American Gods

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.   

Rattan's Moment

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:

Genius Synagogue

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.  

A [Not] Good Woman

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.

Feud Round-up

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! 

YSL's BOJA lamps......?

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). 

Yves Saint Laurent (2014) - The office off Pierre Bergé, co-founder of Yves Saint Laurent Couture House, life partner of Yves, and junk lamp aficionado.

Yves Saint Laurent (2014) - The office off Pierre Bergé, co-founder of Yves Saint Laurent Couture House, life partner of Yves, and junk lamp aficionado.

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:

Zuber et Cie

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. 

Goals!!!

Girls: Season 6, Episode 3 - The study of a successful, sexually harassing novelist

Girls: Season 6, Episode 3 - The study of a successful, sexually harassing novelist

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.  

If You See Something, Say Something, Again

Nosotros Los Nobles (aka The Noble Family) - CEO's office with premo geraffe. 

Nosotros Los Nobles (aka The Noble Family) - CEO's office with premo geraffe. 

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.

If You See Something, Say Something

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?

Wolf (1994) - The shamnciest newspaper building I've ever seen

Wolf (1994) - The shamnciest newspaper building I've ever seen

Austenland is a DELIGHT!

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.

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.

Simplicity

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.