The Great Gatsby

I was inspired to write this post by a recent publication saying that F.S. Fitzgerald’s Great Neck (NY) house has been put on the market for $3.8 mln.

The residence was built in 1918 and Fitzgerald lived there with his with, Zelda, from 1922 through 1924. It is believed that he wrote The Great Gatsby (1925) in this 5000-square-foot Mediterranean style home.

Fitzgeralds' house near New York photo via harpersbazaar.co.uk

Fitzgeralds’ house near New York photo via harpersbazaar.co.uk

Trivia: The house has got seven bedrooms, several fireplaces, a music room and six and a half bathrooms. [source]

This year we are celebrating the 90th anniversary of The Great Gatsby publication with Charles Scribner’s Sons.

It is a novel that you cannot  forget, especially that it has had so much impact on popular culture. Most recently, Gatsby’s Jazz Age and the Roaring Twenties were presented in Baz Luhrmann’s film version (2013), starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby photo via thegreatgatsby.warnerbros.com

Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby photo via thegreatgatsby.warnerbros.com

It’s a colourful and exuberent adaptation which could easily be turned into a musical (which is not surprising if we think of Lurhmann’s other great productions, such as Moulin Rouge! [2001]).

The vividness of colours and the splendor of the parties are overwhelming at times. The novel is much more nostalgic, sentimental and intimate. It carries a lot of allusions to modernist poetry (especially T.S. Eliot).

In a narrative structure, it is Nick Carraway’s clarity of thought and his coolness of judgement that makes Gatsby’s loneliness so aparent.

On the one hand, the novel can be treated as Fitzgerald’s disillusionment with the razzmatazz of the 1920s Long Island, with the consequences of one’s choices and a desperate need to be noticed.

Yet, when all the fences and defenses are put down, it is a novel about pure love.

This is perhaps why Gatsby’s parties are a festival of the carpe diem philosophy: seize the day as if there was no tomorrow:

There was music from my neighbor’s house through the summer nights. In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars. […]

The lights grow brighter as the earth lurches away from the sun, and now the orchestra is playing yellow cocktail music, and the opera of voices pitches a key higher. Laughter is easier minute by minute, spilled with prodigality, tipped out at a cheerful word. (The Great Gatsby, Chapter 3, pp.45-46 [Penguin Classics, 1994].

Despite his initial aloofness, Nick is finally hooked on the glamour of Gatsby’s parties. Who wouldn’t be impressed?

How do I imagine a party in the Gatsby style? Quite predictably, in glitter, black, white and gold of the art déco. It is a wonderful garden party, most preferably – a wedding party.

How to get married with style? Take a look at the inspirations that I’ve found:

Table decoration photo by Khaki Bedford Photography + Jonica Moore Gallery via stylemepretty.com

Table decoration; photo by Khaki Bedford Photography + Jonica Moore Gallery via stylemepretty.com

Ostrich feather decorations via swansosweet.com

Ostrich feather decorations via swansosweet.com

Gatsby style wedding cake by thepastrystudio.com

Gatsby style wedding cake by thepastrystudio.com

Anna Be FIVE Party decorations photo by Jesse Elysse Photography via cloud9bliss.com

Anna Be FIVE Party decorations photo by Jesse Elysse Photography via cloud9bliss.com

Bridal style via burnettsboards.com

Bridal style via burnettsboards.com

 

Art Deco Wedding cake decoration by PatriciaMinishDesign

Art Deco wedding cake decoration by PatriciaMinishDesign

 

Paper Straws ByPennyLaneStudio

Paper Straws ByPennyLaneStudio

 

Wedding plate art deco inspired; ©Deborah Webb at Muse Paper Boutique on Etsy.com

Wedding plate art deco inspired; ©Deborah Webb at Muse Paper Boutique on Etsy.com

Set of champagne glasses by TreasuresFoundShoppe

Set of champagne glasses by TreasuresFoundShoppe

 

French Art Deco metal vase by Retromagination

French Art Deco metal vase by Retromagination

 

Wonderful Antique Porcelain Teapot by Rosa Meyer Collection

Wonderful Antique Porcelain Teapot by Rosa Meyer Collection

 

Art deco jewelry box by hipposdream

Art deco jewelry box by hipposdream

 

Art deco bridal shoe clip by BridalEnchantment

Art deco bridal shoe clip by BridalEnchantment

 

Golden necklace by Ukrainian Bead Jewelry

Golden necklace by Ukrainian Bead Jewelry

 

Art deco hair comb by AmoreTreasure

Art deco hair comb by AmoreTreasure

 

Wedding hair clip by sofisticata

Wedding hair clip by sofisticata

 

An absolute must have - White handbag by AntiqueLaceHeirlooms

An absolute must have – White handbag by AntiqueLaceHeirlooms

I’ve got two wedding parties scheduled this summer (two weeks in a row). My wishes to all the newlyweds: have all your days as happy as your wedding day and have your lives as clear as crystals sprinkled with stardust.

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12 thoughts on “The Great Gatsby

    1. Interiormad Post author

      Dear Sofisticata, I’m very happy and thrilled to have your fascinator here, in the collection. Love XXX

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  1. Penny Lane Studio

    I just LOVE everything about your beautiful post and feel very honoured you have included our straw collection in such a sexy and sophisticated range of products.
    Thank you so much 🙂
    Nicole xo Penny Lane Studio

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    1. Interiormad Post author

      Dear Nicole,

      Thank you. I’m glad you like it. Without your straws “it don’t mean a thing”. Love xxx

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    1. Interiormad Post author

      Thank you very much, Retromagination! Your vase is indeed splendid and fits the collection perfectly. Love xxx

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  2. Tracey Ghazal

    I just love this era! I am so happy to have had the champagne glasses from my shop included with this wonderful group of treasures. Wonderful blog.

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    1. Interiormad Post author

      Dear Tracey, Thank you. The glasses look wonderful here! I’m so glad they are in the collection. Love xxx

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    1. Interiormad Post author

      Dear Linda, I’m thrilled you like it. Welcome to my interiormad tribe. Love xxx

      Reply

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