American Horror Story: Window

If you know me, you know that I am always checking out people's windows.  I can't pass a window without objectifying it.  And the window in the new American Horror Story: Roanoke (Season 6) farmhouse is particularly eye-catching .  

After watching the first episode, I was convinced that the window was flipped (in a spooky way) when looking at if from the interior:

But then in episode two I was able to grab his shot, so the upside down one must be somewhere else in the house.  Haven't gotten my bearings in this set yet.

The Good Bow Tie

In the first scene, in the very first episode of The Good Place (an insta-favorite for me), Ted Danson rocks and amazing peacock bow tie, and I wanted it for my cat.   My cat wears a bow tie 24/7 and a peacock one would really bring out his eyes.  

My guess is that the one on the show is this $200 one from Neiman Marcus, but that's a little rich for pet cloths, so I found a $10 runner up on Etsy

Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo

I was poking around for some good Australian programming and stumbled on a mini series from 2011 called Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo.  Set in the late 70s, it's about a badass woman, Ita Buttrose, who launched a woman's magazine called Cleo a few months before Cosmopolitan was set to launch in Australia.   I guess if I was Australian I would know that Cleo is the shit.

Ita struggles in a world of mid-century minded men who don't seem to get that she's right.  She's always right. 

Ita keeps her face a mask while she is once again dismissed for her lack of testicles.  

Ita keeps her face a mask while she is once again dismissed for her lack of testicles.  

The color pallet is so striking that even when characters are walking down the street or standing around, the tone of the times shines through.

Duvet: The Whole Truth

Just watched the trailer for the new Keanu Reeves/Renee Zellweger film, The Whole Truth.  Even the presence of a dead body could not distract me from the Peacock Citrine Duvet from Dwell Studios.  I have had my eye on this duvet for quite sometime, and it is always stunning, even in Renee's basic bedroom. 

If the bright yellow scares you (pussy), the print comes in a more neutral pallet:

Office Shaming

Over the past decade, there has been a public discourse about body shaming, emaciated models, and the wide spread use of photoshop.  We dissect people's cosmetic enhancements, and show no mercy when someone is caught touching up their body on Instagram.  And yet, we let office shaming go unchecked, making us all feel like sloppy tech-horders.  Well enough is enough!    

I was merrily scrolling through Facebook the other day when I was assaulted by a CB2 ad for their new Flynn Desk ($799).  

Now don't get me wrong, this is an enviable desk, but the photo is of a functionless space, which is crafted to seduce sweet design know-nothings into trying to recreate it. 

First off, there is no storage, so if you keep more than four pens and an afternoon cocktail on your desk, it will be insta-clutter. 

Secondly, unless you are sitting down to catch up on your Victorian correspondence, you will have a computer on your desk, and there will be an unsightly cord.  The person who staged this tableau knew that one cord would ruin the whole illusion, so you will notice the lamp doesn't have one.  And since the desk needs to have next to nothing on it, I think they actually cut the cord off the lamp.  If you need to castrate your lighting to make a desk look good, something is wrong. 

So really, these two aren't so different after all. 

This is getting boring

The Nice Guys (2016) - A hotel hallways that is OBVIOUSLY in the 70s

The Nice Guys (2016) - A hotel hallways that is OBVIOUSLY in the 70s

This Trippy Orange Wallpaper by Graham & Brown has become the laziest choice for a 1960's or 1970's set.  I have already commented on it in Mad Men and High Rise, but now that it has popped up in The Nice Guys, I'm off the bandwagon.

To make matters worse, Graham & Brown actually brag on their website that the wallpaper is featured in the sitcom, 2 Broke Girls, and include this picture: 

The Nice Guys crash a party

In the film, The Nice Guys (2016) (not recommending!), Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling crash a Porn King's party and it is a 70's delight. 

