Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

Classic Checkerboard Floors

A few days ago, I saw Vermeer's The Art of Painting  at the Kunsthistorisches Museum museum in Vienna.  It got me thinking about checkerboard floors, and how they are timeless.  

These floors are both casual and formal, classic and contemporary, simple and bold, and on and on.  They work in your garage, in a ball room, and in your grandma's house.  They even look good in linoleum.  

You can do them in tile, marble, wood, paint, carpet....sky's the limit.   

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Designer Mary McDonald via  Chinoiserie Chic

Designer Mary McDonald via Chinoiserie Chic

The Nanny Diaries:  Fancy New York apartment entry way.  Designed by  Andrew Baseman

The Nanny Diaries: Fancy New York apartment entry way.  Designed by Andrew Baseman

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Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries: Season 1, Episode 4 - Miss Fisher's 1920's home

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries: Season 1, Episode 4 - Miss Fisher's 1920's home

That's not ND!

I mentioned last week that I started watching a show called Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, set in 1920's Melbourne.  It's a gas!

Miss Fisher's boudoir is supposed to reflect her hyper-fashionably avant garde character, but the art choices are...curious.  Her walls are covered in miniaturized versions of fine art.

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For example, I circled the tiny version of Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignion. Picasso painted this piece of art in 1907, exhibited it in 1916, and then rolled it up an stored it until 1924, when he sold it to a private collector.  At which time I assume Miss Fisher had a mini made.  

There must be a similar back story to her Modigliani nude.  Modigliani painted this series in 1917 (and died in 1920 of tubercular meningitis + poverty + overwork + alcoholism + drug addiction = perfect storm).  Luckily Miss Fisher is so plugged in that she had a copy made...or is it an undocumented original?

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Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries: Season 1, Episode 5

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries: Season 1, Episode 5

And yes, she has a Klimt too.

Klimt "Hope II" 1907-1098

Klimt "Hope II" 1907-1098

When you do design work for tv/movies/etc, as I do, you are completely fixated on finding art that is ND (nondescript).  You would never-ever-in-a-million-years put art on a wall that is recognizable.  You wouldn't even use art that you found in a garage sale, or art that you bought at Bed Bath & Beyond.  There are prop houses that will rent you art, but even they won't confirm in writing that the art is completely copyright-free.  Everyone is so afraid of getting sued that many designers just make the art themselves so they know exactly where it comes from.  

Mistresses: Season 1, Episode 1

Mistresses: Season 1, Episode 1

A work around that you see quite a lot is the mass-produced metal art.  Yes, it's still sculptural, but somehow you can get away with it.  

A Sink to Die For

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I started watching this completely hilarious show called Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries.   It is about a Sherlock Holmes-type flapper who solves crimes in Melbourne, Australia.  

The series opens on a man dying in a gorgeous old bathroom.  I just love a good washstand sink.  I have had my eye on this Restoration Hardware model for ages, but its a bazillion dollars (on sale for $1395), and only comes in chrome or nickle (and everyone knows I live for brass).

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I suppose the style isn't for  everyone.  I love all the exposed under bits, but there is no room for storage, and minimal counter space.  In reality, maybe it's more of a guest bathroom sink.