Ashley Lee

How “Dear White People” Uses Design to Tell an Intricate Story of America Today
When streaming Dear White People, watch closely. Because while the bold Netflix series offers standout acting performances, innovative storytelling structures, and timely social commentary on race relations in America, it does so with visual techniques that will make you feel some type of way.
May 3, 2019
How ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Got Its Crazy Rich Interiors
Bachelor party on a yacht, you say? Sure, but anyone with money can do that. Instead, this stag night shall be held on a private cargo ship, ostentatiously outfitted with a casino, helipad, basketball court, climbing wall, hot tubs, dance floors, and a Rolls Royce converted into a DJ booth.
May 3, 2019
Inside the Wildly Different Homes in Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick’s New Movie, ‘A Simple Favor’
“I do need just a simple favor,” Blake Lively says to Anna Kendrick in the new movie “A Simple Favor.” Her request is easy enough—to babysit her son for a few hours one afternoon—but then, she suddenly goes missing for days on end. The suburban noir thriller is a gripping cat-and-mouse game of wits between Lively’s Emily, a powerful executive in the fashion world, and Kendrick’s Stephanie, a dismissable homemaker who idolizes her.
May 3, 2019
Will & Grace’s Apartment Has As Much Staying Power As The Show Itself
With the Fall 2018 season underway, we are returning to some our favorite TV abodes, and getting invited inside a few new ones. Join us this month as we explore the best homes on the small screen. Show: Will & Grace—NBC Thursdays at 9 p.m. Style: The beloved two-bedroom apartment of the Upper West Side is masculine, tailored and timeless. Why we love it: The titular characters are reunited as roommates, and their shared accommodations got a visible upgrade over its 11-year hiatus.
May 3, 2019
‘Bad Times at the El Royale’ Toes the (State) Line Between ’60s Classic and Kitsch
“Bad Times at the El Royale” offers a good time for anyone who appreciates period design. The gripping mystery thriller, which Fox releases in theaters on Oct. 12, sees Jon Hamm, Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo and Dakota Johnson checking into the titular resort, a once-glorious has-been hotel that captures the glamour of the 1960s with the conceptual aesthetics of the American West. Such a combination is an optical indulgence for both the viewer and production designer Martin Whist.
May 3, 2019
The Messy-Attainable Home in ‘I Feel Bad’ Makes Us Feel Better
Show: “I Feel Bad”—NBC Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. Style: The lively family home, situated in the Silicon Valley suburbs, is casual, cozy and contemporary. Why we love it: The Northern California abode—housing a mixed-race married couple and their three young children—features relaxed, modern vibes that are both inspired and attainable.
May 3, 2019
Here’s Why Millennials Are Leaving New York (and Where They’re Headed Instead)
Don’t get me wrong— I love New York City. The caliber of cuisine, the convenience of cabs, the irreplaceable energy of eight million pavement-pounders who are craving to shake up their industries. But after living there for years what I wanted more than designer sample sales or expertly crafted cocktails or spontaneous adventures in the city that never sleeps is, well, sleep. I was tired of the town and ready to relocate.
May 1, 2018