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Find design inspiration on the big screen.

If you haven’t seen Nancy Meyers’ new movie It’s Complicated, you really need to. Even if you’re not a fan of Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin, you should see it just for the sets. Like other Meyers films Something’s Gotta Give and The Holiday, the setting in this new flick is a feast for the eyes. The design of her home, her bakery and even her garden are so well done, it becomes a character almost unto itself. I routinely have clients that ask me to view certain movies or TV shows so that I can take in the backdrop, and these Meyers movies are some of the most referenced. Meyers, a home décor-junkie in her own right, gives so much attention to detail, sweating over whether or not a particular character might actually own a certain book on the bookshelf, what color a lampshade should be or whether to have marble or granite countertops in a character’s kitchen. And while some film critics bemoan her over-the-top approach to beautiful sets, the result is a wonderful reference for all who are looking for inspiration–whether for your entire house or just a room or two.

You'll love the design of the sets in this new movie.

This is a Spanish style ranch home set in Santa Barbara on a lush lot near the coast.

The kitchen Streep's character wants to remodel in the movie. A very French flair, as she plays a pastry chef who studied in Paris.

One Response to “Find design inspiration on the big screen.”

  1. S.Brown Says:

    Being a decorator for years has brought appreciation of beautiful design for enjoyment, living with coziness and charm in our home and for clients.

    Jack Arnold, Charles Faudree, Betty Lou Phillips are fabulous.

    Many times I have requested a client see a particular movie, or a client will call after seeing a movie and eagerly tell me details they noticed. Heart warming.

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