Netflix

The Last Czars

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My mom recommended The Last Czars (on Netflix) to me because she knows I have a thing for Russian palaces. The first episode was spectacular so now I’m recommending it to you.

It’s unexpectedly part costume drama and part documentary, so you get all the eye candy while also learning something. It’s always a dance (picture pun!) with shows like this because you never know how far the writers bent history, so the documentary elements give it a trustworthiness that leaves you feeling very smart.

The show starts (and spends most of its time) in good old St Petersburg, land of palaces so wide you can’t fit them in the frame:

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Don’t worry, you also get to go inside the palaces.

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And you get a whole lot of beautiful nature shots when a guy named Rasputin decides to walk across the country.

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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:

Nouveau Americana

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In the second season of House of Cards, Frank Underwood and The President stroll the halls of the White House, and sit down for a brief chat.  

The chairs they sit in are remarkable.  The furniture in the White House is consistently stately and unsurprising, but these chairs have an unexpected Art Nouveau quality.  They arms of the chair connect to the back in a smooth loop.  The dark wood and caning are classic, and the added organic quality take these chairs to the next level.

If anyone has more information about them, I'm all ears.

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