NANCY MEYERS Interiors: Capture the Chic Now

You already know how much I’m annoyed by endless decorating inspiration posts claiming we can get the look in just three EASY steps. There’s good reason folks in the know hire interior designers to creatively craft a custom plan that serves their needs and wishes. It aint easy! So I won’t suggest we can transform our spaces into Nancy Meyers interiors. Rather, we’ll look closer at her choices to refine ours.

Nancy Meyers own classic white traditional kitchen in her renovated home in LA - Architectural Digest. #nancymeyerskitchen
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Capture the Chic of Nancy Meyers Interiors

Nancy Meyers’ Los Angeles Home

I’ll demystify a bit of the magic we notice in movie sets and even within her own, very real LA home. There’s a classic, timeless, understated, livable luxurious thread running through them all.

When the kitchen from Something’s Gotta Give sort of sparked a revolution and director Nancy Meyers was repeatedly asked about it, she said that kitchen was based on her own. She has updated it a bit over the years, but let’s explore how it looked in AD in 2022.

Nancy Meyers Real Kitchen

While the color story is restrained, there is plenty of texture, character, and natural materials that keep a classic pretty white kitchen fresh and welcoming.

Nancy Meyers own classic white traditional kitchen in her renovated home in LA - Architectural Digest. #nancymeyerskitchen
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I can clearly see the similarities to the Something’s Gotta Give Hamptons kitchen. White cabinets, a breezy coastal feel and two islands. Notice too the farm sink which adds age and personality along with decorative details such as the brackets on the marble topped island.

Nancy Meyers own classic white traditional kitchen in her renovated home in LA - Architectural Digest. #nancymeyerskitchen
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Have the guts to use two different countertop materials as Nancy did with the wood on the second island where she serves food? It’s a chic, less fussy, more evolved look that brings warmth and a furniture-feel to a space so many folks treat strictly as utilitarian.

Exterior of Provencal Style Home

Also featured in AD, are these shots of Nancy Meyers’ exterior which was refreshed.

Nancy Meyers Provencal home in Los Angeles after renovation with its gray shutters. #nancymeyers
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Isn’t this Provencal home breathtaking to behold?

Nancy Meyers Provencal home in Los Angeles before renovation with its blue shutters.
before

I love the old world style of the warm stone-hued stucco and bright blue shutters before she made any changes.

Nancy Meyers Provencal home in Los Angeles after renovation with its gray shutters. #nancymeyers
after

But I also love the AFTER where the new shutters have more presence and are grey.

Nancy Meyers Provencal home in Los Angeles before renovation with its blue shutters.
before

Plenty of subtle changes to the outside of the house make it feel new, and it’s interesting that the movie director planned to move from the home and went to the trouble of buying a smaller home before changing her mind.

Nancy Meyers Provencal home in Los Angeles before renovation with its blue shutters.
before

As an emptynester, I can relate to the impulse to make a big change and downsize when a new life chapter begins.

Nancy Meyers Provencal home in Los Angeles before renovation with its blue shutters.
before

However, sometimes it makes sense to stay where your roots are already planted. Who could easily walk away from a home with a loggia like this:

Loggia with arches in Nancy Meyers Provencal home in Los Angeles after renovation. #nancymeyers
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And no, madame. I have no tips on how you can add a chic vine climbing effect to your loggia since I find myself one green thumb and one loggia short at the moment.

More Interiors from Nancy Meyers AD Feature

But let’s notice Nancy Meyers’ own living room and how we might capture a bit of the gentle livable luxe for which she is known.

Living room in Nancy Meyers Provencal LA renovated home in Architectural Digest.
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A fireplace mantel is simply adorned with a vase with branches and a pale earthenware bowl. No flurry of knicknacks or the expected showoffy treasures. The dark arm chairs are a bit unexpected and more masculine in the sea of pretty. Need a paint color suggestion for this look? I’m thinking a greyed-white such as BM Gray Mist would be pretty when washed by sunlight.

For spaces with limited natural light, a similar effect may be achieved with this classic:

The white walls in this Los Angeles home look brighter in this image of the entry:

Entry with Provencal decor in director Nancy Meyers own home in LA in Architectural Digest. #nancymeyersinteriors #nancymeyersaesthetic
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And isn’t this a grand yet gentle foyer with its linen French settee and framed antique prints a relaxing, atmospheric welcome?

Entry with Rose Tarlow antique table in director Nancy Meyers own home in LA in Architectural Digest. #nancymeyersinteriors #nancymeyersaesthetic
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A Rose Tarlow antique table provides all sorts of function and understated style. A place to drop mail and daily life essentials, a surface for books and decor, and I love how more folks are using their entries as multipurpose spaces. In a small apartment, a table in the foyer can be pulled into service when entertaining.

