Home Alone House – Bold to Bland to What’s Next

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The Home Alone house has the honor of featuring one of the most famous movie houses in recent memory. The gorgeous Georgian Colonial style brick house, built in 1921 in Winnetka IL, was the scene for much mayhem in grand old movie style. Premiering in 1990 the house was decorated in a holiday themed green and … Read more

Something’s Gotta Give House Decor

It’s officially the 20th Anniversary year of the amazing Nancy Meyers movie “Something’s Gotta Give“! The influence of Nancy Meyers movie interior design cannot be overstated. In 2024 we have now entered the era of #NancyMeyers-core and #romcomcore Way back in 2007  I was inspired to start posting about movie set decorating by the then … Read more

The Saturday List for May 7, 2022

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Hello! I hope you’ve had a great week. Mine has been pretty good and I’m exciting to be hosting a ladies tea party today with my two nieces and adorable grand-niece (who is 5-1/2). I’ve been baking and planning tea sandwiches and table settings all week. Meanwhile, in this week’s edition of The Saturday List, … Read more

The Saturday List – April 30, 2022

Hello and happy weekend! I’ve been busy with my Pinehills project client putting the final touches on the design for their bright and beautiful new home. There have been several fun tidbits in the news this week that I’m sharing below in this week’s edition of The Saturday List. (Please note this post contains affiliate … Read more

The Saturday List for April 2, 2022

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Hello and happy weekend! This week’s installment of The Saturday List includes Betty White’s Carmel CA house, newly on the market; an amazing Air BnB in Old Town that’s a gloriously decorated in red, white and blue – but in a modern and fun way.   Betty White’s Carmel, CA home, which she owned for … Read more

The Saturday List – Interior Design Weekly Highlights

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Good morning! This is my inaugural The Saturday List post which will highlight what has caught my eye each week in the world of interiors, design and decoration! It’ll be kind of a potpourri of events, design tips, travel destinations, movies and television with amazing sets. As I said, whatever I’ve seen that I may … Read more

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

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. Thanks again  HomeAdviser for the trip down upholstery lane! You … Read more

Outlander River Run’s Dark Design

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  So, Season 4 of Outlander on Starz , featuring Outlander River Run, 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 … Read more

Silver Screen Surroundings: Ordeal By Innocence

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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