Which Nancy Meyers Kitchen Would You Choose?

Nancy Meyers is as known for her set decoration as she is her movies- I mean, the sets kind of MAKE the movies for me- they are like another character! In this month’s Tradtional Home I spotted a sneak peek of the set design of her new film, The Intern, and the kitchen may be one of her best yet!  She based the Brooklyn townhome of Anne Hathaway’s character on Jenna Lyons’ previous and furiously blogged home.  But this kitchen looks better than Jenna’s for sure!

The Intern, Jules' house, Brooklyn NY  (Warner Bros.)
The Intern, Jules’ house, Brooklyn NY (Warner Bros.)
The Intern, Jules' house, Brooklyn NY  (Warner Bros.)
The Intern, Jules’ house, Brooklyn NY (Warner Bros.)

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A Kitchen Inspired by a Movie

The other night I was in the mood to watch something light set in France. But for some crazy, unknown reason, no streaming service has French Kiss, one of my favorite “lay in bed and do nothing” movies. It’s a tragedy, I tell you. So instead I made Andrew watch Chocolat, which he was less than thrilled with,  but I was into since I hadn’t seen in in many years.  I forgot how amazingly charming the little chocolate shop is- and it immediately had me thinking of designing a kitchen based on the details in it!

The perfect light blue-green walls, the wood shelves, the patterned concrete tile floors? Oh yes, this is the PERFECT inspiration.


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Go See: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Yesterday was rainy and grey (what’s new in New England) so Andrew and I went to the movies to see Wes Anderson’s newest film The Grand Budapest Hotel. The Royal Tenenbaums is one of my top 10 favorite movies and truly is what made me fall head over heels for Wes’s amazing work- the sets, the dry humor mixed with serious moments, the incredible cameos.  But since then I haven’t been quite as charmed by his newer films like Moonrise Kingdom (I know, I know- so many people loved it- and it had it’s moments- but it’s not one I want to watch over and over).

This film however, was AWESOME. Seriously, AWESOME.

It’s hysterically funny, a visual feat for the eyes and a truly and thoroughly fun escape from the world. Of course, in true Wes Anderson style, the sets, costumes and details are all amazing. I cannot even fathom how wild it would be to have a brain as creative as his. Magical.  Here are some still from the film to help convince you to go see it.

I love how much pink Wes uses.




The sets could not be more breathtaking.



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Inspired by Great Expectations

I was reminded by a little picture posted by Into the Gloss of one of my favorite movies from my college years…Great Expectations, the 1998 version, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Ethan Hawke, Anne Bancroft and Robert DeNiro. Anyone else remember this movie??? I recall it being slightly creepy, visually stunning and one I watched over and over for the scenery, decor, fashion and art.

The divine Anne Bancroft as Ms. Dinsmoor aka Miss Havisham. Her crazy ass outfits, wigs and makeup were fascinating!

The famous Francesco Clemente did all the art work for the film…

Gwyneth’s wardrobe in this movie was one of my first film wardrobe crushes ever.

Oh that house…

The movie was actually filmed at the Ringling Brothers historic Florida mansion Ca’ d’Zan.

The trailer brings me right back such a specific time…. I need to watch this again!

I think of kelly green and gold when I think of this film… and layers and layers of luxury clouded by the mustiness of a long vintage. Ok, we can skip the mustiness, but the vintage, not a chance. And while I tend to be less dramatic (visually, at least), I really could eat up this kind of decor and way of dressing.

bar cart/chair/ring/ necklace/wallpaper/gown/caftan/ chandelier

(p.s. anyone know why my photoshop fonts are all bitmapped all of the sudden?? EEEKS)

Random Monday: Monkeying Around

So over the weekend we went to see This Means War, which is meh… not terrible, not great but lots of eye candy for me (Tom Hardy) and Andrew (Reese looks AWESOME).  But before the movie there was a preview that had me all sorts of flipping out. Watch it.

Let me preface this by saying that I feel about monkeys/chimpanzees the way that Kristen Bell feels about sloths. I have wanted one FOREVER- in fact the first gift Andrew ever gave me only a couple weeks of dating was a stuffed monkey with velcro arms I could fasten about my neck. Most girls would have been horrified, but I was ecstatic and wanted to bring it out to dinner with us. Clearly I am not ashamed of my obsession.  One of the happiest moments of my life was when a little monkey sat on my head in Nevis.

So this is pretty much how it went down at the Saturday matinee….

Me: Oh my God. OH. MY. GOD.


Me: OH MY GOD! LOOK AT HIM!!! AWWWW!!! (squealing and clapping hands)

Andrew: I see him. I am sitting right here.

Me: OMMMGEEEEE- he has a branch in his mouth! Andrew, do you see that? Look how cute! Hiiiiiiiii Oscar!!!! (waving)

Me: Oh no! He looks SO SAD! Something bad is coming!

Andrew: Seriously, shhhhhh.

Me: (slaps hands over eyes) I can’t deal with this. He’s all alone. He misses his mom. WHAT’S HAPPENING???

Andrew: Honey, you have to calm down.

Me: He found a new daddy! Thank GOD! But he must still miss his mom! This is terrible!

Andrew: Uhhuh.

Me: (with steely gaze) Andrew, I have to save the chimps!

Me: They are playing like people! (hitting Andrew’s arm) Andrew, we need to save the chimps!

(Chuckles from the row behind us.)

Me: THEY’RE HUGGING??!?!? I’m going to DIE! I’m dead right now! OMG OMG OMG.Why is no one else freaking OOOOUUUTTT???!!!

Andrew: (head in hands)

I literally want to give up my whole world to go help Jane Goodall save these beautiful things. In fact halfway through Reese’s new rom-com I leaned over and whispered to Andrew “Um, I’m serious about the chimps”.  Nothing upsets me more than animal cruelty. NOTHING. I can’t even handle fake animal cruelty/sadness/ death in movies. Shoot up a bar full of humans and I won’t flinch, but hurt a dog/horse/monkey/lion/mouse and I will absolutely LOSE MY SHIT. When that Sarah McLachlan ASPCA commercial comes on with the beaten dog I dive behind the sofa like I’m taking on sniper fire. So while I think of ways to parlay my mediocre internet success into a way to contribute in some way to help the chimpanzees I can just encourage you ALL to go see this movie the opening week because if you do Disney will make a donation to the Jane Goodall Institute ! Maybe I’ll organize a group outing! Cocktails and chimpanzees and lots of squealing.