what's your favorite movie home decor?

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In honor of the biggest TV-event of the year, the Academy Awards on Sunday night, we want to take a moment to ponder the merging of our two favorite subjects: decor and the movies! Sometimes our love of interior design can even get in the way of enjoying a film (remember those pillows in the Lake House?) but more often than not, we’re just inspired. Take for example, the house where Curtis (Jamie Fox) and Deena (Beyonce) live in near the end of the Dreamgirls. Who could be angry when you’re dining at a gorgeous Lucite table? We’d probably feel more comfy at the wood-paneled home seen in Little Miss Sunshine. So what about you? What’s your favorite movie home? You know, the house you’ve seen on the big screen that you wish was yours, or that at least could be yours for a night or two?

Angela M. says:
Where do I begin?! I remember that Apartment Therapy Los Angeles did a list of their top ten decor inspiration films a while ago, and a few on their list (Contempt, Clockwork Orange, Far From Heaven) are indisputably influential. But my all time favorite has to be the amazing Dakota classic six that Mia Farrow decorates in Rosemary’s Baby. This year, I loved all the homes in Friends with Money (especially the one that Frances McDormand’s character Jane lived in with her “gay” husband). I always love the LA homes in movies, like Laurel Canyon (more Frances McDormand!) and The Anniversary Party. There’s too many. I may have to weigh in again on this one.

Allison R. says:
No holds bar. Tony’s house in Santa Monica in Scarface. Say no to drugs!

Click through to read more of our favorites and tell us about yours!

Beth J. says:
The crazy-modern house where James Bond fights it out in Diamonds are Forever. It’s in California and there’s a tremendous write-up on it that I found when Googling the designer, John Lautner. I don’t know that I’d want to live there, but a weekend might be nice….

And as a child, of course I loved the crazy inventions for furniture and appliances using twigs and other nature-based gizmos the Swiss Family Robinson came up with.

Arianne C. says:
I really liked the loft in Closer, where Julia Roberts and Clive Owen lived (and she cheated on him). It was just gorgeous, with an open upstairs balcony-style bedroom overlooking the lower level. The whole place was just open. Memorably gorgeous.

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Something’s Gotta Give…yes definately
The bungalow from Old School BEFORE the guys trashed it. I always cringe when I watch that film. “No, don’t write on the walls! Don’t…!!!”
Under the Tuscan Sun…dream villa

Yes, Michael Sowa! :D goreydetails.net sells his cards/postcards, etc – so if you would like to have some of the same pics as Amelie in your house, you can get the cards there very cheaply, and put them in little frames. They also have some of his books, calendars, posters, etc. What they don’t seem to have are proper, grown-up prints.

The house in Royal Tenenbaums is honestly a little cluttered for me, but I love the Javalina. :)

WOW! All these comments! Mine (without reading anyone else’s):
Gene Hackman’s apartment in The Conversation. Before the big finale of course–if you see the movie after you read this, you’ll understand.
The big-ass modern apartment/house/condo from Match Point with all the views.
And Clint Eastwood’s home in Play Misty for Me–gawd, I love that gold leaf wall!!!

Now see what you’ve started?

M'Liss

The office in “Secretary” …the film is great but I think I like the decor just a little more.

julie.

No one mentioned the amazing Fahrenheit 451? Especially the apartment in the beginning with the Panton screens, and Montag’s house. His whole neighborhood, actually.

BinBin

Hugh Grant’s London bachelor pad in About a Boy is hot!

monica

I really like Grady’s house in “Wonderboys”. But I also like the Greenhouse as well.

There are never cool houses in pittsburgh like the loft in flashdance (I live there).

Diane Keaton’s beach house in Somethings Gotta Give. OMG.

