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DAYS Production Designer, Tom Early, Shows Off New and Reimagined DiMera Mansion Set

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It’s always great to see a face-lift to the sets on your favorite soaps.  So many of then have been around for years and years, and in these changing times need to be given new life and freshened up, as much as longtime fans may miss the comfort and familiarity of the originals.

2020 and 2021 has also definitely been filled with challenges and keeping everyone safe on set throughout the coronavirus pandemic on all of your favorite soaps.

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Recently, Days of our Lives fans noticed a change to the famous DiMera mansion set, where for decades the likes of Joe Mascolo (Ex-Stefano) graced the room with bluster and drama as only Stefano could.

With so much of the action taking place there in story, and several key characters living at the mansion, it was time for an update.

Production Designer, Tom Early took to his Twitter account and shared two views of the reimagined set.

Take a look and let us know what you think of the new look DiMera Mansion via the comment section below.

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Carrie
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Carrie

Nice changes.

Phil
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Phil

I really like the brightness of the new sets. I wish they would acknowledge the change onscreen like they did when the Kirriakis set was updated.

Rodd
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Rodd

When new sets are introduced as if nothing has changed or rather quickly (like a remodel taking place in one week), that IS very jarring for viewers.

I am NOT a fan of soaps continuously doing this.

The DiMera mansion set looks nice enough but it will take some getting used to.

Victor and Maggie’s new set looks like they mugged grandma or stole it out of mothballs in the attic. Yuck!

anne
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anne

I more than disagree! It is about time the DiMera mansion got an update to show that a younger generation now lives there. The mansion is supposed to be a home for a couple with young children NOT a mausoleum. It should have been years ago.

Mic
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Mic

Didn’t they have an update several yrs ago about the time Chad & Abigail were getting married – hence the blue furniture and brighter surroundings?

M
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M

Imho the last Kiriakis set was brighter and more tastefully done that this dark room.

M
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M

Agree – IMHO the former set in main room of Kirakis mansion was bright and cheerful. This room, not so much.

Mike
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Mike

Here’s my issue with the recent set redesigns. First, there was Nicole’s apartment, which went from nice and conservative darker colors, to a spring explosion of bright colors of flowers on the wallpaper and in the pictures hung on the wall. It was a total 180 in terms of style and while it might, perhaps, possibly match Allie’s personality and style, it certainly isn’t Nicole’s. She who dresses to the nines to make breakfast and sit around reading the paper and never working. Then we had the Dimera mansion. I actually kind of like it, although the double-columns is a… Read more »

Carrie
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Carrie

Mike, I am not fond of Nicole’s and Allie’s apartment makeover either. I enjoy sunny yellow as much as anyone, but they incorporated soooo much of it. It’s overwhelming and distracting.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Mike
Very interesting take on the new sets. This is another thing I have always wondered about. It’s when a character, a woman usually is in dire straights and the next time she is sporting an elaborate hairdoo, etc. Leaves us wondering how or when she could spend hours at a beauty salon with all she’s been going through. Very unrealistic to say the least, with nary a mention.

Steve
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Steve

At least on GH, the two major set redesigns (Q foyer/living room and Corinthos entry/living room) were discussed by characters.

My issue is when the same trend carries over from one set to another. On GH, the white marble was used in both the Q and Corinthos sets as well as the new PC Grill set and this week’s redone courtroom set.

Overall, though, it is good to see some investment in set design.

Momo
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Momo

I didn’t know where there were for a few episodes. I thought Ally had gotten her own place.

T smith
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T smith

How do u put the fireplace on a different wall!! Can’t happen!??

T smith
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T smith

What happened to the secret passage? How do u get outside Windows that use to be an exit to the kitchen?? Totally ridiculous!!

