Three Coins in the Fountain (1954)

Maggie McNarmara, Dorothy McGuire, and Jean Peters star in this Academy Award nominated film about three American secretaries working abroad in Rome, Italy.

Charade (1963)

Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant star in this delightful romantic comedy involving spies and missing money. Set in Paris. Walter Matthau also makes an appearance as a CIA agent.

The Best of Everything (1959)

Original tagline: "These are the girls who want the best of everything...but often settle for a lot less!" Mid-century drama following the lives of three young career women living in New York City.

High Society (1956)

Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra star in this delightful musical comedy remake of the beloved classic The Philadelphia Story (1940).

Far From Heaven (2002)

Set against a spectacular autumn palette, Juilanne Moore, Dennis Quaid, and Dennis Haysbert star in this compelling drama which grapples with issues of race and homosexuality in conservative 1950s Connecticut.

Death In Venice (1971)

An aging German music composer sojourns to Venice in hopes of improving his health and finds himself enraptured by the beauty of a young adolescent boy. A visually mesmerizing film.

Cracks (2009)

Based on the novel of the same name, Eva Green stars as a young, charismatic teacher at an all-girls English boarding school.

Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005)

Based on the true story of the Windmill Theatre in London, Judi Dench stars as a wealthy, eccentric widow who purchases a theatre and turns it into a somewhat Moulin Rouge-esque venue that featured nude performers.

Desk Set (1957)

The introduction of computer technology renders the reference jobs of three women potentially useless. Stars Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.

Sylvia (2003)

A biopic of writer Sylvia Plath set in the 1950s starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Daniel Craig.

Howard's End (1992)

Emma Thompson, Anthony Hopkins and Helena Bonham Carter star in this E.M. Forster classic set in turn-of-the-century England.

December 16, 2010

Bungalow Restorations


I. I have just upgraded to a pro account on flickr, which means 1) you now have access to all the screencap archives  and 2) you are able to view and download those images in their largest size (just click on "view all sizes").

II. I also realize that my labels are pretty disorganized and I really do apologize for that. One of these days I'm going to have to go through each blog post and re-tag everything. The obvious classifications include time period, location, and starring actors but I would like to add appropriate design-related tags for frequently reoccurring motifs -- such as a specific costume item (i.e. fedoras, gowns, trench coats, etc) or a particular set piece or prop (i.e. vintage cars, victorian houses, cigarettes, etc.). I've already started doing the latter but the problem is that I haven't been consistent in tagging so a big re-do is definitely in order.

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New followers may not remember this but this little site started out as a production design blog focusing on sets and props in films before it evolved to include costumes and styling. It's been a while since I've posted anything related to interior design and I thought it would be nice to indulge a bit in that for today while I try to finish up an entry on a soon-to-be-revealed film starring Fred Astaire.

It was a great pleasure for me to open up my browser this morning and stumble across this link on Old House Journal (a magazine I subscribe to and love) featuring some adorable bungalow restorations, which I thought you might enjoy as well. Bungalows - especially those of the Craftsman variety - rank among my top five favorite architectural styles. It is also probably the most attainable out of all my outlandish home-owning dreams. What I love about well restored bungalows is that many of them contain toned-down versions of the same elements that you would find in grander homes, such as stained glass windows, wood paneling and wainscoting, hand-crafted staircases, historic fireplace mantels, and exquisite colonnades.

gorgeous columned trim molding separating the dining room from the living room

very nice wainscotting and a lovely custard-salmon color combination

love the detailing on the glass windowpanes

notice the stained glass panels in the wainscoting

you can never have enough wainscoting!

simply breathtaking ballisters

vintage stove

charming pale olive green cabinetry with bright, colorful dishes inside

dark honey cabinetry set against pale olive green panels adds to the coziness of this kitchen


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