InspirationJuly 28, 2008

Mama Mia!

So after much cajoling from my mom and other friends I went to see Mama Mia on Saturday night. It’s simply good clean fun, although watching Pierce Brosnan try to sing was a tiny bit painful. But the scenery- oh, the scenery- I am so ready to just pack my bags and move to the Greek Islands and run a little B&B! Seriously, ciao my dear readers, I am running away….

I was trying to pay close attention to the interiors and details after being asked to do a little post about it. The overall look was certainly white and light sea blue, as seen on all the interior walls. This chip, Mikonos from C2 is probably a good bet in recreating that sun bleached feeling! For something a tad bolder with a touch more green, try Salty Brine ( I love how the names match the feeling as well!)


One of the things that caught my eye were the brightly patterned linen drying in the Greek island sun- I read somewhere that they were all Josef Frank prints (who is Swedish, but it the moooovies, dahling). Some cheaper alternatives would be prints from Marimekko, Anthropologie (found this Josef Frank covered chair there!) and Pottery Barn!

PB/ Merrimekko:

Embroidery was also something I noticed, and in searching even found this book on the history of Greek Island Embroidery. I really had no idea that there was so much history there.

I had a hard time finding actual Greek island embroidery that was affordable (unlike this auction item), but this still up top from the movie shows the bedspread I was after, and it does remind me of the much discussed Otomi embroidery from Mexico (at least it would give you a similar feeling).


Flatweave kilim rugs are everywhere, here are a few I found that may help re-create the feeling (click on image for info).


Also seen, wrought iron beds and distressed wood furniture everywhere. A shabby, who cares type look that just exudes relaxation and vacation.
From Circa Trade:

All below from A Rustic Garden:


Bed tot he left from eBay, to the right from Anthropologie:

To add some “oomph” to a distressed dresser, try either of these seaside inspired knobs from Anthropologie:


Also seen everywhere in the film: candlelight. This below from Anthropologie has it’s own tree! If you want to be crafty, let Martha show you how to make your own jelly jar lanterns. She’s got a couple ways to do it.

Light this candle, called “Sun & Santorini” to really create an authentic atmosphere.

And to toast your efforts in creating a Greek Island themed interior (or exterior)- toast with mismatched wine glasses in bright colors.

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