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2015
Monday, August 31st 2015, 9:27 am
Beauchamp Fontaine gets a double dose of praise for "Grace & Frankie"
Beauchamp goes to the beach!
Set Decorator Beauchamp Fontaine SDSA is known in the industry for her use of color and period detail, whether with famed film director Terrence Malick on KNIGHT OF CUPS or any one of a number of national commercials, one can count on her unerring eye for giving just what the scene needs. Having decorated such diverse projects as the swinging 1960’s with THE PLAYBOY CLUB, the rocking 1970’s with “THE RUNAWAYS, the gritty southern swamplands of MUD and the world of high tech magic in NOW YOU SEE ME, Beauchamp recently spent the first season of GRACE AND FRANKIE putting together several spectacular sets for the Lily Tomlin/Jane Fonda comedy from one of episodic TV's hottest new platforms, Netflix. But it seems it is the beautiful beachhouse that brings out a covetous chord in many.
 
Read two passionate pieces from Hooked on Houses and Houzz, two popular blog spots that frequently discuss the art of Set Decoration.
 
And speaking of the diversity of Beauchamp’s work, note the observant statement the Hooked On Houses' writer makes, “BTW, she also did the set decoration for the movie NEBRASKAIf you saw that one, then you know she has amazing range when it comes to design! The houses could hardly be more different."

Read the Hooked on Houses article
Read the Houzz article



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Friday, August 21st
Thank you to Warner Bros for our August General Membership Meeting







A great big thank you to Warner Bros for hosting the SDSA’s August General Membership Meeting on August 20th!

SDSA Members and guests wandered through the 3-story historic Prop house filed with a vast array of furnishings, fixtures and props, from antiques to furturistic elements.  Particularly impressive is The Collection, a designer showroom that Robert Greenfield, Director Warner Bros Property Department, has done a wonderful job in keeping up-to-date with stylish furnishings, upscale lighting and so much more!
 
SDSA President Shirley Starks and Chairman of the Board Philip Hoffman ran the convivial meeting, held right on the WB dock, which had been transformed from the busy workplace to a comfortable, fun meeting and party space!

Thanks again to our great hosts and to our great business members for their generous donations of time and fabulous door prizes!

Photo credits:
top left: Lisa Goldsmith SDSA Associate and Andrea Joel SDSA
middle left: Corri Levelle Sandy Rose Floral Inc, Laura Richarz SDSA, and Pam Elyea History for Hire cuddles Jim Elyea History for Hire,
middle right: Robert Greefield Warner Bros Property and Jenny Mueller SDSA
Bottom: Gene Cane, Executive Director SDSA, holds up a winning iPad donated by LCW Props
Bottom right: JoAnn Vara and Phil Hoffman, Chairman of the Board SDSA
 
Photos by Mary Ann Biddle SDSA and Robert Greenfield SDSA
 
Warner Bros
4000 Warner Blvd
Burbank, CA 91522
818-954-2181


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Friday, August 14th 2015, 5:32 pm
Thank you to Aisling Flowers for hosting SDSA New York Event

The SDSA would like to say a hearty Irish inspired “Go raibh maith agat” to Tess Casey and Aisling Flowers Studio...for those who don’t know, Aisling is pronounced “ash-ling” and is an Irish word for vision or dream...the visionary Tess opened her West 28th Street doors to host the SDSA for a casually elegant event.


On Thursday August 13th SDSA Members and local Set Decorator guests met for a lovely evening, taking a break from the hustle and bustle of the current wave of film and television shooting in the city.

Set Decorator, Associate and Business Members, including SDSA Board Member Amanda Carroll, enjoyed prosecco and each other’s company on the warm summer night.

Thanks again to Tess Casey and Aisling Flowers Studio for a lovely evening.

Aisling Flowers Studio 120 West 28 Street Suite 4T New York, NY 10001 917-846-4895 aisling1@nyc.rr.com aislingflowers@nyc.rr.com

photos:
1. Tess readies the shop for SDSA guests
2. Margaret and Christine from BusMem Bridge Props
3. Set Decorators Rich Devine SDSA & Cathy T Marshall SDSA
4. Rob Covelman, Sheila Bock SDSA, Becca Meis
5. Amanda Carroll SDSA, Roberta Holinko, Caroline Gehrtler
6. Caroline Gehrtler, Andrew Baseman SDSA, Karin Weisel-Holmes


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Tuesday, August 4th 2015, 5:32 pm
Thank You to HD Buttercup for hosting July General Membership Meeting!



An industrial sized Thank You! to HD Buttercup*, Chad Norris, Nichole Williams and their entire crew for hosting a lovely General Membership evening on the night of July 23rd at HD Buttercup’s 150,000 sq. ft. brick and mortar emporium, which anchors the historic Helms Bakery complex.

 
HD Buttercup’s motto ‘Never a dull moment, never a dull item!’ can now also boast ‘Never a dull party!’
 
Local sports celebrity, Hector Jacobo, shortstop for the LA Force served as bartender. (All tips were pledged to benefit the LA Force trip to the NAGAAA Gay softball world series 2015.) Tasty nibblies were in abundance, as were SDSA members, several of whom are current Emmy nominees! The furnishings and accessories were, as always, splendiferous.
 
HD Buttercup is a retail store supplying their clientele the best and most exciting designers and companies as well as studio services for Set Decorators. Other services include design consulting and to-the-trade programs. The HD Buttercup group has a commitment striving to maintain an ethical work environment that promotes dignity and respect, and positive labor and environmental practices in its own facilities and at the facilities of its suppliers.
 
Chad and the team at HD Buttercup go first class all the way. They furnished 8 remarkable door prizes themselves and got a few of their friends to donate an item to the prize giveaway as well.
 
Thanks go to HD Buttercup associates:
Timothy Oulton * Andrew Martin * Kartel * Gus * Shreebs Coffee * BOBO Intriguing Objects * Big Red Sun
 
And, of course, thanks to our own SDSA Business Members in making the evening a success:
Sandy Rose Floral Inc * Ah-Inspiring Balloons * Placed4Success Product Placement 
 
*The SDSA thanks HD Buttercup for hosting the July General Membership Meeting and for their ongoing support of the SDSA


Photos:
Top - HD Buttercup welcomes the SDSA
Middle- Jenny Mueller loves her penguin pitcher prize
Right- Hector Jacobo, shortstop for the LA Force

Lower grouping:
Top Left - SDSA Board Members speak
Top Right - Ron Volz SDSA, florals by Sandy Rose Floral Inc
Bottom Left - Mimi Clarke, Front Row Media & SDSA VP Regina O'Brien converse
Bottom Right - Luscious Mocha Mousse


 




Monday, July 13th 2015, 6:47 pm
A Warm Thanks to ZG04 Decor for hosting the June General Membership Meetomg
The SDSA would like to thank ZG04 Décor and owner Klaus Hasmanm for the splendid General Membership Meeting on June 25th at their Case Avenue showroom. ZG04 Décor is a rather new prop house nestled among other SDSA Business Members along busy Case Avenue in North Hollywood, surronded by History for Hire, Pinacoteca and Alley Cats.

The prop house is filled with eclectic and elegant set dressing from furniture to exquisite one-of-a-kind accessories, including some holdover items from the former Zeitgeist Props, Hasmann’s previous prop house of sophisticated furnishings.
 
SDSA Members arrived to tasty appetizers and cold drinks on a warm June night, and as they viewed the considerable stock, Hasmann revealed that the less than two-years-old business is quickly outgrowing its 12,000-sqr. ft. home.
 
Congrats to this fast growing Business Member and big thanks for hosting the wonderful June General Membership Meeting.
 
Additional thanks to SDSA Business Members Sandy Rose Floral, Inc, Placed4Succes, Hollywood International Placememts, Charles and Charles and International Promotions for their generous assistance in the success of this event


 
ZG04 Decor
7100 Case Avenue North Hollywood, CA 91605
www.ZG04decor.com
info@ZG04decor.com
Phone: 818 853 8040 Fax: 310 775 4042
 




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Thursday, May 28th 2015, 4:47 pm
Thanks to oj•jects for hosting GMM for May
  
  



A great big thank you to obŸjects for hosting the SDSA’s May General Membership Meeting at their North Hollywood home.

Always a leader in contemporary and upscale furnishings as well as some original pieces obŸjects is a founding Business Member of the SDSA, moved to the valley at the end of 2013, according to Vice President and General Manager Fred Arens, as he humorously recounted the journey from small storefront shop through the expansion and location changes throughout the years. President and Creative Director Tom Bugenhagen also addressed the crowd as he did in back in 1992 when obŸjects hosted the first ever SDSA General Membership Meeting. 

SDSA Members and guests wandered through the 40,000 square foot facility filled with the exquisite furnishings and accessories this singular prophouse has always been known for, while a table elegantly spread with spectacular floral displays provided by Flower Art presented an arrray of delectables.
 
SDSA President Shirley Starks and Chairman of the Board Philip Hoffman ran the meeting in a liight and breezy manner, and lucky door prize winners took home tasting six-packs of Fireman’s Brew Blond Beer, Brunette Beer and Redhead Ale and Tito’s Handmade Vodka, courtesy of Placed4Success; Rumchata Gift Packs courtesy of Hollywood International Placements and photo frames from Charles and Charles.
 
Photos by Laura Richarz, SDSA
 
obŸjects
10623 Keswick St
Sun Valley, CA 91352
818-351-4200
818-351-4205 fax

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Thursday, April 30th 2015, 5:53 pm
Philip Murphy SDSA wins BAFTA for Penny Dreadful

BAFTA Television Craft Awards choses
PENNY DREADFUL for Best Production Design/Set Decoration
PENNY DREADFUL was awarded the Production Design Award at the BAFTA TV Craft Awards on Sunday April 26th!
 
The award was shared by Set Decorator Philip Murphy SDSA and Production Designer Jonathan McKinstry.
 
The elaborately layered Victorian supernatural horror series on Showtime showcases remarkable sets depicting 1870's London filmed at the legendary Ardmore Studios just outside Dublin, a location chosen due to scope of the building of London Streets, the full Grand Guignol Theatre, Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory and multiple elaborate interiors needing effects rigging for hair-raising scenes. 
 

See a snippet of conversation with Philip Murphy SDSA regarding cracked tabletops HERE
 
The second season of PENNY DREADFUL premieres Sunday May 3rd at 10pm on Showtime.









Photo credits:
Top: Dr. Frankenstein's laboratory
Jim Fiscus/SHOWTIME! © 2014. All rights reserved.


Middle: Grand Guignol Theatre footlights
Jonathan Hession/SHOWTIME! © 2014. All rights reserved.


Bottom: Gallery at Grand Guidnol Theatre
Jonathan Hession/SHOWTIME! © 2014. All rights reserved.






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Tuesday, April 28th 2015, 5:23 pm
Thank You to Jaxon for hosting April General Membership Meeting!


The SDSA extends thanks to new Business Members Jaxon for hosting the April General Membership Meeting at their Helms Complex location.
 
Gold, silver and pearl balloon clusters by Aah Inspiring Balloons invited guests into the large showroom of contemporary furnishings. SDSA Members nibbled on-trend cuisine provided by frequent SDSA collaborator Sunrise to Sunset Catering, while sitting among the plush couches and chairs made from green and recycled materials...most of the furniture can be altered or custom-created in the Jaxon Los Angeles factory. Elegant boxed florals by Sandy Rose Floral Inc enhanced the furniture vignettes, a chanteuse singing torch songs throughout the cocktail party infused an additional elegance. Special thanks to SDSA Decorator Member April Glover for bringing this party together on short notice.
 
Fun door prizes of Rumchata from Hollywood International Placements, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Firemen’s Brew from Placed4Success Product Placement, beautiful photo frames from Charles and Charles, Christian Dior home spray provided from the hosts, as well as elegant throw pillows from Jaxon were given away to lucky winners.


 
Contact Victoria and Braden Richter at Jaxon
Helms Bakery District
8884 Venice Blvd
Los Angeles, CA         
310-836-5900
info@jaxonhome.com
jaxonhome.com
Parking and Loading Dock in rear
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Monday, April 27th 2015, 12:57 pm
In Memoriam Jim Marin



The SDSA announces the death of former longtime Business Member Jim Marin, who owned Art Deco LA prop house (the location now currently housing Business Member Nest) before relocating to Las Vegas in 2006. Most recently, he owned a far out and fabulous Vegas retail shop named Viva Hollywood.

 
Jim, age 69, was hospitalized in January at Las Vegas University Hospital with an abdominal aneurism. He died on March 25 2015 at an undisclosed hospice.
 
Jim had many friends and colleagues from his time as an SDSA Business Member.

There are no services pending at this time

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Friday, March 20th 2015, 5:29 pm
SDSA Annual Awards Luncheon a Success


The SDSA Annual Awards Luncheon was held on Sunday March 15th at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown LA.
 
Pictures of the event are available HERE -
 password is sdsa
 
The 2015 Earl Cooperman SDSA Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Audrey Blasdell-Goddard.
 
The SDSA Chair Award is presented to set decorators and business members who have gone above and beyond in service to the organization.  Chair Hold Tags are presented to those persons receiving their second recognition. Chairs or Hold Tags were presented to:
Adrianna Cruz-Ocampo - U-Frame-It Gallery
Allan Songer - Omega|Cinema Props
Amy Hilker - Warner Bros. Studio Facilities 
Beverly Hadley - Universal Studios Property
Corri Levelle - Sandy Rose Floral, Inc.
Dyann Klein - propNspoon/Props For Today
E. Sean Griffin – former Business Member
John Fluke - Placed4Success
Mimi Clarke - Front Row Media
Tami Glenn Cooper - Hollywood International Placements
Willy Carter – RC Vintage
Set Decorator Andrew Baseman SDSA
Set Decorator Beth Wooke SDSA
Set Decorator Chanida A. Trueblood SDSA
Set Decorator Regina O'Brien SDSA
Set Decorator Tom Early SDSA
 
Installed in the SDSA Hall of Fame this year were retiring members Ronnie Wexler and John Rettino of the Warner Bros Property Department, and Linda Montana of Independent Studio Services, all of whom were in attendance and received a resounding standing ovation. Frank Simpson from Sony Picture Studios Property was also honored but not in attendance.  
 
The 2015 SDSA Business Member Of the Year Award went to
FormDecor Furniture Rental in recognition for exceptional
contributions to the SDSA.
 
This year's Leslie Frankenheimer Scholarships were awarded to
Alejandra Moreno, who studies molecular biology at UC Berkeley, and
Nicolas de Soto-Foley, who is studying film at Wesleyan, Connecticut.
Each recipient receives a $2,500 scholarship underwritten by Lennie
Marvin's Prop Heaven and Faux Library Studio Rentals.
 
Thank you to all the Business Members and entertainment industry allies in helping make the SDSA 2015 Annual Awards Luncheon a success! Without our Table Sponsors, Raffle Donors and Floral Creators our events would just not be the same quality, thus special thanks to:

Aah Inspiring Balloons | Advanced Liquidators Office Furniture | Alley Cats | AMCO/American Screen & Window | Alpha Props | Art Pic | Ashley Sholder | Astek, Inc | Atomic | Bill Green Studios | Bridge Props | Chairish.com | Charles and Charles | Creative Handbook | Dapper Cadaver | Dwell on Design | EC Prop Rentals | Edward L Rubin | Faux Library | Floral Designs by Dave's Flowers | Flower Art | Forman & Associates | Green Set Inc | HD Buttercup | Heaven or Las Vegas | History for Hire | Holly Davis/Cort Event Furnishings | Hollywood Cinema Arts | Hollywood Piano | Hollywood Studio Gallery | HPR/Hand Prop Room | IATSE Local 44 | ISS/Independent Studio Services | LCW Props | Lennie Marvin’s Propheaven
Linoleum City | Millennium Biltmore Hotel/ Los Angeles Music Center/ Cicada Club & Restaurant | Modernica | Natural Curiosities | Nest Studio Rentals | Omega Cinema Props | Philip Hoffman | Pinocateca Picture Props | Placed4Success | Practical Props | PSW/Prop Services West | RC Vintage | The Rug Warehouse | Sandy Rose Floral, Inc | Sean Twomey/2me Studios | Sync OnSet | Tick Toc Couture Florals | U Frame It Gallery | Universal Property | Warner Bros Property


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Wednesday, February 18th 2015, 4:15 pm
In Memoriam James Gill



It is with great sadness that the announcement is made to friends and business associates of Eclectic/Encore Props of the passing of James Gill.

Jim was a driving force at Eclectic for 22 years and even though he retired 2 years ago, he is well remembered in the hearts of many friends, clients and co workers. Many will have wonderful memories of his smile, laugh, spirit and the kindness that he generously showed to all. He will be missed deeply.



If you would like to send your condolences, via mail or Email, Eclectic/Encore will foreword them to his family. Click on the email link below or send mail to the following address:

Eclectic/Encore Properties, Inc
Attn: Family of James Gill
47-51 33rd Street
Long Island City, New York 11101

Email: condolence@eclecticprops.com


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Wednesday, February 4th 2015, 5:27 pm
Thank you to Bridge Props LA
Thank you to Bridge Props LA for hosting the SDSA General Membership Meeting on January 22nd. Owners Matt Hennessey and David Wilson, along with Manager JoAnn Vara and everyone’s favorite mascot Pepper, invited the SDSA Membership to view their newly opened Los Angeles/Burbank space with wine and soft drinks and tray-passed goodies prepared by SDSA catering pals Boyz in the Kitchen, who also brought out a fantastic dessert spread towards the end of the evening.
 
Bridge Props has been a New York prop house fixture since 2006 supplying feature films, television shows, photo shoots, commercials and events. With steady growth and a few moves around Brooklyn, they joined the SDSA in early 2011 and have been an active member since...all the way to opening a second Bridge Props on “The Coast” where the 12,000 sq. ft. facility hosted the SDSA’s first General Membership Meeting of 2015.

Balloon Columns from the ever-creative Aah Inspiring Balloons marked the entrance from busy Vanowen Street. Gorgeous floral displays provided by Sandy Rose Floral greeted attendees as they entered and milled about the warehouse. LA Party Rents supplied plates, serving pieces and seating for the overflowing crowd. Thank you to all!
 
SDSA President Shirley Starks and Chairman of the Board Phil Hoffman ran through a large number of upcoming SDSA events including the March 15th Annual Awards Luncheon and The Leslie Frankenheimer Scholarship, while doling out door prizes of Tito’s Handmade Vodka and tasting 6 packs of Fireman’s Brew beer courtesy of Placed4Success Product Placement/John Fluke, Rumchata gift packs courtesy of Hollywood International Placements/Tami Glenn Cooper, and Alex Theatre tickets courtesy of History for Hire/Pam and Jim Elyea.
 
The lovely evening was topped off by the canvas tote and measuring tape giveaway from our hosts.

The SDSA both thanks and welcomes Bridge Props LA.

