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Design at the Movies – Chaise Lounge Awards 2017

The Academy Awards happen this weekend and so it’s time once again to celebrate my favorite design elements in last year’s movies.  Of those films nominated for Best Production Design I’m pulling for Hail Caesar! and its giddy rendition of ‘50s LA.  But I suspect the Technicolor toss-up will go to La La Land. If [...]

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Of Oscars and Owls

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What a wonderful spring we’re having here in Northern California. I’ve been working on my garden removing the things that didn’t survive the deer or early frosts and then shopping for and planting more of what seems to thrive. The temperature is just warm enough to feel rejuvenating as I work outside and the light [...]

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Friday Things: The Good Fences Edition

Red maple leaves against an April sky

The garden project continues in full swing.  So full that I’ve hardly looked at anything this week that didn’t have petals or leaves. Except maybe the dirt surrounding our house–specifically, the dirt that surrounds my house vs. the dirt that surrounds my neighbors’ house. Our property is bordered on three sides by open space owned [...]

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Mr. Turner and Oscar Fashions

Timothy Small as JMW Turner

Too late for this year’s Chaise Lounge Awards I saw the oh-so-lovely Mr. Turner.  The movie is a long series of vignettes about the 19th century English Romanticist landscape painter J.M.W. Turner.  It garnered a 98% critical rating on Rotten Tomatoes but only a 60% audience rating.  With good reason.  Unless you’re really into color and light–like [...]

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Best Movie Sets of 2014

The Grand Budapest Hotel - 64th Berlin Film Festival

This weekend is the Oscars and rumor has it that actress and design enthusiast Julianne Moore is helping to decorate the official Green Room.  I’m looking forward to seeing what she comes up with. I’m also excited about taking one more glimpse at the art direction and sets from the past year’s movies. Whether it [...]

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My Favorite Things in 2014

This was a busier than usual holiday season with all the kids and spouses (and a new fiance!) home.  So I’m just now taking a few moments to ponder some favorite things from 2014.  Perhaps you too are finding this Friday more about retrospection than resolutions.  If so, you might also be thinking about some [...]

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Oscar Fashions 2014

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There are so many awards shows now it’s hard to keep up with all the fashion statements.  But I figure celebrity stylists save their best for last, so I paid extra attention to who wore what on last night’s Oscar telecast. Here are some of my favorites: The Blue Belles Sandra Bullock (Alexander McQueen) in [...]

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Best Design in the Movies of 2013

THE GREAT GATSBY

There are just a few more days left to see some of last year’s fabulous set designs on the big screen. If possible, check out “American Hustle” or “Her” in a theater and rent “The Great Gatsby” before the Oscars are handed out on Sunday night.  These three movies topped my list (and the Academy’s) [...]

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Making a Scene

Making A Scene - New York TImes Magazine

So then there’s the day your daughter’s work and name makes it into the New York Times and you marvel at life’s unexpected blessings.

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Travel Trouble

Confiscated Key Chain 2

Flipping through the June issue of Vanity Fair on my way out to D.C. last week I noted that when actress Christine Baranski was asked what she considered the lowest depth of misery she said “Being stuck indefinitely in an airport when I’m desperate to get home.”  Amen, sista! Take yesterday. After an action-packed few [...]

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Kathryn Pritchett

writes about Things Elemental — where we find shelter, why we connect, what sustains us and how we strut our stuff.

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    • Day 30 | Thankful for . . . Nancy Kathryn Pritchett who arrived a week and a day ago on her due date (so punctual!) which also happened to be Earth Day (Wecome!) to two excited and devoted parents with three (also excited and devoted) grandparents waiting nearby and other grandparents and aunts and uncles just an "It's a Girl" text away after a long labor and a short push at Stanford hospital which is only an hour's drive from us if the traffic is good as is her home in Campbell so we can see her regularly which we consider a great blessing because really is there anything better than holding a newborn?