7th House on the Left

These days, it’s rare that a movie has you in a happy-go-lucky mood when you walk out of the movie theater. (And, if you’re like me, you’ll end up Googling for behind-the-scenes and making-of info as soon as you get home.) Saving Mr. Banks was that kind of movie for me. I laughed. I cried. I sang along. I “aww”ed and “oh no”ed. Simply put… it easily earned a spot in my list of favorite movies.

As I’ve probably mentioned several times, I come from a family of Disney lovers. Really, I can’t accurately put into words how my family feels about Disney. Since before I was born, my family went to Disney World for vacation at least once a year, and to this day, it’s still my favorite place to go on vacation. It just never gets old. Not only do I feel completely and utterly relaxed when we’re there, I also love the “Disney way” of doing things. Everything is done so well – right down to the slightest detail. Being a details person, I just love it.

That being said, it’s no surprise that I adored this movie so much. It really wasn’t at all what I expected (in a good way), and it’s still a film any Disney fan would love and appreciate.

On the Set: Saving Mr. Banks / 7thhouseontheleft.com

I’ve always been drawn to mid century modern furniture – maybe because I think I should have lived during I Love Lucy days – but the set of Saving Mr. Banks made me fall in love with it even more. The set designer (Susan Benjamin) was out of this world kinds of good and pegged the “Disney-inspired mid century vibe” perfectly.

On the Set: Saving Mr. Banks / 7thhouseontheleft.com

The still above makes me laugh because you can see Dolly in the background happily getting ready to serve a huge tray of sweets to the writing team. If you’ve seen the movie, you know what happens next, haha. Also, I totally wish desk chairs like those were still easy to find. I want one!

On the Set: Saving Mr. Banks / 7thhouseontheleft.com

The scenes in Walt’s office are some of my favorites because of all of the memorabilia and hidden Easter eggs here and there (like the seven miniature Oscars for Snow White’s dwarves, blueprints for Disney World in Orlando laying around and the framed Mary Blair artwork).

On the Set: Saving Mr. Banks / 7thhouseontheleft.com

And you can’t have a movie about the making of Mary Poppins without the Sherman Brothers. Through the years, they wrote the music for films such as The Parent Trap (another favorite of mine), The Jungle Book, Winnie the Pooh, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Richard Sherman served as a consultant for the film and has some great stories to tell about working with Walt Disney that are featured on the DVD extras.

On the Set: Saving Mr Banks // 7thhouseontheleft.com

 Fruit Basket (hold the pears) / Wood + Burlap Slat Pendant
Vintage Mary Poppins Poster / Taylor Love Seat (in Kelin Sunny)
Record Player / Walnut Table Lamp / Cole Chair
Steinway Upright Piano / Vintage TV
Kettle Desk Phone / Mary Blair Artwork

Now it’s your turn, what’s your favorite TV or movie set? Ever wish you lived in a different era? All movie stills from here.

The Big Bang Theory has always been one of our “favorite shows”, but we’ve never watched all of them in order or kept up with the big story line (aside from Penny and Leonard’s on again/off again relationship, I know nothing – so no spoilers!). Last Black Friday, Greg and I snagged seasons 1 through 5 on DVD for around $35. Even though we bought them over a year ago – 14 months ago, according to Instagram – we’re just now starting on season one.

On the Set: The Big Bang Theory / 7thhouseontheleft.com

The other night, we had a mini Big Bang marathon and, as usual, I was habitually studying the furniture, accessories and such on the set – specifically Sheldon and Leonard’s apartment. It’s so eclectic yet masculine and has a fun mix of textures (which seems to be a common thing for a lot of my favorite TV show sets). During one episode, I made a comment about the card catalog that’s near the back of the apartment set looking similar to the one we have in our dining room. That’s when Greg suggested an “On the Set” post. Why didn’t I think of that first?

On the Set: The Big Bang Theory / 7thhouseontheleft.com

On the Set: The Big Bang Theory / 7thhouseontheleft.com

I love Sheldon and Leonard’s apartment because no matter how many episodes I’ve watched I always notice something new in each episode. Everything is so busy and covered with geeky paraphernalia like action figures, comic books, vintage radios and, of course, dry erase boards. The show has a resident professor of physics and astronomy who checks scripts for scientific accuracy and provides the mathematical equations and diagrams that you see on the dry erase boards throughout the show. Even though Salzberg has a good handle on the physics, he actually calls on Mayim Bialik (Amy Farrah Fowler on Big Bang, and previously the main character on the early-90′s show Blossom), who has a Ph.D. in neuroscience, for help from time to time.

On the Set: The Big Bang Theory / 7thhouseontheleft.com

In the back of the living area is a little alcove with another desk, more science equipment, robot toys and that great card catalog I mentioned earlier. It looks out on a nice “view” of Pasadena.

On the Set: The Big Bang Theory / 7thhouseontheleft.com

There’s a small hallway that goes to Leonard and Sheldon’s bedrooms and a bathroom. Of course, the doors in the hallway don’t actually lead to anything. They’re just “dummy doors” with a small standing area for the actors to walk into during scenes.

On the Set: The Big Bang Theory / 7thhouseontheleft.com

On the Set: The Big Bang Theory / 7thhouseontheleft.com

To the right of the apartment (from the viewer’s point of view) is a kitchen that’s open to the living area – complete with a Battlestar Galactica toaster, cereal organized by fiber content, and an Adam West era Batman lunch box for lunches on the go.

