Why Real Estate Agents Thinks This TV-Inspired Design Trend Is Here to Stay

Why Real Estate Agents Thinks This TV-Inspired Design Trend Is Here to Stay

Chip and Joanna Gaines can be credited for the modern farmhouse craze, while “Mad Men” brought ‘60s mod back into fashion. Now, in the next “life-imitates-art” home decor trend, the hit Netflix show “Bridgerton” is inspiring some to embrace 19th-century regency core, and real estate agents are here for it.

Southern California-based real estate agent Suzi Dailey of Realty ONE Luxe says she’s seeing a modern take on the regency style, especially in older, more ornate homes. Instead of dark colors on the walls or lots of gold detailing, today’s trend is to preserve the details and decorative ormolu on the walls, give the room a fresh coat of white paint, and then call in an eclectic mix of contemporary and antique art, she says. 

In the Midwest and the east coast especially, you can find lots of very formal homes in the more historic neighborhoods, Dailey explains. “Frankly, I am glad that their craftsmanship is being preserved by some owners, and if ‘Bridgerton’ helped inspire that, then that is a further compliment to the show’s authentic time piece of a series,” she says. 

Now in its second season, “Bridgerton” is set in London circa 1813 during the Regency period. Beyond the showstopping grounds and gardens, the opulent interior sets feature damask wallpaper, dramatic gold and bronze mirrors, and luxe, heavy drapes tied together with tassels. There are vases and busts and cornices galore. 

The key to nailing this trend at home is to use a palette of light colors, and maybe accent one or two walls with a fabulous wallpaper in nearby rooms, like the dining room, says Dailey. You could use a combination of soft contemporary furniture mixed with touches of gold and gilded accented fixtures, she says. (We ranked our favorite “Bridgerton” interiors here). 

Patricia Reed, an agent for Douglas Elliman in Houston with a background in antiquities, agrees that royal intrigue (including the popularity of “Bridgerton”) is bringing back the regency-style decor.

“Coming out of the pandemic, our lives feel more casual than ever and I believe people will be leaning towards more formal interiors,” she says. 

She’s seeing more homes infuse regency-era pieces in creative ways, and says it works best in traditional Italianate or English-style architecture. (Of course it helps if you’ve got a home that already has elaborate crown molding and high ceilings so that you can show off those floor-to-ceiling drapes!)

“Adding ornately framed large scale art, old world statement chandeliers and sconces or a beautifully reupholstered chaise lounge with modern fabrics brings hints of the period into modern living,” she says.  

Shows and Movies with Arab American Representation to Watch All Year

Shows and Movies with Arab American Representation to Watch All Year

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Arab American Heritage Month, the five-year-old national initiative to celebrate Americans of Arab descent, started April 1 and lasts the whole month. While still a new tradition, the existence of this month brings forth a modest but exciting outburst of Arab representation in film and television.

For decades, Arabs have scarcely been portrayed in a positive light in Western media; they’ve been shown committing acts of terror or being greedy barbarians. In recent years, however, Arab Americans have been able to get behind the camera and tell their own stories. Ramy Youssef’s Hulu Original series “Ramy” has been nominated for two Emmys, while comedian Mo Amer has had a Netflix special and is set to star in DC Comics’ “Black Adam” in October. 

Although there is progress, there’s no denying we have a long way to go. When I asked people for their favorite Arab American show or movie, many couldn’t even come up with an answer. Arab American media is widely undermade and underseen, but there is an audience waiting to find existing titles and support upcoming ones and wanting to see representation. Here’s where to start:

“A gay Arab American Muslim rom-com. The first of its kind, it was delightful and really warmed my heart! Its existence makes queer people in our community feel seen, and for that I’m beyond grateful. Sure it’s a little corny, but what fun rom-com isn’t?” —Nia Mohamed, Moroccan, Buffalo, New York

Available to watch on Hulu

“In ‘Bittersweet,’ Ahmed Helmy brings forth a humorous look at the life of an Egyptian American returning to Egypt after 20 years. This 2010 Egyptian production is an interesting mix of comedy and drama that explores diaspora, home, and belonging.” —Ahmed AbdulMageed, Egyptian-Palestinian, currently in Amsterdam

Available to watch on Netflix.

Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf

“A relatable story of teenage angst in rebellion, with the added hurdle of being a first-generation Arab-American girl.” —Yasmina Tawil, Lebanese-Syrian, Brooklyn, New York

Available to watch on Netflix.

“I picked ‘Ramy’ because of how relatable it was. The main character is conflicted with his Arab Muslim background and also having been born and raised in the U.S. I think this struggle to balance two identities is depicted honestly within this show and it’s definitely worth the watch.” —Mariam Al-Yakoob, Kuwaiti, West Lafayette, Indiana

Available to watch on Hulu.

“What originally stuck with me was the filmmaking style. It reminded me of a project I tried to make once about Lebanon full of slow, quiet shots of pieces of life. But what really stuck with me, and reflects Arab-American life, is that it explores the concepts of belonging and home. Many Arab-Americans are immigrants or first generation and the concept of their identity and where they belong is very complicated. They often feel like strangers in either of their homelands. Even when someone is not new to the U.S., because we are often othered, it can still be confusing about where you belong.” —Yasmina Tawil, Lebanese-Syrian, Brooklyn, New York

Available to watch on Amazon Prime.

“Cherien Dabis’s ‘Amreeka’ isn’t available to stream or purchase anywhere right now, which is unfortunate since it would’ve been perfect for this list! Instead I’ll recommend her other film, ‘May in the Summer’. It’s a sweet comedy about a newly engaged New York author who returns home to Jordan, where she’s faced with her dysfunctional family.” —Noor Abadi, Sacramento, California

Available to watch on Amazon Prime.

“I recently discovered the British sitcom ‘We Are Lady Parts’, and I love its funny and realistic take on life as a first generation immigrant in the Western world. The show follows an all girl Punk Rock band and is a really honest representation of the joys and struggles of Muslim women torn between cultures and expectations. I’m inspired by the resiliency of the characters and find empathy and humor with the protagonist Amina’s issues with extreme anxiety that cause ‘spontaneous vomiting and diarrhea.’ It’s important to see how similar our experiences are across the diaspora as Arab and Muslim women and I love any show that can make me really laugh.” —Deena Ramadan, Egyptian, Richmond, Virginia

Available to watch on Peacock.

“’Detroit Unleaded’ follows main character Sami as he takes over the family gas station after his immigrant father passes away, and how that responsibility clashes with his personal life when he falls in love with Najlah. The director is native to Detroit, and went out of her way to cast from and film in Detroit, so it’s very authentically Arab American.” —M. Ibrahem, Sudanese, North Carolina

Available to watch on IMDb TV and Tubi TV.

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Eman Ibrahim is a university student studying Animation & Film. She is currently social media manager and blog contributor at the Arab Film & Media Institute.

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These Are the Most-Viewed Halloween TV Episodes in the U.S.

These Are the Most-Viewed Halloween TV Episodes in the U.S.

I don’t know about you, but nothing sets me up for spooky season like a (scarily) good TV show. From recent Netflix series that have taken the internet by storm, like “The Haunting of Hill House” and “Stranger Things“, to classic favorites like such as “The Simpsons” “Treehouse of Horror” episodes, there are plenty of shows to get you in the Halloween spirit.

In a new study, USDish has found the most popular Halloween episodes across the U.S. based on search volume, viewership, and ratings. All the episodes in the study were produced between 1990 and 2020, with a rating of 7.5 or higher on IMDb.

Read on to find out which Halloween episodes Americans sink their teeth into the most…

A firm favorite among Halloween fans is the “The Simpsons”‘ aptly named “Treehouse of Horror” episodes. Taking the number one spot is the OG “Treehouse of Horror”, with 27.4 million views and an average rating of 8.3 on IMDb. The episode first aired back in 1990 and it quickly paved the way for other successful “Treehouse of Horror” episodes—there are currently 31 of them.

