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.