Bridge Furniture & Props LA

3210 Vanowen Street
Burbank, CA 91505

Phone: 818-433-7100
FAX: 818.683.0400
Email: la@bridgeprops.com

- See more at: http://la.bridgeprops.com/contact/#sthash.oBcTLD2e.dpuf
3210 Vanowen Street, Burbank, CA 91505
818.433.7100
la@bridgeprops.com - See more at: http://la.bridgeprops.com/#sthash.qzGEISP1.dpuf

 
Bridge Furniture & Props LA
3210 Vanowen Street
Burbank, CA 91505
Phone: 818-433-7100
FAX: 818.683.0400
Email: la@bridgeprops.com




Photos
1. Hosts David Wilson (L) and Matt Hennessy with Debbie Hemela of Debbies Book fame

2. Rumchata Gift Pack winner Decorator Member Brandi Kalish

3. Decorator Member Ellen Brill with Tito's Handmade Vodka gift

4. Bridge Props' own JoAnn and Danny

 


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Tuesday, January 6th 2015, 2:04 pm
Thank you to propNspoon, hosts of the East Coast Chapter Holiday Event

Thank you to propNspoon for hosting the December 19th SDSA East Coast Chapter Holiday Party!
 
The warmth of the recently re-located Long Island City prop house and the gathering of friends and colleagues chased away the winter chill as SDSA Members and guests nibbled and noshed and sipped whiskey cocktails provided by Michter’s Whiskey, a small batch American-made whiskey supplied by Wendy Cohen, and wine provided by Bridge Props.
 
It has been almost 5 years now that the two well-established companies, prop house Props for Today and The Spoon Group, a custom fabrications house, merged to form propNspoon a one-stop solution for clients, for all of their prop and furniture rental needs and fabrication requirements. Now two years after relocating to their current Long Island City location, owners Dyann Klien and Harlan Silverstein opened their doors to host this SDSA East Coast Chapter Holiday Event.
 
Additional thanks to Errol and Hadeed at American Foliage for the Christmas tree, Joe Magliocco at Michter’s, and Dominique Montelbano and Sheri Robbins at propNspoon for additional support.
 
propNspoon
32-00 Skillman Avenue 3rd Floor
Long Island City, NY 11101
212 244 9600, 212 244 1039 fax


 
picture 1 The party crowd
picture 2 Amanda Carroll; Business Member Susan Block, artist; Susan Kauffman
picture 3 George DeTitta, Jr
picture 4 Dyann Klein, proprietor, propNspoon
picture 5 David Schlesinger

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Monday, January 5th 2015, 6:32 pm
SDSA Business Member chosen for VICA President's Award


Pam Elyea, VP of History for Hire and long time SDSA Business Member was the recipient of the President’s Award from the Valley Industry  & Commerce Association at a luncheon held on December 11 in Woodland Hills.
 
Pam is known for being a high profile advocate, not just for the SDSA, but also as a community leader and activist for many causes including historical, heritage and preservation societies, education and preservation of film, music and the arts and community associations and service organizations, with VICA being another of Pam’s many devoted passions.
 
VICA, one of the most influential business advocacy organizations in Southern California maintains a regular presence at all levels of government to effectively represent Valley businesses in legislative and economic issues.
 
Among the SDSA Members present to see Pam presented this prestigious award where SDSA President Shirley Starks, Chairman of the Board Philip Hoffman, Executive Director Gene Cane, Set Decorator and SDSA Founder Robert Zilliox, Set Decorators Linda Sutton Doll, Richard Walker, Ron V Franco and SDSA Business Members Adrianna Cruz Ocampo, U Frame It Gallery and Monty Pollack, Hand Prop Room

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2014
Tuesday, December 16th 2014, 4:02 pm
ADG/SDSA Holiday Soiree Pictures Available for Viewing and Purchase

ADG/SDSA Holiday Soiree Pictures are now available for viewing and purchase
Please Visit
2meStudios to view
password is sdsa


Thanks to the Raffle Prize Donor Business Members and Industry Allies
Andi Scarbrough@Framed Salon | American Screen and Window Coverings | ArtPic | Artstract | BR4SS | Bridge Furniture & Props, LA | Charles and Charles | Creative Handbook | Dapper Cadaver | Eclipse - Worldwide | Fireman’s Brew
Floral Designs by Dave’s Flowers | Frost | HD Buttercup  | History for Hire | The Hollywood Event Co |
Hollywood International Placements | Hollywood Piano Company | International Promotions | Natural Curiosities |
Playback Technologies | Putt-A-Round Golf | Melinda Ritz Interiors | Modernica | Tito’s Handmade Vodka |
Placed4Success LLC | Slap Ya Mama/Walker & Sons | Studio 15 Salon | Unique Antiques & Collectibles
Warner Bros Property

Thanks to the Business Member and Industry Allies for their assistance with decor, drinks, atmosphere and equipment
Aah Inspiring Balloons | Astek | Atomic Designs | BR4SS | Dazian Creative Fabric Environments | Fireman's Brew |
Forman & Associates | FormDécorGreen Set, Inc | Hollywood International Placements | Hollywood Piano Company
Jackson Shrub Supply Co | James Costello | JC Backings | Peets Coffee | Placed4Success, LLC |
Raj Tents | RC Vintage | Rumchata | Sandy Rose Floral Inc | Sean Twomey/2me Studios | Short Mountain Distillery | The Costume House, LLC | The Mannequin Gallery | Tito's Handmade Vodka | Town and Country Event Rentals | U Frame It Gallery | ZG04 Decor

Photos courtesy Sean Twomey
Photo 1 Party Crowd
Photo 2  SDSA Business Member Adrianna Cruz Ocampo, U Frame It Gallery, SDSA Associate Member Ron Shulem, SDSA Business Member Shelley Freeman, Mannequin Gallery, SDSA Associate Member Ani Babayan


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Monday, November 17th 2014, 3:56 pm
Thank you to Woven Accents, November GMM hosts

On November 6th Woven Accents opened their toney West Hollywood showroom for the SDSA General Membership Meeting. The crowd was dazzled by an array of antique, vintage tribal and cool contemporary rugs, as well as the Howe London line of antiques and custom furniture, lighting and curiosities, an amazing cache of European curiosities. Woven Accents is now the exclusive showroom in the U.S. to carry these stunning pieces.

Wraps, salads and tubs of cool drinks added to the simple elegance of party at the Melrose Avenue digs.

The SDSA thanks the Moradzadeh family and Showroom Manager Jeannene Sands and Creative Director Ginna Christiansen for hosting; Placed4Success Product Placement for the Tito’s Handmade Vodka and for the  M Lawrence Sparkling Wines from L Mawby Vineyards door prizes; and Classic Party Rental for seating and equipment. Our hosts also supplied a door prize of a hand-painted graffiti-inspired throw pillow by artist Rodrigo Valles from their "One Love" collection.

Woven Accents
Contact: Jeannene Sands
8674 Melrose Ave West Hollywood, CA 90069

Photos
Michelle Reid, Business Member Unique Antiques and Collectibles
Donald Elmblad, Decorator Member among the finery
Courtesy of  Mariam Hakhnazaryan

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Tuesday, October 28th 2014, 4:52 pm
Thank you to Forman & Associates

Thanks to SDSA Business Member Forman & Associates for hosting the October General Membership Meeting at their newly opened Van Nuys location!
 
Forman & Associates has emerged from its roots in the entertainment industry to expand into a broad spectrum of architectural and general lighting projects in the region and can support lighting designs for any project from the dramatic entrance at LAX to set decoration for film, television, commercials and other media.

On October 23rd, Forman and Associates put on quite a show for the SDSA with barbeque, cocktails and a tabletop exhibit space showcasing manufacturers of the latest technology in lighting and lighting equipment. Exhibitors included:

  • Reggiani Lighting
  • Vision Quest Lighting
  • Rosco Laboratories
  • Organic Lighting
  • Philips - Color Kinetics
  • Universal Fiber Optics
  • Altman Lighting
  • RGB Lights
  • Coloronix
  • Tempest
Thank you to the SDSA Business Members whose generous contributions make our events possible!
Sandy Rose Floral, Inc
Jackson Shrub Supply Co
LA Party Rents
Hollywood International Placements
Aah-Inspiring Balloons
Menuah Flowers
Advanced Liquidators Studio Rentals 
Placed 4 Success Product Placement L.L.C.
 
Forman & Associates
Contact: Brian Ellsworth
8200 Haskell Avenue, Van Nuys, CA 91406, P. 818.787.4900 I F. 818.787.4994 IE. brian@formanandassociates.com

Photo 1: Forman & Associates office
Photo 2: Harry Forman, Owner and Founder, Vivian Sobel, Peter Rogers, Director of SalesForman & Associates
Photo 3: Brian Ellsworth, Forman & Associates
Photo 4: Amy Khachatryan, Menuah Flower Boutique; Alex Moreno, Creative Handbook

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Wednesday, October 15th 2014, 1:35 pm
SDSA Member April Glover hosts new A&E Network design show!




SDSA Decorator Member April Glover is hosting a brand new design series for A&E Networks called UNLIVABLE. The exciting new design style show features April, along with Gary Stein, helping new homeowners spin their HOT mess of a house into a little slice of heaven. The series premiere is October 15th at 7pm on FYI channel (formally the BIO channel).
 
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Wednesday, October 15th
Marry Me's Production Designer Denise Pizzini SDSA Dishes On the New Comedy Series

E ONLINE: "There's so much that goes into the making of a new comedy: super funny actors and an awesome premise, for one. And Marry Me has that in spades. The show is inspired by series creator David Caspe's real-life marriage to actress Casey Wilson (who plays Annie in the show), so already our interest is piqued.

But then there are other major aspects that go into a new comedy, as well, like set design. So, we caught up with Marry Me's production designer Denise Pizzini, who schooled us on what it's like to work on a new comedy series. Keep reading to get the scoop!"


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Thursday, October 9th
Step inside the high stakes world of ABC’S SCANDAL

Scandal, ABC’s addictive series about political intrigue and sabotage among Washington D.C.’s power circles, returns for a fourth season tonight. Created by Shonda Rhimes of Grey’s Anatomy fame, the thriller centers around D.C. fixer Olivia Pope (played by Kerry Washington), whose firm—made up of a staff she calls "gladiators in suits"—manages the personal and professional crises of Washington’s elite, including her on-again, off-again lover, President Fitzgerald Grant (played by Tony Goldwyn).



The offices at two of Washington’s most powerful addresses—K Street and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue—and Pope’s residence are created by production designer Corey Kaplan (The X Files and Cold Case) and set decorator Barbara Cassel SDSA (Vegas). Believability and expediency are both challenges; studio backlots in Los Angeles double as the nation’s capital, while the production team designs an incredible 450 sets in a 22-episode season. "Knowing the real First Lady watches our show, the pressure is on," Cassel says of Michelle Obama, one of the series’ biggest fans.

Click below for a slide show of the sets from Architectural Digest magazine!


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Wednesday, October 8th 2014, 11:30 am
Dazian hosts a spectacular special event!
   
On Friday September 19thDazian Fabric Environments hosted a spectacular special event dedicated to the Set Decorators Society of America and the Art Directors Guild.

The entire Dazian team wowed attendees with a vintage prohibition speakeasy leading to a dazzling Gatsby inspired showroom, complete with a Champagne Girl lounging inside a nine foot champagne glass on a table adorned with glasses filled with the chilled bubbly.
 
Dazian Fabric Environments showcased their range of fabulous elements for stage and sets including:
  • Custom light boxes,
  • Printed/branded pillows,
  • Custom frames
  • Dynamic graphics (with flashing lights),
  • Chandeliers,
  • The largest rental inventory of star drops
  • ...And of course, fabrics and installations!!!
 
Thank you to SDSA Business Members whose support and participation helped make a stunning décor statement:
Sandy Rose Floral Inc.
ZG04 Decor
Hollywood Piano Company
Universal Studios Property
Hollywood International Placements
History for Hire
 
To view pictures of this amazing special event click HERE

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Tuesday, September 23rd 2014, 3:14 pm
Mannequin Gallery stars in A & E`s SHIPPING WARS: Dusty Meets "Chauncey" the Mannequin



Since 2004, Shelley Freeman and Walt Wilkey of the Mannequin Gallery have been quite the stars as Business Members of the Set Decorators Society of America and as the go to place for any and all mannequin needs. Now Shelley and Mannequin Gallery are guest stars on the small screen in an episode of A&E Network’s  “SHIPPING WARS”, with Shelley introducing series co-star Dusty Davie to the groom he is to accompany.
Click here to see Shelley & The Mannequins on Shipping Wars


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Monday, September 22nd 2014, 1:24 pm
The dark and gritty world of GOTHAM-Architectural Digest Magazine



The fabled fictional city known as the home of Batman enjoys another small-screen interpretation in Gotham, a new Fox series debuting Monday. The origin story of idealistic rookie detective James Gordon and the rise of supervillains Catwoman, the Joker, the Riddler, and the Penguin is reimagined against the dark backdrop of a decayed and crime-ridden urban decay.

Production designer Doug Kraner (SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY) looked to the Batman film adaptations for their stylized, iconic settings. Kraner—along with director and executive producer, Danny Cannon, and creator and executive producer Bruno Heller—sought to create a timeless universe. "We looked at the best work from all of the earlier [Batman] efforts," Kraner explains, "and then set out with the belief that by telling this new part of the story, we would achieve something not only different but exciting and fun. We wanted Gotham to be its own world. It’s a legend in our collective imagination."

Together with set decorators Regina Graves SDSA (SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY) and Andrew Baseman SDSA (THE AMERICANS), the design team created the spaces inhabited by Gotham’s custodians of justice and the seedy characters they chase.

Click here for a slideshow of sets and below for full article:

 

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Monday, September 22nd
Pledge to Sarah
In the aftermath of the MIDNIGHT RIDER tragedy, a wide group of filmmakers have found a positive way to address safety issues, and to honor Sarah Jones, by creating a mobile app!
 
Below is a letter from one of the members of the group. Please read it and then visit the website:pledgetosarah.org
We are making the information available. It is your choice to follow through
 
 
I’m with an organization called Pledge to Sarah. Our website can be found at pledgetosarah.org
 
We are a group of filmmakers from across the US that have banded together in a mutual desire to make our sets a safer place to be. We came together as a result of the Midnight Rider tragedy and the death of Sarah Jones. Some of us were lucky enough to know Sarah, and some of us will never get the opportunity. We are members of various locals and guilds. We are represented in multiple cities across the US. We are all volunteers and most of us have financially donated what we can to our cause. We are all donating our time while working full time jobs on set, oftentimes working during our lunch breaks or after a 14-hour day. We keep in constant contact with Sarah’s family to get their feedback and blessing on everything we do. 
 
What we have spent the last few months working on is creating a mobile app. 
The app is geared towards everyone in the industry and is free of charge. Anyone can use it, from actors to production assistants, all crew, union and non-union. 
 
What the app does is 3-fold:
 1) It allows for submission of time cards showing long or abusive hours that we can then pass on to the unions. This gives them more information when they go into contract negotiations. 
2) It puts all of the CSATF safety bulletins at the tip of the user’s fingers. Instant access. No searching, no wondering. Instant access. 
...This next one is the most important one to us…. 
3) It allows the user to call the three major safety hotlines anonymously. Most people don’t call because they validly fear punishment or retribution for placing the call. By allowing the caller’s phone number to be blocked when dialing, it creates a level of anonymity that wasn’t previously there. We hope that more people will call when something that is unsafe is not being properly addressed on set. 
 
We planned to launch on September 22, 2014 — today. This would have been Sarah’s 28th birthday. We're still tweaking the app, so it will not be ready for a week or two but we still need your help.
 
We would love you to help us spread the word. The more people that know about the app, the more it will be downloaded and used. And we hope that it directly results in safer sets. 
 
Please go to our website, where you will find both the app (once it is ready) and the pledge: pledgetosarah.org 

Thank you so very much, 
    

Katie
www.pledgetosarah.org

 
 

pledgetosarah.org


Wednesday, September 17th 2014, 5:49 pm
The Soul Of Any Setting: The Work Of The Set Decorator
Before and After Set Dec

Set Decorator Rand Sagers SDSA collected anecdotes from SDSA members and collaborated with Variety 411 for an interesting inside look at the craft of Set Decoration. This is must read information for anyone interested in Set Dec.


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Tuesday, September 2nd 2014, 3:18 pm
SDSA Emmy Party hosted by Advanced Liquidators Office Furniture, view photos!
The SDSA Emmy Party was held on August 14th hosted by Advanced Liquidators Office Furniture. The event honors the SDSA Members nominated for television's top award. Thank you to Mark, Eric and Jerry Goldman and all the wonderful staff at Advanced Liquidators. Everyone in attendance had a great time and our SDSA Business Members once again pitched in with assistance to make the event a glamorous success.

Photographs from Erik Neldner Photography are available for viewing and purchase. Please click on photo below:

SDSA Emmy's Party 2014

 
UPTick Wines provided by Hollywood International Placements
Tito's Handmade Vodka provided by Placed4Success Product Placement
M. Lawrence Sparkling Wines provided by Placed4Success Product Placement
Hot Mixology Party Box Mix provided by Placed4Success Product Placement
Fireman's Brew Beverages provided by Placed4Success Product Placement
Seventh Generation Product provided by International Promotions
Lifefactory Gift Items provided by International Promotions
Zippo Rugged Lanterns provided by Front Row Media
W.R. Case & Sons Knife Sets provided by Front Row Media
TapSnap Photo Booth provided by Eclipse Worldwide
H.L. Swensen Mystery Novel Gift Bags provided by Joanne Fluke 
Hors d'oeuvres and Dinner by Bruce's Catering
Cupcake Desserts by Eat Dessert First
Photography by Erik Neldner Photography
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Monday, August 18th 2014, 4:07 pm
Tim Stepeck is awarded for his HOUSE OF LIES
Congratulations to Tim Stepeck SDSA


Tim Stepeck SDSA Set Decorator Member was among the chosen winners of television’s highest honor, the Emmy Award for his work as Set Decorator on the Showtime series HOUSE OF LIES. The Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which honor the craft and technical merit for television shows, were presented on August 16th at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
Tim shared the award with Production Designer Ray Yamagata and Art Director Chikako Suzuki in the Outstanding Art Direction For A Contemporary Program (half-hour or less) category.
Tim has twice been nominated for the Emmy, in 1999 for X FILES and again in 2005 for COLD CASE, other works include CALIFORNICATION for which Stepeck twice received nominations for the Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Award and DAWSON’S CREEK.

 
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Wednesday, July 30th 2014, 4:24 pm
Modernica hosts a lovely GMM

Modernica Props hosted the SDSA General Membership Meeting on July 24th at their newly opened Silverlake/Atwater location.

Modernica recently moved from Downtown LA to the sprawling former Hostess Bakery on Gilroy Street. The vast historic space allows for all their merchandise of iconic modern furniture to be on view. Owner Franck Novak and Rental Manager Grant Jack entertained the SDSA crowd with a wonderful spread of small bite nibbles from Love Catering. SDSA Emmy Award nominees were announced, and door prizes of sparkling wines from L Mawby Vineyards and Tito’s Vodka, courtesy of Placed4Success Product Placement, and a Case Study, planter courtesy of Modernica, were given out to lucky winners.

Although the heat and humidity was high that day, so was attendance with many SDSA members coming out to support Modernica at their new digs, and to connect with old friends.

Thanks should be extended to Student Member Julia Mickus for her tireless assistance at this event, and to Business Members Sandy Rose Floral Inc and Aah Inspiring Balloons, once again, for their generous contributions.

