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Alexa Boschini

As Seen on TV

September 27, 2013

The fall television season kicked into full gear this week, and the available space on my DVR is already shrinking drastically. You see, I'm a huge movie and TV buff, an entertainment nerd if you will.

I love getting lost in rich, creative worlds filled with well-developed characters and engaging stories, from the tense, high-stakes methamphetamine empire at the heart of Breaking Bad to the quirky personalities that populate city hall on Parks and Recreation.

Since I started working at Home Accents Today, I've added a new layer to my entertainment viewing - analyzing the set décor. I can't help but look past the characters to their surroundings and think about why the set designer chose that chair or that rug or that mirror. What does the set décor say about a given situation, or how does it reflect a certain character?

I've encountered several manufacturers now whose products have been featured in movies and TV shows, whose creations have become a part of stories captured on film for millions of people to see.

We highlighted a few last fall in one of our High Point Market daily editions, including Currey & Company on True Blood, Global Views on Revenge, Interlude Home on The Good Wife, John-Richard on Veep, Howard Elliott on CBS News, Phillips Collection in The Hunger Games and Raymond Waites in Django Unchained.

In honor of the new fall TV season, here are a few more examples of products you might recognize on the small screen:

 Nourison  Nourison True Blood

This summer, Nourison made a cameo appearance in the most recent season of True Blood. A rug from its Miami Collection appeared in the Louisiana mansion of vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer). It also served as the scene of three grisly deaths, as Bill's protégé Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) overindulged when drinking the blood of the town sheriff's daughters.

 

"It's great to see set designers in the entertainment industry picking our products to help shape an atmosphere of a character in a series," said Brooke Feldman, Nourison's digital marketing coordinator. "The Miami Dune rug was a perfect choice for Bill Compton's mansion. The subtle texture in the pattern is a unique shape that mixes traditional and modern; the right combination for an old vampire living in the 21st century."

 

The Flirt chair by Hancock & Moore is a recurring player on the ABC fantasy series Once Upon a Time. The chair is featured in the office of Mayor Regina Mills (Lana Parrilla), the real world incarnation of the Evil Queen from Snow White.

 

The black upholstery and dramatic silhouette complement the dark, gothic style of the overall set décor, creating the perfect modern-day lair for a fairy tale villain.


 Hancock & Moore   Hancock & Moore OUAT
 Global Views   Global Views Nashville

The Texas Dandelion sculptures by Global Views served as background extras in an episode of ABC's Nashville. A cluster of six-point stars radiates from the center of the piece, supported by a stately black base.

 

Here, the Texas Dandelion sculptures can be seen behind actress Hayden Panettiere, who plays a country singer whose star is rising as veteran country superstar Rayna James' (Connie Britton) is starting to fade.


The Cubism headboard by Christopher Guy guest starred in an episode of the E! reality series Keeping Up with the Kardashians. This striking headboard boasts 160 cubes and can be hung vertically or horizontally to fit all base sizes.

 

It's shown here with Kim Kardashian and brother-in-law Lamar Odom, in the Gansevoort Park Avenue Hotel suite where Odom and wife Khloe Kardashian were staying.


 Christopher Guy   Christopher Guy Kardashian
 Kenroy   Kenroy Yard Crashers

The Sherwood fountain by Kenroy Home breathed new life into a tired backyard on the DIY Network's Yard Crashers. "About a month prior to production I was contacted by a show staffer who informed me that we had a fountain on our website that would be perfect for their show...I totally agreed!" said Justin Draughn, digital media manager for Kenroy Home.

 

The three-tiered fountain stands 62 inches tall, features LED lights and is finished in Dusty Travertine.


Mad Mats by Mariachi Imports infused the great outdoors with style and color during their appearance on Project Runway. The fashion reality show featured a challenge in which contestants went "glamping" (aka camping with glamour). Vibrant Mad Mats covered the ground beneath the contestants' white tents.

 

Shown to the right is the Turkish Mad Mat in Aqua, one of the company's most popular designs. Made from 100% recycled plastic, Mad Mats are UV-protected for outdoor durability.


 Mad Mats   Mad Mats Project Runway

 

Have any of your products ever been featured in TV shows or movies? Let us know in the comments section, or email me at aboschini@homeaccentstoday.com for consideration in a future blog post.