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Design influences can come from just about anywhere. If you have hit a brick wall on design ideas I suggest you go to the movies.
Capturing Hollywood Style for yourself is one way to update your home and make you feel like a star in one fell swoop. If you ask me, that’s good value in a rough economy.
You need not ask which movies I love to watch for endless design ideas because I am never at a loss to chat about that topic. Although I’m mad for offering up these design inspirations, it frustrates me because they are hard to capture in pictures - you really need to watch the movies to truly catch the nuance of Hollywood interiors.
By far, my favorite is Auntie Mame from 1958. In two hours you are witness to more interior design switch-outs than a Cher concert. Above is a snap of her foyer on Beekman Place.
Mame’s apartment morphs from traditional lighting and decor to Danish Modern without missing a beat. Notice how the set designers toss in a great Calder-esque mobile? I love how as Mame ages she becomes ever-more experimental. A great life lesson.
An early image of her bedroom reveals a harmonious mix of styles. Eclectic like herself, the room sports Chippendale-style chairs, Asian-designed nightstand and a fantastic French center table. You can literally feel the energy of the person who occupies the room.
Another gem is Indiscreet from 1958. Ingrid Bergman’s London apartment is always a treat to study. It’s so saturated with color yet never becomes jarring. The dynamic mix of the traditional architectural and neutral furniture allow the brightly matted art to sing.
On a more contemporary note, and with a nod to summer, we can’t forget the movies of Nancy Meyer. From The Holiday to It’s Complicated and Something’s Gotta Give, the interiors in her movies are like old friends, easy and comfortable. They are made for today’s living and remain chic inspiration for everybody. Like the kitchen in It’s Complicated, it is a showcase on how we live today but with an elevated sense of style and beautiful kitchen lighting.
The living room in Something’s Gotta Give is a classic and easy to replicate. The summery Hamptons interior features simple slip-covered furniture and a cool color scheme of blues. It’s really not complicated and should be inspiration to us all. I suppose the ultimate takeaway is that movie plots are fine, but movie interiors are divine.
Photos courtesy of Designwonderland.com, Styleathome.com, Deluxa.com, roomstoraveabout.com
Rob is a Los Angeles-based designer who has a background in art history and was an expert at Sotheby's auction house. Formerly the host of "Inside The Auction" for the Fine Living Network, speaker for The Learning Annex and contributing editor for Valley Magazine and LA Bride Magazine, he has spent years bridging the gap between the world of design and the general public.
His design sensibilities are varied and can work in both traditional and contemporary styles. His interiors have most recently been published in Renovation Style Magazine.
Those are some awesome retro sets!
Thanks for checking it out!