Our guest this week, Beth Kushnick, has decorated sets from some of your favorite films and TV shows including The Good Wife, Jumanji, and Anchorman 2 just to name a few. She joins the show to share what exactly a Set Decorator does, and how she started as an art lover in New York to compose visuals for the top sets in the entertainment industry. Beth also geeks out with us about lighting, picking the perfect colors, and her biggest pet peeve in set decoration. Beth also is the host of the podcast, Decorating the Set: From Hollywood To Your Home.
What You’ll Hear on This Episode:
- The difference between decorating for a TV series versus in movies.
- How Beth started in theater with design and painting and got led to set design for movies and television.
- Why you should be on the lookout for the little “easter eggs” in movies and TV, a clever gift from the crew!
- How Beth designs perfectly for each character and makes the sets seem realistic to their personality.
- Why you won’t see black drywall screws anywhere near one of Beth’s sets!
- Artwork is so important to the set, and Beth explains how she finds appropriately themed artwork for each production.
- Beth explains the decisions on picking a color to make the actors look good and bring out their best features.
- The nuance of paint and why natural colors are so classic.
- Beth gets super jazzed about lighting and shares what she uses to honor the set design by using practicals for lighting.
I am a 25-year-old graphic designer and my boyfriend, and I purchased our first home. It’s a 1959 ranch. We painted the walls Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams, and we ripped up disgusting carpet and refinished our oak floors.
Overall, I think it has come together nicely for the first phase of our life here, but after listening to the podcast there are certain pain points that are bothering me.
1) The dining room – we are currently looking for a light fixture that isn’t brass. We love the idea of silver accents. My boyfriend fell in love with this farmhouse and table and chair set, so that we included that (not my fav but we have to compromise sometimes). I purchased a 6’x9’ Ballard Designs sea grass rug for the space as well.
My question for this space – how can I add more storage in this space for linens, extra dishes, with such a tight space?
My first thought was to add a cabinet a few feet away in the living space that would store these kinds of items and contain our awful WiFi router.
My second thought was to save up for a console table with storage for the “entry way” underneath my mirror. I think this console table and the lamps look a little off with the more style I’m going for (I love the feminine, southern, traditional style seen in Betsy Mosby and Alexandra Kaehler’s style – Karen I also love your dining room!) Do you have any thoughts on how to add this storage or how to make the pain points look, for the lack of a better term, better?
Also, there are random wall plates that aren’t switched out, etc. – we’re currently in the middle of a rewire so it’s kind of a disaster.
Thank you so much!
Thank you so much for writing in! So, we think you have more space than you think you do. Beth agrees with you that the entry-way can turn into a small cabinet, and you could possibly move it back to create more storage space. This would then help you dress the window behind the cabinet, lending to you to some interesting color options. In this circumstance, the tape measurer will be your best friend, especially when it comes to depth. We would go as big as possible which could be your buffet, and you can add lamps and candles for some great lighting options. A funky chair facing the sofa to ground the sofa would be great.
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