I can't believe I found this post by accident--but am so glad I did. I've been hoping to see Sharon's bedroom (as well as a few other items already posted about) for some time--and apparently Duppy Demetrius posted a set pic to majorcrimestvdotnet:
On the edge of the dresser is the lamp that Rusty threatened Jackson with. Also glimpsed in that episode: a hint of backboard quilting & and reflective lamp on Sharon's bedside table--but that was it. What a wonderful picture! I'm so delighted that Duppyd posted this image!
First thoughts/Personal opinions:
I've thought about this, and I wonder if these pics were hung later & not by original set dressing team? Or if this room was an early work, before getting into the bulk of the condo dressing? Cuz Kristin Peterson's team usually does a bang up job with prints/pictures--and these two just seem weird.
The early sets--there's a real continuity of color and flow. Wall space is always used, often densely. Thoughtful fabric choices--color and texture, always a balanced layout. Even the sort of 'spare parts' guest room--which due to the mishmash of furniture in there, I always imagined were the left over parts of a former home--has a comfortable, inviting quality. And that's whats so great about good set deco--it tells a story: both the current necessary one that addresses immediate character needs, as well as a back-story of sorts--take that guest room for instance. Nothing overtly says 'leftover' furniture. But the main parts of her condo are so well put together, that the funky oversized blue chair, the bedspread, the striped lampshade, the older, matching dressers--these things speak to me, of pieces that are just too useful to throw out, but that aren't really 'part' of her current decorating life. They seem like they were pieces she kept post-separation from Jackson--and are in the room she saves for her kids/Jackson to visit...so perhaps she's kept them for sentimental value for others in her life?
Sharon's home office has a checkerboard wall of framed dance prints.
The diningroom has 3 b/w prints in a row: a calming, classical effect.
and on the adjaent wall, here too is a composed layout,more prints frame the lamp:
The hallway, too, has several framed images, leading toward the end of the hall. Which, in Season 1, was the most brilliant area in the place:
In the guestroom, one wall echos Sharon's office area, the other is used to display larger paintings.
Her front entrance area:
All these spaces have utilized the wall space effectively--and add to the composition.
Now, all that's speculation. But that's exactly the type of story a good set dresser tells. It adds depth are realism to the story--it helps ground the actors in their world.
Enter Sharon's bedroom pic. And I'm keeping in mind that the angles are off and so is the lighting--and both these things can dramatically alter room perception.
I'm just startled by those two awful pictures. First, that there are but two--and that they're given such pride of place. They're just awfully trite. Regardless of who made these--you can go to any walmart, poster-hut or art.com and find dozens of images like these. It's a really odd choice for Sharon to have in her bedroom, presumably her most private space. Just weird visual story-telling. I get that we have to be shown that Sharon Likes Dance, but these two prints aren't classy or even unique--and that's oddly out of step with the rest of the set deco we've seen so far (and I'm ignoring the awful Christmas decorations here--because they were awful). Sorry. We all have opinions and those angels...brrr.
All other elements work in Sharon's room, and are connected to the rest of the condo--but I can't get over the two dance pics.
This room looks super beige to me. Maybe it's peach? Apricot? Can't tell what color it is. A pale champagne? I keep trying to imagine the story it's telling us about Major Crimes Sharon--not the Sharon that I imagine. Those are two different things.
This story is about comfort, scaled-down luxury: the padded headboard, the multitude of satiny pillows, the soft, padded storage bench at the foot of the bed, with yet another soft layer on top. It's about gentleness, the need to have a calm space to get away from the toughness of her job (both as the IA head, and now as Captain of the Major Crimes squad). It's a feminine space without being overly frilly. It's a simple, quiet, comfy room.
The overall color palette is soft: soft pinks, peaches, apricots, beiges--nothing too bright. The lamp light is also soft: soft pinks and ambers. At night, those lamps would be very pretty, subtle and soothing.
But all is not soft and damsel-ly--there are harder elements: the dark dresser with silver knobs, the color echo of the round side table--and the metallic, silvery lamps: these elements add sleekness and modernity, a touch of masculinity. The surface items seem mostly functional: some framed pictures--of kids, perhaps? A nice square bedside clock, a rectangular silver catch-all box, some assorted books. I would love to know more about the bookend. It looks figurative. If it's a monkey I'll shit my pants.
So this room is a quiet refuge--a space free from work & clutter, that's relaxing and welcoming. The lighting is tranquil, the overall effect is calming, if somewhat generic. We only have two walls to work with. Who knows what objects/images could be on other walls?
BUT THOSE TWO PICTURES!
I'd expect to see prints like that in a dorm room. You get me? Not in Sharon's bedroom. If that style of black and white prints are going to be used, I'm surprised they didn't go with a generic large print of a beach, an empty dock, a forest canopy, a pebbled walk....in other words, all those are equally over-done, but would suit the theme of her bedroom better than dorm room dancers. IMHO--and am I hired to do set dressing? No. So take it as intended, a fan's review and personal reaction to what I see.
BUT! I get that in each room we have to see the Sharon Likes Dance theme. So the set dressers are probably tied to having to introduce dance elements. But vomit. I have no idea when this room was created, or if Peterson's even involved anymore? Those two prints, subject mater and placement seem oddly clunky, and so, I'm wondering if this is a sort of work-in-progress since we've yet to see it on film? Or if it's a done deal. Because if it isn't--it's not too late to get some better artwork!
Not trying to throw shade on Kristin Peterson, at all. Or the hard work of all the various folk who peopel that set, it's art production team, set dressers, prop masters, etc. It should be clear that I'm a tremendous fan of the visual story-telling and deft artistry. Yet, I feel this room would have been a great space for different wall art--like the framed sculptures, or that great bent wood figure in her LAPD office. Oh my god--that's on the short list of the few things I'd actually like to own from that set.
the hallway table that looks like vertebra
the sunburst mirror by the front door
the bend wood? bronze? figure in her office
the black and white throw Rusty used in season 1
I hope we get to see more of this room in Season 3! It would be fun to try and ID some of those small props on her dresser--and identify the lamps too. Great stuff. And wonderful to have a new room to investigate. I do like that tall lamp. Liked the minute I saw Rusty wielding it.
Ultimately, if we see this room in an episode, with the angles and lighting right--I may revise...No. No, sorry, I won't. Those prints are terrible. But I would love to see what's on the other walls. I was expecting to see art in Sharon's bedroom more like what was happening in the guest room. So, time will tell.
I'm going to have to be more alert to set pics. Because I've only worked off of what we've seen on screen, and haven't tried to find BTS pics, which clearly have wonderful things to show us.
What's the other side of Sharon's bedroom look like?