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.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
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.
Updated to today’s style.
Bari 1 Light Contemporary Wall Sconce with Clear Cylinder Glass
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’s 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 when I noticed it was on the afternoon viewing schedule.
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner holds my attention on three points:
A relevant and positive message.
Three Academy Award winning actors showing why they deserved Academy Awards.
One luxuriously appointed home.
Classic Black Bistro Dining Set
Vintage Wrought-Iron Ivy Terrace Set
The walk from foyer to terrace for an afternoon of sandwiches and coffee is a walk through interior design distinction.
Attention to detail greets the eye at every twist and turn, wall and window.
The eye is drawn to tasteful accessories and classic design elements in timeless colors, patterns and textures.
Silver Engraved Fancy Floral Decanter Labels Liquor Bottle Label Tag Set 6 Tags
Vintage Libbey Golden Foliage Leaf Cocktail Glasses
Mainholm Traditional Table Lamp
Coffered ceilings, custom built-ins, original artworks, crystal chandeliers, Chinoiserie accents, floor to ceiling windows.
Maria Theresa 12 Light Clear Italian Crystal Chandelier
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.
Poly & Bark Weave Chair in Black
The kitchen featured in The Intern is not a set, but actually a real honest to goodness on location kitchen in a brownstone in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn.
So many of the design and decor accessories from The Intern kitchen remain relevant in today’s style preferences.
Stunning set design is synonymous with Nancy Meyer’s films.
Carbon Loft Horstmann 29-inch Adjustable Bonded Leather Backed Bar Stool
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
2xhome – Set of 2 Modern Accent Dining Chair
Extra goodies from the dining room decor-
Light Society Thurston 5-light Chandelier
As items sale out, in the style of options become stylish understudies.
SAFAVIEH Benicio Coastal Rattan Dining Chair (Set of 2)
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’s 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.
Furniture of America Kova Traditional Cherry 60-inch Dining Table
White Ironstone Serving Bowl
This discussion could go on and on.
Handmade Flatweave Montauk Salinda Casual Cotton Rug
These examples are only two of many that come to mind.
Between Naps on the Porch via Pinterest
Love this in the style of print.
Beach Beauty I Canvas Art Print
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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Natural Cordless Light Filtering UV Protection Bamboo Manual Roll-Up Shade
Rohan 6 light Matte Black and Brass Pendant – Matte Black and Brass
Shannon Solid Oak Dining Table
Mission Alder Nine Drawer Tall Dresser
Please allow me to take a little decorating liberty with the choice of table lamps, but I love the Andrea Tuscan Cream 32-inch Table Lamp X 2.
Andrea Tuscan Cream 32-inch Table Lamp
French Louis XV Style Needlepoint Upholstered Arm Chair
Porthos Home Zoya Bar Stools Set of 2, Elm Wood Frame, Rattan Seat
Of all the spectacular accents, details and accessories in the home of It’s Complicated, do you know what captured my attention the most?
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.
Ornate English Mirror, Gold Leaf
Another spectacular vision of regal and grand set decor by Hollywood standards is elegantly evident in another Vivien Leigh classic, That Hamilton Woman.
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.
Mansfield 1 Light Black Outdoor Pendant Lantern
Coastal Stripe Outdoor Panel by Havenside Home
Antibes Set of 2 Wicker Club Chair with Cushions – Christopher Knight Home
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.
English Landscape Oil Painting
Grindley English Country Inns Staffordshire Creamer & Sugar Pot Bowl with Lid
Vintage Ironstone Brown Transferware Tureen from T&R Boote
Antique Mahogany Barley Twist Drop Leaf Table
Andrews Windsor Back Dining Chairs- Set of 4
Tinseltown Trivia Time!
‘Dressed in White II’ by Stefano Cairoli Framed Painting Print on Canvas
What movie inspires this look?
Safavieh Lighting Zoey Double Gourd White Table Lamp Set
Clarke 3 Drawer Console Table
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.
Willow-Blue Plate by Johnson Brothers
Richmond Stemware 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.
Richmond Matte White+Gold Curved Bowl Metal Shade 1-Light Wall Sconce
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.
Antique Maple Butcher’s Block Table
19th-C. English Copper Pans, S/7
KitchenAid® Artisan Stand Mixer in Cobalt Blue
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.