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.
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?
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.
To add to last week's post, there were two gorgeous pieces of dark work furniture use in the TV show, Versailles. Disregard the corps.
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
I watched the whole first season of Versailles.....and I didn't love it, but it was fun to see shots of Versailles in the first stages of expansion. The show is a coming of age story about a gigantic hunting palace that will grow to be the behemoth that we know and love.
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.
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.
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 the Jungle, one of my favorite shows, is back, and the season kicks off in Venice with one of my favorite rooms!
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.
I don't typically comment on fashion, but what the hell is going on with this look?!
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.
Happy Thanksgiving! Aren't these windows lovely?
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:
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.
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?
WHERE IS THE STUFF?!!
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.
Just wanted to give a shout out to the two green bentwood armchairs. Always been a fan of bentwood because it is sculptural, vintage, inexpensive, and visually light. And painting it green just kicks it up a notch.
If you have a track record of enjoying costume dramas and you haven't been watching Victoria, then get on it. The show is about an 18-year-old Queen Victoria figuring out how to rule England (i.e. a bunch of old white men).
And the cinematography is beautiful:
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.
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
I just plowed through two season of the Comedy Central show Another Period, and I'm not recommending it because I think it was made specifically for me. Set in 1902, it's an upstairs/downstairs farce about a richy rich Rhode Island family. Everything about it is poor taste, other than the taxidermy, which is on point.