Ten Favorite Black & White Films

August 14th, 2013

A little off topic today, but I watched #7 over the weekend so I felt like discussing. When I was a girl, my mom would always play the AMC channel on Saturday afternoons. The features in the last few decades on that channel are more modern but back in the eighties, AMC played mostly black and white classic films.

In my youth I’d sit and watch the famous actors of the silver screen, and formed a lifetime affection for the greats: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Clark Gable, Bette Davis, and countless others. To this day, when I want to relax on a winter day with a hot cup of tea, I turn to a classic black and white film. They’ve even influenced my design aesthetic, I still prefer classic interiors above all others.

Matt and I got on the subject of great black and white films and narrowed down our favorites. His were different than mine, his leaning toward the westerns or action flicks while I favored female heroines.  Here are our lists, mine is up first.

#10. The Artist

We had no expectations watching this movie, we only knew it was a silent film with just music and no words spoken. Both Matt and I really loved this picture and so it made both our top ten lists. We’re still impressed such a great story can be told without words at all, and it was a breath of fresh air among what comes out of the Hollywood studios these days.

the artist


#9.  Some Like it Hot

Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon are hilarious as cross dressing men hiding from the mob. Marilyn Monroe is the sultry singer Sugar in the traveling girls band they sign up with while on the run. It’s filmed at the modern day Hotel Del Coronado which makes a fabulous backdrop to all the antics.

some like it hot

For another funny Curtis & Lemmon caper, watch The Great Race also starring the gorgeous Natalie Wood as a suffragette, it’s a total crack up about two rival daredevils racing across the globe, my kids love the massive pie fight at the end.


#8. 12 Angry Men

This is such a great film (and play). It’s a hot summer night in New York City and a jury of twelve is deliberating the facts of a case involving a young man accused of killing his father. Henry Fonda plays the lone doubter who convinces the rest to stay a bit longer to examine the evidence.

12 angry men


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DIY to Try

August 13th, 2013

The catalogs have been arriving in great numbers again (‘tis the season) and they can be overwhelming – most of them end up in the recycling bin but I do like to browse through the pages of the favorites for inspiration because I like to see how the stylists arrange the rooms to showcase the merchandise. There’s always one or two things on the pages that pop out at me and I think for that price it could be done as a DIY project for much cheaper. For example…

This Paris Art set is for sale for $999 at Wisteria. Why not buy a giant vintage map print on Etsy or eBay and spray paint some basic frames gold to recreate at a fraction of the price.

paris art wisteria


I absolutely love bone inlay but it’s so pricey. This small Aleppo Inlay Table at Serena & Lily is $895. What about using a $99 IKEA Chest and a Nagoya Stencil with two tone paint for nightstand to mimic the look for less?

inlay chest diy


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