This has to be one of the biggest and best sets I've ever done--in many ways. This episode stared a fairly unknown actress playing the good twin/evil twin (yes, that plot again) in a 2 hour season opener that Marco will tell us which one--at least I remembered the title he told me).
The location was amazing! One of the great homes of Honolulu happened to be empty. In the mid 80's it was for sale for $5.9 million. It is now the Contemporary Art Museum although some elements of the home remain. A chance to furnish several rooms in this home (and have the budget to do it) was a dream come true and I ran with it! There were still amazing resources back then to choose from: Robert Rose / Kreiss Collection, Orientations by Greg Mills, Consignment Center, Rattan Art Gallery, and Treasures of the East were all world class decorating resources (and all gone now). I remember the black rosewood bench along the wall cost $16,000 (relax, rented for 15%). Well, it was almost a purchase when someone sat on the arm and cracked it. This was one time I didn't let my usual honesty get in the way. We glued it and never said another word!
The most memorable and wonderful event to come out of this design was my meeting the late Betty Ho. Betty was one of "the little old ladies" who did these amazing, creative flower sculptures ("arrangement" is too common!) for the Honolulu Academy of Art (ironically the former location of the home by the builder of this home). Anyway, I'd heard that Betty had a group of ladies who could do some large scale and elegant arrangements for this set. I needed something elegant, opulent, and overscale to help fill these huge spaces--like a 60 foot living room and a 30 foot wide window. We became immediate friends and remained so for 20 years until her untimely death. I learned a lot from her but mine never seemed to match the elegance of hers.
By comparison to most of my sets ( as you may have noticed), this one is not as "full" as most of my sets are. My reasoning that it's easier to take something out than have to find something to put in didn't really apply to this set. It was 80's contemporary with Asian influence in a tropical setting. I also did a bedroom and some outdoor spaces, but I don't know if I have photos of those areas or not. These photos are just the ones I've had in my old portfolio.
This season the producers gave me a photo made from a frame of film that showed my name in the credits. It has Sharon and Tom sitting on that striped day bed with Higgins looking on and my name. It's still framed and I don't want to take it apart to scan. I guess you can always stop motion at the end and see for yourself.
Anyway, I don't think I will be topping this set in the blog any time soon so I hope you enjoy it.
As always, your comments and questions are appreicated!