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Where is this place?

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?

The Rominoffs, Season 1, Episode 1

The Rominoffs, Season 1, Episode 1

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.

Formal Garden........

Roots miniseries, episode one - A beautiful plantation that I can take little pleasure in. 

Roots miniseries, episode one - A beautiful plantation that I can take little pleasure in. 

This garden doesn't hold a candle to the one in Outlander, but it is lovely nonetheless.  However, the whole point of the show is to remind you that slaves prune those shrubs, so it feels wrong to appreciate them. 

Notice that the garden is only symmetrical in one direction.  It so easily could have been "perfect", but is just a little off to keep things interesting.  

The Romance Continues: Fiddle Leaf Fig

A year ago I wrote about my love affair with fiddle leaf fig plants.   My passion has cooled a bit because you can't throw a decorative coaster with out hitting one now a days.    

Inside Amy Schumer - Season 1, Episode 8

Inside Amy Schumer - Season 1, Episode 8

Dexter - Season 8, Episode 5 - The home of a super rich, possible murderer.  

Dexter - Season 8, Episode 5 - The home of a super rich, possible murderer.  

American Horror Story: Coven - Spooky greenhouse/potion lab

American Horror Story: Coven - Spooky greenhouse/potion lab

Trophy Wife - Living room of a successful lawyer that has to pay a lot of child/spousal support 

Trophy Wife - Living room of a successful lawyer that has to pay a lot of child/spousal support 

Modern Family - Jay Pritchett's 90's contemporary home

Modern Family - Jay Pritchett's 90's contemporary home

The League - Pete's Chicago apartment

The League - Pete's Chicago apartment

The Millers: Season 1 - Hippy Therapist's Office

The Millers: Season 1 - Hippy Therapist's Office

Dads: Season 1 - Suberban family home

Dads: Season 1 - Suberban family home

The League: Season 5 - Aziz Ansari's plastic surgery office

The League: Season 5 - Aziz Ansari's plastic surgery office

House of Lies: Season 3 - Marty Khan's balcony

House of Lies: Season 3 - Marty Khan's balcony

Extant: Season 1, Episode 2

Extant: Season 1, Episode 2

Those plants need more shade

Dads: Season 1 - Video gaming office that could only exist in a sitcom universe.

Dads: Season 1 - Video gaming office that could only exist in a sitcom universe.

This still taken from Dads is a perfect illustration of something "dressed to camera".  This means that from the camera's perspective, everything looks good.  There are no empty boring spaces.

Now look closer.  See the two potted plants on the floor?  In what universe would an office have potted plants sitting on the floor under peoples desks?  

Ryan Murphy loves California

I have been thinking about Ryan Murphy's home (creator of Glee, American Horror Story, etc.) since it was pointed out to me on the celebrity home tour I took in May.  The home is located blocks from the Beverly Hills Hotel, in the flats of Beverly Hills.

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What got me was the cacti.  It just looked so lush, while obviously being the opposite.  My preoccupation led me to the Hollywood Reporter article about the home.  

It turns out that the cactus theme carries over to the back of the house, and looks just as lush. 

Ryan Murphy with husband, David Miller, and their two dogs, Sara (left) and Owen. 

Ryan Murphy with husband, David Miller, and their two dogs, Sara (left) and Owen. 

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Ryan is a lover of Spanish Colonial architecture and a serious collector of 1920s and 1930s California-made Monterey Spanish furniture.  He purchased the home from Diane Keaton for $10 million.  

Before reading the article I had no idea that Keaton was considered an authority on Spanish Colonial architecture.  She ever wrote a book about it: California Romantica.

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I also learned that when Ryan created the show, The New Normal, he wanted the sets to be in the style he loves.  This is a funny coincidence because I talked about the bedroom set of the show in a previous post.  I guess I know what I like.

The New Normal - living room

The New Normal - living room

The New Normal - bedroom

The New Normal - bedroom

Posh Plants: Davidia

Of course the office set for Larissa, the head style editor of Interview Magazine on The Carrie Diaries, would have fabulous wallpaper.  The moment I saw it I just knew I had seen it before.   That green is magic.

The Carrie Diaries: Season 1, Episode 11

The Carrie Diaries: Season 1, Episode 11

And I was right!  The wall paper is called Davidia by Osborne & Little.  

I decided to keep traveling down the worm hole by googling Davidia.  

