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Monday, April 20th, 2009

HBO’s Grey Gardens


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I’ve said it before and I’ve said it again: If you ever need motivation to clean up your house, go rent the documentary Grey Gardens. If you want to see the HBO take on how it got to be such a mess, watch their version, as it provides that fantastic look to what the house looked like in its prime, and how it came to be covered with cat pee and newspapers a little bit at a time.

Over at, they have some anorexic yet quality slides of the set design. They actually re-created the facade of the house in a few weeks:

Then they only had a few days to create the decayed version:

While they did not have a lot to go one, this is the recreated 1930′s version of the living room:

I was surprised to see so much deep purple.There was a wallpaper on The Barbizon set I simply must have and must share with you. I’ll leave you with this teaser while I go take pictures of my television screen and edit them!

One more thing, these set decorators and costume decorators were very meticulous. Remember when Edie would wear a tablecloth as a skirt in the 1970′s? They made sure that tablecloth was out on a table in the part taking place in the 1930′s. Nice.

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Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the "Editorial Director" here on Hatch, you can find me spewing lots of design opinions and tips over at Houzz. Make me happy -- leave a comment!


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  1. michelle says:

    April 20th, 2009 at 7:53 am (#)

    I loved the chinoisorie wallpaper in “big” Edie’s bedroom with the turquoise painted molding.

  2. Mrs. Blandings says:

    April 20th, 2009 at 8:21 am (#)

    Love the table cloth story. Visual Vamp has more pics of the sets. Don’t know where she got them, but glad she did.

  3. Becky says:

    April 20th, 2009 at 2:02 pm (#)

    Oh goodie, I’ll go check those out. I was taking pictures of my screen with my phone all afternoon!

    I loved all of the wallpapers too. It’s funny, in a lot of ways, the 1930′s Gray Gardens looked like it was the Kip’s Bay showhouse!

  4. Krisse says:

    April 24th, 2009 at 7:22 am (#)

    Definately Kip’s Bay. Love the colors and the wall papers.

  5. annkent says:

    May 1st, 2009 at 6:36 pm (#)

    I loved the original documentary although it was sad in the end. Unfortunately, I do not have HBO (sigh!) and so I guess I will have to wait until the movie version is released on DVD!

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