Pool house with white sectional in director Nancy Meyers own home in LA in Architectural Digest. #nancymeyersinteriors #nancymeyersaesthetic
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Within Nancy Meyers’ pool house, we see an airy, casual, neutral design that feels modern and lofty.

Pool house in director Nancy Meyers own home in LA in Architectural Digest. #nancymeyersinteriors #nancymeyersaesthetic
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The combination of light wood tones, pale stone, and creamy whites is easy to live with no matter what trends strut down the runway.

Something’s Gotta Give Hamptons Kitchen

This classic traditional Hamptons movie set kitchen was the setting for Something’s Gotta Give where playwright Erica Barry’s life is turned upside down.

Nancy Meyers aesthetic and interior design style in movies. #nancymeyersinteriors #somethingsgo
Sony Pictures (2003); Director: Nancy Meyers; Set Decorator: Beth Rubino; Production Designer: Jon Hutman. Something’s Gotta Give Kitchen Design Inspiration in case you love classic traditional style!

Even though it has been 21 years since this Nancy Meyers classic film with Diane Keaton rocked the kitchen design world, it is still creating a stir.

Something's Gotta Give - Music From The Motion Picture
Something’s Gotta Give…in case you love a rom-com with beautiful interiors!

The house from the movie plays a starring role. And that’s the beauty of timeless, coastal, classic Hamptons chic. It isn’t going to feel irrelevant in a few years.

Nancy Meyers aesthetic and interior design style in movies. #nancymeyersinteriors #somethingsgottagive

Of course, there are always seasons that arrive where timeless style also happens to trend.

Resources for Hamptons Style

But no matter what you call it: coastal grandma, coastal grandfather, coastal chic, or New England style, it has a nostalgia, grace and romance we want our own homes to reflect.

Nancy Meyers aesthetic and interior design style in movies. #nancymeyersinteriors #somethingsgottagive

The soapstone countertop is something very classically New England, and the high contrast look of black and white resonates with a lot of folks who love neutrals.

Something's Gotta Give kitchen in a Hamptons beach house with its white Shaker cabinets, black soapstone counters, stainless appliances, subway tile and classic coastal style! Get ideas for your own kitchen in this kitchen inspiration post! #kitchendesign #somethingsgottagive #kitchendecor #interiordesignideas #traditionalstyle #hamptons #beachhouse
Photo via Linda Merrill. Sony Pictures (2003); Director: Nancy Meyers; Set Decorator: Beth Rubino; Production Designer: Jon Hutman. Something’s Gotta Give Kitchen Design Inspiration in case you love classic traditional style!

Here’s a closeup of kitchen cabinetry and details during that pivotal scene where Harry Sanborn is retrieving something from the frig:

Nancy Meyers aesthetic and interior design style in movies. #nancymeyersinteriors #somethingsgottagive

Psst. Someone went to a LOT of work putting together a Hamptons beach house inspired by Something’s Gotta Give in this Sims video! Wow!

The Sims 3 – Perfect Hamptons Beach House

Dining Room & Dozens More Design Elements from Something’s Gotta Give

Restrained black and white kitchen palette, Shaker-style traditional cabinetry, clasic white subway tiles, coastal style pendants, farmhouse sink, traditional bridge faucets (find options HERE), walls of windows, built-ins, book shelves in kitchen island…

two islands rather than one, transom windows, coastal-themed vintage and beachy wall decor, dark countertops (for the movie set, they were faux painted to resemble greenish-black soapstone), ebonized wood floors, rustic wood bowls and cutting boards, sisal rugs and woven blinds, white trim, blue accents.

Who can forget the dining room in this Hamptons beach house!?!

Dining room in Nancy Meyers' SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE with Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson. #nancymeyersaesthetic #somethingsgottagive

The slipcovered dining chairs, round antique table, and white built-ins with beaded board charmed us all. (And it’s hard for me to not rush out this very moment to hunt down more ironstone!)

Diane Keaton in Something's Gotta Give Hamptons bedroom at her desk. #nancymeyersaesthetic #somethingsgottagive
Diane Keaton’s character writing at her desk in Something’s Gotta Give

Pancake Pajama Party Scene!

ITS COMPLICATED Kitchen (Nancy Meyers)

If you fell in love with Jane’s house in IT’S COMPLICATED, starring Meryl Streep, then maybe you also loved the charming modern Belgian style mixed with California freshness throughout the movie sets.

Meryl Streep's It's Complicated movie kitchen (Nancy Meyers) with Belgian style in a Spanish home in California. #nancymeyerskitchen
Universal Studios (2003)

Was I the only one wondering why Jane wanted to remodel this impossibly gorgeous kitchen?

Meryl Streep's It's Complicated movie kitchen (Nancy Meyers) with Belgian style in a Spanish home in California. #nancymeyerskitchen
Universal Studios (2003)

So cozy with its unfitted and unfussy design, slipcovered counter stools, industrial pendants over the island, shelves of European style serveware, and steel windows.

