“It should be noted, this isn’t your typical HGTV affair”
Amy Sedaris describes color synesthetically — yellows and reds become “ketchup and mustard.” This is one of our favorite tidbits we learned from Vogue’s chat with Jason Singleton, production designer of Amy Sedaris’ upcoming series, At Home With Amy Sedaris. The show, premiering October 24 on TruTV, is a cooking/crafting sketch comedy show, somewhere between a bizarro late night public access show and a crafting show in the ‘60s.
“For a cooking segment, you can expect a gnarly fish-gutting process,” Vogue writes. “Over at the crafts station, a creative endeavor ends up oozing with an excess of Elmer’s glue.” This Martha Stewart-on-acid domestic hilarity is reflected accordingly in set design. Floral wallpaper, ‘70s wood paneling and John Derian-esque kitchenware coexists alongside a wall of wigs and a garden that pulls double-duty as a graveyard for Sedaris’ departed aunt and pets.
References Singleton and Sedaris pulled from for the show include ‘60s/’70s Julia Child, Angela Lansbury’s self-help videos, ‘60s French cinema, and many more. Below are some of our favorite quotes from Vogue’s chat with Singleton, who has also done set design for Wonder Showzen and another Sedaris show, Adult Swim’s The Heart, She Holler.
On Amy Sedaris’ miniature collection: “She’s really interested in that, little furniture and different vignettes, and I grappled with this idea of taking her personality and making a dollhouse for her, but scaled up to human size. So everything is still somewhat normal but there’s this weird, brewing, surreal quality and everything is just turned up a little bit more.”
On her love of French interior design: “The designer Jean Royère was an inspiration, he has a certain refinement yet playfulness that fit in perfectly—so we had this modernist vibe mixed with Americana. It’s her own little world, that’s what we tried to hone in on. I think we were successful.”
On how to perfectly mismatch: “You might put two things side by side and they may look kinda funky, but when you step back and look at the grander scheme of things, they somehow work. But that’s a tricky thing to pull off. It could go real bad, real fast. If a piece of furniture is one degree too deep in color next to a pink couch, you might be sitting on something pretty nasty. So you gotta be bold.”
On Sedaris’ unique color naming: “Amy has a very sophisticated palette and she has a specific way of referencing colors. For instance, 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. She really loves the names of colors and that has an effect on things, like how “haystack” would be the color for beige.”