I *routinely* will watch movies and shows based solely on their sets. Even if the movie is terrible, I'm fine with it if there's decent interior eye candy. Side note: if you also are cool with or even enjoy bad movies like I do, I strongly recommend the podcast, How Did This Get Made. It's my absolute favorite. It was really hard to narrow down my list to just five movies for this blog post but I picked the ones that I find myself watching again and again.
1. The Holiday (English House)
We've all seen this move, right? Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet trade homes and romantic hijinks ensue with Jude Law and Jack Black. By the way, I hope Jack Black fired the agent who talked him into making this movie.
The Cottage Exterior
The first time I saw this, I gushed to my sister about the house, the house, the house and she gushed right back. A few minutes into our conversation, we realized that she was talking about the house in LA and I was talking about the cottage in England. This is a perfect illustration in the differences and similarities between siblings.
But wow this house. Set/production designers built this house! From scratch! For the movie! This house that looks like it's been around for hundreds of years.
I found a great website called Hooked on Houses where they discuss its construction. Apparently the production team built the cottage in two weeks and as it was just a shell, tore it down once filming had concluded.
The Cottage Interior
The interior is a dream. Exposed stone walls, plaster and thick timbers. Kate Winslet's character really knows how to pull together that romantic English vibe with her books, art, floral prints, paisley and tufting.
Antique iron bed, lofted ceiling with exposed beams, wood floors plus a fireplace?? Don't mind if I do! If you can't fit your clothes in that wardrobe, Cameron Diaz, then I suggest you practice a little KonMari next time you pack for a trip.
If there's one space the English really can pull off, it's a kitchen (cough **deVOL** cough.) Soft palette, cohesive with the adjacent sitting room. Adorable but solid antique stove. Some gracious humility with the kitchen cart on the left so you know this room isn't too precious or pretentious. Shelves with platters and plates for easy impromptu feasts. Bet there is even a leaf to extend that table! All this plus ANOTHER fireplace. Really why aren't there more fireplaces in kitchens?
All of the above photos are courtesy of Hooked on Houses, taken from the set stills. I love absolutely everything about it and feel like this house is totally wasted on Cameron Diaz. Who would EVER complain about that tub?! It's adorable. Every Christmas I watch this movie and every Christmas, I sadly shake my head that it's not me trading homes with Kate.
Never, ever would I classify this as a bad movie. Roxanne is a wonderful movie. I say this confidently having just watched it again recently. In fact, I had a hard time finding any good images of the interiors so all the below images are screenshots I took while watching it.
If you haven't seen it, it's a retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac but with a romantic-comedy happy spin on things. Filmed in Nelson, British Columbia, you have the pleasure of not only seeing the gorgeous mountain setting but all the old beautiful homes as well.
At one point in the movie, Dixie, Roxanne's landlord, confesses to Steve Martin's character, C.D., that she's charging $9,000 for Roxanne to live in this house for the summer. For one person. For one summer. In 1987. What. Someone do the math and tell me what the equivalent rent amount would be now. That blew my mind.
It IS a gorgeous house. Not sure if it's $9,000 for one summer gorgeous but that's neither here nor there. Beautiful turret and upstairs balcony. Charming pediment and little dentil molding under the eaves and rafter tails. The wide front porch with all the hanging plants is picture perfect.