How did you come up with the Bloomsbury moniker?
I'm totally obsessed with the whole Bloomsbury group, Vanessa Bell, Virginia Woolf, Duncan Grant... I've made pilgrimages to Charleston House and I'm a huge Anglophile. I love their sense of living life to the hilt. And their houses were gorgeous; they created their own wallpaper, their own fabric.
Did you have any help from a designer?
I did all the interior decoration on my own. And actually the home was just shot recently for a book by Christiane Lemieux, who runs DwellStudio. It features houses that were not done by designers. [Ed's note: it's due to be published by Random House in Fall 2010.]
Have you ever considered becoming a decorator yourself?
I'm actually doing a project right now for the director Alek Keshishian, who's a friend. I'm untrained and there are already some fabulous designers in LA who I really respect so I guess I'd say I do it on an informal basis. I've had friends call and say, "Can you come over and give me your eye?"
Many of your posts are about the great trips you seem to be forever taking, to Europe and India and even Easter Island. Have you always been a traveler?
I grew up in Norway, Sweden, England, and Belgium and moved to America at nine, so it's in my blood. What really changed everything for me was that two years ago I went around the world on a private jet with my mother for a month, arranged through National Geographic. I got over my fear of flying and so many other fears. For Christmas, I'm taking my husband and son to either Morocco or India.
We asked Giramonti to share some of her favorite haunts, style sources and hideouts. Here, her list: