*UPDATED with more pics and tips on achieving the Gilmore look! Okay, so Netflix released the awaited Gilmore Girls revival and it’s not at all what I expected it to be. I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it that much either. I know it sounds strange since it’s all fiction anyway, but I had a totally different future in mind for Rory (I guess life, as in creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, thought otherwise). Anyway, I won’t spoil the plot for you in case you didn’t watch it yet but instead I’ll show you some set pretties. You know how much I love those!
I must admit I was very curious to revisit the Dragonfly. After nine years, there’s bound to be some new things around. To my pleasure, not that much has changed. A few upholstery and wallpaper swaps here and there, a new staff but the overall feeling of the place is the same. A charming, old world inn. A mishmash of antiques and colors and quirky finds with literally no inch of surface left undecorated. This might seem like a lot to some, but for the vibe of the Dragonfly it is just right. Plus, the décor tells the story by itself. It supports the intricate life of this small town and the colorful personalities of its characters. And that I will always love about the Gilmores!
Before I show you the sets on the revival, let’s remember the Dragonfly Inn as we left it nine years ago!
So charming and colorful, it was one of my all time forever favorite sets! And here they are today, slightly changed but still so so so pretty!!! (if you’d like to see more of the original Dragonfly Inn, I wrote a post here).
As I said, not that much has changed. Minor cosmetic switches for wall treatments and upholsteries, a new kitchen island and that’s about it. For those of you out there who love the Dragonfly vibe and would love to recreate a similar look in their homes or respective inns, here’s how:
- Choose a warm color scheme of reds, yellows and oranges. By itself, it’s too much but you can cool it down in places with blues and some greenery.
- Go darker on the walls and lighter on the rest. It gives a warm, cozy feeling.
- Use natural wood as much as you can for furniture, shelves, wainscoting…
- And when it comes to furniture, feel free to mix different periods while keeping the style coherent.
- Use paint to jazz up some pieces. Now, while in general I do consider it a capital sin to paint over wood, there are situations when paint can actually save a dated piece that no longer goes with your things and you would dispose off otherwise. Just make sure you’re not ruining a valuable antique, lol! (it is actually not that funny, I’ve read about a nice lady who inadvertently destroyed a beautiful piece worth thousands of dollars, just by painting it. Don’t be that lady!)
- Decorate with all your family heirlooms and flea-market finds.
- Hang pretty plates on the walls. Artwork too, with mismatched frames. The more, the merrier.
- Go bold with pattern! In the Dragonfly, there are many different things going on décor-wise but if you look closely, all pattern falls is one of three categories: toile, flowery chintz, stripes or checks (and sometimes all of them happen in the same room!!!)
- Last, but very important. Before you do any of these things, make sure your home can take it. That is, your home is blessed with plenty of space and natural light. The overall feeling of the Dragonfly is warm but quite moody, therefore smaller and darker homes would be better off with a lighter palette.
- OK, that wasn’t the last thing. This is the last thing: stock your kitchen with fresh produce, lots of cakes and gallons of COFFEE!
P.S: I totally forgot to ask you how you feel about the revival? Have you watched it yet? Did you love it? I know I’m not the only Gilmore fanatic out there :p