7.28.2014

Filming a Movie in Our SF Neighborhood

We were warned that an earthquake disaster movie entitled "San Andreas" was going to be filmed in our San Francisco neighborhood.  

  So, the evening before the actual filming, Tommy, Chief and I took a walk to see what they were up to.

Ouch!
 Chief wants to know if they need any "Extras."
They simulated the park's cement wall collapsing
...creepy.  
See Alcatraz in the distance? 
It IS scary to have the threat of a major earthquake always a possibility.



Tommy and Chief climbed into a burned out fire truck before 
they were politely asked to get out by a security guard.

The next morning, I was glued to the window.
You can tell the guy in the blue shirt and the girl getting make-up applied are some of the main characters (they also had stand ins dressed the same).
The director is giving instructions and the cop gets a camera close up later.


They used the tennis courts (put up tarps...not sure why)
to apply "disaster" blood, dirt and dust to the extras.
Here is the cute couple coming down for the filming.

This is our slightly foggy view of the Golden Gate Bridge.  

Now they are about to film survivors leaving the City.
The director is telling them "don't look happy but don't look like zombies."  I can hear it all and wonder if anyone can look up and see me in the window still in my pajamas.
No...they are Actors... all traumatized.
They had to stop filming whenever the cable cars came through.
THAT had to be annoying and expensive.
   The people on the cable cars LOVED it. 

So, by this time, I'm sure I am losing your interest.
Watching the hundreds of people go up and down the street...
 "action...cut" then "action...cut" for two or three hours...
even I finally lost interest.

And then I made this healthy 
Oatmeal Yogurt Parfait
 This is great for a quick breakfast.  

Mix the night before you serve it. It keeps as long as the expiration date of the yogurt.
One 32 oz. container vanilla (not Greek) yogurt
2 cups plain uncooked oatmeal
1 small can can crushed pineapple, undrained
2/3 cup sliced almonds
Stir and serve in the morning with fresh fruit.
I have used sliced peaches, too.  Try a different fruit each morning. 
Howard and Tommy both like it.
My friend, Joann gave me the recipe 
along with this book that I just finished reading:
it's sad and heartwarming and a quick summer read.

PS.  The movie company has the 
neighborhood all cleaned up and back to normal.
My next post will be more about decorating :)
Thanks for visiting.

7.24.2014

Classic Blue and White Living Room Progress

 This is still a work in progress at Jan's home.   But the new sofa and club chairs have come in.  We will be getting pillows, curtains and a larger rug.  When it's all together, I'll show before and after photos. 

I did "my thing", where I take all of the client's existing accessories, put them in one place, shop from there and style 'em up.  But we also bought the new Pottery Barn mirror over the mantel…on sale now (I still want to do a little more to the mantel display).
 I am short and Jan is fairly tall AND we both are comfortable in the new Lee Industries chairs.  
Look at all that white you say?
But they are covered in textured, stain resistant
These materials are soft to touch.
The new Lee Industries sofa is in
easy to clean Perennials in Sea Salt.

The secretary was mainly used for storage, but we moved to another wall and opened up the doors. Then I lightened it up the inside with Jan's accessories.

Jan is almost ready to pull the trigger on these fabrics for pillows...and believe me I have shown her a lot! Love this combo...
 It's a good idea to add books underneath a lamp that feels too low or small.  I pulled the table leaves up to increase the size...simple!

We stole the white lamp from her bedroom...a lot of these antiques were her mother's.  $0 cost decorating...giving us more $ for the sofa and chairs.

We are thinking about this for a box seat cushion 
(which I would love).
before                          and                       after
The worn dining room chairs seats were refurbished with Barclay Butera's Asante (with more padding and welting added).
And an art gallery wall on the dining room is in the works.

I am so grateful that Jan found me through this blog and had the courage to call me.  She is genuine delight.
 More to accomplish and it will be 
fun to show the finished product!  
Thanks for visiting.
                                     
 
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