A Beautiful Distraction: Interior Design and Decorating Images

The interior design and decorating minded tend to look at objects, spaces and images in a different light.  A discerning eye will wonder toward a beautiful distraction in seconds flat.  As Dave the Builder and I were watching a movie over the weekend, I realized my love of all things placement, pattern and palette was working overtime.  Dave asked me a question about the story line, and as I fumbled to conceal the fact I didn’t have a clue he asked, “are you even watching the movie?”  Technically, I’m watching, but more and more the focus of my attention is not with the story line.  These eyes are zeroed in on the real star of the show.

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To say I am completely taken in by the the houses (set recreated or actual real estate), architecture, grounds and furnishings that frame the frame is an understatement.  As soon as the final credits roll off the screen the floodgates of post film commentary open.  We Siskel and Ebert the heck out of the exteriors and interiors of the houses seen throughout the film, what design features would be considered passé by today’s standards, and how classic design elements will stand the test of taste and time.

This beautiful distraction dilemma is taking on a life of its own. The number of interior design and decorating images I view in a single week is in the territory of beautifully ridiculous. Pens and pads are strewn about my desk, a quick reach in close proximity of the keyboard for the numerous gotta have it, gotta share it, gotta remember the source jot it down moments of my blogging life.

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Interior design and decorating images showcasing exceptional design and decorating work produce inspired results. Take the image below from the Waco Symphony Showhouse 2013. The interior design and decorating genius of CDA Interior Design is a showhouse showstopper. Is this not a stunning example of coastal chic on steroids?  It is amazing how fast my eyes can style spot at least eight points of interior interest in this image.  Equally amazing is how fast the featured interior design, furnishings and accessories draw me in.

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I’m no code cracker, but I think that is exactly the point.

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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.

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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.  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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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Marble Mantle with Horseshoe Opening

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Wythe Media Cabinet

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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.

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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.

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round-table-diningBridges 2.0 Round Dining Table

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

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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Sunbrella® Awning Stripe Outdoor Grommet Drape

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wicker-dining-chairClassic Wicker Chair

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

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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.

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

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English Landscape Oil Painting

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Antique Mahogany Barley Twist Drop Leaf Table

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Tinseltown Trivia Time!

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What movie inspires this look?

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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.

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

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Julia Child’s Kitchen – Smithsonian

Close lighting option to the original in Julia Child’s actual kitchen.

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Nicor Lighting 

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

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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.

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butcher-blockVintage Maple Butcher Block

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

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KitchenAid® Artisan Stand Mixer in Cobalt Blue

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Gallery Oval Bread Basket with Handles

If a stove, oven and pegboard could talk!

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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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