Ideas from IT'S COMPLICATED MovieDecember 10, 2016
The house from the movie "It's Complicated" directed by
Nancy Meyers and starring Meryl Streep, is one of
my all-time favorite cottages, and I have blogged
about it before but am compelled to re-visit
the timeless design loveliness.
It's so interesting that Meryl Streep's character
has decided to remodel and expand her beautiful
home, when I am out of my mind with admiration
of its "before" glory.
The style is so Belgian and cozy farmhouse
without feeling contrived or too decorated at all.
I think the reason so many of us are crazy
about it is that it seems so manageable
and achieves a harmonious balance
of liveability and beauty.
Let's go deeper into our analysis.
There isn't a monstrous kitchen island in the kitchen.
It's more of a narrow French baker's table with
open storage underneath and a few stools
for casual dining...and look at how
pretty some clutter can be!
If you're a fan of European or Belgian style kitchens,
you'll love this curated collection.
I love the way the color black is used sparingly
but effectively for contrast in the "It's Complicated" kitchen.
This kitchen belongs to a woman who cooks
all the time and wants her tools within easy reach.
So why am I so adverse to cluttering my worktops with
utensils, graters, and condiments?
That linen skirted lower cabinet reminds me of
Brooke Giannetti who uses them brilliantly.
The long oval table is so unique (at least to me),
organic, and understated in its sophistication.
Paired with the warmth of the chairs, I love
how it feels fancy enough for an elegant dinner
yet casually inviting for everyday dining.
It's complicated? I love how the simplicity
of this cottage balances out the many
layers of complexity in the relationships
explored in the film.
The table at the window!
The lamp on this table!
So many charming farmhouse details
in the "It's Complicated" house, and find
even more right here.
In dim light or
bright light, this kitchen is a scene stealer.
Didn't they make the cutest couple in the movie?
Here's a great still from "It's Complicated" allowing
us to view the floorplan better, and isn't this
a lovely way to have open concept living
with abundant architectural interest?
Another element I love about seeing these stills
is you get a sense of scale for rooms when you see
humans in action in them, and here we can clearly
tell it's a cozy space where you are going
to be rubbing shoulders with the family.
The above offers a rare peek of the high shelf
near the ceiling...loving this idea.
Little kitchen, great big beautiful frig!
I know it's just a movie, but I so want to
be invited to this dinner!
As much as I don't even need to move
on from the "It's Complicated" kitchen,
move on we shall to the living/family room
with its Belgian linen gorgeousness
and casual, effortless design.
It's just perfect for conversation, yes?
I love the stacked wicker baskets next to the sofa,
and aren't the pops of blue perfect?
Before we check out the "It's Complicated" bedroom,
let's peek at the exterior a bit.
What a beautiful home!
This bedside table/desk is so nice and roomy,
and I love the skinny farmhouse bench at
the end of the bed.
Remember their chemistry in the movie?
Some bonus "It's Complicated" peeks.
What do you think of this home and movie?
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in this cinema-tastic post, and if you missed
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