Feud Round-up

Now that Feud, season 1, has come to and end, I'm going to give a shout out to my top three design moments, starting with Joan Crawford's foyer.  It is a space that so thoroughly owns its high gloss paint job, there can be no furniture in the way.

Next up is Olivia de Havilland's alps vacation home.  It's a set that used for one 30 second phone call.   

And finally, the most shocking of them all - Robert Aldridge's bedroom.

I know this image is dark, but you are looking at a traditional cowhide tryptic headboard juxtaposed with drab vintage wallpaper.  My eyes bleed! 

YSL's BOJA lamps......?

For many years IKEA has sold a bamboo rattan egg-shaped table lamp called BOJA.  It always seems a little askew and has the stink of IKEA on it, so I was surprised when it popped up in the sets of Yves Saint Laurent (2014). 

Yves Saint Laurent (2014) - The office off Pierre Bergé, co-founder of Yves Saint Laurent Couture House, life partner of Yves, and junk lamp aficionado.

Yves Saint Laurent (2014) - The office off Pierre Bergé, co-founder of Yves Saint Laurent Couture House, life partner of Yves, and junk lamp aficionado.

They're freakin' everywhere....

The movie isn't great, but outside of these lamps, the sets are pretty sumptuous.  So much so that I wondered if this was actually a classic lamp and IKEA just created a knock-off......but nothing on the internet corroborated that suspicion.

Lamps aside, shout out to this art nouveau restaurant:

Zuber et Cie

I am a great lover of classic murals and tromp l'oeil, so I am always taken with the walls of the White House Diplomatic Reception Room, commissioned by Jackie Kennedy in 1962.  You get a great sense of the space from Michelle Obama's Mannequin Challenge video.  

 

The other day I went down a wall mural clickhole and found myself on the website of Zuber, a french wall paper and fabric company established in 1797, only to discover that they created this one-of-a-kind room.   I think I'm in love. 

Goals!!!

Girls: Season 6, Episode 3 - The study of a successful, sexually harassing novelist

Girls: Season 6, Episode 3 - The study of a successful, sexually harassing novelist

My new dream is to commission a painting of my favorite room and hang it in close proximity to that room, creating a multiplicative happiness effect.  

If You See Something, Say Something, Again

Nosotros Los Nobles (aka The Noble Family) - CEO's office with premo geraffe. 

Nosotros Los Nobles (aka The Noble Family) - CEO's office with premo geraffe. 

I watched this Mexican family comedy film called Nosotros Los Nobles (2013), and on top of the jumbo brass giraffe, it was really great.  It's about a mega rich dad who tries to teach his three spoiled kids a lesson by pretending all of their money has been seized, and they need to go into hiding........and work.

If You See Something, Say Something

It is a family tradition to always point out giraffes, so I have to mention this painting in the movie, Wolf (1994), although I stopped watching the film soon ofter seeing this because of how completely aweful it was. 

But shout out to the Bradbury Building!  It's LA's second most beloved filming location.  Can you guess the first?

Wolf (1994) - The shamnciest newspaper building I've ever seen

Wolf (1994) - The shamnciest newspaper building I've ever seen

Austenland is a DELIGHT!

I watched Austenland (2013) and LOVED it from the very first frame.  The film opens on Jane Seymour holding a taxidermy lamb, giving and an impassioned speech about a Jane Austen immersive vacation package, in a room that can only be described as layered.   

And of course Jane Seymour lives in this adorable cottage.  

By the end of the movie, I could honestly say that I heart Darcy.  

As it should be.

Tale of Tales......

The above image can be seen in the trailer for Tale of Tales (2015) and it seduced me into watching (the first part of) the movie, so I'm posting it here so you can save yourself the agony.  This set combines two things I love:

1. Dark wood antique furniture in light spars spaces, like in American Horror Story: Coven

2. White walls that are so heavily etched that they resemble lace, like in The Night Manager

Ar Go to the kitchen

I remedied an embarrassing blind spot last night; I watched Argo.  It's a great movie, duh, but what caught my eye was the print of this wall paper.  It feels like you are caught in a weed patch in the best way.  It's fun and springy without leaning too far into florals. 

Argo (2012) - Kitchen in the home of the Canadian ambasador to Iran

Argo (2012) - Kitchen in the home of the Canadian ambasador to Iran

Laura Ashley "Spring Bloom"

Laura Ashley "Spring Bloom"

I did a deep internet search for reasonably priced sheets that look like this wallpaper so I could go to sleep in a garden, but came up with zilch.  There were some good duvets, but not sheets.  The best I could do were some Laura Ashley sheets that weren't too 90s, but they don't really scratch the itch.

Simplicity

I know my preferences tend towards the extravagant, but it is refreshing to be reminded that, sometimes, all you need is plain walls, glass, and nature to achieve perfection.

Humans: Season 2, Episode 1 - A serene place where a tech billionaire can finance agonizing experiments on robots that have achieved consciousness.  

Humans: Season 2, Episode 1 - A serene place where a tech billionaire can finance agonizing experiments on robots that have achieved consciousness.  

The Crown: Shout Outs

I completed the full season of The Crown and got pretty sucked in towards the end.  There are gorgeous manors and castles and palaces throughout, so here is just a hodgepodge of things that stood out to me.  

The sofa fabric in Clarence House is lovely.  I can now see why this style of furniture was once considered high class, before it's descent into 90's Country Style.

These lamp posts are exquisite.

Best two minutes in the whole show is when Elizabeth goes to her underground fashion lair for a dress parade. 

If I dig deep down, I can honestly say I might murder someone for this wallpaper.  

Lucky for me, two weeks ago Town & Country Magazine posted and image of Aerin Lauder's office on Instagram, with a wallpaper credit, which lead me down a Google rabbit hole until I discovered Lee Jofa's Beaujeu Wp Multi.  It is the wallpaper of my dreams. 

Mozart in Venice

 

Mozart in the Jungle, one of my favorite shows, is back, and the season kicks off in Venice with one of my favorite rooms!

Mozart in the Jungle: Season 3, Episode 1 - The home of La Fiamma!

Mozart in the Jungle: Season 3, Episode 1 - The home of La Fiamma!

Stripes on top and white marble on the bottom!  Yes please!  Notice how the stripes are made from fabric, instead of paper, with upholstery ribbon around the edges.  And even the door to the kitcen is upholstered to complete the perfection.  

Also, shout out to this opera house where each seat is an armchair.  

This is Too Young

I don't typically comment on fashion, but what the hell is going on with this look?!  

Younger: Season 2, Episode 9 - Understated office fashion....................NOT!

Younger: Season 2, Episode 9 - Understated office fashion....................NOT!

Liza is a woman in her 40's who is pretending to be in her 20's to work an entry-level job in publishing.  I get that she needs to embrace millennial fashion, but this is a horse of a different color. 

The Crown

I watched the first episode of The Crown, on Netflix, and enjoyed it, but if you have to pick one drama about a young girl being unexpectedly elevated to Queen of England, watch Victoria.  

Or maybe I am just biased because the entryway at Buckingham Palace was hideous.

This is a gross mix of colored marble and hotel carpeting.  

At least we got to see the most lux operating room of all time:

WikiLeaks, and unexpected Newel Post

Wasn't expecting to post anything from the documentary We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (2013), but inspiration can be found in mysterious places.  Notice, over this warmonger's shoulder, the outlandishly ornate newel post (I lightened up the image so you can get a better look).  

A newel post is the piece at the end of a staircase.  They don't have to be fancy but this one is over the top.  It looks like it is brass and would have felt more at home on an early steam engine.