|Written by Vivian McInerny|
|Monday, October 31, 2011|
Graceful arches frame the kitchen. Hardwood floors and box-beam ceilings warm the living room. Exterior wood siding, covered front porch and chimney speak of a craftsman heritage. They lie. The house is actually an elaborate set inside a Portland warehouse for the NBC series Grimm, a cop drama inspired by fairy tales.
Actor Silas Weir Mitchell plays Eddie Monroe, a reformed big, bad wolf desperately trying to be good. He lives in the woods in an old house decorated with a mix of not-quite-cool granny cast-offs including a slubby sofa, imitation Eames chair and ’70s end tables.
It’s a wolf’s den of a different sort.
HOME SET HOME: The details are astonishing, from the papered ceiling down to the vintage switch plates. “That’s the whole fun of acting — making it real,” says Mitchell.
WHAT BIG EYES YOU HAVE: His Grimm character keeps his inner beast at bay through a strict regiment of diet, exercise and clock-repair work — hence the Pilates machine and scores of vintage clocks, none showing the correct time.
NO RED IN THE HOOD: The house is dark and slightly dreary with muted colors. Every interior decorator knows red is stimulating. No one wants to excite the wolf.
HAPPILY EVER AFTER: Mitchell spent his real life in a 1752 farm house in Pennsylvania, then a swank 1960s house, until finally “through much huffing and puffing, we landed in a Victorian.”
BLURRING LINES: He rents a contemporary Pearl District loft but has kept his Los Angeles home furnished with antiques, including leather club chairs and, coincidentally, a ship’s clock almost identical to the one on the mantel of his set home.