Satan
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Satan

Well, the other end of the “secret tunnel” used to be under the old “Doug’s Place” restaurant/nightclub, but is now in the middle of a public park. So apparently the DiMeras can change their secret passages around at will any time. Even more amazing since Stefano & Andre are dead, Elvis is a Rolf zombie still “recovering” overseas, and Kristin has a revolving door to her prison cell, leaving the DiMera legacy in the hands of Chad & Jake – neither of whom seem to have old Stefano’s Rolodex of “secret passage” subcontractors on speed dial. So Hell only knows… Read more »

Moto62
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Moto62

Thanks for covering the change. I thought they took Stefano’s picture down in the scene I saw.
The change is nice because that orange and red couch was lookin rough!

Sharon
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Sharon

I like it ok but I DO think something about a redecorate should have been written into the script!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

The set overhaul was long overdue, and seeing it in production stills is a much different task than it looks onscreen, and that is because the production level of Days of Our Lives is quite poor, so I hope that is going to improve next! Would love to see some other updated / new sets come out, too!

Kit
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Kit

Refreshing a set (a necessity over time) is one thing. Moving an architectural element from where it’s always been to another place is quite another because it defies logic. It appears that the foyer which had previously been opposite the fireplace is now oriented perpendicularly.

Momo
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Momo

The DiMeras can do anything! 🙂

Steve
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Steve

The same thing happened with the shifting of the front door to the Q foyer on GH.

What gets me are obvious staircases to nowhere and walkways directly behind fireplaces.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Except, Steve, the current set actually resembles the original floor plan of the Quartermaine Mansion; the 1990s remodel is the one which changed the floor plan; this was a fix to restoring how the mansion looked pre-1990s.

Steve
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Steve

Scott
The main Q entry from the 80s was always in the rear of the set. The staircase was more towards the center of the room (open on both sides). This can be seen in clips going back to when Lesley helped Monica give birth to AJ.

The good old days, when Stella would always answer the door and cocktails served promptly before dinner.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Yes, I understand, however, the current set definitely reflects the original blueprints than the former set. I am pretty sure having a door front-facing the camera is more technically difficult to shoot than a door to the side of the camera (a.k.a. off-to the side). The door’s location was the main problem with shooting on the old set, hence why it relocated to the side, much like most sets we see in daytime. Not to mention, per the set designer, the original blueprints actually had a side-entrance on them, which is why they went the route they went.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Speaking of design, it looked like Theo’s shirt and Ciara’s hospital gown were virtually the same design. It was distractingly bizarre. Surely, they could have given Theo a solid-color shirt to offer contrast.

Celia
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Celia

Hey, James—-long time no talk–
Speaking of Theo—can we please remove him from all sets/scenes? He looks twelve.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Hello Celia! So glad you reached out. I am on the same page as you here. I just don’t find this character interesting or believable at all, in any scene, with any other actor. Maybe it’s his youthful look, as you mention. Maybe it’s his acting style… I know he’s a recast. Everyone seems to LOVE Theo. They are seemingly putting him with every other character in Salem. The other day, he had scenes with Chad! They acted like they are best friends. Do they even know each other?!?! I’m furious that Ciara and Ben are not yet together. And… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

LOL, James—always the kind gentleman. As far as ranting? Well, I rant and fight with the TV as I watch—I used to laugh at and make fun of my grandmother whenever she did that—Lo and Behold!!—I’m now doing the same thing. Yes, TPTB are overdoing it with this Theo—-I loved the old Theo….such a natural. He made it really easy to be liked. This actor is still green and so out of his element. And, he was brought in at such an opportune time. WOW!! He so coincidentally appeared almost simultaneously with Chanel ….And, golly-gee, they dated in South Africa.… Read more »

Satan
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Satan

Well, the rumor here in Hell is that Theo will be going back to South Africa soon. Bad news is that Ciara will be going with him. It’s an excuse to make them both “recurring” characters who pop up every now and then.

As for Chanel…. I’m sure she’ll probably cause trouble for herself & everybody else in Salem by competing with the likes of Gabi & Claire (they all seem to be in the same age range now) for the boys, business, or whatever.

I don’t expect her “marriage” to Xander to last very long… if indeed there actually is one.

