Chick flicks always have the best apartments, and No Strings Attached is no exception to this rule. I didn’t go and see this one at the cinema (mainly because the airbrushed poster put me off, and Friends With Benefits looked better) but I’m glad I caught it on DVD. Even if I did pay absolutely no attention to the storyline whatsoever and just focus on the set design. Ooh, pretty. There were some other pleasant surprises too - Mindy Kaling was in this movie, and she is my favourite.
Here’s our heroine’s apartment (I mean Mindy of course, but she does happen to live with the actual female lead, Natalie Portman/Emma):
Ashton Kutcher’s character (Adam) has a pretty swish pad too, complete with lots of mid-century furniture and a nice light grey modular sofa.
Last but not least, I’ve got to mention Ashton’s car - a classic BMW E28 from 1986. Nice touch.
Production Design by Ida Random, Art Direction by Greg Berry, Set Decoration by Danielle Berman.
Images: No Strings Attached, Paramount Pictures
Alright, so everyone loves Emma Stone - especially after that super adorable Oscar appearance - but have you noticed how cute her character Olive’s bedroom is in Easy A? It’s a tad messy, granted, but she has a desk in a window nook (always a soft spot for me) and access to her very own balcony just beside that desk. Oh, and the movie is awesome too - but you don’t need me to tell you that. Because it came out ages ago and you’ve probably already seen it and loved it. Right? Right.
Production Design by Marcia Hinds, Art Direction by Bo Johnson, Set Decoration by Karen Agresti.
Images: Easy A, Sony Pictures
As far as kitchens in movie-land go, the spacious and spotlessly clean number in Due Date is pretty awe-inspiring. My favourite bit? Definitely those showstopping windows.
Production Design by Bill Brzeski, Art Direction by Shepherd Frankel, Desma Murphy and Clint Wallace, Set Decoration by Danielle Berman.
Images: Due Date, Warner Bros
I love the decadent, 1930s art deco inspired set design in Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. It’s Hollywood glitz and glamour at its best. And what girl could say no to such a sumptuous dressing table in the ‘boudior’?
Production Design by Sarah Greenwood, Art Direction by Nick Gottschalk and Niall Moroney, Set Decoration by Katie Spencer.
Images: Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Focus Features
I’m not saying I actually like it, but the bedroom of Poppy (played by Emma Roberts) in Wild Child is certainly attention-grabbing. Taylor Swift would love it.
Production Design by Eve Stewart, Set Decoration by Robert Wischhusen-Hayes.
Images: Wild Child, Universal Studios
I finished reading One Day a couple of weeks ago (a little behind the times, I know) and it was one of the most enjoyable, if emotionally heart-wrenching, books that I’ve read in a long time. It’s being released as a movie this summer and Anne Hathaway is playing leading lady Emma. Here’s a tip: don’t watch the trailer if you haven’t read the book - it pretty much gives the whole plot away. It does, however, have a very cute bathroom in it, complete with a lovely grey clawfoot tub:
Production Design by Mark Tildesley, Art Direction by Katrina Dunn, Denis Schnegg and Su Whitaker, Set Decoration by Dominic Capon.
Image: One Day, Focus Features
This little-known French flick was probably one of the funniest movies I watched last year. If you haven’t seen it yet, rent it now - it’s much smarter than your average rom com. The bulk of the action in Heartbreaker is set in the glamorous surroundings of Monte Carlo, where Alex (Romain Duris) and Juliette (Vanessa Paradis) stay in a luxurious hotel which provides plenty of decor inspiration to swoon over.
Check out the sleek walnut writing desk, gorgeous jewel lamps, perspex coffee and bedside tables and the eye-catching frosted glass bath.
Juliette’s living area:
Production design: Hervé Gallet
Images: Heartbreaker, Universal Pictures
I really enjoyed I Love You, Man. In fact, I think I enjoyed it so much that I failed to notice how awesome Peter and Zooey’s LA house was the first time I watched it. I had a feeling that I missed something good, so I’ve just watched it again and I’m loving that kitchen and open-plan lounge (those root beer floats look pretty good too). There’s also plenty of inspiration to be found in Zooey’s shop/office.
I’m a big fan of apartments like that of Suze and Rebecca in Confessions of a Shopaholic. Granted, I’m not sure I could actually live in this kind of place myself - the explosion of colours and general amount of stuff crammed in there would probably drive me crazy - but there’s just something about the youthfulness of it all which is kind of irresistible.
Ah, to live in An Education. Everything about the Carey Mulligan film is rather sumptuous and envy-inducing, from the outfits to the beautiful cinematography. Of course, the set design is no exception. I particularly love the 1960s kitchen in Jenny’s parents’ house:
However, the apartment in this film which I envied most was that of Jenny’s teacher, Miss Stubbs (played by Olivia Williams). This is pretty much what I dreamed of when I first moved to London…
And finally, I couldn’t resist including this shot of ’60s’ South Kensington - simply perfect.