Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Happy New Year!

Here's to a happy and productive 2012! :)

And from the huge folder on my laptop, some home decor inspiration combos to start the year off:


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Cinematic Home Decor: Pillow Talk (Jan Morrow's NYC Apartment)

Old movies are wonderfully like time capsules: we get a glimpse of an era's idealised fashion, slang, social mores, and most interestingly to me, their interior decor.  One movie I love for capturing the charm of 1950's modern decor is Pillow Talk, starring Rock Hudson, Doris Day, and Tony Randall.  The set designers for the movie were Russell A. Gausman and Ruby R. Levitt.

There are several sets in this movie that are lovely and totally inspiring (perhaps for a future post) but today I wanted to feature Jan Morrow's very femme, pink, New York City apartment. Here are some scenes to give you an idea:

Cute, right? And here is my take on how to recreate this style now (much of it could be thrifted):

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Resources: vintage still life painting by Florence Leif; upholstered oval-back chair; crystal pendant lights; pink grasscloth wallpaper; white tufted loveseat; IKEA VĂ…RLIKT lilac glass vase; sheeny silk throw pillows; ornate white picture frames; refurbished vintage telephone; vintage glass and brass bar cart; white tufted "kimber" chairover-sized vintage lamps; pink formica/laminate counters (1, 2).

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Cinematic Home Decor: Get Him to the Greek

I have a decent-sized collection of favourite movies, that I own or watch a lot simply because of the set design and decor. Atmosphere and aesthetics are so interesting to me and if something captures my attention visually I will keep coming back.  I decided a series to feature some of my favourite movies and their inspiring interiors was in order.

When my Fiancé and I rented Get Him to the Greek the last thing I expected was to become so enamoured with the decor. I watched it twice in a row to soak it all in.

It's incredibly bohemian, with a carefully-constructed wabi sabi vibe. I love the bright pops of colour, the shag rug throw, and the row of tall glass vases. A lot of it is translatable to real life; but there are some more fantastical elements such as the mod indoor pond, the interior cactus garden, and even that big picture window that are simply fun to look at. (*the rustic home featured in this movie is actually for sale.)

Look out for more featured movies and TV shows, and throw some suggestions at me if you share my love of cinematic interiors.

Other cinematic home decor.