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

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