find previously was on Amazon. The price was $941.
Hope you are enjoying your reading in the time of corona.
Casa V is using this time to learn and refresh.