Each year around the holidays?my nesting instincts are in overdrive. Home is always important to me but during the colder months I redecorate and move things around even more than usual. A cozy evening at home is my idea of a perfect time and lately we’ve been rewatching some old favorites. And I confess, Nancy Meyers’ heartwarming stories with their remarkable sets have been at the top of my list. Inspired by our recent rewatching of The Parent Trap and Father of the Bride I and II, I thought it would be fun to revisit together some of the most iconic interiors from our beloved Nancy Meyers’ film library. Time to dust off those DVDs and get comfy!?
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I’ve been meaning to write this blog post ever since I started blogging, two and a half years ago. Set design is a fascinating art and?I’ve always wondered?how great sets are made to look and feel real, lived-in and warm. Lighting, color and easy camera access are some of the main concerns when designing a set, concerns we don’t have when designing our own homes.
Ivan and I are very different when it comes to watching a movie…while he remembers (for years) the story and characters, I forget all, except the sets and how a movie feels.?One set that has been on my mind for a long time is that of a relatively recent sitcom, HOT IN CLEVELAND (2011-2015). Not because it is particularly pretty (it is but there are so many others like it), but because of the way it makes you?feel – instantly at ease and at home. ?It is also one of the prettiest sitcom sets I’ve ever seen – cozy, colorful, elegant and full of old-world-charm.
The story unfolds in Cleveland, Ohio where a group of three L.A. friends stop on their way to Paris after their plane has an emergency landing and, charmed by the warmth and slower pace of this Midwestern town, decide to stay. It’s a tale of second chances, of finding love and happiness later in life. It’s also funny and cheerful, and quite cheeky at times. ?What else can you expect when the main cast includes the fabulous Betty White, whom I adore from her Golden Girls days, as well as Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick, both Frasier alumns. The guest stars alone are a joy to watch – Tim Daly, Sean Hayes, John Mahoney, Joan Rivers, Mary Tyler Moore, Craig Ferguson, David Spade, Kristin Chenoweth, Carol Burnett, Jennifer Love Hewitt… and the list goes on. You’ve got to see a few episodes when you have the time!?Back to the sets….?Let’s take a peek!
*UPDATED with more pics and tips on achieving the Gilmore look!?Okay, so Netflix released the awaited Gilmore Girls revival and it’s not at all what I expected it to be. I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it that much either. I know it sounds strange since it’s all fiction anyway, but I had a totally different future in mind for Rory (I guess life, as in creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, thought otherwise). Anyway, I won’t spoil the plot for you in case you didn’t watch it yet but instead I’ll show you some set pretties. You know how much I love those!
I must admit I was very curious to revisit the Dragonfly. After nine years, there’s bound to be some new things around. To my pleasure, not that much has changed. A few upholstery and wallpaper swaps here and there, a new staff but the overall feeling of the place is the same. A charming, old world inn. A mishmash of antiques and colors and quirky finds with literally no inch of surface left undecorated. This might seem like a lot to some, but for the vibe of the Dragonfly it is just right. Plus, the décor tells the story by itself. It supports the intricate life of this small town and the colorful personalities of its characters. And that I will always love about the Gilmores!
Before I show you the sets on the revival, let’s remember the Dragonfly Inn ?as we left it nine years ago!
One of my many guilty pleasures is watching Pretty Little Liars. I say ¨guilty¨ not because the series is bad or anything, but because it is mostly a teen drama and watching it makes me feel like a teenager again (which is not necessarily a bad thing, lol). But if you haven’t heard of it, don’t worry.
Yesterday I wrote about Spanish Colonial homes so common in sunny California and I just realized that I have the perfect little design exercise in mind for this style of architecture.
Analyzing set decor has always been a pleasure of mine, and a guilty one for sure as it often involves some serious binge-watching. Hmmm… Creating any kind of set, be it theater, sitcom or movie, involves a great deal of effort and research. Even though technically, decorating a set is very different from decorating a home (hello good lighting and fake doors), there are a couple of things that the two have in common. First, a well designed set is architecturally accurate, meaning that all choices in decor are in harmony with the decided architectural style. Second, by definition, a good set helps us buy into an alternate reality and creates a very specific mood. I strongly believe that these two principles apply in decorating our own homes: architectural accuracy and creating a space that reflects the mood our hearts desire.