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Friday, May 5, 2017

THE FAVORITE FILM AND TV HOMES BLOGATHON: Dial M for Murder (1954)



Phyllis Loves Classic Movies and Love Letters to Old Hollywood are hosting The Favorite Film and TV Homes Blogathon running from May 5th to 7th. This is going to be fun.  Day 1   Day 2   Day 3


I am one who ascribes to the thoughts of the private consulting detective Sherlock Holmes when he remarked to his friend Dr. John Watson in The Copper Beeches on what Watson described as the fresh and beautiful countryside. "You look at these scattered houses, and you are impressed by their beauty. I look at them, and the only thought which comes to me is a feeling of their isolation and of the impunity with which crime may be committed there."

That is precisely why, though I may enjoy a weekend or two in the country, I looked for a nice flat in the city. I was very pleased to see a "To Let" advert in the Times for a ground floor flat at 61a Charrington Gardens. One bed, separate kitchen, plenty of space and access to a private, walled-in garden.

The current resident Margo Wendice is leaving for America to marry her writer boyfriend. You remember, she was the one that was convicted of murder, but released recently when her soon to be ex-husband, the tennis player, was brought up on conspiracy charges. A messy business, but hear me out. I feel that the place has had its turn of bad luck and now it is free for good times with me. Oh, but if only those walls could talk!



The entryway.



Cozy meals for two are easily set-up.



Built-ins! A nice comfortable reading or drinking nook.



A bird's eye view. Decorating possibilities galore!



An actual working fireplace. Plenty of room for knick-knacks on the mantle.



Grand spot for a desk. Look at the natural light from the garden.



Separate kitchen. I prefer it to the open concept.



Bedroom with en suite appears most spacious.



View of the vestibule on the way out.


Of course the fun of any new place is bringing your own touches, minus dead bodies and all. At only a 5 minute walk from the tube this place is ideal.










23 comments:

  1. Loved your post! And the sell job. I would so buy this flat, too, except I would probably need a second bedroom. Oh, well. :-)

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    1. Thanks so much.

      I'll bet there's a 2 bed on the second floor. We could be neighbours.

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  2. `When I retire ("when"? maybe that should be "if"), I wouldn't mind living in a nice little place like this. Good post.

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    1. Funny how that "when" has turned into an "if". Well, not funny, but ...

      Thanks. This was fun to write.

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  3. What a fun post! It looks like a great little place, however, you'll have to do something about that blood stain on the carpet ;)

    Thanks so much for participating in the blogathon!!

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    1. I'm thinking I might replace the carpet with some parquet flooring. On the other hand, I'll be losing a great conversation starter.

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  4. Loved the walk-through! You'd make a great estate agent/realtor.

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    1. Maybe my husband is right. I DO watch too much HGTV. LOL.

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  5. What a fun piece! The Wendice flat is quite lovely, and you know it's got to be safe because we always see that policeman patrolling outside. Thanks for such a clever contribution.

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    1. Thanks. They should have put that in the ad, "Copper on the Corner."

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  6. Keen eyes, CW! I wish I spotted the ad first. By all means snag it before some snooty Londoners grab it from under you. I never knew Mr. Wendice amassed so many trophies!

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    1. Any time you're in town I'll be glad to put you up.

      Scrapbooks and trophies are all Tony has of his tennis career.

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  7. I agree about that desk by the windows! I'd replace those drapes with lighter curtains and let in even more light.

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    1. Wonderful idea on the curtains. I might have enough in the budget to change them up with the seasons. Ah, dreams.

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  8. Leave it to Hitch and his team to always always create a stylish set up- in any house, any where!! Along with the Rear Window Greenwich Apartment- I've always adored Dial M's London flat! Awesome caps!!! I swear one day Im gonna take decor tips from Hitchcock films- forget pinterest Boards- I'm going old school!!

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    1. My sister Paula is the decor expert in the family. Her description for something special is that it is "very Hitch". We all know what she means even if we can't exactly put it into words. There is a feeling in the design of his films.

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  9. I'm smiling from ear to ear! It's such a clever post, so charming, so nice! You, my friend, is so creative and passionate about movies!
    Thanks for the kind comment!
    Kisses!
    Le

    P.S.: I also prefer separate kitchens ;)

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    1. Thanks. Glad to hear you are another separate kitchen fan. We know what we're doing.

      So pleased you are the newest member of the CMBA!

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  10. Such a fun read! I am the same way whenever I find myself staying out in the countryside.

    (I also watch too much HGTV and it's refreshing to hear of people preferring the separate kitchen layout)

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    1. That open concept deal is practically a cult!

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  11. Such a nice pick! I also adore this film!

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    1. Thanks. This movie is a treat I give myself every once in a while.

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