Good news, Stranger with Candy fans: The delightfully bizarre Amy Sedaris returns to TV with her new crafting and entertaining show, At Home with Amy Sedaris on October 24. While we’re queuing up our DVRs, take a closer look at the kitschy meets kooky set.
The show takes entertaining and crafting inspiration from Amy’s two popular books, Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People (2010) and I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence (2006), and expands on them for TV.
Vogue interviewed the show’s production designer, Jason Singleton, about where the inspiration for the “dollhouse… scaled up to human size” came from.
The space has a quirky vintage vibe that rides the line between “mismatched, but cohesive” and Singleton says that a lot of inspiration came from Amy’s vast collection of nostalgia:
We looked at… crafting videos from public access shows from the ’60s and ’70s, Julia Child, Lawrence Welk, ’60s French cinema, Mister Rogers, Martha Stewart, Angela Lansbury’s self-help videos, PBS educational programs from the ’60s and ’70s, infomercials, food tableaus, The World of Interiors, Maud Lewis, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
Amy had particular ideas when it came to the set, like how she describes the colors. “She would say, ‘I want my kitchen to be ketchup and mustard!’ So we really honed in on trying to get a mixture of those things for the kitchen,” Singleton tells Vogue. “For the bathroom, I think Amy referenced calamine lotion. We did this pink marble that mixed in the calamine of the wall colors.”
Check out the full interview, with some behind the scenes photos, over on Vogue.
At Home with Amy Sedaris premieres October 24 at 10:30 p.m. ET/9:30 p.m. CT on TruTV.