Looking into Writers’ Bedrooms, Personal Style, Lives

Carolyn’s Team Pick:

Peeking into writers’ offices feels like getting a look in their brains. Peeking into writers’ bedrooms feels like getting a look in their souls.

Apartment Therapy has a look at the insides of 15 writers’ bedrooms, including Virginia Woolf, Flannery O’Connor, Sylvia Plath, Mary Roach, Emily Dickinson, and Henry David Thoreau. If, like I do, you spend a great deal of your procrastination time on the internet looking at the insides of other people’s apartments to avoid looking at the inside of your own, you will really like this gallery. Look, here’s Hemingway:

Hemingway's Bedroom, via Apartment Therapy

Let’s talk about this! Sylvia Plath’s looks exactly how you expected it to, agree/disagree.

Carolyn Yates was formerly the NSFW Editor (2013–2018) and Literary Editor for Autostraddle.com. Her writing has appeared in Nylon, Refinery29, The Toast, Bitch, Xtra!, Jezebel, and elsewhere. She lives in Los Angeles by way of Montreal and Toronto. Find her on twitter or instagram.

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  1. Flannery O’Connor’s room is the most amazing decor. I am impressed that she, well probably her mother, found so much of that fabric. A good decorator is hard to find.

    Thoreau’s room is the one I saw and thought, ‘yep, that’s exactly it’.

  2. What a great post–and I love Apartment Therapy with a weird passion !

    My passing thoughts:
    CAPOTE–dude, love the red touches and the summer camp aesthetic but srsly, you’re going to have trouble getting laid consistently in that twin bed.
    WOOLF–triple love herringbone wood floors, feels so good under bare feet when they are warmed by sun and polished smooth with wear.
    MASTERS–if you’re gonna have an alligator skin on your wall, it’s gotta be bigger than a bass. Sometimes size DOES matter…jusayin.
    HUGO–like a Barbary Coast Bordello or, guaranteed to prompt vomiting upon waking with a hang-over. Ouch.
    SEYMOUR–I feel like I could date a girl who lived in this room and happily wake up there with her on a Sunday morning.

  3. Sylvia’s room is exactly how I would have imagined!

    As a side note, I’m fairly new to Autostraddle but I keep on finding blogs and sites I’m subscribed to on here, in random posts… I think Autostraddle and I were meant to be! <3
    Anyone else feel like this?

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