About & FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What is this blog about?
Sweet Sunday Mornings is a blog dedicated to the mise-en-scène, aka the stylistic design elements, seen in films and television shows. It started off with a focus on interior design (furniture, decor accessories, props, etc) but gradually evolved to include costumes and hairstyles as well. This blog has a special emphasis on "vintage" fashions (that is, films set or made in the 1940s-60s) along with a love for traditional turn-of-the-century British aesthetics (think, Merchant-Ivory productions of E.M. Forster novels, safari-wear, steam trunks, and Hercule Poirot).

Why is this blog called "Sweet Sunday Mornings"? Can you tell me more about how this blog came to be?
Originally this was intended as a food blog to chronicle my experiments in the kitchen. With a bookshelf of over two dozen cookbooks on desserts alone, I thought it was high time to actually attempt to recreate some of the recipes in them instead of just salivating over the photos. I was going to reserve Sunday mornings for these culinary endeavors, hence the title, but an increasingly busy schedule and unexpected travel opportunities thwarted all plans to hone my domestic goddess skills. The project was quickly abandoned and the blog sat neglected for a while until I started to use it as an (somewhat secret) outlet for my obsession with the production design featured in movies and tv shows.

Maybe this is some strange character flaw or maybe it's just borderline OCD but whenever I'm watching a film or tv show, I can't help but notice all-the-details in a scene. That lamp that sits in the far right corner of the desk in the background? I want it. That chinoiserie wallpaper that was used in the daughter's bedroom? Ah, gorgeous! Where can I find it? And so I started to save screen-captures while I was watching these movies and filed them away in a "design inspiration" folder on my computer. Later on, it occurred to me to share my efforts so I started to post them on this formerly neglected food blog and kept it a "secret" in order to lessen the pressure on myself to create thoughtful, well-written entries. With a degree in filmmaking, it pains me to talk about a film "improperly" (that is, not employing the proper film criticism tools and vocabulary) and so I was a little embarrassed by just wanting to post a bunch of images of stuff I thought was pretty without much discussion or consideration for the other aspects of a film. I've since attempted to at least include some semblance of a synopsis and review in the more recent entries but if you dig deep into the archives, you'll notice that the old posts were rather sloppily put together. Please forgive me for those!

Can I re-blog or download your screencaps for personal use? 
Of course! However, because these screencaps took a great deal of time and effort to create, I would really appreciate a link back to this blog and the specific post from which they were found.

All images are hosted on Flickr so if you click on them, you'll be taken to the corresponding Flickr page where there is an option to view the image in various other sizes (the largest size is usually very big!). You can then download them for personal use or use Flickr's embed features to link them to your blog posts.

I do not "own" any of these images and would like to avoid getting tangled in any legal messes. These images are used solely for education, review, and inspiration purposes and are not meant to infringe on any copyrights.

Why do some posts contain images of different sizes? 
A technical answer: A long time ago, Flickr's embed sizes were limited to "thumbnail, medium, and large," with the medium set at a width of 500px. They later expanded their options to include a width of 600px, which was later replaced with the new 640px. This is why you'd see smaller images in the older blog entries because larger embed versions were not available at the time. In order for the images to properly fit the wider measurements specified in the slider (the flashy top section of this blog that has a selection of screencaps on rotation), I had to go back and "replace" the original files in order for the 640px option to show up. Unfortunately, a "replaced" image generates a new link so the html also has to be replaced in the original blog post, but since 600px is no longer an option offered by Flickr, I had to substitute it with the 640px. And that is why in some posts, there is one or two images that appear larger than the others.

Do you accept advertising on your blog? 
While I would like to keep this blog free of distracting ads, I would consider sponsors whose businesses are in line with the aesthetics found here. Please contact me if you'd like to become a sponsor.

Do you accept guest bloggers or contributors?
Because of a busy schedule, I don't update this blog nearly as frequently as I would like to so I am indeed keen on getting some help with it. If you're interested in contributing, please feel free to contact me.

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