Modernica Props is located at 2805 Gilroy Street, Los Angeles 90036
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Friday, July 18th 2014, 3:38 pm
WILFRED Set Decorator Brandi Kalish SDSA is interviewed and shares her secrets!

 
SDSA Set Decorator Brandi Kalish was recently interviewed by Ayoko Lucas for stylepublic.com about set decoration, working to music and the final season of the critically acclaimed WILFRED on FXX.

 

Read the Article Here - LINK


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Saturday, June 21st
Emmys Serve a Double to Lisa K. Nilsson, SDSA


Congratulations to Set Decorator Lisa K. Nilsson SDSA for a rare double win at the Daytime Emmy Awards!

In the surprise of the evening worthy of a soap opera storyline, there was a tie for Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design for a Drama Series. Lisa is the Set Decorator for both award winners ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE, and shared the awards with Production Designer Tim Goodmanson; Art Director Martin Fahrer and additional Set Decorator Sarah Fredericks.

Among Lisa’s other television credits are LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT and CENTRAL PARK WEST.

The 41st Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards were held June 20th at The Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

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Monday, June 2nd 2014, 5:58 pm
Mad Men Style Comes to L.A.
SDSA Set Decorator Claudette Didul has twice been nominated for TV’s Emmy Award, and twice been nominated for the Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design award, winning once, for her work on AMC’s MAD MEN. Now Didul’s extraordinary work has twice been highlighted in popular and important design publications. Read these two articles on the period design and decoration of the popular television show, including Season 7’s trip to Los Angeles.
 
LA Times, Home & Garden
 
Interior Design Magazine

 
Photo of Claudette Didul courtesy of Erik Neldner, www.erikneldnerphoto.com
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Tuesday, May 20th 2014, 5:58 pm
SDSA Annual Awards Luncheon 2014
On Sunday, May 18th, the Set Decorators Society of America hosted the annual SDSA Awards luncheon at the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

The gold-draped affair honored SDSA members who have given outstanding service to the organization and to the profession of Set Decoration.
Among those recognized were;

Donald Elmblad SDSA, recipient of the 2014 Earl Cooperman SDSA Lifetime Achievement Award

SDSA Chair Award honorees:
  • Business Member EC Props, with the trio of Steve Andruszkewicz, John Ford and Paul Andruszkewicz
  • Long-time SDSA supporter Shari Schroder
  • Business Member Greg Bilson of Independent Studio Services
  • SET DECOR Editor Karen Burg
  • Former SDSA President, Set Decorator Ron V. Franco
  • SDSA Hall of Fame inductee was Set Decorator Regina O’Brien, current Co-Vice President of the organization
  • Business Member of the Year honorees;
  • John Fluke of Placed4Sucess Product Placement
  • Frank A. Uchalik & Frank Uchalik of The Alpha Companies
The Robert Zilliox Humanitarian Award was presented to Set Decorator Members Inger Christiansen Shapiro and Lynn Wolverton Parker for thoughtful and inspiring service to the community. 

The Community Outreach Committee’s annual silent art auction was once again a great success, benefitting Inner City Arts.


setdecorators's Emmy Party 2014 album on Photobucket






To view the complete slide show of all the images for the 2014 Luncheon
Please CLICK ON THIS LINK
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And Thank You once again to SDSA Business Members and Industry Guests who helped make the annual SDSA Awards luncheon an Amazing Success!

Raffle Prize Donors
Advanced Liquidators Office Furniture | Alley Cats | The Alpha Companies | AMCO/American Screen & Window | CAR/Chris' Art Resource | Charles and Charles | Creative Handbook | Dapper Cadaver | Debbies Book | Dina Art | Dwell on Design | EC Props  
Floral Design by Dave's Flowers | Flower Art | Fox Studio Production Services | Frost | Georgia Prop Source | H.L. Swensen Inc | Philip Hoffman | Heaven or Las Vegas | HD Buttercup | Hollywood Piano Co | Hollywood Studio Gallery | International Promotions | L.C.W. Props | Linoleum City | Modernica | Nest Studio Rentals | Ob-jects | Placed4Success | Prop Services West | RC VintageU Frame It Gallery | Universal Studios Property, Drapery, Graphic Sign and Staff Shops | Wallspace | Warner Bros Property Dept

Table Sponsors, Decor and In Kind Assistance
Aah Inspiring Balloons | Advanced Liquidators Office Furniture | The Alpha Companies | AMCO/American Screen & Window | Art Directors Guild | Astek Inc | Bill Green Studios | Rosemary Brandenburg | EC Props | Faux Library Studio Props | FIDMFloral Design by Dave's FlowersFlower Art | Fox Studio Production Services Drapery & Sign Dept. | Green Set, Inc. | Heaven or Las Vegas | History for Hire | Holly Davis/Cort Events | Hollywood Cinema Arts | Hollywood Piano Co | Hollywood International Placements | Hollywood Studio Gallery | Hollywood Vines | HPR/Hand Prop Room | IATSE Local 44 | ISS/Independent Studio Services | Jackson Shrub Supply Co | Jewel Box Platinum | L.C.W. Props | Lennie Marvin’s Prop Heaven | Linoleum City | Modernica | Nest Studio Rentals | Omega - Cinema Props  | Practical Props | Sandy Rose Floral, Inc. | Gregory Trueblood | U Frame It Gallery | Universal Studios Property, Drapery, Graphic Sign and Staff Shops | Warner Bros Property Dept. | ZG04 Décor
 
Photography by Erik Neldner Photography
Donald Elmbad tribute and In Memoriam compilation produced and edited by Gregory Gast
UPTick Vineyards Wines courtesy of Hollywood International Placements
Tito's Vodka courtesy of Placed4Success
L. Mawby Vineyards M. Lawrence Sparkling Wines courtesy of Placed4Success
Mini-Cupcake goody bags courtesy of Baked by Melissa
 
Media Partners
Variety 411
Dwell on Design


Monday, May 19th
In Memoriam 2013-2014 Video Tribute

IN MEMORIAM 2013-2014 SDSA video tribute from SDSA Set Decorators on Vimeo.


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Friday, April 25th
Bassman Blaine hosts SDSA General Membership Meeting in Downtown LA showroom

Thank you to Bassman-Blaine for hosting the SDSA General Membership Meeting April 24th at their large and beautiful showroom stocked with furniture, lighting and accessories ready for you to purchase right off the floor. Roger Morton, Nancy Hoffberg, Anai Velasquez and Alex Lachuga hosted members at their showroom at the LA Mart in Downtown LA.
SDSA Business Members Aah Inspiring Balloons and Mortise and Tenon pitched in décor and door prizes showing the camaraderie among our fine Business Members once again.

setdecorators's Bassman Blaine album on Photobucket
Bassman Blaine LA Mart
1933 S. Broadway Suite 1005
Los Angeles, CA 90007
P 213.748.5909
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Monday, April 21st
In Memoriam Kate Sheeley

Set Decorator Kathryn (Kate) Sheeley SDSA, recipient of the SDSA Chair award, longtime member of the SDSA Board of Directors, Secretary of the Community Outreach Committee, Associate Editor of SET DECOR, former Vice-President of IATSE Local 490, dedicated set decorator and seemingly tireless volunteer, quietly passed away in the early hours of April 11th after a long, courageous and private battle with cancer.

As was her intent, few knew that the disease which she had successfully fought almost a decade ago had returned in 2010. She continued to work as a set decorator, assistant set decorator and buyer, through radiation treatments and several rounds of chemotherapy…in California, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, New Jersey and Atlanta…dedicated and committed.  

Sheeley started in the entertainment business as a research archivist for KELO-TV, the CBS affiliate in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where she established and organized a video library containing over 30 years of broadcast news footage. She also was a researcher for the PBS documentary A CENTURY OF EXCELLENCE.

Moving to Minneapolis, MN, Sheeley worked for seven years as an on-air graphics designer for WCCO-TV (CBS). She left to pursue her Associates Degree, then signed on as an art department PA for the film OVERNIGHT DELIVERY, and discovered that set decoration was the ideal profession for her. She became a stylist for Marshall Fields and Fingerhut catalogs, Target Corporation and SHOP NBC. Set Decorator Cloudia Rebar SDSA hired her to assist on the feature films HERMAN USA and VANILLA SKY, as did Set Decorator Michele Poulik SDSA for the film JOE SOMEBODY. From there, Sheeley was off and running, decorating numerous commercials and several films, including FACTOTUM and JUSTICE. She joined IATSE Local 490 (MN), edited REEL FACTS the union’s quarterly, and served as Vice-President.

Ever the adventurer, Sheeley came to California to assist her friend Dana Reaves Bolla in the accounting department of the CARNIVALE pilot, with Set Decorator Leslie Frankenheimer SDSA. At that point, as Sheeley’s partner Jeffrey Kaufer recalls, “She decided to stay and break into Hollywood at twice the age of a film school grad!”

Sheeley worked in different locations throughout the US, and maintained dual residency in California and Minnesota. In her adopted West coast state, she often worked with Set Decorator/Production Designer Phillip Hoffman SDSA, current Chairman of the SDSA Board of Directors. She was set decorator of several television pilots, reality shows and the Hallmark Channel movie WHAT I DID FOR LOVE. Sensing the tide of migration of work to Atlanta, she burst into yet another new market for her talents, working as Buyer for Set Decorator David Smith SDSA for the 2014 film WELCOME TO YESTERDAY, and with Set Decorator Carol Bayne Kelley SDSA on the current series THE ORIGINALS.

For the History Channel, she delved into still other worlds as a researcher and project organizer for the MONSTER QUEST series. She also served as the editorial consultant on the book VOX AMPLIFIERS, THE JMI YEARS, written by Jim Elyea, co-owner of History for Hire. “Vintage” called to her, whether the Art Deco Society, her hat collection or a fine California wine, especially those produced by her cousins’ coastal winery.

Sheeley was a volunteer extraordinaire. Kaufer, whom she often roped into helping with projects, says, “Kate’s life was a list…even after being diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer, Kate continued to organize the world.” She was particularly committed to the work of the SDSA Community Outreach Committee, working year after year on their fund-raising art auction and the annual SPARK OF LOVE TOY DRIVE (Partnered between the SDSA COC and the LA Fire Department and ABC as the entertainment industry media partner), often in the background doing the heavy lifting as well as the detail-checking. Even this last Christmas, while battling the final stage of her illness, she packed her SUV to overflowing, delivering load after load of donated toys to the fire houses where they would be distributed. And then, as Kaufer has noted, “Kate quietly stepped off the stage.”

One of the many behind-the-scenes efforts that most people were unaware of was the work Sheeley did with the Motion Picture Television Fund, particularly as set decorator for their in-house television channel and for fund-raising events. She was responsible for updating and styling the foundation’s Media Room, and hoped that support for it would continue. Jennifer Clymer, MPTF Media & Production Manager says, “We are so moved that the media room meant so much to Kate. She had a wonderful impact on all of us who had the honor to know her.”



Sheeley’s family asks that donations be made in her memory to the MPTF Media Room or the donor’s favorite charity. A private service will be held in Sioux Falls, SD.

Donations can be made to:
MPTF Foundation
Online: www.mptf.com/tributegift
   Click DONATE
   Click TRIBUTE GIFT
   In Comments section, type: Media Room donation in memory of Kate Sheeley
By check:
   MPTF Foundation 23388 Mulholland Dr M/S 220 Woodland Hills CA 91364
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Thursday, March 20th 2014, 10:18 am
Andrew Baseman SDSA and the espionage decorating for spies.


Set Decorator Andrew Baseman SDSA is the author of THE SCARF (Stewart, Tabori & Chang), a classic, illustrated art book chronicling the history of the printed scarf that reflects both his expertise and love of textiles. He also keeps a fascinating blog, Past Imperfect: The Art of Inventive Repair, designed sets for ballet's Peter Martens and has been featured in a cover story in the NEW YORK TIMES Home & Garden section. But could any of this be more interesting than spies and espionage? Baseman is the set decorator for the intriguing television series THE AMERICANS...
 
Read Andrew’s five points to a well dressed spy home at Esquire.com

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Monday, March 3rd 2014, 6:03 pm
SDSA’s Beverley Dunn wins The Oscar!©


The coveted Academy Awards© were handed out the evening of Sunday March 2nd with SDSA Set Decorator Member Beverley Dunn taking home the golden statuette for her work on THE GREAT GATSBY, the Warner Bros. released, Baz Luhrmann adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s jazz age novel filled with opulence and dazzling splendor.
 
Dunn, along with collaborating Production Designer Catherine Martin, would be honored in the Best Achievement in Production Design category. Their visuals captivated film audiences with the opulence of the "truly-moneyed" highborn, the ostentatious splendor of the nouveau riche, the gritty seedier side of the city, and the clash between the these worlds.
 
Congratulations to Beverley Dunn, and to Catherine Martin, who garnered a second Oscar statuette for Best Achievement in Costume Design.

Read SetDecor.com article
 
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Friday, February 21st 2014, 4:52 pm
Natural Curiosities hosts February Meeting
Thanks to Natural Curiosities for a special night of funky elegance

Natural Curiosities hosted the SDSA February General Membership Meeting at their oh so arty Echo Park digs. The historic Jensen Recreation Center, built in 1924 now houses this remarkable collective of artists creating pieces both individual and mass-produced.  Founder Christopher Wilcox along with Jeff Hughes, Faith Ford and a collective of fine artists threw open the doors of their astonishing, lofty work/party place. Thank you for hosting, and sharing.





2013
Wednesday, November 27th
'Top Chef: New Orleans' and 'American Horror Story: Coven' open NOLA homes to TV nation


'American Horror Story: Coven:' Sarah Paulson as Cordelia, Robin Barlett as Cecily, Frances Conroy as Myrtle, Leslie Jordan as Quentin.

With the exception of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the two local houses getting the most national attention this fall are seen on "Top Chef: New Orleans" and "American Horror Story: Coven." One is a Bourbon Street mansion recently restored and dressed for TV. The other is a built-from-scratch set on a local soundstage.

Together, they're visited by an average of more than 5 million viewers at 9 p.m. each Wednesday, not counting millions more who visit later via DVR, on-demand, online replay, pirated streams, etc.

The Bravo cooking competition and the FX supernatural drama share a time slot, with "Coven" drawing most of the combined audience total. Recent visits to both spaces revealed they also share links to New Orleans' rich architectural history -- one actually, the other movie-magically.

"...The devil, among other specters, is in the details of the "Coven" set. Local ornamental-plaster craftsman Tommy Lachtin was hired by the production to fabricate ornate ceiling medallions, moldings and fireplace mantels -- a six-week job during pre-production. ("Those kinds of plaster artists are rare and getting rarer every day," Worthington said.)

Doorsills and doorways were dressed and distressed to simulate a century-plus of paint jobs. Light switches are antique push buttons. The plumbing under one upstairs sink leaks, creating a very lifelike stain in the downstairs ceiling directly beneath it, an accident with benefits.

"I saw that and thought, 'Oh, God. There's a stain,'" Worthington said. "Then I thought, 'It's kind of perfect. Let's just leave it.' All those houses have those problems."

Set decorator Ellen Brill added the finishing touches with French-influenced furnishings sometimes selected for their odd silhouettes."

Read more here:


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Wednesday, November 27th
Home Tour: American Horror Story’s New Orleans Witches’ Mansion




No contest: American Horror Story: Coven is one of creepiest–and most addictive–shows on television. Besides mesmerizing performances by Emma Roberts, Sarah Paulson, and Jessica Lange, it’s the setting of Miss Robichaux’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies—a boarding school for troubled young witches in New Orleans—that makes Coven so believably eerie.

Set decorator Ellen Brill says the inspiration for the school’s interior came from an image of an actual plantation on The Big Easy, “It was painted all white, with white floors, and had dark outlined furniture and dark artwork. Every time I saw an image of this place I thought it was in black and white, which I really love—like an old noir film.” Together with the show’s co-creator, Ryan Murphy, and production designer, Mark Worthington, Brill created a set with an authentic New Orleans look, that doesn’t go for the same instant terror effect as last season’s Asylum did, but instead sets the stage for scary things to happen, “I didn’t feel like I was going for the scare factor this time. I just tried to be more true to the culture and architecture here. New Orleans is famous for its voodoo and history of magical things, so I wanted it to feel like it was real and would fit in.” From custom paintings modeled after former witches to furniture with haunting silhouettes, Brill created the ultimate backdrop for a show you’re scared to take your eyes off of.

Read more here:


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Wednesday, October 2nd
Ob*Jects Makes the Move to the Valley

Upscale Prop House Decks Itself Out in Sun Valley

Entertainment: Ob-jects Fine Set Decorations moves from Culver City. By Mark Madler Monday, September 30, 2013
San Fernando Valley Business Journal

Luxe: Principal Fred Arens at Ob-jects Fine Set Decorations’ new warehouse.

Having a seat at Ob-jects Fine Set Decorations could mean relaxing on a sectional covered with silver ultra-suede or pulling up to the dining room table in a polished aluminum chair.

And if that couch or chair looks familiar, maybe you saw it on “Modern Family,” “CSI” or some other television series decked out in Ob-ject’s extensive collection of upscale furniture.

Now, Tom Bugenhagen and Fred Arens, the company’s principals, are bringing their collection to the San Fernando Valley by relocating to Sun Valley from Culver City.

In doing so, they are following the path of other prop houses who have moved in recent years to be closer to studios and production space in Burbank, Glendale and Studio City.

“What we are providing is a location near everyone else,” said Arens, the vice president and general manager.
Objects signed a 10-year lease to move into a 40,000 square-foot former manufacturing building adjacent to the Burbank Bob Hope Airport. With high ceilings and spacious interior, the structure can hold the hundreds of items the firm has obtained during more than 20 years in business.

The move is expected to be completed by mid-October. Ob-jects has 10 employees but has no immediate plans for hiring despite moving into a significantly larger space, Arens said.

Amy Feldman, who handled set decoration for the sitcom “Two Broke Girls” filmed on the Warner Bros Studios, said she is a loyal customer and is glad the shop is closer to the Burbank studio lot.
“The convenience factor is very high on the scale,” she added.

Niche business
The studios still maintain their own prop departments that are augmented by the independent vendors. Large prop houses can be generalists offering anything needed by a movie or television set decorator.

“A good amount of retail stores will also do rentals of furniture as well,” said Gene Cane, executive director of the Set Decorators Society of America in North Hollywood.

Then there are firms like Ob-jects that specialize in just upscale furniture. Competitors include Nest Studio Rentals and Prop Services West, both in North Hollywood, the latter of which recently moved over the hill to the Valley.
Elizabeth Keenan rented furniture from Ob-jects for the recently completed surf-and-sand feature film “Ride” starring and directed by Helen Hunt, the live action Disney feature “Alice in Wonderland,” and HBO series “Luck.”

“They are constantly adding new items to their collection which is a rarity with most prop houses,” Keenan said of the collection, which includes sofas, ottomans, rugs, chaises, daybeds and armoires.

The Ob-jects collection – which ranges from modern to antique – was sourced from traditional vendors as well as flea markets, eBay, and antique auctions, said Arens, who declined to speculate on its exact size.
Arens and Bugenhagen, president and creative director, also design their own pieces so they have something special to offer their clients.

