Mercy, Mercy Me

Well butter my biscuits, there’s a new period drama coming to PBS.

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The official synopsis reads: “‘Mercy Street’ follows the lives of two volunteer nurses on opposing sides of the Civil War — New England abolitionist Mary Phinney and Confederate supporter Emma Green. The Green family’s luxury hotel in Alexandria, Virginia, has been transformed into Mansion House, a Union Army hospital tending to the war’s wounded. Inspired by memoirs and letters from real doctors and nurse volunteers at Mansion House Hospital, this new drama reveals the stories of those struggling to save lives while managing their own hardships.”

Mercy Street premiers Sunday, January 17th after Downton Abbey.

Here’s why I am looking forward to trying this show out.

Be civil now

One, it’s a rarity these days to find a period drama set in America; especially one set before the 1900s. I find Civil War history both fascinating and heartbreaking. I imagine we will get plenty of both in this part medical drama and part family drama.

Haaaave you met Ted?

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Second, one of the first things that jumped out at me when I watched the trailer was Josh Radnor (aka Ted Mosby from How I Met Your Mother) sporting a full beard and looking quite troubled.

In addition I will enjoy seeing Broadway alums Norbert Leo Butz and Donna Murphy on the small screen.

Bonus: Executive producer Ridley Scott. Enough said.

Gone With The Wind factor

Third, I have always had a special place in my heart for Southern Belles, and their fashion, courtesy of Miss Scarlett O’Hara. Here’s hoping for some great costumes complete with giant hoop skirts.

Who will be watching this Sunday? Any Civil War buffs out there?

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Fixer Upper tackles Mid-century Mod

Confession time. I am addicted to watching HGTV design shows. Yes, I know, I don’t even own a home to decorate, nor could I likely afford most of the items they feature. But for entertaining eye candy and fueling my house of dreams I love it.

One of my favorite shows right now is Fixer Upper. Chip and Joanna Gaines are totally lovable and of course immensely talented. Who doesn’t want to hang out at their farm with their four beautiful kids and the parade of animals Chip is always bringing home?

Now in their third season, this past week, Chip and Joanna showed off some behind the scenes clips and reminisced about their favorite projects. Joanna picked an episode from season 2 where they remodeled a mid-century modern home, which regular viewers of the show will know, is a big departure from the farmhouse chic ascetic that Joanna is known for. Surprisingly one of the episodes I hadn’t seen before, it immediately caught my attention as I love a good mid-century design. I had to go find the full episode to check it out.

Take a look at the amazing transformation. If you want to see for yourself it’s episode 9 of season 2, available on Amazon.

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After kitchen and dining

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Want some mid-century flair in your home?

I am digging these pieces from Joybird Furniture.

The Hughes Sofa – $1,849

I mean, come on, this is so cool. Bonus: You can customize in 90 colors and three wood stains.

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Or this cool glass and solid wood dining  table. Hesse -$1,999

 

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What do you think? Would you go for a mid-century modern look in your home?

Netflix Queue: The 1940s and WWII

We’ve been having a love affair with everything British in the 1940s lately.  Luckily for us Netflix has a nice selection of period tv series so we can get our fix.

These are just a few of our favorites.

Bomb Girls

From Netflix: Focusing on a group of women working in a Canadian munitions factory during World War II, this ensemble drama depicts the dangers and new experiences they face. While drawn from diverse backgrounds, the women soon form strong bonds with their peers.

Land Girls

From Netflix: Set on a farm in the English countryside during World War II, this program follows the lives, loves, highs and lows of four members of the Women’s Land Army who are working at the Hoxley Estate.

Foyle’s War

From Netflix: Set in the English coastal town of Hastings during World War II, this compelling crime drama follows police inspector Christopher Foyle, who discovers that crooks don’t stop for anything — not even war.

Island at War

From Netflix:  Set on a fictional slice of the Channel Islands, this engrossing series follows three families caught on the islands at the beginning of World War II, capturing their experiences as they grapple with the stress of daily life and global conflict.

What are some of your favorites?

Mr. Selfridge – Decadent Costumes, Divine Shopping, and Gibson Girl Hair

Mr.Selfridge is arguably the most beautiful show on television right now. Yet another period drama currently mid-season on PBS, the Masterpiece series explores the sumptuous world of Harry Gordon Selfridge, who was a colorful American tycoon and creator of the famed Selfridge’s department store in the UK. Set in Edwardian London, Mr. Selfridge is cast full of deliciously beautiful women decked out in astounding quantities of silk, satin, lace, organza, tulle, and voile topped by swirling, fluffy Gibson girl hairstyles and often monumental hats adorned with netting, flowers, feathers, and sometimes whole birds. Granted, there are some handsome men too, but it’s the ladies that really capture the screen. 


Amid all of the beautiful costuming, there’s plenty of drama. All the while, Harry Selfridge creates what we know as the modern shopping experience. Ever wonder who thought to put fragrance and cosmetics at the front of department stores? Harry Selfridge! This season has 10 episodes and the second season has been approved for another 10 more. So, if you haven’t yet seen the show, go to PBS.com and watch earlier episodes and the extra features before episode 7 premieres on Sunday, May 12. 

Are you watching Mr. Selfridge? What’s your opinion of the show?