7th House on the Left

Out of the “Office”

posted by Ashley  /  22 Comments

Greetings, everyone! I just wanted to pop in and let you all know we’re going to be “out of the office” this week. While I would love to say we’re going to be on a relaxing vacation somewhere awesome (thankfully, that will be going on in the Fall), the truth is we’re going to be busy with a big project going on over at our church. To make the long story short, our church (which is a relatively new church plant that’s been meeting in an elementary school) acquired a building and we’ve just had five short weeks to completely renovate the building (which needed a lot a ton of TLC) and “move in”. This being the last week, my week is going to be consumed with designing artwork for the classrooms, furniture shopping, last minute tweaks and so on.

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For me, having the blog “on hold” for a week is akin to nails on a chalkboard. Not only do I miss blogging, but there are always a few people who start with the, “Why aren’t you posting?”, “Is something wrong?”, “Are you quitting?”… and so on and so on. The fact of the matter is that with everything else going on this week, it wouldn’t be humanly possible to keep all of the plates spinning at once – while keeping our sanity.

But do not fret, dear friends. Next week, we’ll be back at it with not one but two organizing projects, a dining room update and the kickoff for a fun room makeover that’s a bit out of our zone of “normal”. So, stay tuned and thank you so much for hanging in there with us. Image from here.

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.

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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.