During my last trip to LA, we had the chance to see the Warner Brothers Studios lot. We didn’t get to see the Big Bang set because they were in the middle of rehearsals that day, but we did see Jim Parsons (who plays Sheldon) leaving the set. He’s my favorite character on the show, so I was a bit excited to see him and geeked out a little. We also saw Chuck Lorre (the show’s creator, executive producer and head writer). He was really nice, and for some reason, he really reminded me of  from Criminal Minds. By the way, did you guys know Jim Parsons is turning 41 in March?! He totally does’t look like he’s even near his 40′s yet.

On the Set: The Big Bang Theory // 7thhouseonthelft.com

Telescope / Take-Out Food (of course) / Captain Future Poster
Manhattan Leather Sofa / Stripe Throw Pillow / Ektrop Chair
Card Catalog Cabinet / Dart Board / Field Radio / DNA Model

Set images from here, here and here. For more information about the show, check this out. So, now it’s your turn… what is your favorite TV show set?

For as long as I can remember, every Thanksgiving, there were (and still are) two things you will definitely find at my mom and dad’s house: turkey and White Christmas. I guess you could say it’s our way of kicking off the Christmas season. For this reason, White Christmas has always been near and dear to my heart. It’s my favorite “feel good” holiday movie. I know every lyric to every song, and pretty much every line in between. It’s just that good!

On the Set: White Christmas // 7thhouseontheleft.com

When Greg and I started dating in college (the second time around… it’s a long story!), we were on our way back from a day trip to Gatlinburg and Greg mentioned he had never seen White Christmas. Obviously, this was a total deal-breaker in my book, so I broke up with him. No, I’m kidding. When we got back to campus, I ran into my dorm, grabbed the DVD and my laptop, and for the next two hours, we sat in my car watching White Christmas… in April. Being the sci-fi/action movie lover that he is, I was shocked when he said he really liked it. He was a keeper. ; )

Fast forward almost six years. White Christmas is now a holiday staple in our house. Phil Davis, played by the hilarious Danny Kaye, is his favorite character, and mine is Emma, the housekeeper, played by Mary Wickes (I love her in By the Light of the Silvery Moon and as Madame Le Mond on I Love Lucy!). Like in many good films, the locations play very important roles and are almost like characters themselves. The Columbia Inn of Pine Tree, Vermont is no exception.

On the Set: White Christmas // 7thhouseontheleft.com

On the Set: White Christmas // 7thhouseontheleft.com

The first room in the Inn is the lobby. The floor-to-ceiling windows, loads of white trim, and “lodge charm” are irrefutably inviting. I absolutely love how open and airy everything is. If we were to build a house, I would definitely want to use this space as inspiration for the entry… minus the check-in counter, of course… and maybe the deer head.

On the Set: White Christmas // 7thhouseontheleft.com

Aside from the overall openness, my favorite aspects of the Columbia Inn are the high ceilings, exposed beams and stonework throughout. In the dining area (pictured above), you can see them in action.

On the Set: White Christmas // 7thhouseontheleft.com

Right off the the dining room is my favorite space in Columbia Inn – and a room I would love to have in our future dream house. There’s an extra long window seat that wraps all the way around the room, facing an awesome indoor fire pit that has a huge copper chimney right above. I realize the Columbia Inn isn’t an actual place, but I can imagine having amazing parties in a room like this. I’m also in love with the wide plank black floors.

On the Set: White Christmas // 7thhouseontheleft.com

Here’s another shot of the same room. Doesn’t that look so cozy? Fun fact: Rosemary Clooney was only 26 when White Christmas was filmed, and Bing Crosby was 51. For some reason, I’d never noticed the age difference, have you? Also, Dean Jagger (who played General Waverley) was the same age as Bing, but acted a lot older in the film.

On the Set: White Christmas // 7thhouseontheleft.com

I’ve always liked this vignette in the cast party scene… I think it might be because of my obsession with shelves and hardback books.

On the Set: White Christmas // 7thhouseontheleft.com

I love the simple Christmas decorations in the Inn. Everything in classic green and red against the white woodwork really brings home the “White Christmas vibe”. Notice the tree silhouettes on the doors in the background? That would be a fun and easy DIY project using vinyl to add another layer of “Christmas” in your own house around the holidays.

On the Set: White Christmas // 7thhouseontheleft.com

In regular 50′s fashion, the bedrooms at the Inn are small and quaint, but they don’t lack in the charm department. By the way, don’t you love how they are going to bed with full makeup and bright red lips?

On the Set: White Christmas // 7thhouseontheleft.com

Every time I see this billboard, I wish I had one to frame and hang in the house for Christmas. Down the road, I might attempt to recreate one. Matching up the fonts would be a lot of fun. Yep, I’m a total font geek.

On the Set: White Christmas // 7thhouseontheleft.com

Who knew all of that vintage early American charm and character could be captured on a sound stage?

On the Set: White Christmas // 7thhouseontheleft.com

Antique Early American Chest of Drawers / Early American Windsor Chair
Fossill Stone Fire Pit Kit / Canella & Quailbrush Wreath
Ski Vermont Wall Art / Woody Station Wagon Christmas Ornament

 So, what about you? Do you have a favorite Christmas movie you wouldn’t mind moving in to?