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.

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Pike 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.

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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.

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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.

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Classic Black Bistro Dining Set

wrought-iron-setVintage 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.

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

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Silver Engraved Fancy Floral Decanter Labels Liquor Bottle Label Tag Set 6 Tags

Silver Engraved Fancy Floral Decanter Labels Liquor Bottle Label Tag Set 6 Tags

mid-century-gold-leaf-champagne-sherbetsVintage Libbey Golden Foliage Leaf Cocktail Glasses

Handmade Black Lacquer Mother of Pearl Cabinet

 

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Mainholm Traditional Table Lamp

Coffered ceilings, custom built-ins, original artworks, crystal chandeliers, Chinoiserie accents, floor to ceiling windows.

 

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Maria Theresa 12 Light Clear Italian Crystal Chandelier 

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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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.

Open shelving

Steel-blue cabinets

Hardwood floors

Subway tile

Farmhouse sink

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

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LYKE Faye Black Dresser

Carbon Loft Horstmann 29-inch Adjustable Bonded Leather Backed Bar Stool

Carbon Loft Horstmann 29-inch Adjustable Bonded Leather Backed Bar Stool

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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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Jaslene Media Cabinet

Extra goodies from the dining room decor-

Light Society Thurston 5-light Chandelier

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)

SAFAVIEH Benicio Coastal Rattan Dining Chair (Set of 2)

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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.

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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

Furniture of America Kova Traditional Cherry 60-inch Dining Table

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White Ironstone Serving Bowl

This discussion could go on and on.

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These examples are only two of many that come to mind.

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Italian Center Table

Italian Center Table

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Love this in the style of print.

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Beach Beauty I Canvas Art Print

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 Bankers Chair

Is it me or is the common design denominator in these homes a neutral color palette?

That’s the point- classic works.

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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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french-kitchen-tableFrench Kitchen Island

breakfast-nook-lightBreakfast Nook Light

Nadeau 1-Light Single Cone Pendant

Alden 1-Light Single Cone Pendant

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Ruffled Baker

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Silver Meat Dome

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Natural Cordless Light Filtering UV Protection Bamboo Manual Roll-Up Shade

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Rohan 6 light Matte Black and Brass Pendant – Matte Black and Brass

Shannon Solid Oak Dining Table

Shannon Solid Oak Dining Table

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Casual Tier Console Table

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Mission Alder Nine Drawer Tall Dresser

Mission Alder Nine Drawer Tall Dresser 

oval-drawer-pull Antique English Drawer Pull

Gold Curved Arch Wall Mirror

 

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Andrey Desk

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.

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Andrea Tuscan Cream 32-inch Table Lamp

French Louis XV Style Needlepoint Upholstered Arm Chair

French Louis XV Style Needlepoint Upholstered Arm Chair

Lidded Kooboo Rattan Basket

Lidded Kooboo Rattan Basket

Bakery Goods

bistro_barstoolPorthos Home Zoya Bar Stools Set of 2, Elm Wood Frame, Rattan Seat

Decorative Round Rattan Basket Gray - Threshold™ designed with Studio McGee

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.

Hooked on Houses

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Ornate English Mirror, Gold Leaf

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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.

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

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Mansfield 1 Light Black Outdoor Pendant Lantern

sunbrella-grommetCoastal Stripe Outdoor Panel by Havenside Home

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Antibes Set of 2 Wicker Club Chair with Cushions - Christopher Knight Home

Antibes Set of 2 Wicker Club Chair with Cushions – Christopher Knight Home

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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.

Hooked on Houses

Walnut Gateleg Drop Leaf Table w. Drake Carved Feet

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English Landscape Oil Painting

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Grindley English Country Inns Staffordshire Creamer & Sugar Pot Bowl with Lid

Grindley English Country Inns Staffordshire Creamer & Sugar Pot Bowl with Lid

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Vintage Ironstone Brown Transferware Tureen from T&R Boote

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Antique Mahogany Barley Twist Drop Leaf Table

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Gonzalez Solid Wood Windsor Back Arm Chair

Andrews Windsor Back Dining Chairs- Set of 4

Tinseltown Trivia Time!

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Fresh Olive Branch Wreath

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What movie inspires this look?

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Safavieh Lighting Zoey Double Gourd White Table Lamp Set

Clarke 3 Drawer Console Table

Clarke 3 Drawer Console Table

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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.

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That’s 365 days of bon appétit blogging goodness.

willow_blue_composite_xWillow-Blue Plate by Johnson Brothers
Richmond Stemware by Rogaska
Westchester Stainless by Towle

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Julia Child’s Kitchen – Smithsonian

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

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Richmond Matte White+Gold Curved Bowl Metal Shade 1-Light Wall Sconce

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Jonathan Adler Havana Polished Nickel Two-Light 

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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Antique Maple Butcher’s Block Table

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19th-C. English Copper Pans, S/7

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KitchenAid® Artisan Stand Mixer in Cobalt Blue

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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Have Ideas, Will Repurpose: Our Home Improvement Ideas

Places In The Home hails from the house I grew up in.

My parent’s built the house in 1965, and in the forty years they lived in the house it underwent two major renovations.

My partner in this crazy home improvement ideas life, Dave the Builder, convinced me we are up to the challenge of home improvement ideas renovation.

The standard issue formal living room/dining room combination of the 1960’s ranch house served its entertaining, special occasion event, and makeshift photography studio for homecoming and prom pictures purposes for many years.

Thankfully, my mother received the all good things and trends come to an end memo and did away with the design relic during the great renovation of 1986.

My mother design ideas included turning the formal living room into a formal dining room, and repurposing the small formal dining space into a sitting parlor.

What designs worked then do not work now, so 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?”

Yes, Dave.

Yes it is.

It’s 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 existing rooms in order to emphasize function, relaxed formality, and flow.

Although eight foot ceilings are not exactly a hot design favorite, they’re not a design deal breaker either.

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

We vaulted the ceiling in the foyer and added the decorative molding to accommodate our taste.

For less than $200 we added the beveled glass panes to the front door unit.

The five figure estimate from the architect to raise the ceilings throughout the house put a big “that ain’t happening” damper on that idea real fast.

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Change comes again.

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

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

Change has come.

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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.

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The entire game starts and ends at home plate.

The bases represent milestones in the lives we lead; the good, bad, the in-between while making memories made along the way.

Your home should provide the calm in the storm, and reflect the personalities of those seeking shelter.

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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.

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There really is no place like it.

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Each space within our 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.

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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.

You and I will bring beauty to your home.

I’m big on celebrating the homeowner’s individuality and decorating choices.

You own-lease-rent the house- stand tall and own your interior design, decorating and home decor choices.

Just remember to go with the interior decorating flow.

Love your style!

 

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