I love Rock Hudson’s bachelor pad in “Pillow Talk.” It’s my ultimate. I also love Bob and Helen Parr’s home in The Incredibles – especially the art. And my fav kitchen has to be the funeral home kitchen from Six Feet Under. Auntie Mame’s pad is pretty rad, too. Love all the comments on this one.

kate

however absurd, i absolutely love the library in V for Vendetta, with the books piled from floor to ceiling (and beyond!), haphazardly. if i didn’t love my books so much, i would get out the super glue and try to recreate!

Go to the Set decorators Society Website http://www.setdecorators.org
and see whole Set Decor magazines (download in pdf format) or articles on many of the movies mentioned above like “Something’s gotta give” in the “hot off the set” archives. Seplace the “member directory” for favorite shows, and you may find a photo from the set you like put up there by one of our members! Or the Message board for links to movie stories. Kinda cool! My favorite set decor this week is “Ocean’s 13″, and for a classic, “The Big Sleep” with Humphry Bogart-they had a buddha statue in a cottage bungalow back then in the 1930′s- long before it was hip and trendy today!

Meghan

Agree with the comments on “Somethings Gotta Give” but did anyone else like the homey feel of the house in “The Family Stone”? I loved it.

holly

Someone to Watch Over Me- Socialites NYC digs are to die for!
The Royal Tennenbaums
To many Woody Allen movies to list
Something’s Gotta Give
George Pepard’s bachelor pad in Breakfast at Tiffany’s

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always, always, the living room set of the “Dick Van Dyke Show”, with its perfect mid-century ottomans, piano, pass-through from the kitchen, curved sofa, and step-down from the hall to the living room.
Oh, movie, not tv? well, any set from any Pedro Almodovar movie is one I would love to live in. What colors!

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readingglasses

Any of the soft-porn comedies starring Laura Antonelli. Almost all are set in circa-1900 Italy (often Sicily), with more antimacassars and gleaming crystal than you can shake a stick at. Appallingly beautiful sets, hermetic, atmospheric, almost claustrophobically dense. Imagine Visconti doing erotica. The plots are entirely secondary to the decors.

lily

i guess i’m alone on this one, but the interior shots in Emma with Gwyneth Paltrow are amazing. great use of color in a mainly white background. in one scene she’s sitting outside in a little tent and the design of it is just perfect!

I loved, loved, loved the Chicago condo in The Break-Up with Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn…

The old lady’s kitchen/sunroom is the thing I most remember about Titanic (does that make me hard-hearted?).

Also Tom Hanks’ houseboat in Sleepless in Seattle.

jessica

i don’t know if this has been mentioned, but running with scissors has the best decor~! check out my pics on flickr: http://flickr.com/photos/86999532@N00/449104194/

Emily

I liked the loft in Closer too, with the open bedroom tier but the thought popped into my head at the time “Hmmm, you could never have kids if you lived in a house like that… well, you could have kids, but you wouldn’t also be able to have a sex life anymore.”

Amber

I love the mansion in The Jerk.

Valerie

I love the fact that I can recreate all these houses in my Sims2 game!!!! It’s so fun!!! I’m trying to locate a pic of the house from sleeping with the enemy…….I love that house!!!!

tara

Has to be All About My Mother by Almodovar. The wallpaper alone!

pastaqueen

My favorites are:

Someone To Watch Over Me-fabulous NY apartment and for the late
80′s Mimi R’s clothes were great as well. Loved her hair.

Was it Houseguest? with Goldi Hawn and Steve Martin. His house in
Concord MA was fabulous.

Meg Ryan’s in You’ve Got Mail, Tom Hanks’ houseboat in Sleepless.

and naturally, Something’s GG, and the Father of the Bride movies–
including the originals!

Tdny

DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE I CAN GET THE SUBWAY SIGN ART SEEN IN THE MOVIE “MONSTER-IN-LAW”?

Dede

I am also looking for the subway art sign from Monster-In-Law! I’ve been looking everywhere, someone please help!!!!!

Laurie M

I love the mansion in “Rebecca”. I think it was called “Manderly” or something like that. Also, the house Cher lives in in “Clueless”. The beautiful marble floor and the pillars and black and white staircase. Amazing!

