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 … 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

Costume Exhibit

Last week I attended a costume exhibit at Heritage Museums & Gardens on Cape Cod. Call “Cut!”, this traveling exhibit showcases the design work of several award-winning costume designers and the workmanship of Cosprop, Ltd., London, England, which manufactures costumes. There are 43 costumes on display and each is presented with some small props and backdrops to … Read more

Outlander: Paris is always a good idea – except for the Frasers

So, we’ve hit the end of the first half of Season 2 of Outlander on Starz, and it’s been an exhausting and emotionally draining experience. I expected that I’d be posting recaps and set design commentary after every episode, but found that it was all so gorgeous as to be overwhelming. And, as we hit … Read more