Celia
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Celia

I think you may be right about Ciara and Theo’s departure for SA. I hadn’t thought of it, but it makes sense, which, as James suggests, will compel Claire and Ben to comfort each other and fall into bed —as is every soap’s standard. The marriage between Chanel and Xander is very suspect to me—-I mean, what nut-case-justice ( or whomever) marries a sot to a girl who looks like an adolescent? And, how does one get a marriage license overnight? Yeah, I know—-it’s quite magical living in Soapland—the impossible does happen, more often than not. But, oh, brother—-what a… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

PS, James—forgive me—I forgot to comment on Ben. The writers must have a reason for this turn of events. I don’t see the dramatic plot—-unless Ciara and Ben are history. I hope not!! Ciara hates Ben and still thinks of herself as Theo’s girl. Is Theo taking advantage of the situation to get her back? James, it makes no sense to me because Theo is supposedly autistic. So, Theo not showing any signs of ASD is somewhat confusing to me.—-no social interaction being one sign of said impairments. Are we to forget about Theo’s ASD? Also, counting on this situation… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

LOL, indeed, Celia! Thanks a million for your replies and for broadening the discussion with your great points: the coincidence of Chanel living in South Africa, Theo’s autism, among others. You obviously know more about autism than I do, but I would expect the writers to explore that at least somewhat with this new actor. Maybe the writers could give the actor who plays Theo better motivation, address his autism, and flesh out this character more. In contrast, I think the actress who plays Chanel has star power. Her character is interesting and appealing, a very flashy performance! All along,… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Yes, James—I have had the same suspicions about Claire and Ben for a while. However, after knowing that Ciara was alive, my suspicions, which do not thrill me one bit, went down the drain.
I think Ciara was ” found” for a definite reason. The fact that she has partial amnesia (not remember Ben as the love of her life) is to dispel the notion that Ciara was dead—-this chaper in Ben’s life needed to be closed so that he could move on and put Ciara to rest—-metaphorically speaking.
Later, my friend.

Satan
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Satan

Chanel’s entire backstory keeps getting more ridiculous all the time. Now not only did she date Theo (her cousin’s little brother, no less) in South Africa, but she was also Allie’s best friend in London. What’s next? Did she work for Chad while he was running the DiMera branch office in Paris?? Was she Carrie & Austin’s nanny in Switzerland (or where ever the Hell they live now)? What other exiled Salemites (past or present) can she be tied to in some weird way??

Sb
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Sb

They had an emmy winning Theo! Why they let him go is beyond me. Recast Ciara already. This actress is not worth working stories around her swinging door! Dimera set-A Kiriakis set-F. They had just remodeled the Kiriakus mansion and it looked great. Not now!

Diane Morris
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Diane Morris

Very Nice.

The other Lis
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The other Lis

Just glad Days has the money to spend on new sets. For a while there the Horton square and the hospital was the only set.

Jayne
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Jayne

I like the new design but was confused if they were still in the D mansion?! Should have been written into the story line … fireplace should have stayed on left wall ! I only realized it was the living room because of the old staircase rail ( which should have been updated too) It’s nice they are filming back in that room as the old study was used for over a years. Love the show … been a long time fan since 1986 ❤️

Sb
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Sb

They did update the stair rail and steps. Still the same shape tho.

Katrina
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Katrina

I had no idea where they were for the longest time. The style is nice, but should have been announced as part of the storyline. Not a fan of the framed artwork though. Looks like a child scribbled it.

Lynne
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Lynne

I love the changes to the Dimera mansion.
The den was claustrophobic with half of Salem living there. It annoyed me to no end! Thank you!!!!

M
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M

They changed it up several yrs ago very bright with lighter colors. That’s when the blue furniture came in around the time Chad & Abigail were getting married in that room. Ben was still terrorizing Abigail.

Wish they would bring it into the story line like when the Kiriakis set was changed a few years back -just makes more sense.

