A review by Terry Castle of Elsie de Wolfe’s The House in Good Taste makes me nod my head vigorously. I’m not quite as obsessed as Ms. Castle confesses to being, but certainly I’ll cop to owning a fair number of shelter-related titles. I’m particularly inclined to seek out books like this and this — that purport to show How Artists Live — but then again, I’m equally fascinated by books like this and this, that aren’t really about “decorating” per se, but more about what your living environment says about you and your identity. And thinking about that, of course, can lead you to works like this.
Anyone else like this sort of thing? Other writers, do you ever use books like these to help you figure out where and how your characters live?