Top 5 Austen and Brontë home decor

Inspired by a recent Bustle article, 7 Jane Austen Crafts You Can Easily DIY At Home, I decided to come up a list of Austen and Brontë inspired home decor.
Pride and Prejudice duvetIf you’re anything like me, I’m always on the lookout for new bedroom designs and inspiration. This Pride and Prejudice duvet cover totally fits the bill.  The duvet cover comes in sizes twin to king and is available via Sharp Shirter’s etsy shop.

I am a big fan of candles. When Mr. Lisa and I finally settled in our new digs,I found, scattered across several boxes, nearly a dozen candles, most half-burned. Oops. (I seem to favor vanilla and musky scents like sandalwood.) If you also need to have candles in your home, Tea & Thistle has got you covered.  They seem to specialize in literature inspired candles, I wanted to showcase Heathcliff because well, brooding anti-hero! I do disagree with her scent choice: the sea, cardamon, and lavender. Lavender is used mainly for relaxation and cardamon is spicy — but our Heathcliff is not spicy! He’s musky and brooding — he should smell like the moors, all dark and mysterious.

Am I or am I not a good cook? Well I can bake and I let Mr. Lisa do all the main cooking since he seems to have a flair for it. While I cannot see him wearing this apron, I would — a girl has to keep herself clean from flour and other ingredients! The apron is sold by the French Apron Company who have other delightful aprons available including this one, “You had me at Darcy.” Note: The item does ship from France.

Living in the land of bourbon, not including something bourbon inspired would have felt unholy — even though, personally, I detest the stuff.

This beautiful tumbler, by theUncommonGreen, can either be used for drinking or for a conversation piece. The shop has a plethora of other literature and fun inspired glasses. Note the price is for one glass, not a set.

I have seen these but never exactly what they were! A rock cairn is, “A mound of stones erected as a landmark or memorial….Cairns can be given for Encouragement, Energy, Hope, Inspiration, Motivation and Support!”

So there you have it.

The cairns come in a variety of sizes and this one has the de rigeur quote, “I love you most ardently” so it would be totally appropriate to give to someone who is not only into zen but also a Jane Austen fan. You can also get cairns personalized with other quotes if you so wish.

What would Darcy have looked like?

Matthew McFayden

This one nearly slipped through my search filters! According to the Evening Standard, there is a month long (!?) series being commissioned by Drama TV to celebrate Jane Austen.

From the article (you’ll have to scroll down and look for the subtitle, “Darcy was not such a hunk”):
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To launch its Jane Austen season beginning on Sunday, the TV channel Drama has commissioned a pair of distinguished academics,  Professors John Sutherland and Amanda Vickery, to spend a month deciding what “the real Mr Darcy” would have looked like.

Being sound mind and a librarian, I went looking on Drama’s website and searched high and low for a press release with this announcement but couldn’t find squat.

(note: Drama is a UK television station so no word if it will make it to the U.S. ALSO, I stand by my choice of Matthew McFayden as Darcy as he is most dreamy.)

(note the second: Amanda Vickery is right up there with Lucy Worsley and Dr, Janina Ramirez as my top choices for historians. Bettany Hughes isn’t that far behind!)

2017 English Country Dance Assembly Ball – JASNA Pittsburgh

(ed: I Iove their logo, don’t you?)

The JASNA Pittsburgh region is having a 2017 English Country Dance Assembly Ball as part of their Festival events. The ball will take place on Saturday, March 25 and begins at 8PM. There are beginner lessons/review session at 7:30PM. Cost is $25 and tickets must be purchased in advanced. Check out the ball’s webpage  for more information.


The JASNA Pittsburgh region yearly Jane Austen festival is taking place the weekend of March 24 – 25, 2017 with the theme is Celebrating 200 Years of Jane Austen’s Legacy. The cost for the festival is $75 for members and $80 for non-members. Events planned are, “Engaging speakers, Regency vendors, movie screening & discussion, Regency Assembly Ball with live music!”.

(ed: I’m adding this to the calendar since the theme celebrates the 200th anniversary of Jane’s death.)

Jane Austen Walk- Bank Holiday Adventure

Jane Austen Walk

There are events like these that pains me to not live or at least be in England.

However! If you happen to be around the county of Hampshire on April 14, Curious Kat’s Adventure Club has this for you!

Please join us for a full-day walk through the beautiful countryside of Hampshire and let yourself be inspired by amazing surroundings that once inspired Jane Austen to write her famous novels. Follow in her footsteps and try to discover with your own eyes the magic that sparked off the classics such as  Pride and Prejudice, Emma or Sense and Sensibility.

The cost is £28.86 per person (£24.38 for members) and you can sign up for the event at the company’s EventBrite page. For more information, visit the Curious Kat’s page for the event.

Austentatious Links: February 5, 2017

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