Shout out to the banister in Roma. It steals every scene it’s in. It’s mid-century deco without being a retro cliche.
Happy New Year! I didn’t post as much in 2018, and no promises for 2019, but thought I would start the year off with a question. Where is this place?
In the first episode of The Rominoffs, set in a fancy part of Paris, a feeble snob takes her nurse to a park with a magical fantasy park. But where is this place? Bois de Boulogne? At the risk of sounding like a snob myself, I lived in Paris for a year and I have no clue.
What a bed!
Well, golly. Are those horses trotting through an indoor snowstorm?
Are those themed winter outfits?
Well it must be.....
....and I hope you are having one too :)
A Street Cat Named Bob (2016) is the true story of a homeless junky whose life is transformed when he starts caring for a stray cat. Needless to say, I cried.
But shout out to this dumpy apartment that has been completely transformed with wall murals.
The most hideous home in all of Los Angeles is situated at the most beautiful place in all of Los Angeles. If you are eating or don't think you can handle extreme ugliness, please skip to the next post now.
The home, proudly named Circles On The Point, is at the top of Point Dume in Malibu. It is completely painted prison-gray with architectural details like large-ass circles and ribbon winds, reminiscent of a 90's suburban business complex conveniently close to the highway.
I'm bringing this monstrosity up now because it is heavily featured in the third episode of Glow, when the Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling go to a Hollywood party at their douchy producer's house.
It's decorated like the west coast crash pad of Tom Hanks' character from Big, which probably is putting its best foot forward because at least there is candy.
If you are thinking, these images are good, but I want more Circles On The Point, then you are in luck! Amazon is developing a show called Jean-Claude Van Johnson, all about the tristesse of Jean-Claude Van Damme, a man doomed to spend his days in the ugliest home of all time. I think it's the house's best work.
And if your itch has not been scratched, thank you 1badgmc on Tripadvisor for posting:
Quick shout out to The Dressmaker (2015), a film that is all over the place and completely bonkers, but has moments of such perfection that I can forgive the unevenness.
It's about a super classy woman, who has been working as a fancy clothing designer in Paris, but comes home to her small backwards Australian village to take care of her batty mother. She starts making looks for the woman of the town, creating hilarious juxtaposition.
Also wanted to give a shout out to this vintage shewing machine. If I had one that looked so pretty, maybe I would learn how to use it.
I truly enjoyed all eight episodes of American Gods, but the cherry on top was the last episodes where the characters decend on this lovely country estate.
When we pull up to the entrance, which is charmingly on the side of the house, I was surprised by the architectural detail. I had anticipated traditional architecture, so the unexpected ogee arch shaped roof let's you know that this place is going to be magical.
I never miss an opportunity for point out windows used in the interior of a room, and I was pleased to see some pop up in the first episode of the new season of House of Cards. These are pretty hotel-y, but I like the small square panes and the upper ribbon.
I have been a big fan of wicker/rattan/bentwood furniture for ages and wanted to give a shout out to Carol's bed in the third season of The Last Man On Earth.
This type of furniture is hugely popular right now, and it makes sense because we, as a culture, have moved away from our 60's-Mad-Men-Mid-Century obsession and are squarely living in the age of 70's revival. You know a trend has been fully embraced when even IKEA has made room for the style in their collection. Here is a sampling of what is going on at IKEA right now:
Quick tip of the hat to this gorgeous synagogue featured in the show Genius about the young Albert Einstein. We typically think of synagogues as less decorative spaces, but this one clearly is inspired by eastern orthodox Byzantine architecture. You can see how the shape of the arches mimic the domes on Russian churches.
To prep for the remake coming out this November, I watched Murder On The Orient Express (1974). The takeaway was, why have fresh flowers when you can have them inlaid in pearl?
Also, everyone gives amazing face in this movie.
I tried watching the film, A Good Woman (2004), because it is about rich people in 1930's Italy (as all the best movie are).....but it was horrendous. It starts out with Helen Hunt reading about a rich man in an issue of Town & Country magazine and traveling to Italy to snare him.
The fatal flaw is that Helen Hunt and Scarlett Johansson are fundamental modern actresses and don't really work in period film.
But seeing as everyone is rich, and it is Italy, the locations are amazing. First Scarlett has to go villa shopping...
...and then cloths shopping.
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!
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).
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:
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.
This bed stood out in a rather cluttered assortment of sets. I have seen many a brass bed frame, but something about the ivory ceramic cylinders gives this bed a special flavor. Just wanted to give it a shout out.
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.
I must have giraffes on the brain:
I have been watching this new show on Bravo called Imposters and I am hooked. It's about a woman who marries people, steals all their money, and then vanishes. I can't get enough. Recommend!
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.