Heather
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Heather

The only thing I want to see , is there still an entrance to the hidden passages in this new room? That can’t possibly just disappear as it’s a huge staple to everyone sneaking around in the diners mansion.

Satan
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Satan

They might as well just put a regular door on it. For one thing, it’s supposedly a “wine cellar” which isn’t exactly secret. And for another, pretty much everybody in Salem knows about the tunnel by now, so it’s not really much of a secret. They just need to seal off the other “secret” door hidden behind the shrub in the park.

Hermen Hall
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Hermen Hall

Sorry, but not a fan of the new look. It’s not the Dimera mansion at all. Did they move? What is it? It also does not provide the audience with the answer as to why it changed. It’s not good, in my opinion.

M
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M

Agree – what an abrupt change with nothing to alert viewers. I had no idea where they were. There seems to be some sort of light that shines in Dimera, Kiriakis and Horton house – as though lights are off & moonlight is streaming thru windows.

David A.
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David A.

Yes, I guess none of the Salem houses have roofs on them any longer. The blue “night” moonlight is very jarring. They are missing the cricket chirping sound effects since it looks like they all live indoors/outdoors now. Ha!

CC
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CC

Love the design changes, but should have kept doors, walls and windows in the same place. Especially Rafe’s home, it is like he moved to a new home

Shawna
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Shawna

I think the new DiMera mansion set is awful

Johnny
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Johnny

The new DiMera set is bright , modern and a major improvement. There was a dreariness in the old set. I would like to see the characters reference it in the script.

Pat
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Pat

Room seems small and congested,too much furniture

Jaidyn Phillips
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Jaidyn Phillips

i hate it ngl. that room was a staple to this show. gave it its warmth.

Cara
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Cara

I liked the old DiMera set. This one is too elegant for Chad & Abby. It’s more suitable for Tony and Anna. But to spring this new set on viewers and not say anything about it deviates from how Days has handled set changed before. Also, it seems they enlarged the room, which doesn’t make sense. There’s no portrait of Stefano, which also doesn’t make sense. And suddenly the acoustics have changed? It used to be that if something was happening on the stairs outside the room, like Abby and Gwen screaming at each other, the people in the room… Read more »

Ashleigh Buhler
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Ashleigh Buhler

The new set makes no sense. One doesn’t just move a fireplace or windows. It’s far too busy in the decor also.

David A.
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David A.

And the 1990s columns are outdated. It would actually look better and bigger if they remove the columns.

san
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san

it is horrible

David A.
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David A.

Rafe’s house is just a kitchen and there is no physical space for the rest of the house due to the new window placements. The hallway leads to the fence outside his house. There is no place in Nicole’s apartment for bedrooms, etc. due to the window placements on either side. The new Dimera set has stairs to nowhere leading to above the living room windows, again due to the window placements. There are way too many patterns and textures every few feet – so distracting. It looks like the set designers shopped at Home Goods/Marshalls/TJ Maxx due to low… Read more »

Satan
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Satan

Is Rafe’s house supposed to be the same place Maggie lived before she married Victor? That house was just a kitchen.

Maybe he needs to get a big bowl of moss covered rocks, like Sonny Corinthos has in his kitchen on GH?

David A.
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David A.

It might be Maggie’s old set framework but now there is a window in the back center wall where a swinging door used to be to a living room. When Alice Horton died, the Hortons went through that door and into a living room to cry together. Now, there is a window there.

RJ
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RJ

YOU READ MY MIND! It’s as if Home Goods just exploded things all over. And sometimes, you see the same pieces in DIFFERENT sets / houses, AND, the same patterns (think ceramic cut-work lamp bases, vases and bowls in different colors, but EVERYWHERE. And the famous Dimera rounded-back dining chair in a taupe / brown paisley pattern. In the living room. It may have originated at Chez Rouge and will also show up at The Martin House (where did it go?), the Kiriakis house and other places… And please, tear down Kayla Johnson’s mobile-home kitchen with wood linoleum back splash… Read more »

David A.
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David A.

