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

And the winner is: The 2018 Academy Award for Production Design

And the winner for the 2018 Academy Award for Production Design is: The Shape of Water Congratulations to Paul D. Austerberry, Production Designer and Shane Vieau and Jeff Melvin, Set Decorators, for winning the 2018 Academy Award!  You may be wondering what the Production Designer does versus Set Decorator? The Production Designer is responsible for the … Read more

Grace & Frankie’s Besties Valentine’s Day

Grace & Frankie Besties "I think I just peed a little"

We all need a bestie, don’t we? Someone who has our back, who pats our back and who will be our backup whenever necessary. While V-Day is usually celebrated as a romantic holiday, I thought this year I’d focus on the love between friends. It’s Grace & Frankie‘s Besties Valentine’s Day! I wrote about my … Read more

Silver Screen Surroundings: Grace and Frankie Costumes and Sets visual story telling

I was late to the table watching the Netflix series Grace and Frankie starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, in the respective title roles. I binged watched seasons 1-3 this fall and just fell in love with the show and it’s various set pieces. As some of you may know, I have a long history … Read more

Travel Tuesday: Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

For this week’s installment of Travel Tuesday, I’m doing a blended post with Silver Screen Surroundings because I’m pretty excited for the new movie Murder on the Orient Express. Firstly because I’ve had a long-standing crush on Kenneth Branagh and the rest of the cast is amazing as well. And coming in a close second … Read more

What’s wrong and right about Outlander’s Boston

Claire Caitroina Balfe and Frank Tobias Menzies in Boston apartment with floral wallpaper

After a very long “Droughtlander”, the Starz series Outlander has finally made it’s return! Based on Diana Gabaldon’s book series,  Outlander Season 3 (based on Voyager, the 3rd book in the series) focuses on the twenty year separation of our two leads – Claire (Caitroina Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) – and how they tried … Read more

First Look at the new Nancy Meyers joint “Home Again”

A new Nancy Meyers produced movie HOME AGAIN (written and directed by her daughter Hallie Mayers-Shyer) is always reason to get excited. First off, they are usually good, frothy fun with a good cast and a nice ending. But more, they usually feature spectacular interiors and settings that have become nearly iconic such as the Beth … Read more