OMG, you guys. Have you been watching the new season of Revenge? I’ve been on the edge of my seat every Sunday night. Not only has the drama been just as juicy, but they introduced a few new sets at Grayson Manor. For one thing, Lydia’s room has been turned into a cozy living room. And did you notice the changes to the grand foyer?
Last week we took a closer look at Emily’s beach house and Nolan’s contemporary bachelor pad. Today it’s time to visit Grayson Manor and the pool house that Daniel lives in.
The Grayson house takes up an entire soundstage, it’s so big. Here’s how some of the outside walls of the house look on set, which we saw during that behind-the-scenes video tour I showed you last week:
Let me just start by saying that I may mention a few things that have happened on the show, so avert your eyes if you haven’t watched yet and don’t want to know!
The Grand Foyer:
Madeleine Stowe, who plays Victoria Grayson, said the sets have “lots of little nooks and balconies that we can spy on each other from on the show.”
At the beginning of this season, that balcony played a role in a shocking plot point (*spoiler alert!*) when poor pregnant Amanda fell backwards off it, onto the floor below.
I actually gasped so loudly when that happened that my husband called down the hall to see if I was okay. Well, I was, but Amanda sure wasn’t.
I have to wonder if they changed the floor because they knew they’d be filming this scene and it would look more dramatic with the checkerboard marble. All the blood that poor Martha the Maid had to mop up stood out much more against it than it would have on the dark wood of last season:
You’ll notice the chandelier looked more traditional last season, too. Looks like they just altered the original one by adding the rings around it (and removed the shades) to make it look a little more modern (scroll back up to see how it looks now).
I’ve got to give a shout-out to the brilliant Production Designer Bruce Alan Miller and Set Decorator Christopher Marsteller, as well as all the other creative people involved.
The Great Room:
If you saw my first post about this show back when it premiered last year, then you know that they shot a lot of the pilot inside a real mansion in North Carolina. When the show got picked up, they recreated the look of the rooms (with some variations) on a soundstage in California.
For example, here’s how the Great Room looks in the real house (Wrightsville Beach Magazine):
It’s fun to see what they changed for the show, like the wood on the fireplace. They also ditched the second fireplace for a wall of windows and a back staircase:
“I’ve always been amazed by how you can make 20,000 square feet feel warm and inviting.” -Mason Treadwell.
This season they replaced the round table and island with a more formal dining table:
Not sure where the kitchen went. Maybe it’s more hidden now. It’s not like Victoria needs access to it anyway. That’s what her team of household assistants is for!
The Sioux City Journal ran an article on the sets recently and included this shot of the newly built dining room (photo by Bruce Miller):
One of my favorite rooms in Grayson Manor is the Conservatory, where all kinds of drama-filled conversations and meals have taken place:
This season they took the dining table out of there, though, and replaced it with wicker and what looks like a small desk:
Conrad Grayson’s Study:
The office is very dark and masculine. Henry Czerny who plays Conrad says it’s easy to get into character when he steps on this set.
The Guest Bedroom:
When Lydia was recovering from her fall last season, Victoria and Conrad graciously took her in and cared for her. Or, you know, kept her prisoner until they could ascertain how much she remembered from the night of her “accident.” You say tomato…
New Living Room Set:
This season, with Lydia (presumably) dead, the guest bedroom was freed up and turned into a cozy sitting/living room with a fireplace and built-in bookshelves.
There are double doors that open to both the entry hall on one side and the Great Room (where the piano and back staircase are) on the other.
All the fireplaces in the house come in handy considering how many papers (and general evidence) the family needs to burn on a regular basis…
They added a powder room off the new living room for Season 2 also, which has the same marble flooring as in the foyer.
Charlotte’s room evolvedduring the first season. In early episodes the room was white with an antique wood headboard. Then it became a trendy Pottery Barn-teen paradise with an upholstered headboard. And later, the walls were painted blue.
I swear I have to rewind and watch every scene two or three times because I get so caught up in looking for changes in each of the sets that I forget to pay attention to what’s going on. And this is the kind of show where if you miss one significant glance, you miss a lot.
Off the turret where she likes to stand and keep tabs on Emily’s beach house below is Victoria’s bedroom.
Her dressing room off the bedroom:
There are always lots of events happening on the patio, which is also part of the indoor set. They use wind machines to make it look like they’re outside.
It’s strange to see how Victoria’s turret actually sits on the ground on the soundstage:
Add a little “TV magic,” and the turret looks like this:
This screenshot of the manor at night, in the snow, looks very computer generated. My daughter Lily just asked me, “Are you writing a post about a haunted house?” It does have a haunted look about it here:
Looks to me like the pool scenes were shot on location because the house in the background doesn’t look the same as the one in the night shot above. They’re similar enough that if you weren’t paying close attention to the differences during the show, you’d probably never notice.
The Pool House:
At the beginning of the first season, the interiors of the pool house were painted a pale blue:
I was excited when I tuned in one night and saw they had repainted them a dark navy, which is much more masculine and better suits Daniel, who lives there:
Ashley and Daniel are a couple now and living in the pool house together. We finally got to see a little of the bedroom for the first time this season (but I couldn’t get a photo of it–I’ll add one when I do).
Tyler was such a great (deranged) character, I was almost sad to see him get killed off last season. Of course, on a soapy drama like this, you never know when someone will turn up again, do you?
By the way, you can watch any episodes you missed so far this season on ABC.com (with limited commercial interruptions). And if you somehow missed last season, Netflix is streaming all the episodes right now.
If you’re as obsessed with the show (and the sets) as I am, here’s more: