Silver Screen Surroundings: The Great

The Great gilded hall

I just finished watching Season 1 of  The Great on Hulu. “Loosely” based (and I mean very loosely) on Catherine The Great of Russia, the series stars Elle Fanning as Catherine and Nicholas Hoult as Emperor Peter the not-so-great son of Peter the Great. The first season is 10 parts and episode titles include “And … Read more

Forced Staycation? Movies & TV That Feed Your Decorator’s Soul

So, how are you doing? I imagine, like me, you’re pretty stressed about this whole situation we find ourselves in. I am working on a series of blog posts offering suggestions and resources for entertainment, education and maybe even tuning out the world with some pretty. First up: Staycation Movies and Television shows for the … Read more

Outlander Season 5: Big House on the Ridge

Starz Outlander The Ridge Big House cast Marsali Fergus Jamie Claire Roger Bree season 5

And so, after almost a year-and-a-half, Droughtlander has finally come to an end, and the Starz drama Outlander Season 5 “Fiery Cross” premier episode dropped last week. And I have opinions. For a bit of recap, this series is based on the wildly popular book series, OUTLANDER, by Diana Gabaldon. The Fiery Cross is the … Read more

Downton Abbey Exhibition in Boston

Downton Abbey Exhibition sign

So, Friday was my birthday and my oldest friend (meaning longest term, NOT OLDest, lol) took me to the Downton Abbey Exhibition currently showing in Boston and then out to a lovely lunch. I was really looking forward to the exhibit as I loved the series and had extensively blogged about it when it was … Read more

Silver Screen Surroundings: A Visual History of Sitcom Sofas

HomeAdvisor recently put together this compendium of Sitcom Sofas (and chairs) that I thought would be fun to share, as part of my long-standing Silver Screen Surroundings movie and television set design series. If you click here you can see a bigger version of this. I’ll admit that I haven’t seen many of these shows, … Read more

Outlander’s River Run: What Would George Washington Do?

Mt. Vernon West Parlor

Okay, so in my previous post on Outlander Season 4, I said that I wasn’t sure about the accuracy of the set design. Accuracy, or lack thereof, is probably a strong word – we are talking about a story that involves time travel. I did, however, think it would be interesting to compare the production’s … Read more

Outlander Season 4: River Run’s Dark Design

Outlander River Run exterior river evening party

So, Season 4 of Outlander on Starz debuted back in November and this is my first post for the season. This season is based on Diana Gabaldon’s fourth Outlander book Drums of Autumn which sees our heroes, Scottish Highlander Jamie Fraser and his twentieth century time-traveling wife Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser, settling in Colonial America … Read more

Silver Screen Surroundings: Ordeal By Innocence

Ardgowan Estate aerial

I watched the new BBC production of Agatha Christie’s Ordeal by Innocence last week, which is available on Amazon Prime Video. Set in the 1950’s, the story centers around a wealthy family, the Argyll’s. Matriarch Rachel Argyll is some kind of philanthropist who can’t have children, so adopts five children, plus one super hard-working housekeeper … Read more

Silver Screen Surroundings: Sharp Objects and deGournay

Sharp Objects movie poster

Silver Screen Surroundings: Sharp Objects Sharp Objects is a new series currently airing on HBO. It’s getting rave reviews all around for the acting (Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson) and the production. I haven’t seen it yet (there’s been a lot going on which I’ll share at the end of this post) but plan to at … Read more