“We try to come up with original stuff and embellish it with other antiques and high-end items,” Arens said.
The company’s rental policies are common to other prop houses. Items are sent out for a week at a time with discounts offered for one-day rentals. Longer term rents of a month include a final week for free. Rental prices vary depending on the value of the item.

The company declined to disclose revenue.

Arens also declined to give specific pricing but Keenan said the company was flexible with what it charges depending on the length and budget of a project.

Tough move
The search for a new building actually started two years ago with a goal of finding something in the 30,000 square-foot to 35,000 square-foot range.

The Sun Valley building was looked at several months ago and while bigger than what was needed no better option was found. To prepare the building Ob-jects picked up the cost of new windows and doors, and the landlord, Howard Industrial JV, paid for the cleaning up and painting of the building.

A new doorway has been cut from one wall as an entrance for customers and two 24-foot diameter fans installed on the ceiling as the substitute for the cool ocean winds that keep the Culver City location at a comfortable temperature.
“They are amazing,” Arens said of the fans. “You feel this big breeze come through.”
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Wednesday, September 18th
SDSA Members Claim Emmy Prize

SDSA Members Heidi Miller and Barbara Munch Cameron were among the talented crafts persons who were honored with Emmy statuettes at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards handed out at ceremonies in Los Angeles on September 15th.

Heidi Miller, the Set Decorator for "MasterChef" won in the Multi Camera category along with Production Designer John Janavs and Art Director Robert Frye. Heidi has been previously nominated with the same team for their work on “Hell’s Kitchen”. MasterChef airs on the  Fox Network.

Barbara Munch Cameron, the Set Decorator for the lavish HBO Liberace telefilm "Behind the Candelabra" won in the Mini Series/Movie category. She shared the award with Production Designer Howard Cummings and Art Director Patrick M Sullivan Jr. Barbara has previously been nominated for an Emmy for the “Glee” pilot.

Congratulations to Heidi and Barbara on this incredible honor.
 
Photos: top Heidi Miller with husband Gabe, bottom Barbara Munch Cameron with husband Peter.
Click below for more on all the nominated emmy shows by SDSA members:
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Monday, August 12th 2013, 6:33 pm
SDSA Set Decorator Beth Kushnick creates history with her TV inspired line.

SDSA Set Decorator Beth Kushnick makes history in bringing the first licensed furniture collection in TV history with "The Good Wife Collection”
 
Beth and CBS partnered Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams on furniture and Interlude Home on lighting and accessories. The Good Wife (TGW) line was introduced at the Fall International Furniture Market in High Point, N.C.
 
Kushnick is now receiving much press and praise for this one of a kind furniture line influenced by television and designed by a highly respected Set Decorator.
 
Read more about Beth Kushnick’s work on the show and developing The Good Wife Line.
Pittsburgh Post Gazette: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/life/home/good-wife-set-decorator-beth-kushnick-comes-out-with-her-own-line-of-furniture-661844/#ixzz2bnpUUugX
Canadian House and Home:  http://www.mgbwhome.com/mgbw_27.aspx
See the line at Mitchell + Gold:  http://www.mgbwhome.com/Search.aspx?k=the%20good%20wife
Beth’s Goodwife Twitter:  https://twitter.com/GoodWifeSetDec
 

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Monday, August 12th
Fans eagerly await Grey's season 10 sets
Fans of Grey’s Anatomy are fanatical about the shows settings as much as they are the lives of the characters who inhabit Grey Sloan Memorial.  Enstars gives us a quick chat with SDSA Set Decorator member Nicole Cramer about Meredith and Derek’s season 10 "Dream House”.

http://www.enstarz.com/articles/21575/20130715/greys-anatomy-season-10-spoilers-set-photos-show-meredith-derek-dream-house-ready-filming-video.htm

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Monday, June 3rd 2013, 12:23 pm
SDSA Annual Awards Luncheon Photos
On Sunday April 14th The Set Decorators Society of America hosted the 20th Anniversary of their Annual Awards Luncheon at the Town and Gown Ballroom at USC.
Among the honorees for the day were Earl Cooperman Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, 2013 Oscar© winner Jim Erickson, SDSA Chair Award winners Business Member Angelina Sanchez Archibeque of Town and Country Event Rentals, Friend Member Cindy Patino of FIDM, Associate Member Katie Shattuck and Decorator Members Halina Siwolop and Kate Sheeley. Hall of Fame inductee went to Set Decorator Beth Wooke. Business Member of the Year honorees were Corri Levelle of Sandy Rose Floral Inc and Danny & Bambi Bremgartner of Aah Inspiring Balloons. The Robert Zilliox Humanitarian Award was presented to Business Members Pam Elyea of History for Hire and Mark E Meyer Jr of Faux Library.
It was a lovely sunny day and a good time was had by all.
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We would like to thank the following SDSA Business Members and professionals for their generous assistance and contribution in making the luncheon a grand success.
 
Aah Inspiring Balloons | ABC Casket | Advanced Liquidators | The Alpha Companies | Apropos Interiors | Art Directors Guild | Art Pic | Astek Inc. | Atomic Rentals | Bernie Keating | Bob Gail Special Events | Charles and Charles | Cindy Patino & FIDM | Corday Productions | Creative Handbook | Dina Art | EC Props | Eclipse-Worldwide | Erik Neldner Photography |  Faux Library | Fox Studios Production Services | Greg J. Trueblood | H. D. Buttercup | The Hand Prop Room | History for Hire | Hollywood Piano Co | Hollywood Cinema Arts | Hollywood Studio Gallery | House of Props | IATSE Local 44 | ISS/Studio Graphics | Jackson Shrub Supply Co | LA Party Rents | LCW Props | Loft Appeal/Reel Appeal | Louis Equipment Co | Modern Props | Modernica | Omega Cinema Props | Petite Konstantin & L.A. Goal | RC Vintage/Alley Cats | Ron Shulem | The Rug WarehouseSandy Rose Floral Inc. | Saori Ogura, USC Hospitality | SDSA Board of Directors | Square Deal Plumbing | Tousi Rugs | Town and Country Event Rentals | U Frame It Gallery | Universal Property | Wallspace | Warner Bros. Property
 
Photography by Erik Neldner Photography
www.eriknelderphoto.com
To view all 230 event photos or to purchase individual photos
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Wednesday, May 15th 2013, 6:33 pm
Behind the Candelabra Stuns with Visual Splendor

SDSA's Barbara Munch glitters with Liberace Bio Pic

 

Comments for HBO’s upcoming Liberace biopic “Behind the Candelabra” have described the performances as fearless, astonishing and astounding, but the same can be said for the visuals.

SDSA Set Decorator Barbara Munch along with longtime collaborator Production Designer Howard Cummings and Costume Designer Ellen Mirojnick have brought the telefilm an unbelievable feast for the eyes with the opulent unreal jeweled world of this very real showman.

Click on the link to view a 12 minute ‘making of’ preview with discussion from many of the collaborators including Set Decorator Barbara Munch SDSA.

http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/watch-12-minute-making-of-behind-the-candelabra-featurette-plus-soundtrack-details-20130504


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Wednesday, April 3rd 2013, 10:38 am
In Memoriam Jim Mees

Jim Mees

August 10, 1955 - March 29, 2013

Acclaimed Set Decorator and Longtime SDSA Member Jim Mees Passes at 57.

Jim Mees, the Emmy Award-winning Set Decorator for STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION and many other hit television series, passed away on Friday, March 29th, at the age of 57, following a 12-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

"Jim was an inspiration to everyone, handling this deadly disease with his trademark passion, good will, and humor," said his life partner, Dr. Michael Smyth. "Typical of Jim, it was he who comforted the rest of us, showing us how to live and die with courage and grace."

A native of New York, Mees relocated to Los Angeles in the 1970s, where he quickly won acclaim for his work as a designer and decorator on such hit television series as THE JEFFERSONS, ONE DAY AT A TIME, WHO'S THE BOSS, PRIVATE PRACTICE, WOMEN'S MURDER CLUB, LIE TO ME and the aforementioned STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION. In all, he lent his talents to more than a dozen shows spanning a 35-year Hollywood career.

For seventeen of those years, he created sets for three successive STAR TREK series: THE NEXT GENRATION, VOYAGER, and ENTERPRISE - breakthrough work for which he received six Emmy Award nominations. In 1990, he won the Emmy for Art Direction/Set Decoration for STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENRATION episode Sins of the Father.

Summarizing the challenges and exhilaration of designing for this landmark franchise, Mees commented in an interview on StarTrek.com: "Everything is a continual new creation." For the full interview as well as the StarTrek.com obituary for Jim Mees see these links: http://www.startrek.com/article/remembering-trek-set-decorator-james-mees-1955-2013, http://www.startrek.com/watch_video/jim-mees-interview-part-1, http://www.startrek.com/watch_video/jim-mees-interview-part-2

In the LOS ANGELES TIMES obituary (link provided below) for Mees, Patrick Stewart, who played Captain Jean-Luc Picard, remembers the set decorator as particularly good at blending futuristic aspects with contemporary sensibilities. "Jim made you feel hopeful about the future, because you could see that good taste was still present in features of design 400 years from now and hadn't been completely over-whelmed by technology."  

Along with his considerable television series credits, Mees decorated several feature films and designed live shows for The Beach Boys, Earth,Wind & Fire, Chicago, and Diana Ross. His work on television commercials, furniture and fabric design, theme park installations, residential interiors, exterior landscapes, runway fashion and multi-media special events is testimony to the breadth and depth of his creative reach.

Mees began his career at the young age of twelve, when he became a protègè to the iconic textile designer Vera, helping create the images that would characterize her scarves, sportswear, tableware, and linens. He went on to study at Carnegie-Mellon University in the School of Drama, graduating with Honors.

In 2008, Mees relocated his primary residence, along with his design studio, from Los Angeles to Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, where he lived with Michael Smyth and their two dogs, Connie and Waldo. Mees is survived by his mother, Helen Mees; his siblings, Sherene Williams, Kathy Gordon, and Dan Mees; and friends and colleagues too numerous to name or count.

Funeral services will be held at Salem Lutheran Church, 899 Salem Road in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania on Monday April 8th, at 11:00AM. (570-374-8755). A reception at the church will follow. Local florist is Rine's Florist (800-993-1953).

Donations may be made in his memory to Lambda Legal (lambdalegal.org), an organization whose mission it is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of LGBT individuals and those with HIV through impact litigation, education,and public policy work.

Kim Leonard, Jim Mees' friend and longtime buyer shares her recollections about Jim...

Everyone knew if Jim Mees called you to work, you took the call! We have all heard that many times about a lot of people, but especially about Jim. Even if you didn't know him, you knew who he was. You knew you were going to learn...A LOT. His work was unparalleled, legendary and unsurpassed.

I had been fortunate enough to day-play on a couple of Star Trek shows with him. This type of work is very different - it wasn't rented, it was created - out of Jim's imagination. EVERYTHING was a custom build at the mill, or from a fiberglass mold. It was a really interesting process to watch.

After Star Trek wrapped, Jim started doing shows with a buyer. Luckily, I was his choice. For many years, I had witnessed the undeniable talent that I had seen before, but now creating environments that were present day as opposed to the future. That same magical process happened, day after day, set after set, year after year...with all the grace and confidence that all of us who knew Jim had experienced. We did many projects together outside of the film industry, as well. Nothing ever rattled him. He was never nervous, always confident.

The best part of working with Jim was the friendship we developed. He trusted me, I trusted him, as true friends. That wouldn't ever be taken for granted, by either one of us, ever.

I spent the last weekend before Jim passed with him and his partner Michael, at their beautiful home in Pennsylvania. We shared many laughs, and many tears. As I hovered over him the whole time, trying to be helpful, he laughed and said, 'You are gonna hover over me right to the end, aren't you?' We chuckled together.

My dear Jim, my mentor and friend, it is now your turn to hover over me....

With love and respect, always,

KL

Jim Mees's obituary from his hometown newspaper HERE

Los Angeles TImes obituary HERE

Photo of Jim Mees by Hunter Armisted

 


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Monday, February 25th 2013, 6:33 pm
SDSA Member Jim Erickson wins Oscar

Congratulations to highly respected, long-time SDSA Set Decorator Member Jim Erickson on winning the Academy Award© in the Production Design Category! Erickson shared the award with Production Designer Rick Carter for their incredible work on the film LINCOLN.

It was the first Oscar© and the second nomination for the Canada-based Set Decorator. A previous nomination for THERE WILL BE BLOOD came in 2008. The award comes in a year full of accolades, not only for his work on LINCOLN, but also for HBO's HEMINGWAY & GELLHORN.

Erickson will cap off the awards season in April when he receives the SDSA Earl Cooperman Lifetime Achievement Award.

Click on the link below to read a report from a local BC newspaper story of Jim Erickson's Oscar© win.

CTV News:  http://www.ctvnews.ca/entertainment/b-c-set-decorator-jim-erickson-wins-production-design-oscar-for-lincoln-1.1170253

Also click here for the film decor article on Jim's set decoration of LINCOLN:

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Tuesday, February 5th 2013, 1:33 pm
SDSA 20th Anniversary Kick Off Party
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2013 marks the 20th Anniversary of the 1993 founding of the Set Decorators Society of America.
To kick off a year of a year of celebration Artspace Warehouse hosted a very special cocktail party on January 24th.

Artspace proprietor and curator Claudia Deutsch opened the doors of the Beverly Boulevard gallery to 200 guests who snacked on sumptuous hors d’oeuvre and sipped iced Tito’s Vodka or cocktails of fresh squeezed lime juice and Cointreau while mingling with friends and colleagues and taking in the remarkable art housed at Artspace Warehouse. The artwork, much from local established artists is available for rental or purchase and all cleared for use in film and television.

The SDSA and Artspace Warehouse would like to thank the SDSA Business Members and industry friends for their contributions to making this party a success;

Lennie Marvin's Propheaven, SDSA Sandy Rose Floral, SDSA, Aah Inspiring Balloons, SDSA, Placed 4 Success, SDSA, Prop Services West, SDSA. The Alpha Companies, SDSA, RC Vintage, SDSA, Town and Country Event Rentals, SDSA.

Agave Loco Gift Basket courtesy of Hollywood International Placements, SDSA.

As always, it is our Business Members who’s generosity and contribution allow us to host such memorable events.

Tito's Vodka, Fireman's Brew Beverages, and Horseshoe Bend Winery poured courtesy of Placed4Success Product Placement, SDSA.

Cointreau poured courtesy of Luxury Management Group.

Photos courtesy Claudia Deutsch, Artspace Warehouse


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Monday, February 4th 2013, 6:33 pm
In Memoriam Garrett Lewis

In Memoriam Garrett Lewis

Garrett Lewis

Garrett Lewis, four time Academy Award nominated set decorator, dancer and actor, died Tuesday, January 29 at the age of 77. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1935 and died at his home in Woodland Hills, California of natural causes.

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Garrett Lewis had a long and storied career as a dancer, actor and set decorator. His career began while still in college when he was offered the dance lead for a season at the Kansas City Starlight Theatre. After that one season of summer stock, he went to New York and immediately landed his first Broadway show My Fair Lady.  This was followed by numerous roles in Broadway productions including Hello Dolly, Vintage ‘60 and First Impressions.

Lewis played the role of Cornelius in Hello Dolly starring opposite five different leading ladies. First, he went on national tour with Carol Channing. Hello Dolly was the first stage show at the newly opened Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles in 1965. He reprised the role with Mary Martin in London. Hello Dolly made its premiere in the West End at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane on December 2, 1965, with the Queen Mother in attendance. Lewis also performed this role opposite Carole Cook, Dora Bryan and Patrice Munsel in various productions of the show.

Lewis was a featured performer on The Red Skelton Show and The Julie Andrews Hour.  Aside from his television work, which included many major network shows at the time on both coasts, he appeared extensively in clubs across the country, supporting such leading ladies as Anna Maria Alberghetti, Arlene Dahl, Dorothy Provine and others. He was a soloist in The Lido Show in Paris, and appeared as the male lead in Little Mary Sunshine in Paris. Garrett transitioned into film and appeared in both Star! with Julie Andrews and Funny Lady.

By the time Lewis finished Funny Lady in 1975, musicals were becoming rare. Lewis’ friend, agent Sue Mengers and her husband Jean-Claude Tramont, purchased Zsa Zsa Gabor’s house in Bel Air in 1975. They admired the way Lewis had decorated his own home, and asked him to redesign their new one. This lead Lewis to designing private homes for celebrities including Barbra Streisand, Herbert Ross, Barry Diller and many others. He effortlessly segued into a second career.

In the late seventies when Herbert Ross was directing The Turning Point he asked Lewis to decorate several sets. Later while filming California Suite, Ross called him in again to assist with the art direction. While his title was “Pictorial Consultant”, his third career as a set decorator for films was launched.

Lewis worked on 39 films as a set decorator. He was nominated for four Academy Awards for Art Direction – Beaches, Glory, Hook and Bram Stoker’s Dracula.  He was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy for his work on Gepetto. He created everything from civil war tents for Glory to lavish Bugatti inspired furniture for Bram Stoker’s Dracula, a particularly special film for him. His films included Mrs. Doubtfire, Pretty Woman, Steel Magnolias, Backdraft, Against All Odds, as well as countless others. His work as a set decorator took him to Morocco, Canada and all parts of the United States. He loved his work. He proudly served on the Executive Committee for the Art Director’s branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

A memorial is currently being planned. Please contact
gl_memorial@earthlink.net  for further information.


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Wednesday, January 30th 2013, 6:33 pm
Day with the Set Decorator tours Los Angeles Center Studios

SDSA spends Day with the Set Decorator in Downtown L.A..

On Saturday January 26th the SDSA held another Day with the Set Decorator educational event, hosted by Los Angeles Center Studios.

After guest registration the began in the Beaudry Theatre for some background on the lot and presentations by SDSA Set Decorator Members Rosemary Brandenburg, William De Biasio and David Smith discussion projects they have done at the studio over the years. A presentation by guest Kevin Funston, a member of the Location Managers Guild of America, on how location managers guide use of the multiple shooting areas of the lot.

From there a walking tour of various studio locations and services brought the group to the stages for Disney Channel hit shows Shake It Up and Good Luck Charlie. The group then had lunch followed by a Q@A with the presenting decorators and docents. The event concluded appropriately with a trip to the morgue.

The SDSA gives thanks to Studio and Production Management: Peter Brosnan, Ken Johnson and Preston Moore, Pixie Wespiser and Frank Pace.

And presenting decorators, docents and volunteers of the day: Daryn Reid Goodall, Natalie Contreras, George Karnoff, Cindy Patino (FIDM), Lauren Lustig, Shari Underwood (Jackson Shrub Co.), Rosemary Brandenburg, Shirley Starks, Gene Cane (SDSA Executive Director), Karen Burg (Setdecor.com Editor in Chief), Robbie Turner, Kevin Funston (LMAG), Gail Brooks, Peter Gursky, William De Biasio, Nicole Case, Amber Bailey, Kerby Solangier, Ashley Leung, Marilyn Lopez, Corri Levelle (Sandy Rose Floral), Richard Walker, Laura Richarz, David Smith, Adrianna Cruz Ocampo (U Frame It Gallery), Amy Feldman, Rhea Rebbe (Asst Art Director, Shake It Up), Sarah Chase and Demittajo Govan.

