Reading Russian

I’ve been reading Tolstoy’s masterpiece “Anne Karenina” for hmmmm, the last year.  It sits on my bedside table beckoning me to pick it up, but I’m always distracted by shorter, less involved reads.  Being 838 pages long, it’s not the type of thing you can throw in your bag to read on the subway!  I think if a room like this existed in my apartment—cozy and regal with a big leather chair and sheepskin rug (and snow falling out the window)—I’d spent every free moment soaking up amazing literature, especially the kind that combines schmancy, upper-crust 19th-century Russian society with illicit affairs of the heart. (-Laur)

Marx Accent Chair, $799, Z-Gallerie, Pharmacy Floor Lamp, $199, Crate and Barrel, Velvet Curtain, $48, Urban Outfitters, Ornate by Julian MacDonald Wallpaper, $60/ double roll, Graham and Brown, Ludde Sheepskin Rug (2 shown layered), $39.99 each, Ikea, Martini Side Table in Persimmon, $103, West Elm, Kanteleen Kutsu Mug, $35 for set of two, Marimekko, Rustic Wood Frames, $22-$44, Pottery Barn, Faux-Fur Throw, $59.88, Dennis Basso for QVC.

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