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Housey Movies: Father Of The Bride

You know that scene in Father of the Bride where the wedding’s over, and he’s all alone in that empty house, and you’re like, “Awww, Steve Martin!” And then his daughter rushes back in to say goodbye before jetting off on her honeymoon? And they embrace, and then you’re like, “Awww, Steve Martin!”

Isn’t that your favorite part?!?

(No, but really my favorite part is when the swans are in the bathtub.)

So let’s do this! The interiors of Father of the Bride, after the jump!

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  • ANNIE’S ROOM 1 of 19
    ANNIE'S ROOM
    Annie's room takes after the classic rooms belonging to heroines of the mid-90s romcom: a little bit shabby chic, with a mix of stripes and florals, and the ubiquitous quilted pillow.
  • THE ATTIC 2 of 19
    THE ATTIC
    You can learn a lot from a person based on the state of their attic. From this screen shot we can see a lot of spindly-type chairs, some sports paraphernalia (basketball hoop, I think I saw a sled possibly) and some very classic old toys (drum, doll's chair). Add into that one very tight tuxedo, and I get the feeling that this is a family that values tradition and together time, and being properly dressed when the occasion calls.
  • THE BATHROOM 3 of 19
    THE BATHROOM
    Stop the presses! This bathroom is amazing! Those curtains! That chair! The wallpaper above the chair rail! The clawfoot tub! With SWANS!
  • PORCH 4 of 19
    PORCH
    This feels like a very realistic porch to me. It's off the side of the house next to the driveway. It's not especially large but it is cozy and well appointed. The row of hedges and the columns make the space feel distinctly purposeful, the cabbage rose print pillows make it feel slouchily welcoming, and the basketball hoop provides the family entertainment. I feel like I can see the Banks women spending warm evenings here, sipping iced tea perhaps and chatting and watching the boys shoot hoops. Just me?
  • DINING ROOM 5 of 19
    DINING ROOM
    Such a classic American family dining room. I love the window treatments; they add quite a bit of visual texture!
  • DINING ROOM FROM ANOTHER ANGLE 6 of 19
    DINING ROOM FROM ANOTHER ANGLE
    From this view we can see the classic Colonial layout of the Banks' home. Entryway down the middle, living room on one side, dining room on the other, kitchen and family room in the back. The stairs are somewhere in the middle there.
  • LIVING ROOM 7 of 19
    LIVING ROOM
    Admittedly this screen grab is from Father of the Bride II. I love the two matching sofas facing each other. This is a layout I feel like I don't often see anymore, but which is darn right cozy if you think about it. This living room is comfortable and built for conversation. It is also highly symmetrical. Even the lamps in the two back corners of the room are symmetrical! (Those built-in bookcases are to die for!)
  • MASTER BEDROOM 8 of 19
    MASTER BEDROOM
    I just love how old fashioned this house is, and how charming and relaxing and "safe" it feels. That amazing bed and the early American-looking hope chest and the claw foot tub... Not to mention Steve Martin! I've always had a little thing for Steve Martin.
  • KITCHEN 9 of 19
    KITCHEN
    Here is a functional home kitchen that sees some use! I love the tract lighting in the cupboards and the array of pots and pans hanging from the ceiling and cluttering up the stove top. This is a family that uses its kitchen. Look at all those spices above the oven! That's a nice touch.
  • KITCHEN/DINING 10 of 19
    KITCHEN/DINING
    As a movie viewer I am always fascinated to see what prop stylists will put on the fridge. Looks like we've got a couple Christmas-looking greeting cards and a hand-drawn bit of art on an 8x11 piece of printer paper. Lovely.
  • FOYER 11 of 19
    FOYER
    The foyer has a lovely bit of wall paneling, and are you surprised to see the dining room has a fireplace? Because I'm not. (How much perfection is contained in that firewood basket placed just so? SO much perfection.) (I don't totally love the styling on top of the fireplace, but I'll get over it.)
  • KITCHEN 12 of 19
    KITCHEN
    Just wanted to say (aside from Diane Keaton's amazing pleated pants), that frog on the fridge is ridiculous.
  • COW BACKSPLASH 13 of 19
    COW BACKSPLASH
    Are you seeing what I'm seeing?
  • WEDDING LIVING ROOM 14 of 19
    WEDDING LIVING ROOM
    For their daughters wedding, the Banks decided to go with the theme of "greenery, greenery, and MORE greenery!"
  • MACKENZIE’S BATHROOM 15 of 19
    MACKENZIE'S BATHROOM
    Now, Annie's fiancee's family is said to be "upper class," while the Banks family is squarely "middle class." (Grain of salt here.) So, this is the bathroom of a solidly upper class family. There's a TV in there!!
  • MACKENZIE’S FOYER 16 of 19
    MACKENZIE'S FOYER
    Unlike the Banks' home, the Mackenzie's home is grand and spacious and sparsely decorated. And there's a LOT of stone.
  • MACKENZIE’S LIVING ROOM 17 of 19
    MACKENZIE'S LIVING ROOM
    Very airy, and very beige. Plus two Dobermans and a Mastiff.
  • MACKENZIE’S STUDY 18 of 19
    MACKENZIE'S STUDY
    I think it's here in the study that you really feel the contrast between the families most. This study is so "decorated" it feels hollow. Are those books even real? Noticeably absent is the clutter of everyday life that appears to spill out of every corner of the Banks' home.
  • AT THE MACKENZIE’S 19 of 19
    AT THE MACKENZIE'S
    I enjoy the oversized potted plants and that bronze sculpture, though they'd never find themselves in my own space. (Though, those rattan chairs are welcome in my life at any time, thanks.)

All images via hookedonhouses.net

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