OMG, RKJ, so true. So many of the current sets are just the worst. The same dent on the unused door on the right side of the re-purposed hospital boxy sets is bugging me lately. And, the hand prints on various doors. Ew. It wouldn’t cost much for the set designers to paint the DiMera’s bedrooms woodwork white to match the first floor, too, and to flip the re-purposed bedroom DiMera door so it swings inward and not outward (this is not fire code since a door that opens into a hallway could be a fire hazard). It looks like… Read more »

David A.
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David A.

Did anyone notice that the side gated hallway outside by the wall of vines outside of the Brady Pub suddenly disappeared one day and now the front the pub is much narrower? Yes, studio space is tight but I am not sure why the set designers are changing the iconic sets. I feel like it is the wrong creative decision. It seems like lot of the current DOOL sets are square or rectangle in shape like closets or cubbies.

Satan
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Satan

Hadn’t noticed that, but if so that’s a weird thing to change. That exterior of the Brady Pub was pretty much the same even back in the 80s when the pub was a fish market. Why bother messing with that?

David A.
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David A.

I guess with such tight minimal budgets. I just learned from another website that in the original Tom and Alice Horton house, Dr. Tom Horton’s office entry and door used to be in-between the staircase and the front door. Now, it is simply a wall and is gone. Who knows! Hee hee

Tanya Baron
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Tanya Baron

The change to the dimera & kiriakis mansions are nice, but they really should have had the actors acknowledge the “renos”. Instead it’s all done “like magic” & no one mentions it. Which is weird.

David A.
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David A.

I miss the old ’80s riverfront dock set, Marlena’s ’90s 2-story penthouse, the Salem tunnels with the water dripping sound effects and the big park set of the ’80s where Bo and Hope first kissed. Even quirky Eugene Bradford’s house had a trap door! I just miss the grunginess of some of the ’80s sets in general. I miss Jack & Jennifer set which morphed into Bo and Hope’s house set. Don’t forget Doug’s Place on the Lake with the fancy lobby in the ’80s and live music entertainment by Liz. I guess there is neither a riverfront nor a… Read more »

RJ
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RJ

OMG. I love set refreshes / upgrades. HOWEVER, Days team, Tom Early, PLEASE – SIMPLIFY! MODERNIZE! I can’t even think about what might be happening at the Kiriakis house. DiMera bedrooms need to catch up to downstairs. *On ALL sets. Edit, edit, edit. There may not be $$$ for every set, however, they will be easier to look at if there weren’t so many knick knacks and tchatchki’s (?) laying around that are mismatched and not proportional. Sometimes I have to look away for a few seconds. For every set, STOP. Then REMOVE 10 items. Each time you set them… Read more »

Tom Early
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Tom Early

I don’t disagree with you, RJ— I’d love to have a simpler approach to things— that said, our sets load in rapid fire— we do what we can do— I appreciate your good eye—

Melody Grider-Yen
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Melody Grider-Yen

I absolutely love the black lacquered chairs, does anyone know the designer? Great changes to the DiMera lounge. Old and new mix.

Freda Chase
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Freda Chase

I hate it! Bring back the old house!!!

Freda Chase
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Freda Chase

I hate the new house! Bring the old house back!!!

G.W.
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G.W.

I felt lost when I saw the Di Mera mansion.Everything was so grey , dusty blue & black. The rich wooden doors were painted black., too. I was shocked to see modern art in Stefano’s place on the wall. But it really looks good over the mantle.

KL
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KL

Its hideous!!! Actually all the sets suck, they are too dark, the blue lighting everywhere is stupid, watching it is hard. They are too dark. The Dimera house is horrible, it’s like a mausoleum morbid…yuck ADD SOME LIGHTING. NO ONE LIVES IN A BLUE LIT ROOM. EVEN THE SQUARE IS BLUE…REALLY…TERRIBLE DESIGNING

MaryT
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MaryT

Love the new facelift at Dimera mansion. Next, you need to do Jennifer and Jacks living room! That couch has to go!

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