How Set Decorator Philippa Hart Used English Pastoral Landscape to Dress ‘Summerland’

Jessica Swale’s World War II-era “Summerland,” debuting on demand via IFC on July 31, turns the English coastal countryside into a character in the tale of a reclusive writer played by Gemma Arterton — and the house in which much of the action takes place serves as a portal to those surroundings.  

Making her feature film debut, Swale, the Olivier-winning playwright who penned “Nell Gwynn,” enlisted set decorator Philippa Hart to create the ambience of the house. It’s there that Arterton’s Alice is writing a thesis about the mythology of the area, when a boy — an evacuee

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Dozens of new houses set for up-and-coming State Street, West Columbia river district

A new, 34-home housing development is being built in the heart of West Columbia’s booming River District.

The two- and three-story, single-family homes are replacing older housing stock in a two-block tract bounded by Center, Shuler, Augusta and Herman streets. The houses will range from 1,100 square feet to just over 1,600 square feet and are priced from $232,950 to $249,000.

Called St Anns Alley, the development is one block from State Street and a short walk to the Congaree River and the city’s riverwalk amphitheater.

“Easy walking distance to the trails, close by to restaurants,” said Jeffrey Wheeler, of

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Two Set Designers Restore This Midcentury House in California

Renowned in the film world as a powerhouse set-design team, David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco have long been on speed dial for directors such as Quentin Tarantino, Wes Anderson, and Damien Chazelle. From the quirky-cool 1970s New York they conjured for Anderson’s Royal Tenenbaums to the nostalgic, Ed Ruscha–tinged Los Angeles of La La Land, the couple control every nuance of mood, views, and atmosphere in the films they design. And yet when they were looking for a home eight years ago, their priority was a view that was anything but static.

Sited in the Santa Barbara foothills, the 1956

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