I thought this would be a Los Angeles location, but I was surprised to learn that this architectural novelty is in Atlanta, and owned by music producer Dallas Austin.  The house has infamously been rented to pop stars like Justin Bieber, Pink, Boyz II Men, Brandy, Monica, Lenny Kravitz, etc. It has been used in other films, like What To Expect When Your Expecting (can't say I remember it in that one). 

Check out Curbed Atlanta for many more images of the house.

It felt rude to write about such bonkers real estate without crediting the architect, but turns out the architect is a whole other story.....

Michael Czysy died this past May from cancer.  He was in his early 50s.  

After design school, his architecture career advanced swiftly, and he did projects like a W Hotel, homes for Lenny Kravitz and Cindy Crawford, etc.  But then, in his 40's, he decided he was done with architecture, and wanted to learn how to design racing motorcycles.  He was very successful.  His obituaries call him a Visionary Motorcycle Designer, and barely reference the architecture faze of his life. 

It's in Italy!

Back in June, Cinespia (an outdoor movie screening organization in Los Angeles), hosted a screening of To Catch A Thief (1955).  The film is famously shot on the French Riviera.  To advertise the event, they posted this picture of a seating arrangement and wrote that there would be a photo booth:

Is there anything more gorgeous?  Is there?  Even though this picture just scrolled by me, it creeped into my subconscious and inspired me to plan my own trip to the French Riviera (in three weeks!). 

Well, today on Conde Nast Traveler they posted a picture of the Il San Pietro di Positano Hotel in Positano, Italy:

Photo: Dustin Cohen

Photo: Dustin Cohen

.....and wrote that they make "a perfectly simple burrata dish with zucchini, mint, and garlic", so obviously I had to investigate further.....and discovered that the bench is real!!!!!  And it isn't in France!  It's in Italy!

And seeing as I don't leave a stone unturned, this is the burrata (although a different preparation)!!!!

Photo by Frank Prisinzano, who can clearly die happy because he has eaten an enormous amount of spectacular looking food http://frankprisinzano.tumblr.com/

Photo by Frank Prisinzano, who can clearly die happy because he has eaten an enormous amount of spectacular looking food http://frankprisinzano.tumblr.com/

So after dealing with a wicked case of travel envy, I decided to to dig around the internet to check out some Cinespia photo booth pics, and discovered that they didn't recreate this bench at all!  False Advertising!!!!! 

Cinespia Photo Booth for To Catch A Thief

Cinespia Photo Booth for To Catch A Thief

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 Star Chamber

Outlander: Season 2, Episode 7 - A room exclusively used for occult judgements

Outlander: Season 2, Episode 7 - A room exclusively used for occult judgements

If you follow this blog, then you know I have been picking up what Outlander has been laying down, but then they went and one-upped themselves, with this Star Chamber set.  This room is meant to exist somewhere in Versailles, accessible through a secret passageway.  

On top of being magical, the set also functions from a bird's-eye and ant's-eye view:

If you would like more detail about its construction, check out this Vulture article, where there are more pictures like this one:

Upside Down

I would be shocked if you have seen UPSIDE DOWN (2012), a film staring Kirsten Dunst and Jim Sturgess, and I am not recommending it, but it's worth knowing that this ball room set exists:

The concept of the film is that there are two planets positioned right next to each other.  The gravity of a planet only works on the matter that originates from that planet, and vice versa (FYI: this is not how physics works).  This means that if you are from World A and you go to a dance club on World B, you will be dancing on the ceiling (because your planet is sticking you up there), while the people from World B are dancing around on the ground like normal.  

Or if you are on World B and you order a World A Cocktail, you have to drink it upside down or else the liquid will try to fly up and get back to World A where it comes from.

And if you are running an interworld dance club, you better make sure people can tango on the floor and the ceiling.

France-lander

Outlander: Season 2, Episode 3 - a place to pass the time. 

Outlander: Season 2, Episode 3 - a place to pass the time. 

The second season of Outlander is set in France, and it has been a significant decor upgrade.  In season one, we were lucky when a room didn't have a dirt floor.  Now every set is lavish beyond compare.  

