Classic Hollywood Interiors

Movies are not the only thing Hollywood does well.  Some of the most memorable motion pictures in the history of cinema are not simply known for their cast or cinematic content, but for the classic Hollywood interiors of big screen legend.


It’s probably not intentional, but actually a huge coincidence when a home or a set designer’s interpretation of the home comes to life on a sound stage and takes over as the star of a film.


Yeldell 1-Light Flush Mount

When the architectural vision of near perfection captures the viewers attention and commands top billing it doesn’t necessarily speak to the weakness of the movie, but to the strength of the chosen piece of real estate.


Nineteen sixty seven is dear to my heart.  It is the year I turned five, the year The Beatles introduced the world to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and the year one of my favorite movies, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, was released.


I hit the Turner Classic Movies jackpot a couple of months ago when I noticed it was showing.  I settled in for a couple of hours of escape with this oldie but goodie.  The movie holds my attention on three points- a relevant and positive message, three Academy Award winning actors strutting their mad acting skills, and one luxuriously appointed home.

wrought-iron-setVintage Wrought-Iron Ivy Terrace Set 

The walk from entrance to terrace for an afternoon of sandwiches and coffee would one through interior design greatness.  Attention to detail greets one at every twist and turn, wall and window.


The eye is drawn to tasteful accessories and classic design elements set with timeless colors, patterns and textures.


vintage-sterling-silver-liquor-bottle-labelsVintage Sterling Silver Liquor Decanter Tags

mid-century-gold-leaf-champagne-sherbetsMid-Century Champagne Sherbets


Black Lacquer Nestling Birds Cabinet

antique-crystal-chandelierAntique Five-Light Glass Chandelier with Icicle Prisms

Coffered ceilings, custom built-ins, original artworks, crystal chandeliers, Chinoiserie accents, floor to ceiling windows.  These timeless design elements never go out of style.


Next I will be featuring the four star sets from three Nancy Meyer films, The Intern, Something’s Gotta Give and It’s Complicated.   

wishbone-chairWishbone Chair

the-intern-kitchenMy Domaine

Stunning set design is synonymous with Nancy Meyer’s films.

industrial-pendantHaverhill Pendant

roselle-8-drawer-dresser-chest-brwt2387Roselle 8 Drawer Dresser Chest



It is no coincidence the interiors play a major role in Ms. Meyer’s films and become the stuff design and decorating trends are made of.


Marble Mantle with Horseshoe Opening

sophia-ghost-arm-chair-c64f6573-23f3-4f66-b62c-5472116d5c5c_6002xhome – Set of 2 Modern Accent Dining Chair



Wythe Media Cabinet


Two Academy Award winning actors strutting their mad acting skills and one fabulously designed and decorated beach house set in the Hamptons hits all the Hollywood high notes.


Something’s Gotta Give is a four star design winner on every level.  To describe this space as just romantic, peaceful, and elegant doesn’t fit it well.  It is the perfect, lovely, sexy, and inviting setting for the lady of the manor to discover that in fact her mojo hasn’t left the building, and for the viewer to glean a few ideas of their own in both the love and decor departments.


round-table-diningBridges 2.0 Round Dining Table

round-table-dininig-table-harlowe-finchHarlow & Finch Adelaide Round Dining Table


White Ironstone Serving Bowl

This discussion could go on and on.  These examples are only two of many that come to mind.

hanna-chairOly Studio Hanna Chair

somethings-gotta-give-bedroomBetween Naps on the Porch via Pinterest

fleur-de-lis-tableFleur de Lis Crossroads Rosa Side Table

beach-stonesCrate & Barrel

square-glass-jarWebstaurant Store

swim-ladySwim Party – Kenton Nelson

white-swivel-office-chairBanker’s Office Chair

Is it me or is the common design denominator in these homes a neutral color palette?  That’s the point- classic works.  Some people think it is too safe- a boring option hinting at a lack of decorating imagination.  It’s not that it is safe or boring, but that it is a great choice of classic color scheme to build your design and decor upon.  This point is evident throughout the interiors and exteriors in the film It’s Complicated.

