If you follow our Facebook and Instagram pages, you probably already know that we worked with the set designers of the new film “Little Women” as they set up shoots in various locations in Massachusetts. Over the course of many visits (and even more texts), we selected an array of furniture and props to help designers complete the movie’s Victorian aesthetic. In the world of antiques & design, the Victorian aesthetic has fallen out of trend, but this movie may bring the era back into favor. Little Women designers gave “Formal Victorian” a bohemian twist by layering the sets with textiles, natural elements, and vibrant colors that give the sets a loose, casual, comfortable feeling while staying true to the period.
I saw the film with my daughter who is currently a senior at Barnard College (just 14 years behind Director Greta Gerwig). One of our favorite scenes is the porch dance scene with Jo and Laurie. If you look carefully, you’ll see a set of black Victorian wireware “peacock” furniture that designers rented from us. (The wireware bench is currently in use in the shop as a rack for vintage jeans.) We saw many pieces that came from our shop–quilts, clothing, lighting, furniture, baskets, and unique pieces like an antique book press and a chalkware owl. It was a real privilege to make a small contribution to an enormously important story. But the best part of the film, for those of us who loved the book when we were young, is being reminded of the power of girls.
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