Wednesday, February 16, 2011

And the Oscar goes to...

I love watching the Oscars but probably not for the same reason as most. Yes, I like watching the hunky leading men and the down right, it's not fair they have that hair, sidekick gal just as much as the next. But that's not it for me.

My family laughs at me. I can be halfway through a movie I swore I never saw and the "aha" moment hits and I realize, well yes I have seen it. It use to bother me, not remembering movies I had seen, until I figured it out. You see, I don't watch movies for the dialogue (a blessing in most cases), nor because of the actors, the plot, the hype. No, I watch movies for the set design. That's right, I am hopelessly in love with movie sets! I will stop, rewind, replay a scene until the cows come home in order to figure out what was that wall paper, and what style sofa or headboard was that, or who made that rug?

A favorite movie of mine for this very reason is 'The Holiday'. Set in Surrey, England, Iris' darling Rosehill Cottage is right up my alley! Yet, what is fascinating to me, for example, is that this beautiful cottage is only temporary. Merely hobbled together (thoughtfully so I should add) with timber, wire and Styrofoam.
No need to worry about the roof caving in. I realized after researching this movie, that Rosehill Cottage is just a set.

I have gone so far as to ask my designer (fabulous gal by the way) if we could replicate the sweet and oh so cozy bedroom from the movie. If you haven't seen it, please rent it next will love it. Totally gorgeous sets in both locations - Surrey, England and in Beverly Hills! I watched this movie so many times over winter break that my husband gave me a copy for my birthday.
I fell in love with this cozy, understated bedroom from 'The Holiday'

The living room of Rosehill Cottage is warm and inviting
So back to my obsession. As I was heading down this path to redesign my bedroom - BAM, my daughters had me watching 'The Nanny Diaries' and hello gorgeous....I fell in love with Mrs. X's guest room. I think I might need therapy.
This tranquil and traditional guest room from The Nanny Diaries calls to me... does the entry and the living room

Clean and contemporary furniture with traditional accessories used throughout this upper east side apartment makes it oh so chic!
Perhaps the best interior set design, however, is from the romantic comedy 'Something's Gotta Give' with Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson. The interior sets of Erica Barry (Diane Keaton's character) are perfectly executed spaces of a Hampton's shingled home. The designs swept through the marketplace creating a demand on striped rugs, sea shells, blue and white fabric, cozy slipcovers, and kitchen designers were inundated with photos of Erica's kitchen.

As I look forward to the Oscars this week, I think about the sets and wonder which movie I would choose for best picture?

The King's Speech

Black Swan

The Fighter

The Kids Are All Right


127 Hours

The Social Network

Toy Story 3

True Grit (check out the pig in the basket in the foreground)

Winter's Bone
If I had to choose, based on my criteria of set design, I think I would have to go with 'The King's Speech'. I mean '127 hours' spends 126 on a rock, 'The Fighter' is fought in the ring, 'True Grit' and 'Winter's Bone' spend most their time traveling the countryside, 'Black Swan' is played out on the stage, 'The Social Network's' set is cold, as is 'Inception's', 'Toy Story's' sets are not real (shhh don't tell the little ones), and 'The Kids Are All Right', while homey, just didn't inspire. 

So here's a shout out to you. I will end this week's blog with a contest. Tell me which picture you think will win the Academy Award. If you are right, you will be entered to win dinner and a movie on me!

Have fun!

Until next week,

la chasse au bonheur


  1. My money is on The King's Speech!

  2. Not sure...having not seen any movies this year; so I'll stick with Iris's cottage or even the Jude Law abode. But the cottage has so much more personality.

  3. I want to vote for "The Fighter", even though I will likely lose to "The King's Speech"!

    Janet Walsh