Oooh- Also the apartment and roof greenhouse in Greencard.

TW

Jimmy Stewart’s apt in Rear Window.
The country home in Christmas in Connecticut

Ok – so I’m getting to this quite late as I see the original post was almost a year ago, but here are my favorite movie sets that have really left an impression on me:
The Hampton beach house in Something’s Gotta Give.
Cameron Diaz’s and Kate Winslet’s houses in The Holiday.
Father of the Bride
The Italian villa in Under the Tuscan Sun.
Steve Martin’s newly-wed hideaway in Housesitter.
The holiday-decked house in Home Alone.
The Chicago condo in The Break-Up.
… and now I really want to see some of the others mentioned in the comments!

Jill

I understand that its an animated movie, but the home of The Incredibles is one of my all time favorites. I’ll take the furnishings too.

Jennifer

I want Martha’s kitchen in Mostly Martha (the original German version from which No Reservations was adapted)

Colleen

What a fun thread! I always watch DVD featurettes hoping for something about the sets. I want…
Something’s Gotta Give for my beach house.
The Breakup for my city condo.
The Holiday for my English cottage.
Practical Magic for my sprawling victorian.
Father of the Bride to raise my family (oh, the nursery in Father of the Bride 2!!!!)
To put a few out there that haven’t been mention yet (perhaps with reason!): Michael Douglas’s upstate home in Fatal Attaction (always preferred it to Glen Close’s apartment), Drew Barrymore’s house in Scream, the craftsman-style house on Numb3rs, the craftsman-style house in Zathura, Hope and Michael’s house on Thirtysomething, and hello! Mary Tyler Moore’s apartment…with Rhoda right upstairs!

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Laura M

I’ve just seen Stardust and am obsessed (or should I say enchanted?) with the witch’s gypsy caravan. It’s painted bright yellow inside and out with floral accents and has crocheted blankets on the little bunk and a hanging bird cage, etc. So cute and not at all witchy. I’m wondering if I can recreate the look in my basement – I’d prefer a “cozy” feel down there rather than the current “oppressively low ceiling” vibe.

cassy

First of all,I have always loved the Neutra house in North By Northwest, but Auntie Mame’s Apt.is definitely my favorite. I also love love love Ingrid Bergman’s flat in Indescreet.And of course Midge’s flat in Vertigo- the perfect artist’s abode!

cassy

neutra-ISH

MrDalloway

The Shropshire Mansion in “Atonement” with kiera knightly is spectacular!
http://chameleon-interiors.blogspot.com/2007/12/movie-set-decor-atonement.html

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Szig

Lives of Others. I was taking notes on the apartment decor it was so good.

I absolutly loved “Lucky Number Slevin” – the interior design was so delicious, that I couldn’t concentrate on the story! I was just thinking “oh, the wallpaper! – oh! the lamp!”

Sandra

Martha’s Kitchen, I AGREE. Loved it, loved it. Wish I could find pics. on line somewhere.

Lisa

Has anyone seen the movie Blue with Juliette Binoche? It has amazing interiors. The ancient country mansion that she moves out of is incredible, and her friend/lover’s Paris apartment is perfect.

Sara

I love the apartment Mandy Moore’s character lives in in Because I Said So…

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Dorian

A second (or third or fourth!) for Auntie Mame (the old one)– I think she goes through like 4 re-decos… I’ve always loved the villain house in North by Northwest that sits atop Mount Rushmore… another awesome Hitchcock NY apartment is ‘Rope’…

Also the fab house/decor in ‘A Summer Place” the definitive Sandra Dee/Troy Donahue teen melodrama. It was filmed in a Frank Lloyd Wright house on the beach.

Merle

Some of my favorites – The apartment from the Hitchcock movie Rope. Mary Tyler Moore’s cute little bachelorette pad in the Mary Tyler Moore Show. Briony’s bedroom from Atonement. Such a charming suite for such a wicked little girl!