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Design Utopia

Utopia, a British Television show, is one of the most well designed programs I have seen in a long time.  Every set is striking, with particular attention paid to color and geometry.  It is hard to pick just one room to show you, but I did.  

This is the meeting room of a shadowy organization with nefarious intentions. The walls are bonkers. 

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Sleeping Beauty (2011) - A mysteriously high-end brothel bedroom

Sleeping Beauty (2011) - A mysteriously high-end brothel bedroom

GROSS!!!

GROSS!!!

I watched Sleeping Beauty (2011) over the weekend and enjoyed it, although it is pretty provocative, so I'm not recommending it.  Although, look how gorgeous that wood paneling is.  

Wood paneling gets a bad rap because it is most closely associated with room from the 70's called "dens" or "rec rooms".  Yellow knotty pine is not the worst atrocity of the 70's, but people are still battling it.  

I think the reason the paneling in Sleeping Beauty works is because it is neither yellow (it is more of a walnut color) and does not have knots (just a lovely grain).  As long as you stay away from those two things, there is a lot of wiggle room.  

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God doesn't work in straight lines

I loved the picture gallery on Remodelista on Jagged Edges.  I have noticed this trend for a while, but didn't have the right words to express it.  I always thought of it as highlighting raw materials, but jagged edges is better.

Alemagou Bar in Mykonos, designed by  K Studio ; photo by Yiorgos Kordakis image via  Yatzer

Alemagou Bar in Mykonos, designed by K Studio; photo by Yiorgos Kordakis image via Yatzer

A summerhouse in Finland with half-painted walls, via   Netta Natalia's   blog

A summerhouse in Finland with half-painted walls, via Netta Natalia's blog

Heerliijkheid van Marrem  bed and breakfast in Belgium

Heerliijkheid van Marrem bed and breakfast in Belgium

Cement tiles merge into a rough wood floor in the Musket Room in New York; photo by  Emily Andrews

Cement tiles merge into a rough wood floor in the Musket Room in New York; photo by Emily Andrews

An unfinished tile border in an Umbrian house designed by Paola Navone; photos by Maz Zambelli for  Italian Elle Decor

An unfinished tile border in an Umbrian house designed by Paola Navone; photos by Maz Zambelli for Italian Elle Decor

My Parents's Chairs on The Blacklist

The Blacklist: Season 1 - Lovely Washington, DC home that is way beyond the means of the 30-something couple that lives in it because one is a school teacher and the other is in law enforcement.

The Blacklist: Season 1 - Lovely Washington, DC home that is way beyond the means of the 30-something couple that lives in it because one is a school teacher and the other is in law enforcement.

The Blacklist: Season 1

The Blacklist: Season 1

I did a little research and learned that in the late 80's my mom decided to splurge on four hand crafted Thomas Moser dining chairs.  At the time they were about $600 a pop (now they are $1075).  Clearly my mom didn't tell my dad how much they were until after the fact because THAT IS SO MUCH MONEY!  

The four Moser chairs are still around our dining room table, and in pretty near perfect condition.   

In one of the first few episodes of The Blacklist, a psycho killer breaks into the home of our heroine and holds her husband hostage in their dining room.  But of course, I was distracted by the chair behind her head.  It looked so much like the ones my parents have (but not the same).  

Thos. Moser dining chair $1075

Thos. Moser dining chair $1075

My super 80's mom should be telling my sister to get off that chair!

My super 80's mom should be telling my sister to get off that chair!

This picture of me shows not just Thomas Moser chairs, but also a  Thonet  nock-off rocking chair.  Double whammy!   

This picture of me shows not just Thomas Moser chairs, but also a Thonet nock-off rocking chair.  Double whammy!