One of my most favorite things to do when we’re watching a movie is barely pay attention to the plot, and instead get all worked up over the interior design of the set pieces. My husband just loves it when I ask constantly, ‘Wait–what’s going on?’ because instead of listening to the dialogue in that important scene I was obsessing over the settee in the living room and wondering, ‘Where on earth did the set designer source that?!’
Last week Architectural Digest had a fantastic online slideshow featuring some of the best architecture in film. It set my mind to turning! I think these days, we have a term for that type of thing (which I have been informed is not PC for Babble). I mean, you know what I mean. Yes? I shall call it instead . . . Housey Movies. I know, not very catchy.
But Housey Movies is my very favorite genre of movie! Movies with distractingly beautiful homes! And now that I think more on the subject, I believe there is “Purposeful Housey Movies” (like Something’s Gotta Give and The Holiday, for example), and then there’s “Accidental Housey Movies” (like Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, where suddenly you realize that the Weasley’s house is freaking amazing).
After the jump, a few of the classic movies selected by Architectural Digest as must-see movies starring architecture (as well as background info on the set design), and an introduction to my new “Housey Movies” series, right here on The New Home Ec, courtesy of yours truly and my Netflix account.
For the rest, please go to Must-See Movies Starring Architecture And Design.
Once a week or so, I’ll be watching some of my favorite Housey Movies and then featuring them here for discussion. Spotlighting set choices, paint colors, cabinetry and finishes, room by room, and maybe analyzing what that design says about the characters, and, when I can, some behind-the-scenes info. Maybe even sources and tips so you can recreate the look yourself! Doesn’t that sound like fun?
Okay, but there’s gotta be a better name for this than Housey Movies. Got any suggestions? And while we’re at it–any requests? What’s your favorite Housey Movie?