Check the SDSA website for information on upcoming Day with the Set Decorator events and all SDSA news and information.

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Wednesday, January 16th 2013, 1:33 pm
SDSA East Coast Holiday Party
The SDSA would  like to congratulate our New York Set Decorators and Business Members for a spectacular Holiday Party held at Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams. Robert Reynolds and the entire staff were wonderful and did a marvelous job. We are always grateful to our Business Members for their support at our events. Adding to the festivities were donations from the following:
 
Matt Hennessy of Bridge Furniture and Props, SDSA for providing catering and service staff.
Tess Casey at Aisling Flowers, SDSA for the beautiful floral arrangements.
John Koch of Koch Antiques for the DJ.
Jessica Heyman from Art for Film, SDSA
Patricia Ganguzza and Kathryn Como of AIM Productions Inc, SDSA and their  clients; Blue Moon · Peroni · Coors Light · Hershey's Kisses · Kendall Jackson Wines with Michaela Baltasar from Jackson Family Wines.
 
Thank you to photographers Olga Golden, Sally Morales and Rose Morales-Badlani and SDSA Set Decorators Rich Devine and Kelley Burney for coordinating everything!
Thank you to all who participated and attended.
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A Holiday Castle for SDSA's Claire Kaufman

SDSA Set Decorator Claire Kaufman has decorated high profile feature films, episodic television, movies of the week, commercials and music video, and along the way she has developed quite the stylish eye. Claire's current project is the long running ABC series CASTLE.

Entertainment website wetpaint.com allows Claire to share behind-the-scenes look at CASTLE's Christmas and some of her own Holiday decorating tips and traditions.

CASTLE airs Mondays at 10pm on ABC

http://www.wetpaint.com/castle/video/castles-christmas-episode-behind-the-scenes-with-set-decorator-claire-kaufman-video?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+castle%2Flatest%2Fexcerpt+%28Castle+-+%28Excerpt%29%29

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Thursday, December 6th 2012, 6:33 pm
SDSA's Ellen Brill Lives a Life of Horror

For two seasons of Ryan Murphy's AMERICAN HORROR STORY, SDSA Set Decorator Ellen Brill and Production Designer Mark Worthington have lived crazed lives constructing a haunted house in season 1 and eerie mental institution for current season 2 to give the viewer as much fright as the on screen action of the macabre series.

The Hollywood Reporter takes you through a photo gallery of the "spookiest sets on television"

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/gallery/american-horror-story-asylum-spookiest-396016#1

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Monday, December 3rd 2012, 5:50 pm
The Awards Derby has begun. Some predictions for the Production Design category.

HitFix.com has published an article with its predictions for nominations for the Academy Award© for the newly renamed Best Production Design Award. George Kennedy's report gives important background on the category name change, and proposes a short list of possible nominees including films decorated by SDSA Members. However, contributions go unmentioned by SDSA Members Leslie Pope (Django Unchained), Jim Erickson (Lincoln) and co-decorators Rebecca Alleway and Peter Walpole (Cloud Atlas). We congratulate our members and set decorators around the world for being recognized for their work this awards season.

We will see who will make the Oscar© cut, nominees to be announced January 10th. We suggest that there are many other films that may end up on the short list...the race isn't over until it's over.

http://www.hitfix.com/in-contention/tech-support-anna-karenina-les-mis-and-lincoln-lead-the-race-for-best-production-design

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Saturday, November 17th 2012, 5:50 pm
SDSA's Katie Spencer sets lavish spin on Russian style with Anna Karenina

One could easily wonder why produce yet another big screen adaptation of Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina" but once you take a look at director Joe Wright's visually stunning take on the ill-fated Russian aristocrat you'll see exactly why.  SDSA Set Decorator Katie Spenser, along with Production Designer Sarah Greenwood once again collaborate with Wright to create the extraordinary environments surpassing even the most exquisite splendor of standard period drama films.

Recent articles in the Hollywood Reporter and Cinema Style blog concur with the accolades for the lavish production design and set decoration. Read the articles which include insights from Spenser in creating over 100 unique sets for the Focus Features production of "Anna Karenina"

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/joe-wrights-anna-karenina-sets-387943

http://wwwcinemastyle.blogspot.com/2012/11/russian-imperial-style-anna-k.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FGqKD+%28Cinema+Style%29


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Sunday, October 28th
Bryan Venegas is Spanish Colonial Cool

SDSA Set Decorator Bryan Venegas has been an established set decorator for many years in feature films and television and has recently become known for fine interiors on recent projects such as "Brothers and Sisters" and "GCB". For his current series, the hit Ryan Murphy sitcom "The New Normal" Bryan has taken inspiration for the Spanish Colonial main set from creator Murphy's own Los Angeles digs.

LA Times LA at Home page and influential blog Cinema Style have both reported recently on the sets of the show and the real life interiors that served as inspiration.

Click on the links to read each article.

http://www.latimes.com/features/home/la-lh-the-new-normal-house-spanish-colonial-cool-photos-20120924,0,4462779.photogallery

http://wwwcinemastyle.blogspot.com/2012/10/hollywood-at-home-spotlight-on-ryan.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FGqKD+%28Cinema+Style%29

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Tuesday, September 25th
Judy Farr, SDSA on the upstairs and downstairs of Downton Abbey

The real life events in the world of the fictional Crawly family and their staff of servants inhabiting "Downton Abbey" make historical accuracy and detail even more important for this dramatic series set in post-Edwardian Yorkshire County. British based SDSA Set Decorator member Judy Farr, who is no stranger to historical detail, with films "The King's Speech", "My Week with Marilyn" and underrated "Jude" among her credits, discusses Downton Abbey and her process.

For their remarkable work on the second season of the series, Farr, Production Designer Donal Woods and Art Director Charmain Adams were nominated for television's Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction for a Single Camera Series.

http://www.vintageseekers.com/in-conversation/oscar-and-bafta-nominated-downton-abbey-and-the-kings-speech-set-decorator-judy-farr-talks-to-vintage-seekers


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Monday, September 24th
Astek Wallcoverings Hosts Amazing Emmy Party 2012!
 

 


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Thursday, September 20th
Amy Feldman, SDSA Wins Emmy Award
 

Congrats to SDSA Member Amy Feldman and Production Designer Glenda Rovello on winning the Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction for a Multi Camera Series for work on the show Two Broke Girls. Amy's previous work includes The New Adventures of Old Christine, which did bring her three previous Emmy nominations, Glenda is best known for her seven times nominated (with three wins) work on Will & Grace. Congratulations to Amy Feldman and Glenda Rovello on this tremendous honor. The Creative Arts Emmy Awards were handed out on Saturday September 15th at the Nokia Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles. Sharp eyed viewers may notice Rovello dressed in a glammed up version of the series waitress uniform. Two Broke Girls airs Monday nights at 9pm on CBS Network.

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Monday, September 10th
SDSA Member Melinda Ritz "Dishes the Dirt" on VoiceAmerica

Emmy Award winning set decorator Melinda Ritz, SDSA speaks with candor and humor about the craft of set decoration and how a set decorator plans and interacts with others to create the depth and honesty necessary to bring the script, story and characters to life. Melinda also delves into what inspires a set decorator's process and reveals some of her personal stories of various stars she has worked with.

LISTEN HERE

Ritz photo from La Cienega Design Quarter -  lcdqla.com

 


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Saturday, September 1st
SDSA Business Member U Frame It Gallery named Best of LA 2012

U Frame It Gallery, SDSA Business Member named Best of LA® in Los Angeles Magazine's annual guide of the best available amenities in the city.

Longtime SDSA Business Member, supporter and current Executive Board Member Adrianna Cruz Ocampo and U Frame It Gallery has been chosen Best Shopping - Frames in the compendium of premier goods and services in Los Angeles, which also includes Best Public Drinking Fountain, Best Shandong Style Beef Roll and Best Magic Theory Class among the more esoteric choices to check out.
Congrats To Adrianna and U Frame It Gallery
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Wednesday, July 25th
Pittsburgh Setting Gets Approval from Native Son

Local Pittsburgh writer Rob Owen spends some time with Set Decorator Jerie Kelter, SDSA about what it takes to make the “Sullivan & Son” neighborhood bar authentic Pittsburgh on a sound stage in Burbank.
Coincidentally Jerie’s regional expertise can also be seen in another Pennsylvania placed sitcom "It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia".

Read the FULL ARTICLE

Jerie Kelter photo courtesy of Erik Neldner Photography

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Monday, July 2nd
'True Blood' raises the design stakes in Season 5

L.A. Times reporter David A. Keeps talks with Production Designer Suzuki Ingerslev and Set Decorator Ron V. Franco, SDSA about the choices and sources in designing the world of the Vampire Authority and other sets for season 5 of the popular HBO series.


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Tuesday, May 29th
Hemingway and Gellhorn, Set Decorator Jim Erickson, SDSA

Cinema Style

Creating the Period Interior: Hemingway and Gellhorn

 

Creating a period interior is always a challenge, particularly when you have to design nine countries over several decades. Such was the case for the designers of the HBO film, Hemingway and Gellhorn, starring Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen as the star-crossed lovers.

First, a quick history lesson. While we are all familiar with the life and times of acclaimed Pulitzer Prize winning author Ernest Hemingway, Martha Gellhorn often remains a footnote in history. At a time when women were married and raising families, she became a war correspondent and witness to some of the biggest battles of the past century -- Spanish Civil War, World War II and Vietnam. She was also Hemingway's third wife.

Production designer Geoffrey Kirkland (The Right Stuff) and set decorator Jim Erickson (Water for Elephants) were responsible for the film's 30s and 40s designs that ranged from houses in Key West and Cuba to a war torn hotel turned hospital in Madrid and all shot on location in San Francisco.

You can read more on the period designs for Hemingway and Gellhorn in my article in Architectural Digest. The film premieres Monday, May 28th at 9 PM. Happy Memorial Day and here's to the start of a great summer!
 

Clive Owen as Hemingway at his home in Key West
 
The couple's house Finca Viga in Cuba

Photo Credits: Karen Ballard/HBO


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Wednesday, May 23rd
The Modern Sense and Sensibility of Regina O'Brien

Regina O'Brien, Set Decorator, current Treasurer of the SDSA and modernist woman shares her custom modern home built into the side of a hill!

Visit Regina, husband Hardy and pooch Cutler as they take you on a tour of their Happy Valley home with Apartment Therapy

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Wednesday, May 23rd
Wooke's ability to "Think Like A Man" gets more press praise

 

Beth Wooke, Set Decorator and SDSA Board Member has received much press for her work on the Sony Screen Gems box office hit "Think Like A Man". The most recent article of interest on Beth's work is from the Cinema Style blog by well known writer Cathy Whitlock. The post is now available, follow the link for the latest read.

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Monday, May 14th
THE 2012 AWARDS LUNCHEON RAFFLE PRIZES

On behalf of the Executive Board, we salute our Business Members for the success of our Awards Luncheon:

President Shirley Starks, Vice President Jan Pascale and Donald Elmblad SDSA

 
 




Tuesday, May 8th
SDSA Member Scott Jacobson in the Magic City

 

 

The Sets of Magic City

 

Scott Jacobson, a Miami based SDSA member has had a good amount of ink lately. As the set decorator of the Starz series Magic City, Scott, along with Production Designer Carlos Barbosa, has been getting a lot of press lately for the astounding look of the 50’s Miami Beach resort series. See photos of some remarkable sets and read about the process to bring this part of history to stunning life in articles from Cathy Whitlock and Architectural Digest and Lisa Boone and the Los Angeles Times

 

 

'Magic City': One of TV's best-designed shows?

 


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Friday, April 27th
1st Dibs - Hollywood Sets the Scene

Hollywood Sets the Scene

An exciting flip page article on how Hollywood sets the style for real living featuring insight from SDSA members Ann Shea, Susan Benjamin and Victor Zolfo along with Production Designers and others in the design community.

Thanks to 1st Dibs and Waters Roeck.

See the entire article on your ipad, iphone or any tablet:


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Thursday, April 26th
In Memory of Scott Getzinger

Please check the calendar here for more information from ISS Props on ways you can show your support:


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Thursday, April 26th
The Good Wife Home Decor Line Launches

Congratulations are in order to Beth Kushnick and CBS for the innovative association with Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams to produce a line of furnishings based on Beth's work on The Good Wife.  This may be a first!  Her work on that series is admired by many viewers who will now have a chance to purchase the look Beth has created for their own home and offices.  It is very exciting to show that set decorators can be not only style setters but sources of marketing to publicize their shows. Well done Beth!

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CBS sets 'Good Wife' home decor line

Fan response to show's set designs inspires licensing pact

CBS CONSUMER PRODUCTS TO INTRODUCE LINE OF BRANDED HOME DECOR BASED ON THE HIT DRAMA THE GOOD WIFE

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams and Interlude Home Collaborate to Manufacture Home Furnishings, Home Accessories, Accent Furniture and Lighting That Will Appear On Air and Be Available to the Public This Fall.

CBS Consumer Products has tapped Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams and Interlude Home to create a home décor line inspired by CBS’s hit drama THE GOOD WIFE. The new line, the first license for the television series, is developed in collaboration with set decorator, Beth Kushnick, and inspired by the actual set decoration ideas seen on the series. Products will debut on the show in the fall during the show’s fourth season. An announcement of the collaboration will be revealed at The High Point Market trade show in High Point, N.C., on April 21-26, 2012.

THE GOOD WIFE’s set decoration has consistently generated positive interest from the show’s viewers, resulting in Kushnick writing a blog called “The Good Look of The Good Wife” at www.cbs.com and tweeting @goodwifesetdec where she answers questions about her work and the series’ aesthetic.

“This opportunity sprouted from fan feedback to Beth’s inspiring decor. We used our merchandising and retail experience to make this line a reality,” said Liz Kalodner, executive vice presdident and general manager of CBS Consumer Products. “The collaboration between Beth and the manufacturers has been seamless resulting in fashionable and sophisticated interiors throughout the set of THE GOOD WIFE. We just can’t wait for fans to see the collection.”

“Needless to say, this is a very exciting and different kind of venture for us, unlike anything we’ve ever done before,” said Mitchell Gold, co-founder and chairman of the 23-year-old home furnishings giant Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. “We’re huge fans of the show not just because we love the story line and the superior acting, but we love Beth’s style sense and her ability to create very realistic and beautiful interiors which we think are very much in sync with the looks resonating with consumers today.”

“We are so excited to team with CBS, Beth Kushnick and THE GOOD WIFE in this groundbreaking creative venture. Enabling viewers to purchase their favorite home décor straight from environments of THE GOOD WIFE is an innovative and inventive new model we are thrilled to be a part of,” said Wendy King Philips, Creative Director of Interlude Home.

“Our situation is unique in that I’ve been communicating with THE GOOD WIFE fans about the home furnishings on the show through my blog and on Twitter,” said Kushnick. “They are interested in literally every piece on the set – from the accessories on a character’s desk to a piece of art on the wall to a floor lamp they see in the background of a room. I’m constantly asked questions such as ‘I want my office to look exactly like Eli Gold’s…where can I get that furniture?’ Now fans will be able to buy many of the pieces. I am so excited to be involved in such a carefully thought out and strategic launch.”

Now in its third season, THE GOOD WIFE averages 11.7 million viewers a week and airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

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Wednesday, April 18th
SDSA Member Melinda Ritz featured in Elle Decor!

 

 

Melinda Ritz is not only a long time member of the Set Decorators Society of America and a highly respected, award winning set decorator, she is a highly sought after designer of private interiors that seem to end up in magazines and on public display. See Melinda’s latest work living the good life with a Hollywood Classic in the May 2012 issue of Elle Decor magazine.

 

A Hollywood Classic

The creator of Will & Grace updates a 1930s Tudor house in Beverly Hills for his family, mixing eclectic antiques, contemporary ease, and a dash of West Coast glamour

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Sunday, April 15th
SDSA Elects New President


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Friday, April 13th
Set Decor: Hunger Games Larry Dias
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Set decorator for The Hunger Games Larry Dias SDSA was integral in making the film come to life, from the Appalachia-inspired homes seen in District 12 to the opulent palace of President Snow. Dias was nominated for an Oscar for his production design work on Inception, and he's worked on the set design for films including The Village, The Last Airbender, and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

Keep reading to find out more about the process of designing the look of The Hunger Games. 

Part 2 of Our Interview With Hunger Games Set Decorator Larry Dias




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Monday, April 2nd
Photo gallery from the 19th annual SDSA Awards Luncheon March 4, 2012

Ordering color prints is easy and available from Erik Neldner Photography by linking to this website (Hint "SDSA")


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Monday, April 2nd
'Bones': Booth and Brennan's new home, including baby's room
At Fox Studios in Los Angeles, production designer Val Wilt and set decorator Megan Cannon SDSA produced a two-story, five-room home that integrates the retro Americana, sports-infused vibe of Booth’s old apartment with the Asian-inspired look of Brennan’s former loft. In other words, Buddha meets baseball...
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Thursday, March 29th
'Mad Men': The story behind Don Draper's new digs
"Mad Men" returned after its long hiatus Sunday, earning record ratings and a host of Midcentury Modern design fans newly obsessed with Don Draper's new Manhattan home. It's June 1966, and though Draper (played by Jon Hamm) might be a newlywed, he's traded in his dreary digs from last season for an Upper East Side spread complete with serious bachelor pad trappings.


Don Draper's apartmentApartment 17-B, right, set decorator Claudette Didul SDSA said, is "in a high-rise that feels like it was built in 1960 with a white-carpeted sunken living room and a fascinating fireplace and a Case Study-style kitchen with two pass through windows."


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Tuesday, March 6th
Set decoration: the fashionable world of 'Jane by Design'
The show's emphasis is on high school student Jane (Erica Dasher), an Anna Wintour-like fashion exec named Gray (Andie MacDowell, pictured here) and their amazing clothes (and shoes!). But set decorator Richard C. Walker SDSA said "Jane by Design" creator April Blair was intent on equally young and fresh interiors. "She was always saying ‘Domino’ to me," Blair said, referencing the now defunct magazine geared for young do-it-yourself decorators.
 
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Sunday, March 4th
Hollywood Reporter: 'GCB' Production Designer Reveals the Tricks to Faking Opulence, 'Dallas'-Style
A fictional view inside the world of The Big D's one-percent elite, the show owes its look to production designer Denny Dugally and set decorator Bryan Venegas SDSA, who together created the Walker family's interiors on ABC's Brothers & Sisters. For GCB, they designed house and office sets (located at Burbank's Disney Studios) for the five central characters.


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Wednesday, January 18th
A conversation with Katie Spencer SDSA

You may not see them on the screen, but their influence extends to every set and every scene in your favorite movies. In the last few years Katie Spencer SDSA took the role of set decorator on such wonderful productions as “Pride & Prejudice”, “Atonement”, “Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day” and “Sherlock Holmes”. In this conversation she talks about the craft of set decoration, taking a closer look at the artistic and financial aspects of movie productions, supporting the main story while not drawing too much attention to the set objects and, in particular, her work on the movie “Hanna“.
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2011
Monday, December 26th
TV Set Decorators Use Decor To Flesh Out Characters

Our rooms speak volumes about us – and set decorators for television shows specialize in knowing what they can say.

