10 September, 2010

"A Little Madness Now and Then . . . "


Well, it's been one of my traditional busy, busy, busy weeks here at the office - and I apologize for going somewhat 'radio-silent' these last few days.  Working on a little something that's going to be quite exciting - when, and if, it all comes together.  I'll keep y'all informed as thing start coming together.

But, despite my last posting (which was about being 'lazy'), I'm back in the saddle and ready to continue our adventurous tour through the alphabet in the "Love Letters" series.

Now, 'm' was easy.  

It's something that I do every week.  

Sometimes in private.  

Sometimes I even do it in a larger group.  

It's easy to do - but, it DOES take some focus.  

And it seems like it's ALWAYS on my mind.  

And the topic of endless conversation amongst my friends.

"M" is for . . . 

Jon Hamm, as Don Draper.  

I'm not quite sure how many of you are watching this every Sunday night on AMC - but, I almost can't begin to recommend it highly enough.






And easily some of the best writing on television today.

And clearly, some of the best costuming and set design anywhere.  Ever.

A great deal of the stories take place in an advertising agency during the 1960's.  

And revolves around the life of one, Donald Draper (as seen above)
War hero.  Award winning advertising genius.  Cad.  
(and not always what, or who he appears to be)

The delicious Jon Hamm.

And one of my favourite characters, Peggy Olson.
Brought into the agency as a secretary, but clearly capable of SO much more.

Elizabeth Moss, as Peggy Olson.

When the show returned last month - Peggy was almost unrecognizable.  The time-line had skipped forward just over a year - but, Peggy was clearly beginning to come into her own at the agency.  One of the best aspects of the show - is its incredible attention to detail.  And it's been great seeing the great changes in style, fashion, technology, and design over the first few seasons as we've progressed from the early - to now the mid-60's.

Elizabeth Moss

OMG.  And then there's Joan.

Joan Holloway.  Office Manager.  Smart.  No-nonsense.  
and she's curvy too.

When I grow up, I wanna be Joan Holloway.  There, I said it.  

Or maybe I just want to be that confident.  That self-assured.  Maybe even just that SMART.  
You could easily see that if this series took place set in, oh - I don't know, the early 1980's - Joan would be chairman of the board by now.  lol.

Christina Hendricks

The Draper Master Bedroom

But, ok, this is supposed to be a design blog - so we can examine a few shots of the Draper home over the last few years.

One of the many things I love about the show is its intersection with parts of my own life.  If you follow the time line of the show forward - I'm about the same age as the Draper's youngest son Gene.  We were both born in the early 60's.  And seeing his life brings back SO many memories of my own upbringing.  Of my Mom.  And my Dad.  And the way my brother and I dressed for Halloween.  The clothes my Mom would wear to diner parties at the house.  

And a bit more on the design front - The Draper Living Room from the first several seasons . . .

And a screen shot of its new incarnation.  HOW fabulous are those two armchairs?!?!?!?

As a favor to those who might be new to the show and getting ready to start watching - let's keep the spoilers to a minimum in the comments . . . thanks.  I know I like getting my Mad Men fresh.  

Until Sunday night at 10pm,


elinAnita (eddaskreativiteter ) said...

I have watch it..and I love it:)
And Don Draper is wonderful...
I am waiting for it for more episodes her in Norway....
Take care:)

GrannySmithGreen said...

Yes, my dear friend, you have nailed it:






This is by far, the VERY best show on television. Actually, it may be the only thing I do watch on the telly. I adore the depth and intensity--and as you so perfectly put it, the "delicious" Draper fellow...

(Ironically, I did a small post on Mad Men just this past week. I think last Sunday's episode was one of the absolute most touching. Loved it!)

tartanscot said...


Yes, last Sunday's was WAY intense.

Can't wait for this week!

Karena said...

It is really one of the best shows out in many years! I too enjoy seeing the sets evolve Scot.

I have a New Giveaway from the French Basketeer that I think you or a friend will love!

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katiedid said...

I love a little madness ,myself!

D.B. said...

Last week's episode was the best yet! By the way, did you dress up as Joan for the premiere? I did, check out my blog........

Anonymous said...

Ah, yes. My heart starts to pitter-patter around 7pm and I plot my time like a blueprint - or an ad campaign - as if it is about to be my last moment on earth. How can I, in just two hours, make sure I catch Masterpiece Theater AND Mad Men? Lucky for me, Mad Men replays later in the night, so, I can the best of both possible television worlds.

Last week's episode was, I agree, one of the best, and you replay it all in my mind once again here on your blog.

Laura Casey Interiors said...

Love it and love your great post. Those armchairs are amazing.

hello gorgeous said...

As you probably know, I'm obsessed. Possibly the best tv show ever. You read TLo's recaps, right? (Tom & Lorenzo, formerly Project Rungay blog) That way you get to relive it on Monday as well.

Carol said...

Love the show. Best thing on TV. And with their timeline I would have been a year or two younger than the Draper daughter, but I swear I must have worn all the same outfits she wears on the show. I drive my husband crazy because I shout out "I had an outfit almost exactly like that!". Love every aspect of the show.

Claudia Juestel said...

Just finally got hooked on Mad Men. Great photos Scot! I wholeheartedly agree with your assessment. And thanks for the spoiler alert from this novice.



Margaret said...

It's beyond good, and I savor every episode, too, identifying with Sally's age (the bang cutting...that was a major infraction in those days, sadly!).

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