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.

I love this time of year because it’s not too hot or cold outside (perfect for grilling) and all of these bright and fun colors pop up in pretty much every store you go into. Since we’ve had so much snow this year and it’s actually started to warm up a bit, I feel like this Easter weekend is actually the “real” beginning of Spring. So, I’m welcoming Peter, Peter Cottontail that is, with open arms.

Happy Easter Weekend // 7thhouseontheleft.com

While I so wish we were spending our Saturday at an Easter Egg Hunt (yes, even though I’m in my 20′s, I’d totally be down for that), we’re actually going to be catching up on a few things around the house. Nothing too exciting, just general house work that we’ve neglected this week since we’ve been crazy kinds of busy with work. On Sunday, we’ll be spending time with our church family followed by a “quick” trip to Ikea. Since my mom and brother are in California at the moment (if you’ve recently started reading here, here’s a post about that), we’re not doing a big Easter dinner thing this year and just spending it at home with a movie – and maybe indulge in a Reese’s peanut butter egg. What are your plans for Easter weekend? Have an Easter Egg Hunt in your future? If so, tell me so I can live vicariously through you. Happy Easter weekend, everyone! Eggs found here.


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Earth Day is coming up next week (April 22nd), so Target asked us to put together a terrarium DIY that tied in the message of Earth Day for their online magazine, A Bullseye View. Being an avid ABV reader since the beginning, it’s always a little mind blowing when I see an article that we’ve written and photos we’ve taken posted there on the front page. So, this is totally one of those, “Hey, Mom! Look!” moments.

Earth Day DIY // 7thhouseontheleft.com

When rolling around ideas on how to make this terrarium project different from others we’ve done (I love me some terrariums), we finally came up with the idea to scale things down and do a miniature version reusing used spice jars. Lucky for us, the Archer Farms spice jars make the perfect little terrariums. The post goes into the process, but it turned out even cuter than I imagined and I’ve been loving having my mini terrarium sitting here on my desk. It’s a super simple way for us non-green thumbed people – raising hand – to bring in a little green.

Mini DIY Terrariums using recycled spice jars // 7thhouseontheleft.com

I had to keep my word count super short for the article (which was a miracle for me!) but here’s an extra tip: When prepping the spice jars to use as a terrarium, peel off the label and pop them in the dishwasher. If they still smell like the spice after a cycle, try the dry mustard method to remove any residual smell. It works wonders! Or you can always just start out with a dry mustard spice jar, haha!

Check out the article on A Bullseye View here!