Using colors, accessories and telling details, set decorators help flesh out a character, whether it's a working-class stiff in a worn-in apartment or a wealthy doyenne in a slick salon.

For Los Angeles-based set decorator Lynda Burbank, "homey" means vegetable soup. "I love the soup palette of sage green, burnt orange and warm beige – these colors are very soothing and make people feel comfortable in the set," she says.

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Photo courtesy of Lynda Burbank shows a set room decorated by Burbank for the sitcom "Mike and Molly" on CBS.

Clutter and collections of things give a room a "lived-in" look, says Archie D'Amico, set decorator for ABC's "Cougar Town." He also has worked on "Ugly Betty" and "NYPD Blue."

Set decorators have hundreds of prop houses and stores in Los Angeles or New York from which to shop. "Very often I'll need something tomorrow, if not sooner," says Laura Richarz, who has decorated sets on "Married with Children," "Everybody Loves Chris" and "True Blood."

Read more on the Huffington post link below:



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Friday, December 9th
On Location: ISS prop House going great guns in Hollywood
One of the Southland’s largest prop houses is going great guns in Hollywood. Over the last decade, Bilson’s family-run operation has emerged as one of the largest suppliers of arms to the movie and television industries, building a $20-million-a-year business by offering a one-stop shop for props, especially the firing kind.

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Read more in the Los Angeles Times:

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Tuesday, November 22nd
Production Design: All aboard 'Hugo's' 1930s train station set
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The film — director Martin Scorsese's first geared toward a young audience — was shot on a full-scale train station set built from scratch, directly inspired by Selznick's illustrations.

"It was really as if my drawings had come to life around me, except everything was bigger and more beautiful than I even could have imagined," said Selznick, who was particularly struck by the production, having done theater set design at Brown University in Providence, R.I.

The Oscar winners behind the massive set, built at London's Shepperton Studios, are production designer Dante Ferretti and SDSA set decorator Francesca Lo Schiavo, who have each worked on several of Scorsese's films. The Italian husband-wife duo constantly turned to the source material to create the look of the 1930s-era adventure about an orphan who lives in a train station.

Read more:

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Wednesday, November 9th
Apartment Therapy: Hideaway house tour
SDSA Decorator Resources business members Modernica and Midcentury LA are both featured in this house tour on Apartment Therapy!

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In a city with so many different ideas about architecture and so many generations of design, it's easy to draw inspiration. "Of course LA has amazing mid-century design and it has only made me love that aesthetic more. The style of home where we live just doesn't exist in very many places. It was designed by the architect Cliff May and is one of 700 similar atomic rancho homes in the area...

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Wednesday, November 2nd
ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST: On the Sets of Tower Heist
How the designers of the new action comedy starring Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy created the quintessential power apartment for a crooked Wall Street billionaire.
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Production designer Kristi Zea and set decorator Diane Lederman, SDSA—collaborators on the sets for last year’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps—devised Shaw’s opulent, art-laden residence.


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Wednesday, October 26th
ELLE Decor: Newel Antiques' Makeover
SDSA Business Member Newel Art Galleries is featured in ELLE Decor November, 2011

Every decorator’s favorite treasure trove, Newel, gets a high-style makeover that gives its elegant goods the surroundings they deserve!

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If many of the antiques at Newel’s Manhattan shop look familiar, it’s because you’ve probably seen them before, on the big screen. Newel is one of the world’s largest high-end prop-rental houses, and furniture and decorative objects from its collection have starred in such movies as Julie & Julia, The Departed, and You’ve Got Mail, as well as television shows like Boardwalk Empire and Gossip Girl. Now, with a new, 5,000-square-foot showroom on East 53rd Street, designed by James Aman and John Meeks and featuring soaring, 13-foot-high ceilings and Venetian-plaster walls, it’s easier than ever to spot and buy those pieces—or at least admire them.


Read more:

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Friday, September 23rd
Designer Dad: On location "The Good Wife"
Celebrity home and style designer for the everyday family, Stephen Saint-Onge is DESIGNER DAD.

"...I recently went behind-the-scenes at the CBS hit show "The Good Wife" and spoke with the amazingly multi-talented Set Decorator for the series Beth Kushnick. Beth made me feel instantly at home in the midst of the sets that she is a part of everyday with her wonderful creative team..."

"I love this shot because you feel like you are in a real home - until you see the opening to the backstage area beyond the dining room set"

Check out more photos of "The Good Wife" (and prop houses Beth shops in) on Family-Focused Designer Stephen Saint-Onge's Creative Home and Lifestyle Studio Blog:

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Monday, August 8th
Set Pieces: The Smurfs' New York digs Set Decorator Regina Graves
Neil Patrick Harris rocks. His latest film, "The Smurfs," took in an estimated $35.6 million at the box office over the weekend and almost edged out "Cowboys and Aliens" -- not bad for a story about little blue folks set loose in New York City.

The Smurfs had enough charm to attract Harry Pottered-out kids. For adults, however, the cool Manhattan apartment sets might have held the most appeal.

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"We came up with the idea that perhaps in the 1960s the building once housed many artists and musicians and had a crazy history of artistic renovations, leaving a patchwork of mismatched cabinets and vibrant colored linoleum tile in the kitchen," he said. 

Set Decorator Regina Graves SDSA took this cue in creating the look of the other rooms, including a bathroom that dated to 1912 and was outfitted with tiles from  Subway Ceramics and a pull-chain toilet from Historic House Parts

"We wanted the apartment to feel a little cluttered but lived in and well loved," Graves said. "We did this using multiple layers of old, new and found items. Grace and Patrick are a quintessential New York couple that goes to thrift stores and flea markets on the weekends and aren’t embarrassed to bring home that great metal step stool they found on the sidewalk ready for the trash."

read more:

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Thursday, August 4th 2011, 2:27 pm
SDSA Business Member Adrianna Cruz of U Frame It Gallery Interviewed by L.A. Times

Active Business Member Adrianna Cruz of U Frame It Gallery was interviewed by L.A. Times writer Richard Verrier about the film and TV industry sustaining the business through these tough times. Thanks Adrainna for highlighting the plight of local businesses and the importance of the film industry to all Southern California business and residents.

Read the Article Here

Photo of Adrianna courtesy of Erik Neldner Photography
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Thursday, June 2nd
LA Confidential: Larry Dias SDSA


Oscar-nominated Inception set decorator Larry Dias SDSA is a long way from the dairy farm he grew up on with his six siblings in California’s Central Valley. The Hollywood mega talent, who has brought sets to life for films such as Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Transformers, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and the upcoming Battleship, lives on a peaceful Laurel Canyon street in a 2,400-square-foot home that resembles a modern cabin from the exterior.


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Wednesday, May 11th 2011, 10:04 am
In Memoriam Hilton Rosemarin
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Hilton died at home on Sunday, May 8, of brain cancer. He leaves behind and brokenhearted his partner, Philippa King, and their two daughters, Chloe (Adam) and Astrid (Andrew). Dear son of Anne Rosemarin and brother of Freya Schnitzler (Larry) and Arno Rosemarin. Predeceased by his father Samson, his father-in-law Robert King, his brother-in-law Matthew King and sister-in-law Brenda King. He was much loved and will be terribly missed by his extended family of aunts, cousins, nephews, nieces, his brother-in-law, Andrew King and sister-in-law, Jennifer King, as well as Maaret Koskinen.

Hilton studied music and theatre in Montreal, where he was born on June 16, 1952, and studied technical theatre at Ryerson University in Toronto. He worked around the world as a Set Decorator on more than fifty motion pictures. He has received the Set Decorators Society of America’s Outstanding Career Achievement Award (click here to read Spotlight story on his award). A complete list of his credits is available on the IMDB website. 

He faced terminal illness with courage, peace and equanimity. He has led the way for all of us. We thank our friends and family, the Palliative Care team and caregivers for all of their love, care and support, without which we would not have been able to care for Hilton at home as he wished.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 13 at 2 p.m. at the Mount Pleasant Visitation Centre, 375 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto, East Gate Entrance (416-485-5572). It will be webcast for the benefit of his many friends living all over the world who would like to share it with us. Log-in information will be posted at www.caringbridge.org/visit/hiltonrosemarin In lieu of flowers, please give generously to the Gerry & Nancy Pencer Brain Tumor Centre at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto.

For information and condolences, please visit www.etouch.ca
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Tuesday, May 10th
Interview with Iron Man 2 and THOR Set Decorator, Lauri Gaffin SDSA
Having worked as the Set Decorator on huge movies such as Mission: Impossible II, Zathura: A Space Adventure, The Pursuit of Happyness and more recently, Iron Man and Iron Man 2, Lauri Gaffin was kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule to talk to comic book fansite about her work on Thor.

For those of you who may not be all that familiar with the duties of a set decorator or don't understand their importance, Lauri also takes us through the responsibilities of such a job.
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Sunday, February 27th
A Chicago native heads down the rabbit hole to the Oscars!

Karen O'Hara SDSA talks about her Oscar nomination for her work as set decorator on 'Alice in Wonderland' to the Chicago Tribune

(Karen won the Academy Award for Best Art Direction on Sunday, February 27, 2011)


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Tuesday, February 22nd 2011, 10:04 am
In Memory of Bob Payne
The SDSA announces the passing of Business Member Bob Payne form Debbies Book.

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Bob Payne, 68 originally from Nebraska passed away peacefully at his home in Altadena on Monday Feb.  14th.

He was a principal owner of Debbies Book, an on-line entertainment industry online resource.

With his wife Debbie Hemela he was instrumental in bringing Debbies Book from a published 300 page book to an internet resource.

Bob began his career as  principal software engineer and networking consultant at Digital Equip. Corp. He later became a software architect and laid the ground work for the development of special purposed computer products and complex computer networks for use in commerce and government.

He is survived by his wife of 11 years. There will be no service. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made in his name to:

ALS Association
28720 Roadside Drive, Suite 200
Agoura Hills, CA. 91301




Monday, February 7th
In Memory of Edward J. McDonald

The SDSA announces the passing of beloved colleague Edward J. McDonald on February 2nd.

Eddie McDonald had a long and distinguished career as a Set Decorator. An SDSA member prior to retirement, Eddie was the recipient of four Emmy Award nominations, taking home the trophy in 1988 for the period piece telefilm “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”. Other works include feature films "Escape from Alcatraz" and "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade", TV films "Mrs. Sundance" and "Studs Lonigan" (Emmy nomination), and TV series "Barney Miller", "Beyond Westworld" (Emmy Nomination), "Night Court" and The Drew Carey Show, ending his career with another Emmy nomination.. A favorite among vendors, Eddie was as kind and thoughtful as he was professional, he was known for taking personal interest in the well-being of staff members of the businesses he frequented. Mr. McDonald will be missed by a great many people.





Friday, February 4th
Oscar nominees talk about their work -- and their many paths to recognition from the Academy
Feature includes among others:
Inception"Inception" Set Decorators Larry Dias SDSA and Doug Mowat
 
as well as "Alice in Wonderland" Set Decorator Karen O'Hara

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Thursday, February 3rd
The Good Wife Julianna Margulies thanks Beth Kushnick SDSA!

Rarely does an actor thank anyone other than their significant others, their agents and their publicists-until now!  Julianna Margulies gives a special shout out to Set Decorator Beth Kushnick on her SAG award acceptance speech for "The Good Wife".  Click link below for video: http://www.sagawards.org/videos/17th-acceptance-speech-julianna-marguiles-female-actor-drama-series

For more photos of the sets from The Good Wife go to tvdecor link here!

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Monday, January 3rd
Welcome New SDSA Business Members and Decorator Resources!

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2010
Tuesday, November 23rd
Set Pieces: Loft chic versus retro cool on 'Bones'
Kimberly Wannop SDSA is featured in Los Angeles Times discussing her "character-driven" and lushly photographed sets from the hit show "Bones".
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For more on "Bones" and additional photographs read: setdecor.com

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Wednesday, September 22nd
In Memorium: Robin Peyton January 25th, 1950 - July 1, 2010

SDSA Decorator Member Robin Peyton has passed away in the early morning hours of July 1st 2010.

Robin succumbed to a sudden cardiac arrest brought on in part by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica.

A private fellow and proper gentleman Robin was born 60 years ago January 25 in England and spent his formative years in Kenya. His education and original vocation was as an architect but through events the lure of Hollywood brought him into the studio system where he worked as set dresser and lead man before taking on Set Decorating for such films as ‘Sweet Hearts Dance”  cult favorites “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey” & “Meet the Deedles” and “D3:The Mighty Ducks.Robin was particularly proud of his work and association with the T.V. films “Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee” and “Love Can Build a Bridge” a telefilm about the famous Judds singing duo.

Robin, a long time practitioner of Easter Meditation spent much time at the SYDA Foundation’s Siddah Yoga Meditation Center in West Los Angeles. Not only did Robin partake of the attributes and teachings of the Siddah Community, being known as a “profoundly” talented landscape designer Robin also put his skills to work on the grounds at the center.

Robin Peyton will be missed by a great many people including Set Decorator  colleagues, many local friends both in the industry and in the real world, members of the SYDA Foundation and good mates from around the globe. He is remembered for his dignity, charm and hearty laugh.

A memorial was held in Robin honor at the Siddah Center. He is survived by a bother and a sister in the U.K.




Wednesday, September 22nd
Set Pieces: Inside the homes of 'Parenthood'
Juliann Getman SDSA is featured Los Angeles Times discussing her gorgeous sets (and where to buy!) from "Parenthood".
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Thursday, July 1st
Set Decor: The Last Airbender
Visual-effects supervisor Pablo Helman ("War of the Worlds") and set decorator Larry Dias, SDSA ("Transformers") walked MTV News through the creation of these various features to give us the inside scoop about five cool weapons and powers.
 
Photo: Paramount Pictures Fireballs
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Tuesday, June 15th
Set Decor: 24
Set Decorator Cloudia Rebar, SDSA put together a mix of production pieces and custom designs. But when you're working on as many as eight scenes per day, as she does, it occasionally helps to get lucky. "A funny thing happens in this business," she says. "We're required to find so many objects, so fast, with such specific requirements, that we almost manufacture them out of thin air."

Read more about the sets within the pages of Interior Design Magazine:

www.interiordesign.net/article


Thursday, June 10th
SDSA members: 17th Annual Awards luncheon
Check out the photos Regina O'Brien and Lisa Dare took from the event! 


THANK YOU!!

The SDSA would like to thank with our greatest gratitude the following sponsors whom without their donations this 2010 Awards Luncheon could not have been possible.  For more information go to Decorator Resources for photos and website links!

20th Century Fox Studios, Aah- Inspiring Balloons, ABC Casket Company, Advanced Liquidators, AIR Designs, Alpha Medical Props, Apropos Interiors, Art Pic, Astek Wallcoverings, Cinema Paper Rental, Charles & Charles, Dozar, E.C. Prop Rentals, Eclipse-Worldwide, Farrow and Ball, Faux Library, Green Set Inc, Heaven or Las Vegas, History for Hire, Hollywood Cinema Arts, Hollywood Piano Company, Hollywood Studio Gallery, House of Props, Hand Prop Room, Icommunications, Independent Studio Services, Jackson Shrub Supply, LCW Props, LDC Design Studio, Lennie Marvin Prop Heaven, Local 44, Loft Appeal, Motion Picture Health and Wellness, NBC Universal Property, Drapery, Sign, Staff and Moulding Shops, Omega Cinema Props, Pinocoteca Picture Props, Playback Technologies Inc., Prop Services West, RC Vintage, Sandy Rose Floral Designs, Sony Pictures Studio, Skinny Dog Design Group, Square Deal Plumbing, The Vista Group, Tic-Tock Floral, U Frame It, Warner Bros Studio Services.

The Charity Art Auction was held also Sunday, March 7th at the SDSA Luncheon and the Community Outreach Committee raised over $7000! We sold sculptures, paintings, photography, printmaking, collage and pottery all created by SDSA members!

Proceeds benefited the charity organization Inner-City Arts. We love to see just how creative our members are while helping those in need.


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Friday, June 4th
Profile: Set Decorator Jan Pascale SDSA
Host "123 Film!" interviews Jan Pascale LIVE on Blog Talk Radio (click below)

www.blogtalkradio.com/123-film


Saturday, May 22nd
Set Decor: Sex and the City 2
"We had to work with the city and close down part of Fifth Ave. to pull it off," says producer John Melfi. "And to really sell it, we brought in dozens of period cars and hundreds of extras in '80s costumes."
Add to that a hundred-person crew, an army of trucks carrying tons of equipment, swarms of paparazzi and hundreds of onlookers, and you get the challenge of filming on the streets of Manhattan.

The second 'Sex' movie finds Carrie and Mr. Big settled into their fabulous apartment on the upper East Side.
"The palette in this closet is very different from the palette in Carrie's old closet," adds set decorator Lydia Marks SDSA "It's really about Carrie's grownup clothes. There are no tutus here."

CLICK TO SEE PHOTOS OF THE SETS USED IN 'SEX AND THE CITY 2'

Click on link below to NY Daily News for full article below:

www.nydailynews.com/entertainm


Monday, May 10th
In Memory of Norm Balos


Norman Balos, the quintessential gentleman behind House of Props, died Tuesday April 20th at his home in Marina del Rey.

Prior to establishing House of Props with then owner Al Torf in 1952, Norm worked in the auctioning of antiques and fine art. Those of us that knew Norm through House of Props know how extensive that knowledge was. Norm was a font of invaluable information, and his expertise was called upon daily for the 56 years that Norm ran House of Props. Norm was akin to having your own personal “Antiques Roadshow” at your fingertips. Decorated sets since the 1950’s were often more historically accurate due to Norm’s remarkable knowledge in the decorative arts of specific eras. With Norm’s passing we’ve lost an irreplaceable entertainment industry icon.

Read more about this admired man by clicking on "view pdf" below:
 
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Saturday, May 8th
Legends of La Cienega: Celebrate Hollywood
Check back often as we post all the blogs that are talking about SDSA Set Decorators who participated at the Elle Decor sponsored "Legends of La Cienega" 2010 event. 

Here is Melissa Levander's tribute to the musical comedies of the fifties and sixties at Dragonette.
Photos by Victoria Amado

Read the full post at Cinema Style by clicking link below:


wwwcinemastyle.blogspot.com/20


Sunday, April 25th
Welcome New SDSA Business Members and Decorator Resources!

