(Pride & Prejudice interior via)
What are your favorite on-screen interiors?? You know, the shows/movies that are good, but then the set design makes them even better?! Or maybe you watch exclusively for the set design? Lately, I’ve been so inspired by movies and shows–these are masters at creating mood and ambience with interiors. It’s more than beautiful, it tells a story. Right now, I’m feeling especially inspired by:
Little Women (2019) but both really
A Little Princess (1995)
Downton Abbey (forever!)
Pride & Prejudice (2005)
Really striking traditional interiors! So much eye candy. I excited for our home to tell its own story over the next months and years, but I would be lying if I didn’t say I wish I could hurry it along. These things take so much time and energy and MONEY and I know I’ll appreciate it even more for the time it takes. In the meantime, tell me your favorite thing to watch for the eye candy interiors–it’s movie night here!
Other fun things this week!
Ann Taylor: 25% off full-price styles at checkout (catch me in this every day)
Anthropologie: 30% off must-have decor & entertaining (from Amber Lewis’s collection)
CB2: up to 50% off clearance (loving this)
eBay: shop dyson and get 20% off (great deal on a 65″ frame tv too)
J.Crew: up to 40% off summer picks and lounge wear (a classic)
Pottery Barn: up to 70% off 1000s of items (a budget option to get the slipcovered bed look, also these!!)
Rifle Paper Co.: 15% off wallpaper with code WALLFLOWER (used this one in Faye’s princess room)
Serena & Lily: dining event up to 20% off (these bar stools are stunning)
Terrain: end of summer sale – 25% off with code AUGUST25 (okayyy)
World Market: save up to 50% outdoor (YUP)
Practical Magic and The Holiday are my FAVS!
The California ranch house on the old Parent Trap has always been my fave.
Came here to say this same thing. The courtyard! The fountain!
The interior of Hannah and Her Sisters is interesting because it’s Mia Farrow’s real apartment & furnishings. Eclectic and relaxed in style. Not sophisticated, but sometimes maybe that’s better? Icy perfection in design can produce compliments, but leave visitors uncomfortable at times. And a house done completely in neutrals can feel cold or bland. I remember the delight I took as a child in my bedroom wall color, which was a soft green with a touch of blue. It would be a shame to grow up without examples of exuberant color.
Emily in Paris (specifically her office and the moldings)
…absolutely anything by absolutely any movie by Nancy Meyers!
I also love Sex Education on Netflix for this very reason! The interiors and fashion in that show are so fun!! It is also just such a fun and hilarious show.
You have named so many great ones and the comments are full of others as well! I will concur with everyone who said You’ve Got Mail, The Family Stone, and Father of the Bride (1991). And Outlander, specially the home built in the new seasons. They made ambient room videos for YouTube of the fireplace, kitchen, and Clare’s surgery. They are fantastic! I LOVE the interiors of Little Women (1994) and the series Victoria, specifically the Christmas episode at the end of season 2 called Comfort and Joy. It has the great over-the-top, more is more feel of a Victorian Christmas. I also have always loved Fried Green Tomatoes for the interiors (and exterior) of the Whistle Stop Café. I am partial to any movie or show where the architecture is basically another character and feel pain when something happens to it such as the Bond family home in Skyfall. :) I also watch basically any Nicholas Sparks movie for the architecture and interiors!
I looove the home in The Family Stone! It’s totally lived in but so much character 💗
Parenthood (the TV show). After I watched I looked up all the set designs online. First and only time I’ve ever cared enough to do that!
The Upside – the colors, furnishings, and all the amazing artwork is inspiring.
It’s Complicated – so warm and inviting.
Love everyone’s contributions! I don’t think I saw this one here: You, Me & Dupree. Silly movie but a gorgeous Craftsman bungalow. Bought the DVD and painstakingly sketched out the floor plan 😂 Why? No idea, I was 24 and not about to build a house!
Somethings gotta give
Meet Joe Black
Under the Tuscan sun
The Bookshop (2017)
Starring Emily Mortimer and Bill Nighy. Just gorgeous and atmospheric! Think I’ll rewatch it this weekend 🪴
Stepmom with Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon…… beautiful home (set design)
The Aftermath (not a very good movie but amazing set design)
In the Bedroom (gorgeous New England farmhouse)
Persuasion (the Amanda Root version)
Unfaithful (their New York farmhouse and his amazing loft in NYC!!!)