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Traditional Home

french-kitchen-tableFrench Kitchen Island

breakfast-nook-lightBreakfast Nook Light

Please allow me to take a little decorating liberty with the choice of pendant light fixtures, but I love the Lone Star Pendant by Curry & Company.


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ironstone-platesFrench Ironstone Asparagus Plates

silver-plate-meat-coversSilver Plate Meat Domes


design-ideas-its-complicatedElle Decor

dresser-design-ideas-its-complicatedElle Decor

paris-rustic-dresserParis Rustic Dresser

oval-drawer-pull Antique English Drawer Pull

louis-philippe-mirrorLouis Philippe Mirror

Bakery Goods-

bistro_barstoolBistro Barstool

okl-french-basketFrench Country Round Basket

Of all the spectacular accents, details and accessories in the home of It’s Complicated, do you know what captured my attention the most?

black-window-framesAtlanta Homes & Lifestyles

The fantastic windows. Absolutely stunning!  Black accents set it off with a vengeance.  The reviews are in, and I give it two thumbs up.


Grand elements of master interior design and period decor makes the Technicolor master suite of Scarlett and Rhett from Gone With The Wind difficult to forget.



arley-candelabra1Arley Candelabra


Another spectacular vision of regal and grand set decor by Hollywood standards is elegantly evident in another Vivien Leigh classic, That Hamilton Woman.


sanctuary-tufted-bed-hooker-furnitureSanctuary Upholstered Bed


The wedding reception scenes in The Hangover bring class to a long on funny, short on class premise.


The outdoor space is gorgeously appointed in a star of the show black and white palette.



Sunbrella® Awning Stripe Outdoor Grommet Drape


Palmetto All-Weather Wicker Armchair, Black

Palmetto All-Weather Wicker Armchair, Black

large-paper-lantern-beige-24-1-bBamboo Ribbed Paper Lanterns


Barton Cottage in Sense and Sensibility, the period drama film based on Jane Austen’s 1811 novel of the same name, remains one of my favorite movie houses.  It possesses a quaint English charm suited to the period piece and period pieces featured in the film.


gate-leg-tableBarley Sugar Twist Drop Leaf Gate Leg Console Dining Table


English Landscape Oil Painting

bosfla_1Covington Fabric


Antique Mahogany Barley Twist Drop Leaf Table

staffordshire-sheep-figurineRuby Lane

antique-windsor-chairAntiques and Fine Art

Tinseltown Trivia Time!

okl-wreathOlive and Eucalyptus Wreath

white-dress-canvas-artWhat movie inspires this look?




Set decorator Susan Bode Tyson wonderfully re-created Julia Child’s kitchen for the film Julie & Julia, a film contrasting the early years of Julia Child’s life culinary career with Julie Powell, the New York blogger who deliciously mastered the culinary detail of cooking all 524 recipes printed in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking cookbook, one recipe per day for one year.  That’s 365 days of bon appétit blogging goodness.

Country Living 

willow_blue_composite_xWillow-Blue by Johnson Brothers, Richmond by Rogaska, Westchester Stainless by Towle


Julia Child’s Kitchen – Smithsonian

Modern lighting option in the style of the original in Julia Child’s actual kitchen.


Robert Abbey Jonathan Adler Havana White Powdercoat One-Light Sconce


Jonathan Adler Havana Polished Nickel Two-Light 

Close option to the Smithsonian replica of Julia Child’s kitchen.


Chiswick Wall Lamp

This French Mid-Century Modern design glass Diabolo shaded brass sconces lamps option with the ooh la la factor present and accounted for.


butcher-blockVintage Maple Butcher Block

french-vintage-set-hammered-copper-pans_5French Country Hammered Copper Pan Set


KitchenAid® Artisan Stand Mixer in Cobalt Blue


Gallery Oval Bread Basket with Handles

If a stove, oven and pegboard could talk!


