It's complicated .......
The 2009 romantic comedy where once again Nancy Meyers has stolen our hearts, minds and our eyes in a visual dream of a film.A well reviewed comedy where the cast is as lovely as the stage setting and the eye candy from the homes to the outdoor gardening scenes. I was watching this over the weekend, I began dissecting the scenes and saving different items for my own memory. With it's popularity there has been much focus and influence in design. I really like the home that baking created and thought some of you bloggers might enjoy too!
Coming about this past spring, the film is full of fanciful imagery and delightful plans for homeowners as well as aspiring gardeners. I am in the plans of a kitchen redux so this film rated right up there with the Somethings gotta give flick. A coveted and highly talked about film for it's funny and romantic storyline, and it's Nancy Meyers created scenes.
The interiors as well as the exteriors are wonderfully shot, executed and send one running to the home improvement or garden center to get dirty!
Enjoy some of the stills, as they are inspiration for me and my own home.
The infamous front yard of Meryl Streep's character. Loving the lived in well worn but not shabby feel of the home inside and outside. The terracotta tiled roof, the dark metal windows as well as the curvaceous pathway leading up to the doorway.
The complete opposite view of the rear of the house, pathway in pea gravel and overhanging tiled roof line.
Just makes you want to venture to the garden center. The potted topiary plantings and climbing vines are so welcoming. Just a dash of green sprinkled here and there is a great way to add plants with out having to weed, easy to water too.More lanterns are peeking out from behind the climbing vines.All the elements of a working garden diva, galvanized water can, stacks of planting boxes and of course a waxed type apron to keep you clean.
Another fan of the bricked in flooring, patina green potting shed table and french market baskets full of gardening paraphernalia. More pots and tools than you can shake a stick at, and if that does not get your thumb green then I do not know what will.I just love the mixture of color and texture here, the stylist who thought this up was right on!
The view into the set of the hall that leads to the master bedroom. Loving the darkly painted open panes of glass looking into the so now and then rustic framed herbal and flowering prints. A shot of persimmon striped pillow and a niche to sit and relax from the outdoor courtyard. The chandy is also strong in a metal sense, but open and almost modern in contrast to the home.
The planed flooring and arched doorways echo the arches in the tiled roof. I am becoming a fan of the rounded walls and curved doorways without trim. Oh no, say it isn't so........I am still a sucker for the ornately trimmed and highly carved ceiling and walls, but this cleaner edged look is also growing on me.More sunshine, stacks of books and piled of precious pictures scattered about!Also, the way the hall floor is Terra cotta and butts right up to the wood floor also looks still like it flows. That is also a nice detail!
A closer look at those pretty little prints! Really worn and wonderful!I wanted to show the really chippy frames in a dark color against the lighter wall.
A lamp from the set, carved lightly washed wood and dry brushed rustic shade.
I am also a fan of this front entry way. The chippy table as you enter, the urn turned lamp also topped off in a chocolate shade. The nod to Gustavian or Belgium wood in a lighter, soft washed color.
That kitchen! Well, it is so very now and so family friendly without sacrificing chic. I am not sure if I would have changed it or it's location. The open shelving and the skirted storage from below the counter, all in the making for a wonderful recipe. I like the lighter counter top island, the darker chairs with persimmon cushions and the stainless stove and dented fridge!
Character, character and more character!
The light streaming into the kitchen, a more evolved and cook organized kitchen is what appears. I like the cloches, baked goodies ( from the shop ) and pressed glasses of juice on the counter.Even Meryl matches the morning light! The slightly tailored seat covers add to a traditional twist and refines the space. Even the casual texture of the roman shade adds an interesting alternative.
I really like the open paned doors that lead to this kitchen's pantry. An alternative to the standard walled in pantry. Another way to let the sun shine in. Also the stainless racks for storage and solutions for more shelving, pretty enough to be seen from the island.
The master bedroom bureau complete with bronze pulls and washed pine finish.The modern lamp, industrial letter organizer in the reflection and eclectic art. More gilded framing, potted plantings and fresh cut flowers line the top of the drawered bureau.In the background is a wonderful aged and gilt mirror with reflection and an added hint of glitz.
The reflection of her desk.
A rattan textural chair, orchid, topiary and industrial letter organizer that i love!
The living room with dark painted fireplace mantle, standing against white slip covered chairs. I love the orange chair, and coordinating throw. The blue works well, a complimentary color to orange. I also love that clear crystal bowl of artichokes. The wooden based coffee table is topped with rustic zinc top.
I did not notice the patina flavored built in until I enlarged this pic. It plays off the zinc topped table. The darker mantle is also appealing to me, a little less than expected usually cream or wooden, but I am liking dark. I am also a fan of stacks of books and lived in looking rooms.
I think I really like the well balanced feel of this room and thee lived in feeling. You could really do this type of room and the details are actually attainable. A trip to Ikea, pottery barn or restoration hardware and you could find many of these elements! Then the fun part is building from there, adding personality and collecting toward an evolved room.
Another still of the bedside table. A little orange box, stack of reading material and a blue and cream chippy French lamp. Of course never far is the remote control.
Another view, the blind looks like the tortoise blind and a cluster of fleurs completes the feel of the table. I also like the upholstered headboard, the gray and cream colors are right on my fav color scheme. The darker table is really one of pretty and heavy weight in this bedroom. A soft and sunny bedroom is the result of this master room.
A little more texture; linen, pine and rattan. Also more orange........
Lighter bedding under the coverlet and at foot a storage bench for sitting.
A little reflection in the master bathroom. Gilt golden mirror, double ( no ,no ) for our character sink!
A collection of how we really live lotions, sprays and powders. Tucked neatly between the sinks and neatly arranged among scents, cups and stone walled background.
One last look at that kitchen and it's clevah way to store and keep items neat but within eye sight.
The real window sill is also a comforting sight, only a true cook knows where each recipe is and in what book! Enjoying recipes from this home and all the excerpts from this film.
It's complicated film and scene stills.