Harlem Toile / by Charlene Wang

For the Netflix film "Irreplaceable You” I decorated, we needed to create within the location of Abbi’s apartment another space to act as the backdrop for her mom, Jane’s, apartment big enough for tight shot of her mom on the phone.

Since this was the only real time we were seeing Jane in her own space, we wanted to give a sense of the character with a very limited time and not much space.

To flesh out the idea of her as an elegant and regal while also contemporary and chic black woman living in New York City, I thought of the idea of using Harlem Toile by Sheila Bridges as her backdrop.

The one time we are in her home, it is for the scene when Jane is on the phone with Abbi and just found out her daughter has cancer.

The one time we are in her home, it is for the scene when Jane is on the phone with Abbi and just found out her daughter has cancer.

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I like how the familiar language of the toile pattern communicates her classical elegance, while this specific unique toile gives some extra layers to her character and background in this quick scene.