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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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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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.
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.