La Cocinera de Castamar- Netflix
A classic You’ve Got Mail and currently rewatching Handmaids Tale for the aesthetic!
And I just found this article about the interiors of Nancy Meyers movies as well. https://harlowejames.com/2019/02/what-we-can-learn-from-a-nancy-meyers-set/
Home Again, another Nancy Meyers movie starring Reese Witherspoon. I love Spanish/Mexican/hacienda revival homes, and the one featured in this movie has wonderful outdoor spaces and splashes of pink everywhere!
P&P (1996 BBC version)
Emma (2009 BBC version)
Father of the Bride
Pollyanna – the kitchen is awesome
Parent Trap (the old one)
You’ve Got Mail – every single house/shop set in this show has a different vibe and I love them all, but of course her apartment, with its mix of florals and geometric takes the cake for me
Follow Me, Boys (love the living and dining room, and the shop)
Downton Abbey – of course!
Sense and Sensibility will always be an interiors favorite. Barton Cottage especially is so so good. Little Women (the 1995 version) is divine. I also love The Holiday, Gran Hotel, Outlander, and Anne of Green Gables
Somethings Gotta Give
Under the Tuscan Sun
We have the same exact list!
Ooo, A Single Man! The house is amazing (mid century modern) and it’s the best film ever. Completely different style to your house though.
Yes! I was coming to say that too! Also Beginners.
StepMom- the only reason I watch it is for Susan Sarandon’s house!
Green Gables in the Anne with an E series! Simple and charming!
It’s Complicated: cozy & elegant
The Hand that Rocks the Cradle and The Intern
And What Lies Beneath
TV series Mad Men — the oriental themed office of the big boss, Bertram Cooper, played by Robert Morse
Parenthood was a great series for checking out set design! Each character/family had a unique style that was so fun to see!
It’s Complicated. I watch it over and over again. I love everything about her home, interior and exterior, and her bakery. Love how timeless and lived in it feels.
The Breakup, Grace & Frankie, This is 40 – all great interiors!
All the Janes: the Colin Firth P&P (Pemberley!), Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, and the forty-eleven Emmas. A Single Man, The Devil Wears Prada, Enchanted April, anything filmed in England.
And on tv: The Crown, The Avengers, Cranford, and all stylish murder mysteries, preferably set in a Georgian country house with extensive grounds.
These days, I can recognize a room used from one movie to the next or exterior shots taken at the same house in different films. And don’t even get me started on shared costumes! Too much fun.
Anything Nora Ephron keeps me dreaming for days. Grace and Frankie keeps me eye searching, too.
Father of the Bride & Stepmom
Forever inspired by and obsessed with the set from The Family Stone!! My all time favorite movie house of all time 😍. So cozy, homey and beautiful.
Me too! I look forward to Christmas movies every year just for this one (and The Holiday of course).
I’ve been obsessed for years with the interior of a movie called Indiscreet with Ingrid Bergman and Carry Grant. She has a London flat with the most amazing gallery wall with velvet sofas and pillows. It’s jaw dropping amazing eclectic interior design! I’m also obsessed with the design in North by Northwest. Old movie interiors are where it’s at! There should be an in Instagram devoted to the interior design of old movies and how it influences design today.
Master of None: Moments in Love
Amy Williams set designer
Something’s Gotta Give, Grace and Frankie , all the homes but especially the beach one! Didn’t realize I was such a coastal vibe person!
The Dragonfly Inn from Gilmore Girls is soooooo good 😍 especially the library! Been crushing so hard on it!
I love me a 90s colonial:
Father of the Bride!!
I love the Nancy Meyer movie sets.
Somethings Gotta Give
The houses in Practical Magic (really just the kitchen) and Somethings Gotta Give!
Something’s Gotta Give! 2003. Classic beach house! Love it!
The wall in The King’s Speech
The movie The Dig (found on Netflix) has some really lovely interiors. Although much of the movie is set outdoors, many of the details in the interior shots really caught my eye.