Meryl Streep's It's Complicated movie kitchen (Nancy Meyers) with Belgian style in a Spanish home in California. #nancymeyerskitchen
Universal Studios (2003)

Here’s a shot from the film where you can see more of her ironstone and vintage hotel silver pieces on the shelf near the ceiling:

Meryl Streep's It's Complicated movie kitchen (Nancy Meyers) with Belgian style in a Spanish home in California. #nancymeyerskitchen
Universal Studios (2003)

This kitchen made so much sense for a pastry chef with a thriving business.

Meryl Streep's It's Complicated movie kitchen (Nancy Meyers) with Belgian style in a Spanish home in California. #nancymeyerskitchen
Universal Studios (2003)

For example, most chefs only want to whip up quick meals and treats at home since they have access to commercial grade everything as well as prep space at work.

Meryl Streep's It's Complicated movie kitchen (Nancy Meyers) with Belgian style in a Spanish home in California. #nancymeyerskitchen

To capture this look for yourself, think of an unfitted look where it isn’t about long runs of cabinetry with matching doors. Notice the skirted area below the shelves. There’s a small cart holding the microwave. The name of the game here is TOTALLY OPEN STORAGE so that everything is visible and within reach.

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Interview With Director Nancy Meyers

Get a feel for the screenwriter from this interview:

Rosehill Cottage Kitchen from THE HOLIDAY

For Nancy Meyers fans who love cozy Old World English style, this Cotswold Cottage in The Holiday qualifies as the ultimate cozy dream house.

Cozy English country kitchen in Rosehill Cottage from THE HOLIDAY (Nancy Meyers, Kate Wisnlet) movie - Columbia Pictures. #theholidaycottage #rosehillcottage #nancymeyerskitchen
Columbia Pictures (2006)

What a backdrop for those scenes with Cameron Diaz and Jude Law! And the exterior of the ancient stone cottage?

Rosehill Cottage from THE HOLIDAY (Nancy Meyers, Kate Wisnlet) movie -Columbia Pictures. #theholidaycottage #rosehillcottage
Columbia Pictures (2006)

Only a Hollywood facade, but these movie sets felt so authentic and natural.

Reading nook with shelves of books in the English cottage in THE HOLIDAY where Kate Winslet's character lives. #theholiday #rosehillcottage
Rosehill Cottage set from “The Holiday” (Columbia Pictures, 2006); production design: Jon Hutman; set decoration: Cindy Carr and David Smith

To capture a bit of the English charm you see reflected here, think about utilizing vertical space and celebrating low ceilings.

Living room in the English cottage in THE HOLIDAY where Kate Winslet's character lives. #theholiday #rosehillcottage
Rosehill Cottage set from “The Holiday” (Columbia Pictures, 2006); production design: Jon Hutman; set decoration: Cindy Carr and David Smith

Does it get cozier than a stone fireplace and books everywhere? Well, it does. Velvet tufted upholstered ottomans, sconces, and patterned pillows amp up the hygge.

Bedroom with fireplace in the English cottage in THE HOLIDAY where Kate Winslet's character lives. #theholiday #rosehillcottage

Nothing precious, matchy, or edgy here.

Living room in the English cottage in THE HOLIDAY where Kate Winslet's character lives. #theholiday #rosehillcottage

My favorite aspect of these sets is how they appear undecorated and evolved. It is difficult enough to create such a look in rooms that are real and built with solid natural materials. But to do it with artistry magic and faux finishes? Wow.

Tiny tub and bathroom in the English cottage in THE HOLIDAY where Kate Winslet's character lives. #theholiday #rosehillcottage
Rosehill Cottage set from “The Holiday” (Columbia Pictures, 2006)

But what about the incredible sets from HOME AGAIN and THE INTERN? Don’t they deserve love too? The goodness is continued in PART TWO here!

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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Myla Slipcover Sofa
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Slipcovered Dining Chair
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Parisian Style Iron Table Lamp  33.5″
Black or Bronze Accent Table
French Stripe Basket Set
White Cotton Crochet Bed Skirt
French Country Rattan Basket Set
Marble Subway Mosaic Tile
Rattan Basket With Lid
White Ruffle Bedding
Seagrass Basket Set
Schumacher Wild Things Wallpaper
Slipcovered Sofa
Upholstered Dining Arm Chair
Shop My Breakfast Nook
White Matelasse Quilt
Tree Mural Wallpaper
Faux Potted French Lavender
Shaw Daybed
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Round French Tufted Ottoman
Kinston Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Slipcovered Linen Chair
Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic Country French Dresser
Laurel Wreath Mirror
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Louis Upholstered Bench
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Cross Back Dining Chair
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Mohair Throw
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Duvet & Bedding
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Concrete Pillar Table Lamp
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Kendall Skirted Dining Chair
White Charleston Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
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Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
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Light Grey Vienna Quilt
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
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