Design Exercise

Yesterday I wrote about Spanish Colonial homes so common in sunny California and I just realized that I have the perfect little design exercise in mind for this style of architecture.

Analyzing set decor has always been a pleasure of mine, and a guilty one for sure as it often involves some serious binge-watching. Hmmm… Creating any kind of set, be it theater, sitcom or movie, involves a great deal of effort and research. Even though technically, decorating a set is very different from decorating a home (hello good lighting and fake doors), there are a couple of things that the two have in common. First, a well designed set is architecturally accurate, meaning that all choices in decor are in harmony with the decided architectural style. Second, by definition, a good set helps us buy into an alternate reality and creates a very specific mood. I strongly believe that these two principles apply in decorating our own homes: architectural accuracy and creating a space that reflects the mood our hearts desire.

Cafe Design | Set Decor- Happily Divorced

With that being said, the set I have in mind for this Spanish Colonial style exercise is that of a short lived sitcom called ¨Happily Divorced¨ . It aired on TVLand between 2011-2013 and stared the lovely Fran Drescher, whom I absolutely adore! (I only grew up with ¨The Nanny¨). The plot was quite funny but what really caught my attention was the decor, created by set decorator Debra Lynn Combs. The exterior shot is that of a typical, one story Spanish Colonial Revival home in LA, built around 1920. As for the the interiors, all the elements of Spanish Colonial architecture are there: stucco walls with warm tones, arched doorways and windows, an intricately carved front door, dark brown natural woodwork throughout the space, rich and bold colors, wrought iron hardware and light fixtures, and a strong indoor-outdoor connection.

Cafe Design | Set Decor- Happily Divorced

Cafe Design | Set Decor- Happily Divorced

And most importantly, when it comes to the mood I cannot imagine a happier set. Everything from the choice of the color palette: oranges, reds and blues, and touches of yellow, floral print curtains, to the upholstery on the sofa, the fresh flowers and furniture, all these elements work together to tell the story of a happy home.

Cafe Design | Set Decor- Happily Divorced

The pillows are from HD Buttercup, Anthropologie and Kathryn M.Ireland. The curtain fabric is from F&S Fabrics.

Cafe Design | Set Decor- Happily Divorced

Cafe Design | Set Decor- Happily Divorced

Cafe Design | Set Decor- Happily Divorced

Cafe Design | Set Decor- Happily Divorced

Cafe Design | Set Decor- Happily Divorced

… And since this is an exercise, I put together a few fun pieces to recreate the look:

happilydiv inspo

Pillows // Lamp Base // Lamp Shade // Sofa // Table

Have a great rest of the week!

xo,

Eva