Let’s Get Inspired.
We’re in a unique position living in the current state of the world today. Maybe even 4 months ago we may have kicked ourselves for spending an afternoon or day in front of a screen, watching the latest and greatest TV programs and films. Binge-watching, although part of our everyday culture, isn’t exactly a healthy habit, and lately it’s something that’s become more difficult to avoid. As we try to make our way positively out of this pandemic, we’re seeking solace in the landscapes of other worlds, different eras, and storyline lives. And honestly, although we may have once found watching our favorite dramas or comedies only benefited us as a form of entertainment escapism, now we can (and should continue to) use our favorite series as a tool for interior design creativity.
Media Is a Useful Tool
Although we love spending time in our brand-new showroom or exploring new pieces of favorite furniture at Trade Mart, it’s not entirely safe to find inspiration in small shops and crowded showrooms. Thankfully, we can draw inspiration from the shows we love the most. Think about your favorite modern or period TV series or movie. Is there a show that, with every episode watched, you feel taken by the set pieces, homes, or offices? Skilled production designers and their teams work tirelessly to create spaces that feel in tune with the characters they represent or belong to. Does your space feel the same? What is it saying about you? With a bit more time on our hands nowadays, we have the opportunity to pay close attention to the work of these skilled designers behind the scenes. They take care to create authenticity within every set, and maybe it’s time we do the same in our homes.
Watch. Dream. Create.
Great design is transformative, no matter the space that’s being reimagined, the budget, or the decade involved. Even the most “period” pieces can have relevance within our lifestyle or favorite spaces. Now’s the time to think “outside of the box” while you’re hunkering down within one. Dream big, so to speak. What eras have you always been attracted to, but whose style you never imagined could work within your home? What colors, patterns, and textures allure you? Because once this pandemic has passed, or at least slowed itself down considerably, it may be the right time to think about how you can change up your living spaces to be more than a bland room, and more real than a perfectly curated set. Now’s the time to quit feeling guilty about watching, but use it to inspire dreams, curation, and creation.
Here are just a few of our favorite TV series right now and why you should be inspired by their production design.
- Check out the candy-colored worlds of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Of course, the show is set during such a colorful and chic era, but contrary to what you see on the screen, not everything was so richly colored at the time. The production designers purposefully pulled from textures and tones that were highly saturated to bring a “technicolor”, dynamic look to every set. It’s almost like seeing a burst of cheer within every room. It makes us want the same in our homes, especially now during these trying times.
- We love the minimalistic lines and mid-century modern vibes of Mad Men. Nothing sparks an interest more than the clothing and office sets of Mad Men. Although this series ended years ago, we’re still talking about the absolute care designers took to create authentic sets, down to the genuine advertisements laden on the office walls. This is an excellent series to check out when thinking about creative office spaces that contain a throwback charm.
- We can’t get enough of the lived-in “beachfront chic” aesthetics of Big Little Lies. The show may have its fair share of drama, but almost every home is designed with relaxation and luxury in mind. From the custom build kitchen cabinets of Reese Witherspoon’s calming home to the open-concepts of Laura Dern’s character’s front room, each space tells a story or who lives there and what their life is like.
Our Team Can Help When the Time is Right
Of course, we’re doing our best to make the most of our time together and apart from our amazing clients, but our commitment to reimagining brilliant living spaces will forever be our goal. We’d love to hear what you’ve been inspired by in media and how we can help your design dreams become a reality. We’ll help you recreate a living space you’ve fallen in love with through your screen, but as always, we’ll tailor it to your specific lifestyle needs.