Classic Hollywood interiors of set and on location design and decor star in an award-winning role in our favorite films.

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Have Ideas, Will Repurpose: Our Home Improvement Ideas

My husband and I now live in the house I grew up in.  The house was built in 1965 by my parents, underwent two major renovations under their ownership, and recently challenged us to our own up-to-date home improvement ideas renovation.  The standard issue formal living room/dining room combination of the 1960’s ranch house served its entertaining, special occasion shower or tea and makeshift photography studio for homecoming and prom pictures purposes for many years. Thankfully, my mother received the all good things come to an end memo and did away with the design relic during the great renovation of 1986.  Let me show you our home improvement ideas.

My mother had the design idea to turn the formal living room into a formal dining room, and repurpose the small formal dining space into a sitting parlor.  What designs worked for the previous homeowners is not working for the current homeowners.  Here’s the new home improvement ideas plan:  keep the formal dining room space in place, but with one major design modification. I’m a huge fan of taking down walls and opening up a space to new design and decor possibilities, so taking down the wall between the sitting parlor and the kitchen it is. With the home improvement ideas flowing, it’s bye-bye swinging ’60s,  get down tonight ’70s, and don’t you forget about how you hated the decorating trends of the ’80s interior design.

As soon as the subject of home improvement ideas came up, Dave the Builder read my mind.  “The wall is coming down, isn’t it?”  Call me Mr. President, because we’re taking down that wall.  It was really the only option. Running the numbers through my head convinced me even more  I was on the right track.  It would be much more cost efficient to repurpose the existing rooms to emphasize function, relaxed formality and flow.

Though the eight foot ceilings are not exactly a hot design favorite, they are not a design deal breaker either.  We vaulted the ceiling in the foyer and added the decorative molding to accommodate our modern day taste.

As I snapped the shot the bulb went out. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

For less than $200 we added the beveled glass panes to the front door unit.  The five figure estimate we got from the architect to raise the ceilings throughout the house put a big “that ain’t happening” damper on that idea real fast.

home improvement ideas

Subtle replacements, salvaged fixtures, deeply discounted flooring and wholesale lots helped to make this a cost efficient update.



Two and a half rooms down with a few more to come.  Stay tuned.

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Go With The Interior Decorating Flow

It came to me one evening as I was going over the afternoon spent with family that the walls and windows of a home frame so much more than the house, they frame the life lived within.  Think of it in terms of a baseball diamond.   The entire game starts and ends at home plate.  The bases represent milestones in the lives we lead, the good & bad in between, and the memories made along the way.

Your home should provide the calm in the storm, and reflect the personalities of those seeking shelter.  Scarlett O’Hara worked her fingers to the bone in war ravaged fields, and Dorothy walked off a month’s worth of calories on the yellow brick road for it.  A rebel with a cause and a Kansas farm girl both knew the score.  Home, there really is no place like it.

Each space within the home should have a personality all its own.  I feel I’ve done my best interior decorating work when a space stands on its own while creating a key essential- the all important and pleasing interior decorating flow.  In the name of all that is tasteful, try not to be guilty of subjecting others to a interior decorating snafu guaranteed to result in Pretty Baby Face Syndrome (PBFS). Allow me to explain.

Your close friends have recently had a baby and all they can talk about is how precious little Johnnie or little Susie is.  The proud parents present their bundle of joy and immediately you begin to experience Pretty Baby Face Syndrome(PBFS).  It’s too late at this point, and the window of control over your reaction has just closed.  Smack dab across the middle of your face is one part fear and two parts shock.

I don’t believe I’m going out on a limb here by saying  precious is probably not the first word that comes to your scrambled mind.  Being the good friend you are (and an even better actor) you will gracefully pull it all together, aiming in the end to save not only the day, but the friendship as well.  Time will bring beauty to the baby. Together, you and I will bring beauty to your home. I’m big on celebrating the homeowner’s individuality and decorating choices. You own, lease, or rent the house- stand tall and own your interior design, decorating and home decor choices.  Just remember to go with the interior decorating flow.

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