It’s my favorite season of the year. Awards Season.
Some people may know, but I was a theater major in college and taught theater for a couple years after. I love movies, theater, television, all of it. It’s a part of who I am. This love of telling great stories through visual arts has led me to build this design studio.
So in honor of awards season, I’m sharing a few of my top movies and shows of the last year that had some truly inspiring interior (set) design.
First up, Only Murders in the Building.
Come for Steven Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez, but stay for the classic late 1900’s era details of the Arconia and gorgeous apartment interiors. The first thing that caught my eye were the wallpapers. Every single room in these apartment shots has some bold wallpaper that is distinctive to that character.
I'ts no surprise that Murders picked up an Emmy this year for Outstanding Production Design.
As an interior designer, I especially loved Mabel's apartment glow up. Though its not like the before didn't have it's own charm.
Oh, Saltburn. There’s A LOT that can be said about this movie and I’m dying to talk about it with you over coffee. But for now, let’s just admire these interiors. I think what draws me in the most here is the juxtaposition of old and new. Refined and casual. I find the most beauty emerges in the tension. And this movie is nothing if not tense.
I'm sorry, I had to.
The home where they filmed Saltburn had never been seen on television or in a movie before. I’m so intrigued by these grand, museum-like homes, and it’s rare we see them used in modern stories. Set in the early 2000’s It’s almost like a glimpse forward to what Downton Abbey would have become.
I read they filmed part of this movie in Bernstein’s actual home in Connecticut, which I found very cool. Apparently Felicia had a thing for wicker furniture (same girl, same.)
But it was this scene set in the NYC apartment that made me pause and admire the design. The wallpaper, drapes and chunky wood. It simultaneously filled me with nostalgia of being at my grandparents, while being one of those spaces that made me say “Ooooo I wish I had designed that!”
The term ‘quiet luxury’ has been repeatedly used to describe the Roy family homes. Don’t be surprised if I start using this term on the regular.
The details here are just impeccable.
This level of design can't happen without the both the creative mind that can dream up the big picture as well as the ability to execute and obsess over the details. It's talent but also it's craft. And it's true of both set design and residential design.
Maybe I just have an obsession with living in NYC....
If you're an awards junkie like me, don't forget the Academy Awards are March 10th. And if these interiors don’t inspire you, surely the red carpet looks will. In fact, maybe that'll be the next post...