When you’re cray cray for European country cottages infused with organic Cali-style, Meryl’s house in “It’s Complicated” is an inspiring case study! It’s Complicated Movie House Design: Belgian Inspired Decor will revisit gorgeous design moments as well as direct you to sources to create the look yourself.
It’s Complicated Movie House Design: Belgian Inspired Decor
Has it really been more than a decade since we fell in love with Meryl Streep’s lovely 1920’s Spanish-style Santa Barbara ranch with Belgian-inspired interiors in the movie “It’s Complicated?”
Did you enjoy the chemistry and complication between Streep’s character and Alec Baldwins?
Or were you cheering on Steve Martin’s earnest-with-a-heart-of-gold?
I think we all wanted to be invited to this dining table!
Go behind the scenes to see the set!
For me personally, it was sort of genius to contrast decidedly unfussy, simplistically elegant Belgian infused spaces with the very messy and heart wrenching love triangle involving Streep, Martin, and Baldwin.
The movie set’s magic was imagined by director Nancy Meyers, with production designer Jon Hutman and set decorator Beth Rubino. (Who could forget Rubino’s brilliance in creating that beach house in Something’s Gotta Give?)
Belgian Style Living Room in “It’s Complicated”
Sources for the furnishings and decor? According to Traditional Home, the set decorator mixed high and low. Calvin Fabrics, Dessin Fournir, and George Smith furniture mingles with 1st Dibs antiques as well as pieces from West Elm.
European Country Inspired Vignette in Entry
Romantic Courtyard Dining
Belgian Kitchen Decor Inspiration from “It’s Complicated” Movie
Open Shelving With Restaurant-Style Dishware
Meryl Streep’s Bedroom in It’s Complicated
Outdoor Spaces in It’s Complicated Movie
Behind the Scenes of the Movie
Admiration for Belgian Style
In my own home, over the years I have collected lots of Belgian linen upholstered furniture pieces from RH. See some of it below and HERE.
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Orange Decor Pops: Ideas for Your Home
Why was orange chosen for so many of the accents in this set design? Nancy Meyers reportedly noticed she was drawn to films where there was lots of orange and wanted to follow suit. (Did you know people are more likely to PIN images with orange too?) Orange made good sense as well because of the hue of rooftops in Santa Barbara. For me, the citrus color makes sense for Meryl’s character whose happy place is whipping up deliciousness.
When I gazed closer at screenshots from “It’s Complicated,” I noticed there were more pops of orange than I realized, such as a clear glass trifle dish holding oranges.
Cashmere and wool throws are about as simple as it gets to infuse a corner with softness and sophistication, one a little pricier…
For the patio…
Capturing Belgian Decor Simplicity:”It’s Complicated”
Belgian Inspired Dining Room Ideas
Black Wood Dining Chairs
Black Upholstered Dining Chairs
Slipcovered Counter Stools
European Inspired Kitchen Design Elements
French Inspired Work Island
Simple Kitchen Work Table
Bear in mind when shopping online for a small scale work island, you may have better luck searching with keywords like “bar cart” or “kitchen cart.”
If your kitchen is super small, you may have to think outside of the box and look past the color of a particular piece. You can always customize it with paint!
While this next option is modern and sleek, it wouldn’t be out of place in a home like the “It’s Complicated” move house.
Explore more KITCHEN CART IDEAS right here.
Metal Cone Island Pendant Lights
Find even more cone pendant light fixtures RIGHT HERE.
Rustic Metal Pendant Find
Belgian Style Stoneware Dishes
Etsy is such a treasure trove of handmade and vintage finds, and there you’ll find pretty handcrafted stoneware plates.
Pretty Kitchen Essentials
Enjoy These Clips!
Don’t miss inspiration from another Nancy Meyer classic, Something’s Gotta Give…RIGHT HERE!
If you have a moment to swoon…visit a stunning real-life Belgian house tour of my friend Greet’s house tour HERE.
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