The Basics of Filming in Your Home and Sunday Morning Coffee

Today I am sharing some of the basics of filming in your home as we get ready to shoot a commercial here this week.

There are some definite do’s and don’ts that I will cover based on my years of managing our home through filming projects. It can be a lot of fun, as long as you are on top of these key issues!

Happy New Year 2022
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Today I am pleased to share with you Sunday Morning Coffee. This is a place to share, learn, explain, dream, and have fun.

Sunday Morning Coffee

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Kate Hudson, Hayden Panettiere, Abigal Breslin, and Spencer Breslin filming Raising Helen in our dining room.
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On the set of The Way Back, with Ben Affleck (who is sitting on the right end of the table) in our backyard.

Some of you may be thinking … “Wait, why are you filming if you are hosting your book launch party in a week?”.

That’s a really good question.

In fact, I have asked myself that same question a gazillion times this past week.

To be honest, it was just a really great offer and I just couldn’t say no. Hopefully, I won’t regret it! (Be sure to watch my Instagram Stories this week as I share what I can about the commercial we are filming.)

A Typical Filming Day

Our home has been used in many films and commercials over the years. The city that we live in is “filming friendly” which means that we have a lot of opportunities to film. We have been filming movies, tv shows, and commercials in our home for over twenty years. It’s been an incredible experience and I hope to share how you can rent your home for filming too!

I get a lot of questions about filming, so I thought I would share with you the basics of filming that I have learned over the years.

  1. Filming can be a great experience but there are a lot of things you need to know. First, find out the rules surrounding filming in the city where you live. Some cities make it very easy for production companies to film and others, not so much. There are limitations on how many days you can film so it’s important to educate yourself.
  2. If your city does allow filming, get to know the person who coordinates filming for your city. Our city has a “Film Liason.” This person manages filming permits and coordinates with production companies and residents. You want to get to know this person and let them know that you are cooperative and easy to work with. You can also register with this person and submit pictures for consideration for upcoming filming projects.
  3. Put together a lookbook with photos of your home that highlight the areas in your home that production companies would want to film. This includes rooms such as the kitchen, family room, outdoor areas, etc.
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Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara filming A Mighty Wind in our family room.

The commercial we are filming is four days long. The first two days are prep days and they are painting our living room grey (and will be painting it back to the original color two days later). Day three is the filming day and they are filming in the entire downstairs and in the Carriage house. Day four is what they call the strike day, and that’s the day they repaint and put our entire home back together.

If you want to know more about how to get filming in our home, read this blog post titled How to Rent Your Home for Movies. There is so much information in this blog post!

I can honestly say that at least twenty people who have read my blog posts about filming have secured filming in their homes! That makes me very excited.

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Mad Men was filmed at our home, and the decor just made me laugh. It was so old-fashioned.

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Something New

Cranberry Glass

These are my newest Cranberry Glasses! And they arrived yesterday.

You should know that I ordered these in August and they took a very long time to ship. Of course, I knew that when I ordered them. Right now if you order them they will ship next month.

These glasses are so beautiful. Get them now before they sell out again.

Aren’t they amazing? Would you believe I found them on Amazon?

I am sure you know they are made by the same company that makes the gold glasses that look just like this. You know, the ones that I love so much!

And the best news is that they cost just over $6 each. That’s a great price!

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My Favorite Room This Week

We have been locked away on the third floor of my home all week, which is the HQ of My 100 Year Old Home. And I love it up here.

We spent all week getting the influencer boxes done.

Influencer Boxes

We curated items (some of which were handmade) and filled 75 influencer boxes which took up almost all of the space on the entire third floor!

Influencer Boxes

I can happily say that the boxes have all shipped and we are thrilled. I can’t share what we put in the boxes yet, but here are a few photos of some of the items that I created that went inside. I am so excited about how the boxes turned out!

There is so much to do to get ready for the launch party and the book tour so we have been busy, busy, busy!

I am not sure how I ever survived without a second monitor. Trying to keep all of my lists organized, write, photograph, create, and participate in zoom calls, is really a lot! I’m thinking of adding a third monitor because I am such a visual person. Is that crazy to have a third monitor? Please share any working/organization tips you have for me!


Here are Three Top Tips for Window Cleaning that you really need to know.

I love the entryway gallery wall Lolly Jane created with these frames.

Check out these Mini Pumpkin Bundt Cakes made by Happy Happy Nester.


What a fun week and I do think the highlight was the metallic cookies I made. You all were so enthusiastic about them and I so appreciate that! I also shared table setting tips, info about the launch party, a pumpkin pillow, pumpkin craft, and some pumpkin bread! Click on any title below to see more.


Is it just me or do you have a constant battle over the temperature/thermostat setting in your home? Martha clears it all up for us in this article which I am sharing with my husband!



Martha shared the 5 Foods that Have the Most Calcium.

We have a busy week planned for this week. We are filming, as I mentioned, and we have lots of crafts and fall decor posts planned. We will also be sharing a lot about the preparation for the Book Launch Party!


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Last week I hosted an Amazon Live Show titled Easy Craft Ideas for Fall … and you can watch it here.

Easy Craft Ideas for Fall

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