One of our favourite things to do on a rainy day is to curl up with a Christy throw and rewatch our favourite classic films, admiring the beautiful, covetable homes. We’ve picked out our most envied houses from the movies, looks from which we would love to recreate in our own homes.
The beach house from ‘Something’s Gotta Give’
The Hamptons beach house in Something’s Gotta Give is the perfect location for the unfolding of Harry & Erica’s romantic tale. The actual house is in Long Island (The Hamptons), but production designer Jon Hutman created the romantic home using interior sets. The beach location, layout of the home and the paint palette used are so covetable that the fictional home has a fan following and has inspired many a renovation.
Architectural Digest featured the home online, revealing interesting nuggets of information, such as the fact that the kitchen countertop was wood painted to look like soapstone. Diane Keaton, who plays Erica in the movie, has said that the kitchen from Something’s Gotta Give is her all-time favourite, and we think it’s pretty perfect too. We especially like the presence of fresh flowers throughout, which creates a romantic look.
Perhaps our favourite room in the house is Erica’s bedroom, complete with windows and built in shelves, Erica’s reading nook is bright, airy and peaceful – something we could all benefit from! Set director Beth Rubino has specified that the paint colours were custom-mixed to look good on the set, so there is unfortunately no paint code for the palette used in the house.
The house recently sold for $41million, but looks very different on the inside than it did in the film.
The glass house from The Lake House
The Lake House was a 2006 remake of South Korean film Il Mare, where two residents of the same house exchange letters through the mailbox, despite living at the house two years apart. The film itself is a entertaining love story, but the story of the glass house used for filming is just as captivating.
After looking extensively for a lake house to use for filming, the glass lake house was actually designed and built specifically for the movie in Maple Lake in Willow Springs, Illinois, and was allowed to be built as a temporary structure on the condition that it was removed after filming. The house was designed in two weeks by Nathan Crowley and took 100 people 7 weeks to construct. Here’s what the Lake House looked like during construction:
Our favourite view of the Lake House is the shot from the exterior at night, though this view highlights the fact that the home is compact and minimally styled. In the film, Alex tells his brother that “This house is about ownership, not connection. [His father] built a house, not a home.”
The cottage from The Holiday
The cottage from The Holiday is quintessentially British, but unfortunately doesn’t exist outside of the movies. The front was constructed in two weeks in an empty field, and extensive landscaping formed the garden; most of which is unseen in the film. The DVD special features showed the progress of the front:
While the reality of a winter in this cottage would probably be broken boilers, draughty windows and stone-cold floors, Amanda (Cameron Diaz) manages to enjoy the festive season in England. The picturesque village of Shere (in Surrey) was transformed into a winter wonderland for The Holiday.
We love the bedroom in the cottage; completely charming with its built in storage and bookshelves.
Those are our favourite homes from the silver screen – which homes from movies did you fall in love with?