Don't think I can't see you Marquis Wool Rug

Elementary - Season 1, Episode 13

Elementary - Season 1, Episode 13

I was watching Elementary  (super enjoyable show), and I noticed this rug in in the foreground of one of the victims/suspects/informants/whatevers home.  I just knew I had seen it before.  My first instinct was Crate & Barrel, but my next guess was West Elm, where I spotted it for $500 (because I'm estimating that the one on the set is a 6x9).

Just to be clear, I'm not saying I'm in love with this rug.  I like that it is neutral while still having a strong pattern, but that aside, all I am saying is I love tv and I love rugs.  

Couldn't quite place the Moroccan shag rug in the background, but I found an equivalent one at RugUSA.  Love this rug, but I I don't think my life can support a white rug, and shag just makes it harder.

Mr. Selfridge, why so glam?

Mr. Selfridge, the television show about the opening of Selfridges department store, really looks beautiful.  It is set in London in 1909.  Everything is seamless, but for one set. Harry Selfridge is portrayed as in innovatory and ahead of his time, so his home clearly is meant to reflect this, but I fell they were a touch too heavy handed.  These are images of the grand entryway.   

Mr. Selfridge: Season 1, Episode 1

Mr. Selfridge: Season 1, Episode 1

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I know it's hard to tell, but the walls are dark blue tile.  Then there are the brass-like knob ornamentation on the banister.   You can see the floating chartreuse velvet Victorian chaise just peeking out from behind that shadowy figure, and a matching club chair.  

Something about the space feels too glam/ahead-of-it's-time/the-lobby-of-a-W-hotel.  If it is period accurate, then it must be the most cutting edge thing going on in London at the time.  


Is there something wrong with Hannibal Lecter?

Hannibal: Season 1, Episode 2

Hannibal: Season 1, Episode 2

This is an image from the scene when Hannibal Lecter's psychiatrist office is revealed on the show Hannibal.   

Is something off?  Is something missing?  Is it a design fail or is it on purpose? 

The office decor seems so all-over-the-place, but somehow stays muted and boring.  The Production Designer decided to go with a large, multi-level space, and keep the pallet to grey-blue and brick-red.  Then they mixed together design elements from a ludicrous amount of styles: gothic, nautical, industrial, modern, rustic, glam, deco, colonial, etc.  And this is only one angle.  

What went wrong? 

Posh Plants: Davidia

Of course the office set for Larissa, the head style editor of Interview Magazine on The Carrie Diaries, would have fabulous wallpaper.  The moment I saw it I just knew I had seen it before.   That green is magic.

The Carrie Diaries: Season 1, Episode 11

The Carrie Diaries: Season 1, Episode 11

And I was right!  The wall paper is called Davidia by Osborne & Little.  

I decided to keep traveling down the worm hole by googling Davidia.  

It turns out the Davidia, a.k.a. The Handkerchief Tree, is native to China.  It now can be found in posh gardens thanks to Ernest Wilson, who went on an adventure to find the one known specimen in 1899.  He sent seeds back to England, blah blah blah, stuff stuff stuff, and in conclusion, I will one day have a powder room covered in this wall paper.  Thanks Ernie! 



Starting a few years ago, I became a total freak for campaign furniture.  If you aren't in the loop, campaign furniture is a style which evolved as a way of making high quality furniture portable, so that it could be taken to war or on a African safari or on some other fabulous journey.  

You can recognize campaign furniture because it typically incorporates design elements such as hinges for making the piece more compact, brass bumpers and other protective hardware, and drawer pulls that are flush with the surface.  

Found this English campaign desk, cerca 1820, on  The Buzz On Antiques

Found this English campaign desk, cerca 1820, on The Buzz On Antiques

Vanessa De Vargas's green campaign chests give me hives of joy

Vanessa De Vargas's green campaign chests give me hives of joy

A year ago, it was time for me to man up and buy an adult couch.  I was set on a brown leather chesterfield (what's not to like) , but then I stumbled on this campaign sofa at Danish Modern Noho.  It's as if it had been lying in wait for me.  I walked into the store and it jumped up and bit.  My life peaked that day.

Emma's living room sofa.  Rosewood campaign sofa with brass detail.

Emma's living room sofa.  Rosewood campaign sofa with brass detail.

Well, this whole post came about because I was so pleased to spot a campaign chest in Anjelica Huston's Broadway-Producer office on the show Smash.  I give it a standing O.

Smash: Season 2, Episode 10

Smash: Season 2, Episode 10

The windows are a Smash!

Smash - Season 2, Episode 8

Smash - Season 2, Episode 8

I le-le-le-love this wall of windows from the TV show Smash.  The set is supposed to be an Off-Broadway-No-Money-Theater-Office.  It looks trendy, gritty, and masculine.  It gives the set dimension and depth.  It's a cool counterpart to the slick Wall-Street-Wealth-Wall-Of-Glass offices, that we are all familiar with.

The concept is so easily femmed up with more decorative or stained glass windows.  I have also seen it where the windows are not secured together in a wall, but connected on hooks and chains.  This makes the wall more porous.  It becomes less of a wall and more of a room divider.  I stumbled on one in a trendy artists loft that was used to separate the kitchen from the living space.   


When I started writing, I was focused on talking about vintage, re-purposed windows, but then I found this post on Susty Life, and it opened me up to thinking about windows as room dividers in general.  I just had to share with you these images because they are to die for.  

Home of interior stylist Jaime Lacasa. Photographed by P. Zuloaga for Elle Decoration Spain

Home of interior stylist Jaime Lacasa. Photographed by P. Zuloaga for Elle Decoration Spain


Gotcha Copper!

While watching Elementary 1x08 (have I not mentioned how much like this show) the crime cracking duo of Holmes and Watson go somewhere to learn something.  What I learned was that the place they went had amazing copper doors.  

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I mean, look at those suckers!  They are gorgeous!  Have you ever seen such beautiful doors?!

And then, low and behold, HERE THEY ARE AGAIN! 

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This time it's the 80's and they open up to the glamorous offices of Interview Magazine in The Carrie Diaries (Season 1, Episode 7.....and yes I watch that show).

Mad props for to whoever is the location scout on these projects because I would happily live the rest of my life in the presence of those doors.  Keep your eyes out folks because these doors are going places.

Elementary, my dears

I want to be up front with you, so my first confession is that I watch a lot of television (and Hillary will read this and nod her head in agreement).   Just accept this so we can still be friends. 

----Now read this bit like it is the closing argument in a courtroom drama:

Therefore, in conclusion, I will be noticing elements in set design, and henceforth share them with you in a series that has been dubbed "As Seen on..."

(I considered calling it "As Scene on..." but I immediately lost respect for myself)

To begin, I present you with a still from the show Elementary (season 1, episode 13).

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I am over the moon about the paint job in this hallway.  Both tones are neutral so the large scale pattern isn't overwhelming.   But the most interesting element is that the pattern tilts slightly upwards--not enough that it is obvious, but just enough that the hallway feels disconcerting.  Look at where the paint meets the ceiling and you can see how the pattern runs into it.  What an interesting way of making a really architecturally boring hallway into a dynamic space.

I rest my case.