It turns out the Davidia, a.k.a. The Handkerchief Tree, is native to China.  It now can be found in posh gardens thanks to Ernest Wilson, who went on an adventure to find the one known specimen in 1899.  He sent seeds back to England, blah blah blah, stuff stuff stuff, and in conclusion, I will one day have a powder room covered in this wall paper.  Thanks Ernie! 

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Buildings & Trees

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Across from the Hilton Vienna (where I live) there is a buildings with a long concrete cantilevered roof and tree growing through it.  There is a good chance the building is part of the design college complex that is in the area.   

Clearly this was a design choice, and I like it.  It feels good to be in a space that tips it's hat to nature--be it a mighty ol' oak or something planted after the construction.  There is something about seeing a tree, that is as an obvious tare-down, be spared.  

KENNETH M. WYNER PHOTOGRAPHY, INC.   

KENNETH M. WYNER PHOTOGRAPHY, INC.

 
Mexico

Mexico

Tokyo,  OnDesign

Tokyo, OnDesign

dental office designed by Hironaka Ogawa in Gunma, Japan

dental office designed by Hironaka Ogawa in Gunma, Japan

But then again, there is nothing like building around something majestic:

Japanese architectural firm Tezuka Architects

Japanese architectural firm Tezuka Architects

Built as an additional space for Fuji Kindergarten in Tachikawa, Tokyo, Japan

Built as an additional space for Fuji Kindergarten in Tachikawa, Tokyo, Japan

Figueira Rubaiyat ,   Rua Haddock Lobo 1738  ,   Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo  ,   Brazil

Figueira RubaiyatRua Haddock Lobo 1738Sao Paulo, State of Sao PauloBrazil

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And then there is this... 

Plant it in a Watermelon

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I was in a Chinese restaurant, north of the Vienna, and they had turned the ladies restroom into a lovely indoor garden.  One of the trees was planted INSIDE A WATERMELON!  

How does that even work?  Was it planted when it was super tiny and then grew extra huge because of the nutrients?  It does not look like the tree was that size and then the watermelon was added to it.  And the watermelon looks so fresh, not mushy and rotting at all. How old is it?

I did some googling but I can't find anything about this.  DIY people: get on it! 

Obviously, if the tree had been a fiddle leaf fig, my mind would have been blown to bits.  

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Love affair with a Fiddle Leaf Fig

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I have been coveting Fiddle Leaf Figs since I read about them a year and a half ago on Emily Henderson's blog.  I have just the planter, and just the spot, but I have been doing long stints outside of the country, so it never seems like a good time to bring a new plant into my life.     

The reason fiddle leaf figs have run away with my heart is their scale and irregularity.  They have large stiff asymmetrical leaves and can grow in unexpected ways. They are contemporary sculptures, but alive. 

Emily Henderson's old living room

Emily Henderson's old living room

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Jonathan Adler 

Jonathan Adler 

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Fiddle leaf figs (ficus lyrata ) is native to western Africa.  It grows in lowland tropical rain forests.  As a houseplant, it usually stays shorter and fails to flower or fruit.  

It was awarded the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit. To qualify for this ludicrous award, it must meet the following criteria.  

  • must be available
  • must be of outstanding excellence for garden decoration or use
  • must be of good constitution
  • must not require highly specialist growing conditions or care
  • must not be particularly susceptible to any pest or disease
  • must not be subject to an unreasonable degree of reversion.

Emily Henderson

Emily Henderson

Once I learned about fiddle leaf figs, I started seeing them everywhere: in IKEA, in Home Depot, in people's homes, and in television and film sets.

Mad Men: Season 6, Episode 10

Mad Men: Season 6, Episode 10

The Good Wife: Season 4, Episode 20

The Good Wife: Season 4, Episode 20

Mistresses: Season 1, Episode 1

Mistresses: Season 1, Episode 1

Arrested Development: Season 4, Episode 15

Arrested Development: Season 4, Episode 15

This is exactly why the room is wrong

I am going to use this post to paraphrase/plagiarize an Emily Henderson post that I thought was pure genius. 

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Everyone has been in rooms exactly like this one, and it is so obviously an American- livable-adult-mess, but why??!!

Well... 

1.  The furniture doesn't go together!  The furniture is almost TOO close to each other in style and color, therefore looking accidental.

2. These pieces fall in the “contemporary” range, which means they don’t really hearken to a particular style or period and aren’t particularly modern either. And they are too big and bulky.

3. The furniture is obviously left over “starter furniture,” which 10 years later is not exactly awesome.

4. Not knowing where to start. Rug first? Sofa first? Total style paralysis.

Emily Henderson (with some help from West Elm) totally over hauled and mega-styled the room.  TA DA! 

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