AAA FLAG & BANNER Signage, graphics & fabric printing • Craig Furst

ART FOR FILM Contemporary art rental • Jessica Heyman

ARTERY PROPS Cleared artwork rentals • Mark Morales

AVAILABLE ART Fine art rental • Alexandra Tager

BEL CANTO CHAIR/MANNFOLK PR
representing products, high end designs • Dorothy Mannfolk

CECILE BRUNSWICK Artist, paintings • Cecile Brunswick

GLOBAL EFFECTS INC Prop, costume, set decorations • David Gaultier
 
LILLIAN AUGUST HOME FURNISHINGS Home furnishings & accessories Retail/Rental • Kim Cavalier

LINDA NEWMAN ART Fine artist, portraits, reproductions • Linda Newman

NEST STUDIO RENTALS Prop House • Holiday Dapper

PROPS FOR TODAY Prop & special event rentals • Dyann Klein

ROSE BRAND Fabrics, digital printing • Jeff Flowers

SUSAN WICKSTRAND FINE ART • Susan Wickstrand

TAYLOR CREATIVE INC Modern furniture rentals • Christina Therrien

TOUSI RUGS Persian rugs and tapestries • E Sean Griffin

ZAPPO BZ Wholesaler/manufacturer of acrylic décor • Arturo Jimenez

For all our "Decorator Resources" and more detailed information on our business members go to:

?art=resourcesView PDF


Wednesday, April 21st
Set Decor: The Blind Side

Set decorator Susan Benjamin, SDSA visited the family and studied Leigh Anne's decorating in order to capture it on film. I read in an interview with Leigh Anne that when asked what she thought of the movie, she said she'd have to see it again, as she spent the first viewing paying attention only to how they portrayed her home. And, that she didn't like the window treatments!  I actually love the window treatments in the set - better than much of the furniture!  Read more...
silverscreensurroundings.blogs


Friday, April 16th
Set Decor: Cougartown
Bloggers everywhere are fascinated with the fresh looking Florida sets of "Cougartown".  Set Decorator Archie D'Amico, SDSA does his best job to answer the flood of questions about his choices with pictures to match!
Omega Cinema Props is one of the many resources mentioned below.

thelittlebighouse.blogspot.com


Tuesday, April 6th
Set Decor: The Good Wife

The Good look of The Good Wife!



Beth Kushnick, Set Decorator, is here to answer your questions about the look and set decoration on The Good Wife. Beth has worked in the film and television industry for over 25 years on such projects as Reversal of Fortune, Rounders, Law and Order Trial By Jury, and Fringe. She is a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and The Set Decorators Society of America.  Read her Blog on CBS.com and more in our own Set Decor Online feature!

www.cbs.com/primetime/the_good


Monday, March 29th 2010, 3:26 pm
SDSA members mourn the passing of Business Member Rhoda Treibitz
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The SDSA mourns the passing of our Business Member, stalwart supporter and friend Rhoda Treibitz, CEO of Hollywood Piano Company who passed Saturday March 27th due to complications from a rare cancer called leiomyosarcoma. In addition to be an amazing mother and business woman, Rhoda was an incredible musical talent and was an accomplished singer, actress, director and teacher.  Read more by clicking on "view PDF".

In lieu of flowers please send your donations to the National LeioMyoSarcoma Foundation at NLMSF Donations, 18623 County Rd 12 S, Foley, AL. 36535-3738 - go to their website for more info. - http://www.nlmsf.org/index.html



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Wednesday, March 10th
SDSA Charity Art Auction: 17th Annual Awards luncheon

The Charity Art Auction was held Sunday, March 7th at the SDSA Luncheon and the Community Outreach Committee raised over $7000! We sold sculptures, paintings, photography, printmaking, collage and pottery all created by SDSA members!
Framing discounts were donated from the following SDSA Business Members:

Hollywood Cinema Arts:  818-504-7333
Hollywood Studio Gallery:  323-462-1116
U Frame It:  818.781.4500

Proceeds benefitted the charity organization Inner-City Arts. We love to see just how creative our members are while helping those in need.


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Wednesday, February 3rd
SDSA Oscar Nominees
2009 Academy Awards

Congratulations SDSA Members Gordan Sim (Nine) and Katie Spencer (Sherlock Holmes) on your Oscar® Nominations! Watch for more details and photos of the making of these films -coming soon!

To see all the nominations for the Academy Awards visit http://www.oscar.go.com/


Sunday, January 24th
Set Decor Podcast: Beth Rubino
Beth Rubino, the Set Decorator for Something's Gotta Give and It's Complicated.
The Academy Award nominated, Set Decorator extraordinaire Beth Rubino SDSA sat down at the Skirted Roundtable to talk about - you got it - Something's Gotta Give, the popular Nancy Meyers film which starred the beautiful Southampton beach house as much as any of its Hollywood actors!

(For more on It's Complicated and it's fabulous resources, go to "Hot off the Set"-link here)

Click below to go to blog and hear their recent podcast:

skirtedroundtable.blogspot.com



2009
Thursday, December 31st
Set Decor: Nine
Brought by the creative team who gave us the musical Chicago, director Rob Marshall and production designer John Mhyre and set decorator Gordon Sim SDSA, the film has the look and feel of Fellini's 1963 film 8 1/2 (the original story) and La Dolce Vita (1963).


wwwcinemastyle.blogspot.com/se


Saturday, December 12th
SDSA's Community Outreach Committee-Toy Drive
We thank the prophouses for their generosity in hosting a toy box, and all of you for helping us make sure every child has a gift this Holiday season!              

History for Hire
Ob-jects
Omega|cinema props
Hollywood Studio Gallery
R.C. Vintage & SDSA Office
Prop Services West/PSW-Hollywood
NBC/Universal Property
Sony Pictures Studio


One toy can make a difference! 


Friday, November 13th
Set Decor: Mad Men Q & A with Amy Wells SDSA

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Where does one find a stuffed cobra in a basket? Set Decorator Amy Wells is responsible for dressing the Mad Men sets and locating the props you see on the show. She talks to AMCtv.com about turning around each episode in seven days, and reveals how she really feels about that fainting couch.
blogs.amctv.com/mad-men/2009/1


Friday, October 23rd
Set Decor: Community

David Strick's Hollywood Backlot

David Strick's Hollywood Backlot takes his camera back stage of the filming of "Community" sets decorated by Denise Pizzini, SDSA.  See also: Spotlight article on Denise Pizzini from our archives (Click here)


photos.latimes.com/backlot/gal


Tuesday, October 13th
SDSA New Business Members-Welcome!

Antiques International Ph. 323 660 0051 John Ferris

Carpet Time Inc Ph: 718 472 4740 Eleanor Kazas

Michael Filan Ph: 212 967 7179 www.filanmichael.com

Modernica Props Ph: 213 683 1963 www.modernicaprops.net Ryan Simpson

Rrivre Works Inc Ph: 323 985 4229 www.rrivreworks.com Rrivre Davies, Carolyn Mason

Thos Moser Cabinetmakers Ph. 310 204 5726 www.thosmoser.com David Turner

Urban Totem Ph: 847 733 7507 www.urbantotem.com Pamela Matiosian

Villa Firenze Ph: 818 503 9143 www.villafirenzeonline.com Florence Ryza Keller

Wilton Cordrey Ph: 213 742 1900 www.wiltoncordrey.com Steven Cordrey

We encourage all of the SDSA to visit these new members and to remember to check "Decorator Resources" for a complete list of businesses to help with all their set decor!


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Monday, October 12th
Set Decorator: Mae Brunken's Hollywood "Double Imdemnity" home
Mae Brunken stis on her dining room table.

'Double Indemnity' house returns to '40s glamour

Mae Brunken (SDSA Member and former Board of Directors) blends Art Deco interiors and Spanish architecture to create a 'playful' environment.  "Set decorating has changed my approach to interiors of an actual home," she says. "Because when I'm doing a set, I'm creating the character, what she would have and what her lifestyle is."

For this modern-day woman, it's a home of glamour and elegance that even Rita Hayworth or Ava Gardner would envy.

Click here to see many more photos! Read LA Times Story below:


www.latimes.com/features/home/


Saturday, August 29th
Behind the Scenes of hit TV show House, MD
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Footage has been released in advance of the premiere, this time a behind the scene look to the construction of the psychiatric hospital set. Production Designer Jeremy Cassels and Set Decorator Natali Pope, SDSA take viewers into the world of designing from creating the blueprint and the miniature to building the actual set.  Click below for link to video:
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Friday, August 21st
Quentin Tarantino's Design Team Take You Behind the Scenes of "Inglorious Bastards"
Production Designer David Wasco and Set Decorator Sandy Wasco SDSA
The husband-and-wife team share details of their creative process and history of working with director Tarantino in this interview loaded with photos! 
For more on Film Decor and Inglourious Basterds, check out the all NEW SETDECOR Online:
Click Here

flavorwire.com/35183/stills-in


Wednesday, August 12th
EXCLUSIVE: Go behind the scenes of Ashton Kutcher's 'Spread'

Production Designer Cabot McMullen and Set Decorator Beth Wooke SDSA.
The creative minds behind Ashton Kutcher's latest film talk about bringing this Los Angeles feature to life.  Plus take a visual tour of the movie's sets!

latimesblogs.latimes.com/thedi


Friday, August 7th
Set Decorator Amy Wells SDSA (2009 Emmy Nominee - MAD MEN) takes us shopping!
Set Decorator Amy Wells SDSA has received her third EMMY nomination - this time for her outstanding work on the hit AMC Series MAD MENRecently the Los Angeles Times asked Amy to prowl the aisles of a discount store (her choice was HomeGoods) to show how she separates the chaff from the wheat.
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Follow the link below to read the full story.
www.latimes.com/features/home/View PDF


Wednesday, July 22nd 2009, 5:26 pm
Set Decorator Susan Bode Tyson SDSA Heats Up JULIE & JULIA
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Country Living Magazine has done a delightful piece on Set Decorator Susan Bode Tyson SDSA and her remarkable recreation of Julia Child's kitchen in the new film JULIE & JULIA - check it out here!

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Saturday, July 18th
For Your Consideration!
Congratulations Ann Shea, Susan Eschelbach, Amy Feldman, Kimberly Wannop, Ron Franco, Amy Wells, Halina Siwilop, Rusty Libscomb, and James Pearse Connelly on your Nominations for an Emmy!
For a Full List of Nominees  - click here for EMMYS.com

For the complete story check out "Awards" in our all new SETDECOR online:
 
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Friday, June 26th
Hugh Scaife 1930-2009
Set Decorator Hugh Scaife died Thursday June 25th  at his adopted hometown of  Wilmington ,  North Carolina . He was 79. Originally from Headley, Hampshire, England he was nominated for the Academy Award © on three separate occasions for the James Bond thriller“The Spy Who Loved Me” in 1978, the David Lynch directed “The Elephant Man” 1980 and David Lean’s final masterpiece “A Passage to India” in 1984. Mr. Scaife was also nominated for television’s Emmy Award © for the English/East Asia period piece “Noble House” (1988). Other film credits include “Papillon” and “Eye of the Needle’. He was also known as an accomplished jazz pianist and composer, a fine painter and pilot. He was also a Wonderful story teller, and we're sure they were all true! He collected "Stuff" from all his travels and if you were lucky enough to work in Wilmington, or within trucking distance,  his Prop house was full of the most eclectic marvelous pieces.

By all who ever met him he will be missed as a true artist a brilliant eccentric and a lover of the occasional Gin & Tonic.

He is survived by his wife, set decorator Marthe Pineau.

Donations can be made to the New Hanover County Humane Society,  2405 N. 23rd St. ,  Wilmington   NC   28401 , in memory of Hugh's love for animals, especially his own cats.


www.nhumanesoc.com/


Thursday, June 25th
SDSA New Business Members-Welcome!
We encourage all of the SDSA to visit these new members and to remember to check "Decorator Resources" for a complete list of businesses to help with all their set decor!


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Tuesday, June 23rd
20th Century Props


Harvey Schwartz from 20th Century Props was interviewed on the Today Show:

today.msnbc.msn.com/id/2618489


Monday, June 22nd
Dress The Set With Tears: It's a Wrap

The rattan sofa from “The Golden Girls” awaits its next role from a shelf deep inside the 20th Century Props warehouse here. Nearby is the futuristic shower Tom Cruise used in “Minority Report” and an armchair that starred with Marilyn Monroe in multiple films. Overhead: Art Deco chandeliers from “The Aviator.”  20th Century Props serves Hollywood with items like the alien from “The X-Files.”

On Tuesday, Harvey Schwartz stood amid it all, in tears, wondering how his prop shop, which offers a vast inventory of items to be used in film and television productions, became the latest victim of a rapidly changing Hollywood...read on here:

www.nytimes.com/2009/06/18/movView PDF


Saturday, June 20th
General Membership Meeting: Hollywood Piano
Hollywood Piano Company would like to thank the following businesses for their kind help and assistance in producing the truly fun "General Membership Meeting" held on Friday, June 19th. 
Kettle One Vodka & Sierra Nevada Ales provided by
Hollywood International Placements, SDSA
Event décor provided by Aah Inspiring Balloons, SDSA
Floral décor provided by Julie Komen Floral Design, SDSA
                                     & Sandy Rose Foral Inc, SDSA
Angel Wing Wines & Solixir provided by Eclipse Worldwide, SDSA
Tables & Chair assistance from Town and Country Event Rentals, SDSA
Some Food provided by Handy Market, Burbank
Some Wines provided by Haliya Wines, Santa Clara



Thursday, June 11th
Set Decor: The Hangover
  One crew member spent a week just gluing beer bottles together as part of an effort to inject just the right amount of destruction and debauchery into the film's bachelor party site.

For "The Hangover," a movie about a bachelor party gone a little too wild, set decorator Danielle Berman didn't have a lot to guide her when thinking about how to trash the hotel suite the partyers wake up to. "Not a lot was actually written" in the script, she says. "The scene was just described as 'the destroyed suite.' " The crew had two days to prepare the results of the debauchery. "We just had to think: These guys took a form of Ecstasy. What would they be obsessed about doing?" So, the crew built an extreme house of cards, tied sheets into a swing and attacked the furniture with a sword. One crew member spent a week gluing beer bottles together. Some blow-up dolls, believe it or not, were deemed too risqué.
-- Patrick Kevin Day
www.latimes.com/entertainment/


Saturday, May 23rd
Website Committee News
New Chairman Victor Zolfo and past Chairman Beth Wooke have put together a message of thanks (click link below) from the Website Committee to all members of the SDSA!

Committee members include Set Decor Magazine, Karen Burg (Editorial contributor), Michael-3D Mike-Sabga (Gallery), Joanne Baker, Ken Haber, Bryan Venegas (Calendar), Jon Danniells (Events), Jennifer Gentile (Membership & Amazon), Natalie Contreras (Subscriptions/Box Set sales) and Maria Lopez (Advertising).  Interest in participating on this committee is always welcome!  For information on anything to do with the website contact us at website@setdecorators.org

www.setdecoratorssociety.com


Thursday, May 7th
Set Decorator: John M. Dwyer

“Star Trek” set decorator John M. Dwyer explains a device held by Captain Kirk (William Shatner).  What do Hollywood stuntman Dick Ziker and set decorator John M. Dwyer have in common? They have both won Emmy Awards; they both worked on the films “Patriot Games,” “Terminator 2,” “Star Trek V” and “Jaws;” and they were both guests at the 2009 Fallbrook Film Festival’s round of Q&A sessions held at the Art Campus of Fallbrook. Linda Mandrayar of Bonsall also hosted a Q&A session, sharing her experiences as a filmmaker in India.  Link below:

www.thevillagenews.com/story/3View PDF


Sunday, April 26th
Set Decor: Frost / Nixon
Hilton suite
Here is a blogger that fell for the interiors of the movie "Frost / Nixon".  She gives us a mention (click on Hot Off the Set for more in Set Decor) but also tracks down some additional images from several other sources.  Susan Benjamin, SDSA is the Set Decorator.
Check out her perspective by clicking below:

fourwallsandaroof.com/2009/04/


Sunday, March 8th
Set Decor: On the set of CW's "Privileged"

Get the inside scoop from production designer, Rachel Kamerman, and set decorator, Claire Kaufman, SDSA about designing teen character Sage's new dreamy bedroom set. Needless to say, the duo had a ton of fun putting this Palm Beach "It-Girl" abode together, but the duo also wants their viewers to know that the look is not all about expense.  Lots of great photos to view and get details on from the blog "Set Envy"!
setenvy.blogspot.com/2009/03/o


Tuesday, February 24th
Set Decor: Rules of Engagement

David Strick's Hollywood Backlot


David Strick's Hollywood Backlot takes his camera back stage of the filming of "Rules of Engagement" coming back this spring.  Sets are beautifully decorated by Jerie Kelter, SDSA.  See Spotlight on Jerie from last summer (click here)
photos.latimes.com/backlot/gal


Friday, February 20th
Tax incentives finally come to California
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a former movie actor, has been trying for years to get tax credits to keep California's signature industry at home.

He got his wish early Thursday when the Legislature approved tax credits for film and television productions as part of an economic stimulus provision of the new state budget.


www.latimes.com/entertainment/


Thursday, February 19th
Good Morning America: Rosemary Brandenburg

Rosemary Brandenburg is interviewed on the "Good Morning America" show as part of their build up to the Oscars.  Great coverage of what a set decorator does.  Click link below for video.

abcnews.go.com/Video/playerInd


Tuesday, January 27th
Set Decor: United States of Tara

David Strick's Hollywood Backlot

David Strick's Hollywood Backlot takes his camera back stage of the filming of  "United States of Tara" a new Showtime series decorated by Beth Wooke, SDSA
photos.latimes.com/backlot/gal


Thursday, January 15th
Welcome New Business Members and Decorator Resources!
  • Air Dimensional Design Ph: 818 765 8100 www.airdd.com Event Décor
  • Bauer Pottery Company of Los Angeles PH: 909 425 5700 www.bauerpottery.com Manufacturer of ceramics
  • Mediaplacement Entertainment Inc Ph: 323 851 5800 www.mediaplacement.net Product placement, entertainment marketing
  • Set Stuff Rentals Inc Ph: 323 993 9500 www.setstuffrentals.com Equipment rental company specializing in production
For all our "Decorator Resources" and more detailed information on our business members go to:

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2008
Monday, November 17th
On The Set: Pushing Daises
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Apartment Therapy LA blog, just loves the show "Pushing Daises" and has many pictures from the show to illustrate details! Halina Siwolop, SDSA is the set decorator.
www.apartmenttherapy.com/la/lo


Wednesday, November 12th
Interior Design: Mae brunken
Our own SDSA board member and fellow set decorator, Mae Brunken, has a successful interior design business to keep her busy (!!) between set decor jobs... She has been recently getting a lot of press for her restaurant and residential design jobs and here is a link from April 2008 of H-Magazine (a Los Angeles based art and culture magazine) as well as, the new Angeleno Interiors magazine November 2008. Check it out:
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Friday, August 8th
Set Decor: EMMY AWARDS
Congratulations SDSA Members Susan Eschelbach-How I met Your Mother, Ron Franco-Heroes, Amy Wells-Mad Men, Halina Siwolop-Pushing Daisies, Archie D'Amico-Ugly Betty, and Daryn Reid Goodall-Mad TV, on your Emmy Award Nominations in the category of Best Art Direction. Click here for complete list of nominees:

cdn.emmys.tv/awards/2008pte/60


Tuesday, August 5th
Set Decor: Lost
Due to an unforeseen family situation, Carol Bayne Kelley, SDSA will be taking a short leave of absence from the show "Lost" as their set decorator. In the meantime, Julieann
Getman, SDSA will replace Carol on the hit TV show while production takes place on the island of Oahu, Hawaii over the next 4 months. For more information on the show "Lost", be sure to check out the website link below for fan widgets, videos, episodes and more.
They have been nominated for 2 Emmys, congrats!


abc.go.com/primetime/lost/inde


Friday, July 25th
Decorator Resources
Welcome new Business members to the SDSA Decorator Resources Summer 2008!

