Home is where the Bard is.

“Murder, She Wrote” Series 1 – Episode 11
“Capitol Offense”
(Post 1 of 4)

Fashion Tip learned :
If you need to look extra elegant, monochromatic outfits are the way to go, especially if you are choosing the darker shades of your favourite colour.

Life Lesson learned :
If someone patronises you, just politely put them back in their place, all whilst beaming with the friendliest smile you have!

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On a side note:  Thank you very much everyone for your patience and all your kind messages! I know I have not written on this blog for ages, but relocating to a new country half way across the world and starting a new job really took up a lot of my time and strength. Thank you again for being so kind to me!! X

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When the congressman representing Maine suddenly dies of a heart attack, someone needs to fill his vacant seat in Washington for a short period of time, until a long-term successor is found. Obviously the choice is Jessica, who takes this role very seriously and flies to Washington to serve her country.

I really loved this episode because it kept me guessing the identity of the murderer until the very end. Also, Jessica’s wardrobe is gorgeous: she obviously needs to dress to impress, for her role as congresswoman, and she is absolutely flawless in every scene!

At the beginning of this episode, however, Jessica is still in Cabot Cove, at home, and even if not as glamorous as later on, she still looks lovely wearing a simple brown cable-knit cardigan (the same she wore in Episode 4), over a white shirt, beige trousers and flat brown shoes.

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Regarding the cardigan, my choice is this beautiful hand knit Merino wool sweater by Etsy artisan Pilland, or this vintage cardigan on sale at Beyond Retro.

A simple white shirt (like this one by Uniqlo), a pair of beige trousers (like these by La Redoute), and some simple brown loafers (like these classic ones by Office, or these pretty ones available at Urban Outfitters) complete her look.

Every time Jessica’s house is shown, no matter how briefly, I have fun in looking at the décor and trying to find some similar pieces.
The first thing that attracted my attention is the portrait that seems to be of William Shakespeare hanging from her wall.
If you want your very own Bard looking at you enigmatically, you can buy a print from the National Portrait Gallery website, or from Art.com.

On her walls she also has pictures of birds, and I personally like this vintage hand-coloured lithography by Etsy seller Blue Barn Collectibles.

In front of her fireplace, Jessica has a lovely peacock screen, similar to this beautiful art nouveau piece sold by Etsy seller Tatter and Fray.

I am not sure about the kind of phone that Jessica is using, but it looks very similar to this vintage Western Electric Trimiline Rotary Phone, sold by Etsy seller Poor Little Robin.

And when it comes to vintage teacups, Etsy is an Aladdin’s cave of wonders: I love this Delft blue teacup made in Holland and sold by Etsy seller Camp Honeybelle, this Blue Onion design teacup made in England and sold by Etsy seller This Vintage Heart, and this other Dutch Delft teacup by Etsy seller Le Vintage Galleria.

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24 responses to “Home is where the Bard is.

  1. I missed this thank you!

  2. Mary Ann O'Donnell

    Thanks for all the info from this episode. Just learned that you can get all 10 years of episodes on NetFlicks! Also saw pix of “Jessica’s house” in Cabot Cove, however it is really north of San Fransico. Seems there are many of us who look to Jessica for fashion, etc. I am enjoying reading one of her books given to me by a friend. Thanks again.

  3. Dear friend

    Thanks, Thanks, Thanks
    For your splendid work, worthy of a professional high and to keep alive to Jessica Fletcher.
    We do not mind it every three months … but please continue this work.

    Greetings and health

    From the coast of Spain

  4. Such a good read, thank you.

  5. Sooooo good to read you again! I love this blog :)

  6. I am so glad you’re back! I’ll put on my fisherman’s sweater to celebrate. :)

  7. Jean Roughley

    Thanks again for all of your hard work!! I adore Jessica’s wardrobe and home decor and haunt ebay searching for duplicates or replicas. Her scarves in particular are very beautiful but I have no clue as to the designer or manufacturer. My wardrobe is slowly building and it’s fun to wear a ‘Jessica’ outfit and see if anyone compliments me!!

  8. Merry Christmas to you, I look forward to more posts next year :)

  9. I’m so glad you are still around, blogging as you have time! I hope you have a wonderful holiday and the New Year finds you more settled with more time to blog :) Cheers!

    • Thank you so much for your kind words!! I hope you had a great festive season and I wish you a wonderful 2014!!

  10. Is this blog permanently done now?

    • Well…. not in theory… sorry! I keep trying to write a new post and then get sidetracked…

  11. Jean Roughley

    Keep up the good work!! I got the tip to check out etsy from you!! Lots of lovely things. So proud of Angela Lansbury and her awards this year, A true icon and a great lady. Thanks, again for this wonderful blog!!

  12. I just watched the episode and love your style info. I love the outfits in this episode. Just about the porcelain cups she uses, they are actually from this company :
    http://www.cesky.porcelan.cz
    I could recognise them anywhere as all my crockery is from there.
    I look forward to seeing more from you.

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