If you study this alternate angle, and pay closer attention to the books, they look like they are wallpaper.  See how everything is so perfectly flush.  I had assumed this was a real library, but now I think it is a built set.  And if that's the case, I am deeply impressed.  

In a later episode we follow Claire from the first library, into a second one.  This one feels "real" because the books are more haphazard on the shelf, and show more depth. 

This is why I do this...

Last night I was watching Daredevil, and the characters went on a romantic date to an Indian restaurant....

Daredevil - Season 2, Episode 4 - A woman takes a blind man on a date to a restaurant that is 100% ambiance. 

Daredevil - Season 2, Episode 4 - A woman takes a blind man on a date to a restaurant that is 100% ambiance. 

As soon I as I saw this, I knew I had seen this restaurant before......and the people were on a date.....and it is a movie set in New York......and it's an indie.....and it's KISSING JESSICA STEIN!

So I did a quick google, and found this screen shot from Kissing Jessica Stein (2001):

And that's why I write this blog.  Because a set in Daredevil reminded me that 15 years ago, when I was still in high school, a similar location (can't confirm it is the same) was used in an indie movie about lesbian experimentation.  And I need to get this useless information out of my head. 

And I want to go to that restaurant!  

Panna II

Panna II

Milon

Milon

Daredevil is clearly filmed at Panna II, in the East Village.  You can tell because the wall padding is the same.  

But per this NY Times article, Panna II is in a feud with Milon over who thought of hanging a bajillion string lights first, and there are other East Village copy cats.  I think they should settle this like men:  Highest electric bill wins.  

The Night Manager - Cairo Hotel

The Night Manager: Season 1, Episode 6 - .....I can't think of anything to write here because I find the man in the foreground too distracting. 

The Night Manager: Season 1, Episode 6 - .....I can't think of anything to write here because I find the man in the foreground too distracting. 

I plowed through The Night Manager, and in spite of its stunning European and North African locations, this is the only screenshot I took.  I love how delicate and detailed the walls and columns are.  They look like they could be carved from ivory. 

FLOTUS in the kitchen

House of Cards: Season 4, Episode 5

House of Cards: Season 4, Episode 5

Building on the theme from last week (House of Cards sets that I didn't care about last year when the show was boring), I have always been curious about this White House kitchen.  When I think "White House kitchen", a large industrial work space comes to mind.  

White House kitchen, 1890, with Dolly Johnson (recruited by President Harrison because her plain dishes were superior to those made by the fancy French chef)

White House kitchen, 1890, with Dolly Johnson (recruited by President Harrison because her plain dishes were superior to those made by the fancy French chef)

White House kitchen, current, located on the ground floor

White House kitchen, current, located on the ground floor

So what is this other kitchen that Claire Underwood is puttering around in (because we know she doesn't eat)?  

It turns out that when Jackie Kennedy moved into the White House in 1961, she thought the downstairs kitchen and dinning room were too impersonal for family life.  She had a bedroom and dressing room on the second floor converted into a family kitchen and dinning room (even though a chef was the person doing the cooking). 

Lady Bird Johnson in the family kitchen, 1966

Lady Bird Johnson in the family kitchen, 1966

Somewhere between the Kennedy and the Ford administration, someone decided to give the kitchen a touch of the 70's...

Gerald Ford making an english muffin, 1974

Gerald Ford making an english muffin, 1974

...and sometime post Ford, someone thought, let's keep the room dated by adding wallpaper that matches the drapes!  

White House Kitchen, 1992

White House Kitchen, 1992

White House Kitchen, 1992

White House Kitchen, 1992

Clinton erra, 1998

Clinton erra, 1998

In 1993, Bill Clinton and family moved in, and the kitchen was renovated, but from this picture, it looks like they just swapped out the wallpaper to something equally horrendous.  NOT AN UPGRADE! 

I'm not sure what it looks like now, but it must have been updated since the 90's.  I can't picture Michelle cracking eggs in a room this ugly.