Astro Audio, Video and Lighting www.astroavl.com
California Gift Show www.californiagiftshow.com
Front Row Media www.frontrowmedia.com
Grace Home Furnishings wwwgracehomefurnishings.com
Jes Gordon/Proper Fun www.jesgordon.com

For a complete list of business members of the SDSA print copy by clicking on "view pdf"

?art=resourcesView PDF


Thursday, July 24th
With Emmy buzz and secrets galore, it's a 'Mad' world
...Amy Wells is the set decorator for "Mad Men" and, like her boss, series creator Matthew Weiner, a fanatic for authenticity, down to minute details unlikely to be noticed on television...


www.stltoday.com/stltoday/enteView PDF


Wednesday, July 23rd
TV: The cast of TNT 'Saving Grace' talk second season
"...We were all sitting together in Grace’s living room, a set filled to the rafters with an eclectic mix of House of Blues-tinged southern funk, sixties and seventies kitsch and earthy artwork and objects that reflected the disorganized, Bohemian tastes of Grace.
“This is all the work of Richard Walker,” explained Holly Hunter as she swept her arm around the room, from the fireplace where I sat to the kitchen dishes stacked in the sink, beer bottles and stubbed out cigarettes filling each circa 1960’s California potteries colorful ashtrays. “He’s a genius set decorator.”


www.monstersandcritics.com/smaView PDF


Friday, July 18th
TV: Visiting 'Mad Men' set a trip back to the 60's
"...It was like stepping into a time machine and being swept back to the days of Formica countertops, Lucky Strikes and bourbon lunches.  This show's elaborate set design is a perfect example of how essential detail and careful research are to conveying a specific era and mindset..."
Amy Wells, SDSA, is featured in this article:

www.sltrib.com/travel/ci_99142View PDF


Saturday, June 14th
Sex and the City a must-see for deco hounds
For fashionistas and deco hounds, some movies are a must-see. Two years ago, it was The Devil Wears Prada, while this summer it's Sex and the City.  These movies hold up a mirror and often poke fun at the trends that we take so seriously. Remember Meryl Streep with her power handbags? Yes, the plots are fun and the acting amusing, but really, we are going to see the clothes, the sets and the styling.

Sex and the City does not disappoint...
www.nationalpost.com/opinion/cView PDF


Friday, May 23rd
Gayle Anderson from KTLA interviews Live!
Gayle Anderson was live in Beverly Hills to take a look at the FREE exhibit that features the home library of an action hero, the bedroom of a mother-to-be and the office of a police chief will be among the installations celebrating the set decorator's art.  Click on the Iron man, The Mummy and Spiderwick videos at the bottom of this link to view interviews with all the set decorators involved with the AMPAS Exhibition.

ktla.trb.com/news/local/mornin


Thursday, May 15th
Opening reception for "Pulling Back the Drapes: Set Decoration Revealed"

credit: Greg Harbaugh / ©A.M.P.A.S.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' new exhibition, "Pulling Back the Drapes: Set Decoration Revealed," an exhibition showcasing examples of contemporary set decoration, had its opening reception on May 15, 2008, in Beverly Hills. Pictured here: five of the seven set decorators whose work is featured in the exhibition, left to right, Leslie Rollins, Anne Kuljian, K.C. Fox, Lauri Gaffin and Jan Pascale. "Pulling Back the Drapes" is open to the public and will be on display through Sunday, August 24.

photos.oscars.org/listanevent.


Thursday, May 15th
'Iron Man,' 'Baby Mama' and more: Exhibit showcases set decorators
"PULLING Back the Drapes," a new exhibition at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Fourth Floor Gallery, looks to shed some light on an individual who is instrumental in breathing three-dimensional life into the two-dimensional realm of the movies: the set decorator.

"The set decorator is the person who comes in and gives layer and depth and personality, so that actors in that set will be sitting in the right type of furniture and interact with objects that connect to their characters and help them build their characters."

www.latimes.com/features/printView PDF


Thursday, May 15th
Loft Life: Goes to the Movies

"As a compulsive moviegoing, dvd-obsessed, want-to-be film buff, I have come to the following conclusion: In almost every film, even the realistic, gritty types, there is at least one character with amazing digs. And more often than not, this character is the starving artist, or the wayward 20-something who calls a converted mattress factory (complete with a spiral staircase) home..."

LoftLife Magazine picks their top movie sets that include SDSA member decorated lofts such as Susan Bode-Tyson' "Unfaithful", Leslie frankenheimer' "Blade Runner", George Detitta' "New York Stories", Sandy Reynolds-Wasco' "Bottle Rocket", among others:

atlanta.loftlifemag.com/inthisView PDF


Wednesday, May 7th
SDSA: Big Sunday
“Big Sunday” was different for a small group of SDSA members than it was for most people who volunteered to paint, fix, organize, build and plant all over LA County. Pam and Jim Elyea at “History for Hire” were asked to host a “Day with the Set Decorators” for teenagers from several shelters. SDSA members Laura Richarz, Corri Levelle, Nya Patrinos, Chris Champagne and Daryn Goodall were joined by shopper Janna Crawford, we gave several tours, talked about the craft of Set Decoration, shared war stories, demonstrated the tools of the trade and answered a thousand questions. A group of girl scouts arrived early to set up, stayed late to clean up and served pizza in the middle of the day. All in all, it was a great day.  Special thanks to Fleur Nooyan for getting the SDSA connected with this special event(s)!
For more information on "Big Sunday" events click on their website:

www.bigsunday.org


Tuesday, May 6th
Community Outreach: L.A. Goal
The Community Outreach Committee of the SDSA supports the charity L.A. Goal. The Executive Director of L.A. Goal, Petite Konstantin, was interviewed by the Today Show about their book "Disabled Fables" and the artists that illustrated it. To learn more about the amazing work that L.A. Goal provides please click on the website below and be sure to watch the video linked there. Their book, which raises funds for their organization, is available at Amazon.com.
www.insideoutproductions.com/


Saturday, May 3rd
Interview with Sandy Reynolds-Wasco, SDSA

“EVEN WHAT NEVER APPEARS IN THE FRAME CAN INFLUENCE THE ACTOR’S PERFORMANCE, SO IT ALL COUNTS.
IT ALL HAS TO BE TRUTHFUL, OR AT LEAST TRUTH-Y.”

Sandy Reynolds-Wasco is one of the most accomplished set decorators in Hollywood. Over the years, and nearly always in collaboration with her husband, the renowned art director and production designer David Wasco, she has worked on a long list of A-list, iconic films, including nearly everything Wes Anderson and Quentin Tarantino have done. She is also one of the leading experts on postwar modernism... link to article below:


www.believermag.com/exclusives


Saturday, May 3rd
Set Decor: The 40 year old virgin
"Set decorator K.C. Fox found herself logging hundreds of hours browsing comic book conventions, flea markets, vintage toy and movie memorabilia stores and scouring eBay for some of the hard-to-find collectibles..."
madeinatlantis.blogspot.com/20


Wednesday, April 23rd
Movie Sets Set Up in Academy Gallery
Beverly Hills, CA — The home library of an action hero, the bedroom of a mother-to-be and the office of a police chief will be among the installations celebrating the set decorator’s art in “Pulling Back the Drapes: Set Decoration Revealed,” a new exhibition opening on Friday, May 16, in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Fourth Floor Gallery in Beverly Hills. 
www.webwire.com/ViewPressRel.a


Thursday, April 17th
Local 44
For those of us who may have been affected by the writers strike and potential SAG strike, Local 44 has posted a page on their website with helpful financial aid links to support it's struggling members. The website www.local44.org also is a great source for news about the strikes and impact on it's members. Remember, if you are a member, you can post a resume, get lists of productions in development, and get information on current productions for possible employment leads.
www.local44.com/content.php?mo


Monday, April 7th
Set Decor: 1-800-autopsy
Death, Inc.
LA Times newspaper featured a great story on SDSA Business member, 1-800-autopsy, and his thriving studio rental business morgueproprentals.com which started of all things from a previous living as the Deputy Field Investigator for Los Angeles County coronor's office. Check out the link or the pdf below:
www.latimes.com/news/science/lView PDF


Sunday, April 6th
Decorator Resources
Welcome new Business members to the SDSA Decorator Resources 2008!

East West International www.eastwestsales.com
Hollywood Christmas www.hollywoodchristmasguy.com
Main Street Lighting www.mainstreetlighting.com
Rezon8 Living www.rezon8living.com
Studio Lilica www.studiolilica.com
Town and Country Event Rentals www.townandcountryeventrentals.com
Valley Drapery & Upholsery www.valleydrapery.com

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Saturday, March 1st
Set Decor: Miss Pettigrew
The Satin and Silk world of "Miss Pettigrew" is featured in The Los Angeles Times.  SDSA Member, Katie Spencer is the Set Decorator for the feature film.
Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day

www.latimes.com/features/home/View PDF


Sunday, February 10th
British Academy Awards
Congratulations to SDSA Member Katie Spencer for your BAFTA award for Set Decoration on the movie Atonement.  For a complete list of nominees click on the link below:
www.bafta.org


Sunday, January 27th
Set Decor: There will be Blood
Canadian and SDSA Member, Jim Erickson is profiled in this article about his life, his garden, and his nomination for an Academy Award on There Will Be Blood.

...Hollywood first noticed set decorator Jim Erickson when he helped send killer robots after Tom Selleck in the 1984 Vancouver-filmed sci-fi thriller Runaway...

 
www.canada.com/theprovince/new


Saturday, January 5th
The Show Must Go On! SDSA Members help at the office during the strike...
While the strike goes on with the WGA, many members of the SDSA have used their sudden "free time" to volunteer around the office. Today members Beth Wooke, Rosemary Brandenburg (& Valentino!), Gene Cane, Daryn Reid Goodall, Dan Schultz and Joanne Baker came in to clean up the email lists and to generally help with whatever they could. Members are encouraged to update their free listing on the website, add resumes, and upload photographs while waiting for the storm to clear... If you can volunteer any of your time or have questions, please contact the office at 323-462-3060.
(Ken Haber took the photograph attached below)

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2007
Sunday, December 30th
Jim Mees on decorating Star Trek
Jim Mees Interview - Part 1Jim Mees, SDSA talks on camera (with sets from Star Trek: The Next Generation) about what a Set Decorator does and the particular challenges of designing decorations and furniture for the world of Star Trek. In this exclusive interview, Jim talks about how he creates the look and feel of both human and alien worlds as well as some of the challenges he has overcome to accomplish this.  Click on link below to view video:

www.startrek.com/startrek/view


Thursday, December 27th
Set Decor: There will be Blood
LA Times featured an extensive article on the filming of "There Will Be Blood" in the location of the Greystone Mansion in Los Angeles.
SDSA Member Jim Erickson is the Set Decorator and quoted in the article linked below.
If you are asked to "log in" to LA Times, it is free, but you can view also by clicking on the attached pdf:
 
www.latimes.com/features/printView PDF


Tuesday, December 18th
House, MD
Here is a fun blog that asks interior design questions about House, MD. Decorated by SDSA member, Danielle Berman.
 
www.apartmenttherapy.com/la/pa


Monday, December 10th
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Here is a blog that is just smitten with Mr. and Mrs. Smith, decorated by SDSA member, Victor Zolfo:
 
//kumaridesign.typepad.com/occ


Friday, December 7th
Diary of a Set Decorator
On the Architectural Digest magazine website BEYOND AD, we get a chance to spend the day with SDSA Set Decorators Erica Rogalla, Cloudia Rebar, Ann Shea and Ellen Brill on the sets of TV shows "Desperate Housewives", "24", "Two and 1/2 Men" and TV pilot "Marlowe". Click on link below, then on the tab The Design Scene (Top Left), then click on Diary of a Set Decorator to read all three fantastic bios!  
www.beyondad.com


Thursday, November 1st
Podcast: Tales of a Hollywood set decorator
Chris Spellman, who has worked as a set decorator and production designer on films and TV shows, including Superbad, Freaks and Geeks, Magnolia, Grosse Pointe Blank, Knocked Up, The Man Who Wasn't There and the upcoming Pineapple Express is interviewed for an interesting Podcast-linked below. The movie mostly discussed is The Big Lebowski.

blogs.usatoday.com/popcandy/20


Thursday, October 18th
Set Decorator Amy Wells is featured in LA Times
SET PIECES
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THE AMC drama "Mad Men," which paints a gin-soaked, cigarette-stained, ulcer-inducing picture of Manhattan's advertising industry circa 1960, is a period-perfect re-creation of the past, colored by the emerging trends of the present: When those hard-driving executives leave their masculine Modern office suites, they go home to the feminine Colonial Revival homes of suburbia.

www.apartmenttherapy.com/la/in


Monday, October 1st
Sex and the City
HBO has a detailed look at each of the main characters homes in the show "Sex and the City" and interviews Production Designer Jeremy Conway. SDSA members Karin Weisel and Ondine Karady decorated that show over the 6 seasons it ran on TV.
www.hbo.com/city/interiors/car


Tuesday, September 25th
Set Decor Magazine
The popular blog "LA Apartment Therapy" just gave a rave review of our very own Set Decor Magazine!
la.apartmenttherapy.com/la/ins


Monday, September 24th
Mad Men
This blog discusses the amazing sets of AMC Network show "Mad Men" decorated with authenticity by SDSA member Amy Wells. Links to videos are also provided.
happymundane.blogspot.com/2007


Wednesday, September 19th
Grey's Anatomy
The Art (!) in the show "Grey's Anatomy" even gets noticed and heavily discussed in this blog.  Karen Bruck, SDSA member is the Set Decorator for that popular show.
la.apartmenttherapy.com/la/ins


Wednesday, September 5th
Richard Kurtz 1961-2007
The SDSA mourns the passing of business member Richard Kurtz, founder of kurtzunlimited.  An SDSA member since 1998 Richard had been active in the organization including MarketPlace, both exhibiting and serving on the planning committee and supplying digital printing for The Secret Life of Sets at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. He will be missed. Please check the kurtzunlimited website for further information
www.kurtzunlimited.com


Saturday, August 25th
Homes: Movie set decorators create rooms with character...
Through painstaking research, set decorators create a mood and a look that becomes as much a part of a movie as the actors. This Times Colonial Canadian Newspaper article discusses the job of a Set Decorator.
www.canada.com/victoriatimesco


Thursday, August 23rd
The Nanny Diaries
The bedroom is not so "kid friendly" in this latest article on the Nanny Diaries decorated by SDSA Member, Andrew Baseman.  Check out the link below:

www.shelterrific.com/2007/08/2


Monday, August 20th
The Nanny Diaries
Andrew Baseman, SDSA is featured in Traditional Home Magazine (SDSA Business Member) and on their website for his work on The Nanny Diaries.  View all 10 photos to see the many details that Andrew put into his Set Decoration!  
www.traditionalhome.com/design


Thursday, August 9th
What is your favorite TV Decor?
shelterrific.com asks its readers to comment on their favorite TV Show Set Decoration and the responses range from the Mary Tyler Moore Show to Friends (Greg Grande, SDSA) and Will & Grace (Melinda Ritz, SDSA). Feel free to add your own suggestions...

www.shelterrific.com/2007/08/0


Thursday, July 19th
Hairspray, The Movie
Gordon Sim, SDSA member is discussed in this feature article on the movie Hairspray!

www.shelterrific.com/2007/07/1


Wednesday, July 18th
Cisco Home
SDSA New Business Member, Cisco Home' owner, Cisco Pinedo is featured in the Los Angeles Times. His commitment to Los Angeles and his successful furnishings company are highlighted as well as his beautiful San Marino home. We also want to thank Cisco for joining the SDSA and for hosting the fun general membership meeting for the decorators in May!

www.latimes.com/features/home/View GIF


Thursday, July 5th
A Home that comes with an "Entourage"
Set Decorator Jill Sprayregan Henkel, SDSA interviewed in LA Times for the HBO Show "Entourage".
www.latimes.com/features/home/


Tuesday, July 3rd
The Joy of Sets
The British newspaper, The Daily Telegraph, writes about Set Decorating with interviews including Victor Zolfo, SDSA and Rosemary Brandenburg, SDSA among others...
www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.


Sunday, July 1st
"Traveling Pants" travels to New Haven, CT
George Detitta, SDSA, is interviewed about decorating within a hospital for "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Part 2" in New Haven, CT.

www.nhregister.com/site/news.c


Sunday, July 1st
Julie Kaye Fanton

After graduating from Ole Miss in August 1979, Julie Kaye Fanton, SDSA, packed up her Datson station wagon and made the long trek to Los Angeles without a job prospect or a place to live.  Twenty-four years later, she had been nominated for her second Emmy award for set decoration in a span of five years.  Read about her in Ole Miss Alumni news.  Currently decorating "My Name is Earl".


media.www.thedmonline.com/medi


Tuesday, June 26th
RADIO ACME
Listen to "Radio ACME", produced by the resource book The ACME Handbook.  Interviews with the Art Directors Guild President Tom Walsh, who also is the Production Designer of the hit TV Show "Desperate Housewives" and decorated by SDSA member, Erica Rogalla.

www.theacme.com/?art=radioacme


Monday, June 25th
Nancy Drew
Here is a blog that just loves the Sets from the feature film, Nancy Drew.

morewaystowastetime.blogspot.c


Monday, June 25th
Knocked up
Shelterific blog discusses the set decor of the feature "Knocked Up".  Not the main characters' cute guest house, mind you, but the stoner guys!  Hmmm, what a set decorator has to think up on a daily basis in our jobs...enjoy.

www.shelterrific.com/2007/06/1


Sunday, June 10th
Photos of the Annual Luncheon!
If you want to see photos from the Annual SDSA Luncheon at the Skirball center last March 2010, click on this link. You can browse the photos, tag photos and also buy prints in any shape and form you can imagine.

www.printroom.com/ViewGalleryP


Thursday, June 7th
Entourage
Our own Rob Turner is interviewed for an article in Real Estate Journal and references set decorating the hit TV show "Entourage". Jill Sprayregen Henkel, SDSA member, is the Set Decorator for that show.
www.realestatejournal.com/colu


Friday, June 1st
Set Decorator Extraordinaire
FIDM had SDSA member Cheryal Kearney talk to the students about her 30 years as a Set Decorator in Television on hits such as "The Practice". Here is an article about her visit:
www.fidm.com/academics/majors/


Saturday, May 19th
Top Ten inspired Movie Decor
The daily blog Apartment Therapy discusses their favorite movie sets that inspire them.

la.apartmenttherapy.com/la/ins


Tuesday, May 15th
What's your favorite home Set Decor?
Shelterific blog asks it's readers to list their favorite sets and why from Movies. The faves are all over the map but starts with the feature "Dream Girls".
www.shelterrific.com/2007/02/2


Tuesday, May 15th
Something's Gotta Give / Architectural Digest
"Something's Gotta Give", decorated by Beth Rubino, SDSA is featured in Architectural Digest Magazine's beautiful website:

www.architecturaldigest.com/ho


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