There are few American women out there who haven't read Louisa May Alcott's, "Little Women." The story of Jo & her sisters is ingrained into the literary experience of most females in this country to the point that it is entrenched into our collective consciousness. I remember reading Alcott's book and wanting to be better as a person. My 12 year old self wanted to be ambitious like Jo, responsible like Meg, creative and beautiful like Amy and wise like Beth. I think "Little Women" is so popular because all four sisters embody characteristics that we would all like to have as women. The characters' ability to work toward a common good and help their family and others is also very inspiring.
Louisa May Alcott was an early feminist who was concerned with social justice. Her family was a stop on the underground railroad, and she was an avid abolitionist and suffrage movement advocate. The plain living & self denial she experienced as a child was a precursor to her independent spirit as an adult. Alcott's life is really very interesting. As a child, she was educated by such intellectuals as Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Her life was filled with hard work as a seamstress, governess, writer, and she even volunteered as a nurse for a stint during the Civil War.
Alcott's life experiences, her writings and her personality lead me to think that she would have decorated her modern-day home with her real life as an inspiration. I think she would have a modern, minimalist approach to decorating that would include a muted color palette of whites, grays and the occasional black accent. Inspiring literature would have a place among her decor as well as primitive pieces that reflect her time period. Her muted color palette would be warmed by the inclusion of chunky knits, woven elements and linen fabrics. I also think her home would have some masculine features that speak to her feminist and independent nature. A true writer's abode, Louisa's House would definitely have cozy places for reading, as well. You can view the curated home of Louisa May Alcott on ETSY by clicking Louisa's House .
I tend to think of authors, especially the female ones, almost as extended family. I've always viewed Louisa May Alcott as a distant aunt prodding me to be a better person and to think of others before myself. It never ceases to amaze me what great literature can do to a person's conscious. Classic prose shapes viewpoints and literally raises up generations. I'm eternally indebted to past teachers and my parents for creating a literature-rich environment that was so integral to the molding of my character. If you enjoy the integration of literature and interior design, please subscribe to my blog to get all the new home's curated for our classic authors! Happy Designing!