Thursday, October 8, 2009

Theatre Thursday: The Holiday

Introducing Theatre Thursdays... blogs posts about great movies with even better set design. One of my favorite sets belongs to The Holiday. It's a romantic comedy about unrequited love, and unlike one of the leading men, Jack Black, the interior design of the two main homes is swoon-worthy. The two main homes could not be any more different from one another. One is set in the glitz and glamour of L.A., and the other is located in a small cottage in Surrey, in the English Countryside.

Iris's home is quaint, and nestled away. Her living room is filled with tea-stained floral fabrics on the chair and pillows, and a gorgeous velvet tufted ottoman with turned legs. A stone wall, fireplace, and wood beams add coziness and warmth.
The kitchen has blue painted cabinets, a stone wall, open shelving, a mis-matched dinette set, and a tiny oven. It looks like a well-used space, packed with dishes and a kettle. A white iron bed takes center stage in Iris's bedroom, and is mixed with numerous odd pieces such as bamboo bench, a red painted chest, and a heavily distressed side table. Accessories such as artwork, baskets, and lamps fill in the spaces.

(Below)Amanda's home in L.A. is palatial. The living room is filled with white slipcovered sofas and chairs mixed with ottomans, chairs, throws, and window treatments in a dark charcoal. With the addition of an over-sized sisal rug, a chunky wood spiral table, and some plants, you get an organic, sophisticated space great for entertaining.
The kitchen is sleek and streamlined. The chunky counter height table is paired with slipcovered stools, and contrasts against the dark espresso round dinette table. The mixture of black cabinets with espresso and blonde wood adds visual interest and keeps the space from looking to stark. Again, a few organic touches like plants, wood bowls, and woven wood shades add life and warmth. In the master bedroom a upholstered wing-back headboard and flokati shag rug add softness to this slightly masculine space. Blonde wood side tables contrast with the dark grey window treatments and bed.

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  1. Great blog idea! I will be looking forward to Thursdays! Ya Done Good Kid!

  2. I love the home in Surrey, it has a white-washed look that is soft and great! I forgot about that home and are glad you are showing it.


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