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.


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.  

We Need To Talk About This Kitchen

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011) - Home of a woman, doing her best

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011) - Home of a woman, doing her best

This is a kitchen in a large suburban home that has been lived in by a family with two kids for roughly eight years.  Notice anything strange?


There are no appliances, no pitchers, no knife block (which I personally hate because there is always a knife block), etc.  You can see from this other angle that the cabinets are barely full, with some of the shelves completely empty.  

We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) is a dark and intimate film.  The filmmaker was clearly detail oriented, which makes me think that this barren kitchen was a choice, but I can't figure out why?  Totally distracting in an otherwise exceptional(ly terrifying) film. 

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.