Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Literary Interiors

Today marks the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens whose work has remained current and relevant throughout the years because his writings talk about human relations and emotions {all images from HERE}.

48 Doughtry Street house

Besides being a highly accomplished and talented writer, Dickens, was interested in interior design. He took great interest in the decorations of his many houses including his house located in 48 Doughtry Street in London {today it houses the Dickens Museum}, the holiday residence in Broadstairs, Kent, and where he died in 1870, Gad's Hill Place.

Broadstairs House

He dedicated himself in the selection of furniture, paint and most of all wallpaper for which he had a particular liking. This liking for all types of wall coverings led him to explore this topics in multiple journal entries, designs, tours of manufacturers and even study the process of the creative process to make wallpaper.

Drawing Room at 48 Doughtry Street

For the drawing room above he took especial interest to restore it to its original splendor with a rosy  wallpaper and matching woodwork that replaced the typical dado of the architecture of the time in England.

Library at 48 Doughtry Street

Dickens wife, Katherine, was his happy companion in his discoveries of new design decor trends and shopping trips. The house at 48 Doughtry Street was the house where they settled and it is important because in here is where he wrote "Oliver Twist" and "Nicholas Nickleby" and started "Barnaby Rudge".
 Drawing Room at 48 Doughtry Street
 For more information on the Bicentennial click HERE to find out about commemorative events, books, movies and exhibits. Additionally, for those who have an Amazon account, Great Expectations is free of charge.

Have a great day enjoy a good book!