I love the furniture of the past. It's elegant fabrics and curved lines, burled wood and gilding all echo the ages of elegance that created them. Some of it can be a bit tacky by our standards but a great deal of it sparks the imagination. I picture my heroine writing a letter that will change everything while seated at a curved wood desk, or another character fingering a porcelain figure on the mantle. In my novel, Engagement of Convenience, the hero convinces the heroine to marry him by showing her all the places they can travel to on a globe similar to the ones in the picture below.
Furniture can also echo themes and ideas in a book. In my novel, The Courtesan's Book of Secrets, an embroidered screen plays a crucial role in the climax of the story. Embroidered on the screen is the myth of Icarus and Daedalus and it echoes the hero's past relationship with his father. The inspiration for the screen came from this antique screen on display in The Getty museum in Los Angeles.
The next time you find yourself wandering through a museum or a historic house, pay close attention to the furniture. It might inspire a scene or a story,
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