Each year around the holidays?my nesting instincts are in overdrive. Home is always important to me but during the colder months I redecorate and move things around even more than usual. A cozy evening at home is my idea of a perfect time and lately we’ve been rewatching some old favorites. And I confess, Nancy Meyers’ heartwarming stories with their remarkable sets have been at the top of my list. Inspired by our recent rewatching of The Parent Trap and Father of the Bride I and II, I thought it would be fun to revisit together some of the most iconic interiors from our beloved Nancy Meyers’ film library. Time to dust off those DVDs and get comfy!?
?So much has been written about Nancy Meyers’ movies that it is hard to find a fresh, unexplored angle. I feel foolish to even try.? Something’s Gotta Give, Father of the Bride, It’s Complicated, The Holiday … what these movies have in common are compelling stories, stellar casts, and stunning interiors that launched massive decorating trends. Who doesn’t remember the bright and airy Hamptons home of playwright Erica Barry in Something’s Gotta Give? Everyone wanted her kitchen so it became one of the most copied rooms in cinematic history.
Something’s Gotta Give
Inspired by her coastal chic living room, blue and white striped dhurries became all the rage while one of the two filming locations in Father of The Bride (the Pasadena house) became everyone’s dream home.?
Father of the Bride
But what is Nancy Meyers’ secret to creating such unforgettable sets? First of all, she has a deep appreciation for all things interior design apparent with each of her movies. I found our from an interview she gave to AD that her mother was a prolific interior designer who worked well into her 80s and that has certainly had a lasting impact on how Meyers creates her characters. Where they live, and how they decorate, is just as important as what they happen to say. Sets deepen her message because they appeal to us visually?and?how a home looks like and feels like stays with us just as long (if not longer) than the story itself.?
Second, understanding the importance of décor in storytelling?Meyers has worked with some of the best names in the industry –? production designer Jon Hutman and the talented set decorator Beth Rubino have been responsible for several of her sets, including that of Something’s Gotta Give. Together they’ve created characters we all want to be friends with, owning homes we’d all love to live in. Such a tall order!?
The kitchen in Something’s Gotta Give?may have been the most copied room of all time, but equally admired is Jane’s kitchen in It’s Complicated. Although Meyers wanted to give her character a shabby kitchen which she wants to renovate (there’s even a water damage stain on one of the?walls), everyone fell in love with it as it is.
?The kitchen of my dreams!
A view of the pantry / laundry room
??The living room is cozy and inviting, with pops orange ?and touches of blue for contrast.
The most copied room in television history.?
The colorful and quintessentially English cottage in The Holiday?stole the hearts of viewers?everywhere, myself included.
A cozy and comfortable home that looks just as good today as it did over 20 years ago.
In Parent Trap, not one but two charming homes to be inspired by. One in London, the other one in Napa valley.
I hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane! I’m looking forward to watching (for the 11th-time) It’s Complicated tonight.