I recently finished the novel Rules of Civility by Amor Towles, and thought it was the perfect way to kick off a new blog series…Media Muse, where I’ll take inspiration from my favorite books, movies, and yes, TV shows.
I’ve always been a huge fan of the look of the flapper era, and when I heard about this book from a friend, I couldn’t help but be intrigued…
Set in 1930’s New York, Rules of Civility sets the stage with glamour, jazz and of course, martinis. In addition to the twists and turns of the story, the imagery conjured up throughout the pages makes it a great read. When the main character, Katey Kontent, visits the bachelor pad of the mysterious Tinker Grey, she describes a Art Deco style building, but with sleek International Style furnishings, all set off with the perfect accessory, the tragic Evie Ross – ever present in silk, fur and gin.
1. Volute Wallpaper, Bradbury & Bradbury 2. Modern Metropolis Trolley, Ralph Lauren Home 3. Dorset Cocktail Shaker, Williams Sonoma 4. Parrot Lacquered Wood Tray, DwellStudio 5. Riviera Pendant Chandelier, LampsPlus 6. Deco Border Pillow, Layla Grace 7.LC3 Grand Modele Three-Seat Sofa, Design Within Reach 8. Knoll Barcelona Chair, 2Modern 9. Luxe Faux Fur Throw, Restoration Hardware 10. Noguchi Table, Design Within Reach 11. Lotus Lace and Silk Robe, The Outnet 12. Art Deco Trellis Wool Rug, Overstock.com
And to get you a little more in the mood, here’s a recipe for the perfect gin martini. Curl up with one and dive into this book!
- 2 ounces dry gin
- 1 ounce dry vermouth
- Olives or a twist of lemon, for garnish
- Place a cocktail glass in the freezer to chill.
- Combine the gin and vermouth in a shaker, fill it halfway with ice, and stir vigorously until well chilled, about 20 seconds. Strain into the chilled glass. Garnish with olives or a twist of lemon. (If using a twist, be sure to run the slice over the glass’s rim.)