It’s a bit of a stretch, but with everyone clamoring to travel to Cuba, we thought of one of the country’s most famous American expats: Ernest Hemingway. The Pulitzer- and Nobel Prize-winning author has left behind a legacy of literature and personal lore of mythical proportions, but today we are looking to take style cues from the literary giant fond of safaris, bull fighting, Paris, Cuba and Africa – hence our suggestions range wildly from Tanzania to Mid-Century America.
Yes, there are Hemingway-inspired rugs (see above). Five-time ARTS-award winners Loloi have a collection of hand-crafted rugs made of natural fiber, boasting a “worldly, well-traveled look that [is] synonymous with the great writer’s adventures.” Check out the hand-knotted Tanzania Collection, made of wool and jute in India.
It’s no secret that Wem loved to drink. Some of his favorite cocktails were the mojito in the Bodeguita del Medio and the daiquiri in the Floridita in Havana, Cuba. Check out this two-tiered 1960s’ Hemingway Bar Cart, perfect for easy access to mixing stiff long drinks.
Hemingway lived for books and lived surrounded by books. Some of his favorites according to a 1935 Esquire story were Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary and War and Peace. Here’s an awesome Mid-Century modern bookshelf, the Brushed Bronze DIA Milo Baughman Bookcase. Also check out the Bamboo Furniture Bookself II Hemingway by LDK Design.
At the end of a long day writing, watching a bull fight or hunting big game, you need a place to chill such as the manly Hemingway Arm Chair. Don’t worry, it’s vegan. The leather is faux. Or the Walden Chair from Thomasville Furniture, perfect for curling up with a tome.
A proper Hemingway home such as his Finca la Vigia in San Francisco de Paula, Cuba (where he penned For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Old Man and the Sea, and A Movable Feast) needs trophies. Since taxidermied animal heads aren’t for everyone, consider a trophy table such as this safari-evoking 1934 Trophy Horn Table or a critter from Cardboard Safari, like a Birchwood Elephant Head or a Cardboard Bust.
The Ernest Hemingway Collection of furniture inspired by the writer features the timeless Safari Writing Desk and Safari Desk Chair. Equally appropriate for penning bestselling classics is the romantic Ernest Hemingway Writing Desk finished in Maduro.
Last but not least, there’s the Hemingwrite, a portable “typewriter” that “combines a […] high-contrast 6-inch E Ink screen with a […] mechanical keyboard to offer all the focus of a traditional typewriter and all the benefits of a modern device.”