Ellen Christiansen, the design brains behind the Golden Globe-winning show set in the 1950s, dishes on wallpaper, period pieces, and (of course) Pyrex.
1. Ellen hoards magazines, Pyrex pieces, and Smeg appliances to feature on the show. “The 1957 Harper’s Bazaar was a good reference for the cosmetics department at B. Altman (where lead character Midge goes to work),” she says. “Midge collects pink cookware, including Pink Daisy Pyrex.”
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2. Her #1 design mantra is “mix-it-up.” The principle applies to decorating any place, whether it’s the Mrs. Maisel set or a real-life home. “Mixing periods is like mixing personalities at a party—the more the merrier, as long as it’s harmonious,” she says. “Choosing pieces you love from any period will help to start the conversation.”
3. All the fabrics and materials on the show come from all over the country.“The Brimfield Antique Show is the best for a broad range [of items],” she says. “Online shopping can be useful, but those serendipitous finds in thrift stores are more exciting. I found great fabric rescued from a department store while visiting family in Minneapolis.”
4. Her greatest source of inspiration may surprise you: “The characters. And fabric stores give me ideas for colors and textures that will help tell their stories.”
5. Those department store lockers—and most of the furniture—came from unusual places. In fact, many of the items in the B.Altman break room came from a decommissioned army base.
6. The show is all about stylish nostalgia—not retro kitsch. Ellen and the rest of the team worked tirelessly to ensure everything looked elegant, not tacky, by relying on timeless pieces. “Bill Groom, the show’s production designer, talks about having period-appropriate furnishings but not necessarily ‘modern’ to the show’s era—classics that still feel collected over time,” she says. Case in point: You’ll find Cole & Son Chippendale China in Stone wallpaper in Midge’s parents’ foyer and Victorian Star in Plaster Pink in her childhood bedroom “We used vintage rolls from Hannah’s Treasures and Rosie’s in the Maisel apartment,” Ellen says.
Staff, C. L. (2018, May 04). 6 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets From ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’. Retrieved from https://www.countryliving.com/home-design/decorating-ideas/a19865020/the-marvelous-mrs-maisel-set-decor/