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Russian to the movies: the beauty of Anna Karenina

Fall Can’t Get Here Soon Enough…

Last weekend while waiting for an unfortunately mediocre movie to start, I was COMPLETELY and TOTALLY KNOCKED OUT by the trailer for Joe Wright’s amazing new version of Anna Karenina.  Starring the stunning Keira Knightley, the gorgeous Aaron Johnson and Jude Law (he’s not bad either), the film is an overwhelmingly beautiful combination of colors and textures.

From Anna’s breathtaking costumes of silk, feathers, lace and fur, to the magnificent interiors complete with intricate inlaid marble floors, damask covered walls and glistening crystal chandeliers, the entire production is almost too glorious for my “more is more” personal aesthetic.

While most of us can’t completely replicate the splendor of 19th Century Russia, here are a few things that can help get us halfway there.  You’re on your own with the diamonds and pearls…

{Anna Karenina inspiration: 1. Antique Bronze & Crystal Chandelier; 2. Russian bracelet, circa 1880; 3. Nicholas I of Russia: The Railway Tsar portrait; 4. Russian Metal; 5.Black Lace; 6. Claremont Damas Chinois fabric; 7. Michael S Smith Cosmati Alhambra Tile; 8. Gold, enamel and diamond portrait miniature pin; 9. 19th Century Russian Swan Couch; 10. Russian Ivory filigree mounted octagonal box.}


  • Cricket
    August 15, 2012 - 3:54 pm | Permalink

    Omg, amaaazing picks Schuyler! I want everything you chose to represent the romantic Russian aesthetic. Especially that octagonal box!

  • Jenn
    August 15, 2012 - 4:34 pm | Permalink

    I just saw this trailer in the theatre over the weekend and it was absolutely breathtaking! Great inspiration.

  • Em
    August 15, 2012 - 6:09 pm | Permalink

    So stunning. I literally gasped when I saw the trailer (thanks to your link)! I didn’t know they were remaking this. I learned something today!

  • August 16, 2012 - 7:08 am | Permalink

    My brother suggested I might like this web site. He was entirely right. This post truly made my day. Thanks!

  • beton
    August 16, 2012 - 8:26 am | Permalink

    Very good written post. It will be valuable to anyone who utilizes it, including yours truly :) . Keep doing what you are doing – i will definitely read more posts.

  • Janelle
    August 16, 2012 - 10:30 pm | Permalink

    I want to live in these sets. Preferably with Jude Law.

  • August 17, 2012 - 2:43 am | Permalink

    The cosmati tile and that octagonal box I think will look good in my room. The movie indeed got a superb interior approach.

  • August 17, 2012 - 4:31 am | Permalink

    What a beautiful setting, and I the sample board you created to represent this lovely movie is great!!! Always look forward to your post!!

  • August 23, 2012 - 5:34 pm | Permalink

    So beautiful! I remember reading Anna Karenina as a loves-sick teenager and thinking it was the most romantic book ever. I’m so glad it’s been redone with such a fantastic cast! Thanks for sharing the stills, Cynthia

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