“The Simpsons” dominate the list, taking 10 of the 15 places. “Treehouse of Horror II” comes in at third place, with 25.1 million views and a rating of 8.5, while 1994’s “Treehouse of Horror V” takes fifth place, with 22.2 million views, and a 9.2 rating.

Taking the silver medal and coming in at second is none other than “Friends”. First airing in 2001 during season eight, “The One With the Halloween Party” received 27 million views and a rating of 8.5. In the much-loved episode, Monica and Chandler throw a Halloween party where Phoebe runs into her twin sister Ursula, who has been misrepresenting herself to her future fiancé.

The costumes in this episode are of course iconic, with Joey dressed as Chandler; Chandler as a pink bunny rabbit; Monica as Catwoman; Phoebe as Superwoman; Ross as Sputnik; and Rachel as “a woman who spent a lot of money on a dress and she wants to wear because soon she won’t be able to fit into it.”

Another hugely popular Halloween episode is the “Stranger Things” season two premiere, “Chapter One: MADMAX”, which received 15.8 million views and a rating of 8.3.

“The Holographic Excitation” is a Halloween-themed episode of “The Big Bang Theory”. First aired in 2012, the episode was viewed 15.2 million times and has a rating of 8.1. Also making the list, with 14.9 million views and a rating of 7.9 is the 2007 “Criminal Minds” episode, “About Face”.

This Is a Genius (and Potentially Cheap!) Way to Conceal Your TV

This Is a Genius (and Potentially Cheap!) Way to Conceal Your TV

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So you want a Samsung The Frame TV, but you don’t like the price tag. Join the club! I perpetually have it on my home wishlist, but the good news is you can still transform your flatscreen into a work of art… and for a fraction of the cost. Take a page out of designer Hollie Velten-Lattrell’s playbook, and use a textile to hide your high-tech television. All it takes some scissors, paint, fabric, and mounting hardware to do so.

For this particular solution, Velten-Lattrell, who owns the design and creative firm Spaces by Hollie Velten, commissioned a textile cover for client Margeaux Gertmenian’s television when she remodeled her 1920s Tudor home in New Jersey. Gertmenian wanted her house to reflect the airiness of the ocean and woods, but a slick flat screen TV would throw off the “tree house” vibe they were going for in the main living space. That’s when Gertmenian came up with the idea of a textile TV cover to conceal the family’s electronics when not in use.

Velten-Lattrell commissioned artist Janelle Pietrzak from All Roads Design to create the textile, which is fairly simple and resembles a sun, echoing the circular Etsy pulls on the IKEA console below it. The hanging hardware here is custom, but the tapestry essentially is mounted like a curtain. You can commission a TV cover from any artist you admire, but if you’re working with a tight budget, you can also try to DIY a TV tapestry yourself. 

To make your own textile TV cover, source a thick fabric to act as your tapestry. Use either a sewing machine or hemming tape to create a pocket at the top of the fabric for the dowel that will hold your piece in place. Once you’ve created that pocket, paint or embellish the front of the fabric in a design that will best match your living room’s look. If you’re not crafty, try to find a small flat weave rug, or use a piece of thick, patterned fabric that you can convert into a tapestry. Canvas or linen blends work well for this project, and know that dimensions will vary depending on the size of your television. It’s also best to leave a little buffer space around the edges of your tapestry so it completely covers the TV and then some, but more on that below.

For mounting, install two sturdy hooks in a finish of your choosing approximately three inches above your television. Cut your dowel so it’s approximately 10 inches longer than the television screen (5 inches on the right and 5 inches on the left), and slip it into the fabric’s pocket. Then place the tapestry onto the hooks by the dowel. When you want to watch TV, simply roll up the fabric or take down the tapestry entirely. There you have it! You have transformed your wall mounted TV into a work of art, and if you know how to find fabric on the cheap, this project won’t set you back anywhere close to what The Frame costs.

Marlen Komar

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Marlen is a writer first, vintage hoarder second, and donut fiend third. If you have a passion for finding the best taco joints in Chicago or want to talk about Doris Day movies, then she thinks an afternoon coffee date is in order.