Walls

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! 

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. 

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.

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 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: 

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.   

High-Rise Trailer

If you pay close attention to the High-Rise trailer, you will see a flash of the Graham & Brown wallpaper that can be see in Mad Men, Castle, 2 Broke Girls, etc. 

When it is used in Mad Men, it is clearly meant to be 1960's, but in High-Rise it seems to be 1970's.  So versatile. 

Update: August 2016 - This fill is atrocious.  Do not be seduced by the wallpaper.  I should really just delete this post on the off chance it leads someone to watch the film, inexplicably lose their mind like a hedonist on an upper floor of the high rise, and murder me.  

An old Frenchy

  Sarah's Key  - Apartment of an old French lady

Sarah's Key - Apartment of an old French lady

While watching the movie Sarah's Key, I had to stop the film to inspect the matchy-matchy lampshade in this old friend lady's Parisian apartment.  The wallpaper is awesome to begin with, and then this lady went the extra mile. 

I know this space feels stuffy and old, but just imagine that you repainted the lower halves of the walls and moldings white, and removed lots of the knickknackery.  It would be stunning.  

Wood Paneling

 Sleeping Beauty (2011) - A mysteriously high-end brothel bedroom

Sleeping Beauty (2011) - A mysteriously high-end brothel bedroom

 GROSS!!!

GROSS!!!

I watched Sleeping Beauty (2011) over the weekend and enjoyed it, although it is pretty provocative, so I'm not recommending it.  Although, look how gorgeous that wood paneling is.  

Wood paneling gets a bad rap because it is most closely associated with room from the 70's called "dens" or "rec rooms".  Yellow knotty pine is not the worst atrocity of the 70's, but people are still battling it.  

I think the reason the paneling in Sleeping Beauty works is because it is neither yellow (it is more of a walnut color) and does not have knots (just a lovely grain).  As long as you stay away from those two things, there is a lot of wiggle room.  

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God doesn't work in straight lines

I loved the picture gallery on Remodelista on Jagged Edges.  I have noticed this trend for a while, but didn't have the right words to express it.  I always thought of it as highlighting raw materials, but jagged edges is better.

 Alemagou Bar in Mykonos, designed by  K Studio ; photo by Yiorgos Kordakis image via  Yatzer

Alemagou Bar in Mykonos, designed by K Studio; photo by Yiorgos Kordakis image via Yatzer

  A summerhouse in Finland with half-painted walls, via   Netta Natalia's   blog

A summerhouse in Finland with half-painted walls, via Netta Natalia's blog

  Heerliijkheid van Marrem  bed and breakfast in Belgium

Heerliijkheid van Marrem bed and breakfast in Belgium

 Cement tiles merge into a rough wood floor in the Musket Room in New York; photo by  Emily Andrews

Cement tiles merge into a rough wood floor in the Musket Room in New York; photo by Emily Andrews

 An unfinished tile border in an Umbrian house designed by Paola Navone; photos by Maz Zambelli for  Italian Elle Decor

An unfinished tile border in an Umbrian house designed by Paola Navone; photos by Maz Zambelli for Italian Elle Decor

Geode Wall Mural

 Jane the Virgin: Season 1, Episode 9 - Bathroom in a swank Miami hotel.

Jane the Virgin: Season 1, Episode 9 - Bathroom in a swank Miami hotel.

Great wall mural.  I can't tell if this is something that was printed and installed or hand painted.  If this was a real hotel, it would be printed (because it would be in 100 rooms), but seeing as this is a stage set, there is a good chance that someone just got creative.

Subway Tile + Dark Grout

   Victorian style  kitchen by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

Victorian style kitchen by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

As soon as I get a chance to redo a bathroom or kitchen, I am going to work in subway tile and dark grout.  

This style is called "subway tile" because it was used in the New York City subway stations in the early twentieth century.  It is simple, classic, and inexpensive.  It does not have to be paired with dark grout, but I like the added geometry of it.  And I think it would be great for a bathroom because dark grout can hide a lot of scum.  

Note:  DIY sites say dark grout can highlight sloppy work, so don't phone it in.

Stoker (2013) - Surprisingly, the least creepy room in this house.

  Anna Spiro

Anna Spiro

  Steven Gambrel

Steven Gambrel

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Jeffrey Alan Marks used this look on the show Million Dollar Decorators when he redesigned the bathroom of his Crossfit gym.  He said he likes the look because it reminds him of a 50's locker room in a boys prep school.  

  JAM  on Million Dollar Decorators

JAM on Million Dollar Decorators

Shallow Grave's coat of paint

I have been trying to catch up on my 90s classics, so I just watched Danny Boyle's first film, Shallow Grave.  It is a dark comedy where three soulless roommates bury the fourth roommate in a shallow grave, and then spend most of their time in their apartment slowly going mad.  

Luckily for them, the apartment is lovely.  High ceilings, lots of natural light, soothing colors, and minimal clutter.  I am guessing that this apartment was built on a sound stage (but I could be wrong) because there is always light pouring in, but you can't see anything clearly out of the windows.  

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Each room has its own dusty color pallet.

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One of my favorite paint effects is how both sides of a door are painted a different bold color.  When the door is open, it allows the color from the neighboring room, to spill over.  It turns every doorway and archway into a portal for an accent color.  

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