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  1. Snarky's Ghost

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    Were there any weird, quirky changes to the sets on DYNASTY you would like to have seen or made?

    They don't have to be logical or make sense, necessarily.

    Gee, I guess I'll start...

    At the mansion:

    Library --- no changes at all.

    Living Room --- it's a bit too white for me, but I accept it for what it is

    Conservatory --- first pops up in Season 3; I want it panted in soft green with gold leaf trim, including the curly cues around the fireplace; the furniture is just fine

    Solarium --- needs more windows

    Dining room --- the initial blue one needed more trim, perhaps some gingerbread trim to offset all that baby blue; the S4 and onward dining room always lacked something --- perhaps a huge tapestry over the buffet

    West gallery --- there wasn't one, but I always want a red taffeta lined art gallery set, with gold leaf and white moulding/trim; the mansion just needed that

    The dead wing of the hall --- obviously needed to be at least a little longer to make any architectural sense at all

    The occasional vista of woods, garden flowers, or mountains visible thru a window


    Alexis' triplex penthouse:

    These are the four small things I always wanted to see: Warhol painting in a round chrome frame over the fireplace; those white pots replaced with blacks ones of the chinoiserie style (which they did by S6!); that white wall behind her dining table replaced with frosted cranberry glass; the wall of the curved staircase up to her boudoir painted a soft pink (… I could never decide whether I wanted the stairwell to also have windows, the Denver cash register skyscraper hovering just outside)

    Alexis' ColbyCo office:

    I want her repetitive white overstuffed furniture, especially the chairs in front of that oriental screen, to be soft violet velvet; I want two of those elaborate Chinese pole thingys on either side of her office door; I want a huge, dark painting of Cecil Colby in the outer office fully visible thru her office doors; and I want the two outer panels of that bland five-panel area behind her desk to be purple marble.

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  2. Ked

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    Yes, go with the windows around the staircase. The penthouse was far too stifling, we needed a magnificent layout of Denver visible all throughout Alexis' living room. It would illustrate how Alexis views herself as high above everyone, both literally and figuratively.
     
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    Maybe the balcony should have been featured more and have large windows onto it with the Denver skyline in the background. Similar to what they did with the Seattle skyline on Fraiser.

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    Of course everything about La Mirage could have been so much better and I'd have the rooms be something like this:

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    I'd keep the mansion layout similar to seasons one and two but I'd move the Dining Room to the other end of the hall, perhaps at the very end. I don't mind the set initially being a little cold and sterile; I imagine Alexis decorated the mansion but over the years when things became worn and needed refurbishing that Blake's conservative taste took over resulting in a lot of antique white, beige and blue.

    Reception Room: I'd keep it the same except I'd add the piano alcove with the curved wall with three sets of french doors flanked by columns from the Conservatory set.

    Library: The door to the Dining Room would be replaced by a bookcase (as the Library at Filoli is laid out). I'd replace the simple pale blue drapes with damask in a soft gold or russet and add valances. I'd replace the French antiques with English antiques. I'd replace the lacquer and gilt Louis XV desk with a Chippendale partners' desk., something similar to this:
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    I'd replace the cane-back Louis XV chairs with rust velvet seats with George III chairs similar to this but upholstered in a dark tapestry.
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    Living Room: I'd keep it the same for the first few seasons then I'd have Krystle redecorate it, adding color and impressionist paintings.
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    Dining Room: the original blue design was much too plain. The mantel should have been more ornate (this set had a cheap looking mantel, especially compared to the sets for the other rooms) and there should have been paneled wainscoting. There should have been an Aubusson on the floor instead of the beige carpeting. Once Krystle redecorates it wouldn't be too different from the season three redesign but I'd change the wallpaper to give the room just a little more color.
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    The Solarium: the set only has one set of french doors on each side, this should be expanded to look like the inside of this:
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    The cheap metal settee (that Fallon sat on while dreaming of UFOs) needs to go; this rooms needs good Chinese Chippendale antiques.

    The Study: a new set, this would be in the back corner next to the Library (where the Dining Room set was located). As you enter the room from the Hall (opposite the staircase) there is a fireplace on the left flanked by the arched bookcases used for some of the bedrooms and added to the Conservatory in season five. There are two sets of french doors on the back wall; the wall on the right has one set of french doors toward the back of the room. Initially the room is decorated in a style similar to the other mansion sets, later Krystle will claim the room and redecorate it in serene shades of blue and green. There will be artworks inspired be nature. Next to the sofa will be a round, skirted table filled with family photos. Krystle's desk is where she'll exchange many heated phone-calls with Alexis.

    Fallon's bedroom: I'd keep it essentially the same. When Fallon returns from California the same furniture would be used but it would be refinished in a warm Walnut.

    Steven's bedroom: I would have angled the fireplace instead of having it off-center.

    Adam's bedroom: just as the Living Room set is reconfigured and reduced in size to function as Steven's first two bedrooms, I'd use the Library set for Adam's bedroom. The layout would be a mirror image of Steven's room and would also have an angled fireplace. Panels of beige grasscloth would be inserted into the upper wall panels and conceal the bookcases.

    Amanda's bedroom: it should be "princessy", of course, with a corona over the bed. And pillows, lots and lots of pillows.

    Krystle's Dressing Room: a small room with just one window, a chaise lounge, dressing table and mirrored closet doors.

    Blake's Dressing Room: a mirror image of Krystle's Dressing Room but finished in dark Walnut.
     
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    La Mirage really damaged the illusion for me of DYNASTY as the show with a grand aesthetic (especially compared to trailer chic DALLAS).
    The inside decor was horrifying, but also it looked nothing like a Colorado hotel.It would not have taken much for them to have some establishing shots of some other location from the Mountain states, same as it would not have taken much for Alexis' penthouse to have some view of the Denver skyline. While I think story-wise season 3 is around the same level as the second one, the big difference is the attention to other aspects drops precipitously, and of course both these locations were added then. At least they still filmed at Arden Villa (which they later abandoned).
     
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    A vulgar/ballsy "welcome to our home" picture.

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    Wholesome And Loaded To The Core (a.k.a. Walteeteecy Manor)
     
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    That's exactly what I was thinking of. :D
     
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    Adam actually picked a cool, late 50s/early 60s, petrol-jade colour for Jeff's office.
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    I think they also used it for Zach Powers' apartment?
     
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    Oh, yes. The La Mirage lobby should have looked like a glorified ski-lodge --- all stone and brick and timber, with a window to the right of that fireplace containing a view of a snow-capped Colorado peak. And no white carpet.

    Something elegant but cozy.

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    Oh, that's pretty. Oughta be Southfork:

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    Spelling should have recycled some of the sets from Hotel when that show finished. I mean he stole Alexis' penthouse for Hotel when Dynasty season 6 ended. So when Hotel ended we should have got the cast offs from that show. Anne Baxter's penthouse suite from the show could have been part of the Carrington mansion. As well as the hotel room sets. And then the hotel lobby had all those "marble" pillars.

    I'm really surprised some of it wasn't recycled. I mean they used the same cast and costumes and directors as Dynasty. Why not the same sets?

    Baxter's suite is shown in this clip from about 1:25 mins in.
    I could see it redone as Krystle's study.
     
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    But really all they needed was a second set of set dressers employed just to make views outside the windows. There are no rooms with a view.
     
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    They really could have used some "Hotel" sets for "Dynasty" after the show was cancelled. I liked the big suite and this great lobby.
    "The Colbys" bath and dressing room could have become Krystles´ bathroom at the mansion.
     
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