This is the new movie which is written and directed by Nancy Meyers. She was the one behind “Something’s Gotta Give” starring Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton and that beautiful Hamptons house that set the decorating world alight with requests for Hampton style furnishings.
This movie stars one of my favourite actors – Meryl Streep and is definitely worth watching. I haven’t laughed so much for such a long time. The “Skype” scene is absolutely hilarious and the rest of the movie is peppered with lots of comical scenes and quips.
Nancy Meyers is well known for her detailed sets showing beautiful decor in the houses she films. Did you see “The Holiday”, “Parent Trap” or “Father of The Bride”? “It’s Complicated” is no different.
The Spanish ranch style home in Santa Barbara is furnished with a comfortable mix of antiques and modern furniture. Most of this movie is filmed inside the house and the interiors are cream with touches of orange. (This colour scheme was deliberately chosen to enhance Streep’s Peaches and Cream complexion.)
Meyers was heavily influenced by Belgian style, which is so popular in America at the moment, and that was the starting point for the interiors. The oversized, comfortable slipcovered furniture shown in the living room reflects the Belgian look, as does the large x-motif coffee table with its slate top and the long timber console table with two lamps.
The kitchen plays an important role in the movie as the character played by Meryl Streep is a mum of three grown-up children, who all return home for some of Mum’s cooking. She runs a bakery downtown and in her youth, spent a year learning to cook in France.
The kitchen has many industrial/commercial style elements which suit the character of the owner, but it is tempered to give a more homey feel. It is a fabulous kitchen with a big centre island. There is a double oven, sink, and open shelving. Underneath, is a linen skirt instead of cabinet doors. The large, oval dining room table looks like just the spot to entertain family and friends.
Belgian Style interiors haven’t really caught on here in Australia yet but this movie might create some interest in this style. To find similar pieces used in this movie for your own home, you may like to look at Sally Beresford or The Country Trader.
There’s a very cute little print of an antique french chair, on the wall of the bathroom at the daughter’s house, which is available online here.
Make sure you pop over to visit Joni at Cote De Texas to read her wonderful post on Nancy Meyers and the movie sets she works on.
I wonder if in five years time, clients will be wanting the “It’s Complicated” look? Let me know what you think.