This whole list is ✨ but I absolutely have to add Practical Magic. That house is forever my dream house. My forever kitchen inspo 😍 the tile, the island, the stove! I could go on forever.
Age of Adeline’s apartment. Also it’s a cartoon my kids used to watch but Willa’s wild Life – it’s all MCM and would love it all.
Brothers & Sisters and their amazing mums house!
Every Nancy Meyer movie. The London home in The Parent Trap, The Holiday, The Intern, etc. I love all the homey feels
I just watched Mona Lisa Smile!! And the interiors are beautiful!
A Discovery of Witches!
Love the interiors in A Discovery of Witches! Dickinson was also so beautiful, especially season 2.
Have you seen the film version of Great Expectations with Ethan Hawke and Gwenyth Paltrow? The entire set is all designed in shades of green.
Gran Hotel (Spanish language) – also has great clothing fashion!
Definitely not the fanciest, but I loved Zeek and Camille’s house in the show Parenthood. Their kitchen was my favorite! So homie and welcoming.
I have always LOVED the beach house in the movie Something’s Gotta Give! It is a 90s movie but just looked it up again and it is seriously so CLASSIC!
Outlander. I love that show (and books) for so many reasons, and the sets and costumes are crazy good!
Must Love Dogs
You’ve Got Mail
The Family Stone
Don’t forget about Penelope. The clothes and interiors are so inspiring!
Just about every Nancy Meyers movie ever made, especially Something’s Gotta Give. And It’s Complicated. I do love Emma for the eye candy clothes.
Something’s Gotta Give- Classic shingle style. LOVE!!!!
Not a lot of people know about this hidden gem but The Servant on Apple TV… the whole house is amazing and the kitchen is the best part. Hard to find photos of the set online though.
100% agree!!! Obsessed with the interiors of that show and look forward to every season strictly for the sets!
Jean Smart’s new comedy Hacks. Her character Deborah Vance’s house – especially the kitchen!
I’m always inspired by Nancy Meyer movie sets!
I love Bilbo Baggins home on Lord of the Rings. Curvy lines, warm colors, rich wood. Reeks of character.
Our wood grain Shaker cabinet fronts were designed for busy, high-traffic homes like ours. Clad with durable textured thermofoils, this line is compatible with Sektion, Akurum, Godmorgon, and Besta cabinets from IKEA. It's the perfect, practical way to add the warmth of wood to all the rooms of your home.
We have teamed up with Loloi to create a line of rugs that are as affordable as they are beautiful. This collection houses a great mix of traditional and modern rugs, in cottage-y colorways, as well as vintage-inspired beauties that you’ll want to roll out in every room.
We partnered with Stuga on a line of hardwood floors — The Ingrid is really livable, and the color is very neutral. It doesn’t lean warm or cool, it’s that just right in-between. We have really loved putting it everywhere in our house. It’s the best jumping-off point for design, no matter your interior style. In addition to being beautiful, Ingrid is really durable — we have three kids, and we always have a home construction project going on. Ingrid stands up to it all.
Looking for our favorite things? A place to shop our home room by room, or just catch up on what Julia's wearing / loving right now? Browse the CLJ shop.
Befores, afters, mood boards, plans, failures, wins. We’ve done a lot of projects, and they’re all here.
We have a long-standing relationship with DIY, and love rolling our sleeves up and making it happen.
Even when you don’t want to rip down a wall, you can make that space in your home better. Right now.
We recently painted our study a dark, moody green color. This is after we first painted it a muddy green, then repainted it a blue-gray. I guess what they say is true; third time’s a charm! The journey was worth it, though, because I’m so in love with this glossy green in contrast with the […]
We've been doing this since 2009 and we've posted a whopping 24145+ blog posts and counting. You might need a little help searching, huh?
Another way for us to stay in touch! Joining our weekly newsletter gives you access to exclusive content, never-before-seen photos, your questions answered, and our favorite DIYs. Sign up below!
Welcome to our online community where we've posted home, DIY, style, renovations, and family since '09. Renovating our #cljmoderncottage in Idaho and headed for new adventures in Raleigh, NC. #cljfam #cljtransformations
Make yourself right at home
What do you think?