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Housey Movies Round Two: Something’s Gotta Give

There is a scene near the beginning of Something’s Gotta Give where Amanda Peet’s character leads her sexagenarian boyfriend, Jack Nicholson, through the front door of her mother’s gray shingled beach house. She opens the front door and they enter the living room, this white marshmallow of amazingness, with a full wall of french doors along the back leading out to the ocean, and cozy arm chairs covered in slouchy linen, and obscenely beautiful hydrangeas blooming from every corner, and this to-die-for blue and white striped rug, nearly the size of Rhode Island, and then everybody in the movie theatre exhales all at once in one giant exhale of glory,

OhmygoshTHATHOUSE!

You did too, huh?

So let’s do it!

After the jump: the Hamptons beach house of your dreams, from Something’s Gotta Give.


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  • THAT HOUSE! 1 of 30
    THAT HOUSE!
    Erica (Diane Keaton) is a playwright, the most successful since some somebody or other. She is divorced, in her fifties, and she wears a lot of white. She comes here to write, and can you blame her? Good gravy!
  • HYDRANGEA-FLANKED PORCH 2 of 30
    HYDRANGEA-FLANKED PORCH
    This home is an actual home in New York's Southampton. The interiors were all shot on set. And it is amazingly, incredibly gorgeous.
  • THE PERFECT BEACH HOUSE 3 of 30
    THE PERFECT BEACH HOUSE
    The house is a shingle-style combination of Cape Cod and Georgian architecture. As Harry and Marin drive up to the house, Harry remarks that it's the "perfect beach house." Yes, that it is, Harry.
  • THE LIVING ROOM 4 of 30
    THE LIVING ROOM
    Harry and Erica have just had their romantic picnic ruined by a thunderstorm, but never mind them. Will you take a look at this living room? The entire house is done in this same color scheme: variations on white with a little bit of blue, with stripes, florals, paisleys, and some truly amazing, bounteous floral arrangements.
  • CHECK OUT THAT RUG, WILL YA? 5 of 30
    CHECK OUT THAT RUG, WILL YA?
    In a room this large, Erica could have easily arranged two or three smaller configurations of furniture for a more multipurpose room, but instead she's gone for drama--and a real party house!--with one giant seating arrangement. To anchor that arrangement she needed one giant cotton rug. Here we see Harry attempting to find someone to talk to on the phone after his heart attack, but everyone is out on the town except him. But in reality, we are all wondering where on earth we can find a rug that amazing.

    The choice of cotton is smart for a beach house, as it's easier to sweep sand off a flat cotton than a deep, piley wool.

    Each of the white, deep seated couches boasts a similar threesome of pillows: a stripe, a floral, and a paisley, in varying shades of beige and blue. In lieu of a coffee table she's chosen a giant, button-tufted ottoman (good for extra seating in a pinch), and nearly all of her decorative tchotchkes are white, or white, or white.

    Books on art and a few dishes of her collection of white pebbles adorn her surfaces. This house IS Erica, is what I figure: all white ("vanilla," as she calls it), a little rigid and overly-structured, but still comforting, homey, and welcoming.
  • CORNER NOOK 6 of 30
    CORNER NOOK
    In the corner of the living room is a little reading nook, and some impressive book shelves. Does Erica display her books by color? Why yes she does. White, and then white, and then more white! But she uses touches of dark wood to anchor the room. The dark wicker chairs, the dark legs of the armchairs and side tables, and the dark basket of firewood next to the fireplace; without these elements the room has no weight.

    Not for nothing, but that flower arrangement in the corner is to die for.
  • THE NOOK, VIA ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST 7 of 30
    THE NOOK, VIA ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST
    There was so much interest in this house after the movie was released that Architectural Digest ran still photos of the set in an issue of the magazine. Here we can see the subtle stripe-on-stripe of the wicker chair cushions against that amazing rug.
  • THE DINING ROOM 8 of 30
    THE DINING ROOM
    Green floral tie-backed chairs are a nice surprise in this dining area, a room which would otherwise follow the "white and beige" color scheme to a T. Erica has chosen a round dining table--I wonder what that says about a person?
  • HUTCH OF AWESOMENESS 9 of 30
    HUTCH OF AWESOMENESS
    I sense a good bit of Martha Stewart in that hutch display and those gorgeous off-white platters and tureens. Some definitely appear vintage, as if they were collected over the years as she shopped about Southampton's various antique stores, something I am sure Erica is fond of doing with an afternoon.

    I love the bareness of the classic American wrought iron chandelier. Similar sconces along the french doors establish a theme. In this room, the dark, grounding elements are all found in the center column of the room.
  • ONE LAST SHOT 10 of 30
    ONE LAST SHOT
    via Architectural Digest.
  • THE KITCHEN THAT LAUNCHED A MILLION KITCHENS 11 of 30
    THE KITCHEN THAT LAUNCHED A MILLION KITCHENS
    Granite countertops? Check. Brushed steel drawer pulls? Check. Subway tile back splash? Check. Kitchen island of my dreams? Double check.
  • CABINETS 12 of 30
    CABINETS
    Flat front and fairly no-nonsense, these are some respectable, heavy-duty cabinets. In fact, the entire kitchen carries a certain heaviness, despite it's all-white decor.

    Erica's major decorations in the room are evenly-spaced herb pots and topiaries. And don't look now, but that sink fixture is pretty darn sexy.
  • ARE YOU HUNGRY? 13 of 30
    ARE YOU HUNGRY?
    Erica and Harry decide to meet in their jams for a midnight snack (neither one of them are much for sleeping), and in this shot alone I am counting four bowls of fruit, three floral arrangements, and what is that--eight?--eight potted plants.
  • PLEASE TO BE NOTING… 14 of 30
    PLEASE TO BE NOTING...
    ...Erica's egg crates.

    In a nice burnt orange.
  • NEVER MIND THE PANTSLESS MAN… 15 of 30
    NEVER MIND THE PANTSLESS MAN...
    ...let's talk instead about that breakfast nook. Is that a breakfast nook?

    Do you think she's really going to eat all those green apples?
  • SPICES 16 of 30
    SPICES
    Here we get a better idea of how Erica uses this space. She has her most-used spices lined up on a rack above the stove (very handy), and a bunch of utensils in a white ceramic pitcher. Her stainless steel tea pot and lemon juicer say she's a tea drinker, but confusingly there is also a coffee maker in the left of the shot. Equal opportunity hot beverage drinker, I suppose.

    I really love the red dials on her gas range. They make for a nice shot of color.
  • BREAKFAST BAR 17 of 30
    BREAKFAST BAR
    Via Architectural Digest, we can see the kitchen island of my dreams comes with its own sink.
  • ERICA’S BEDROOM 18 of 30
    ERICA'S BEDROOM
    More beigey whites, more subtle stripes, more floral arrangements... but even more tears.
  • HOLY STUDDED ARMCHAIR! 19 of 30
    HOLY STUDDED ARMCHAIR!
    And will you get a load of that table right there? Could you kill for that table or what?
  • ERICA’S STUDY 20 of 30
    ERICA'S STUDY
    Along one wall of Erica's bedroom is a grand bay window, where Erica has tucked away her writing desk. On it she's got white hyacinths, many many many books, an executive style telephone, looseleaf papers, and of course, her lap top. And a view of some terrifically tall grasses, no doubt leading to the ocean.
  • FRENCH DOORS 21 of 30
    FRENCH DOORS
    French doors seem to be a consistent design element throughout this house, which is interesting to note from a character standpoint. If we're going on the assumption that this house IS Erica, like I believe, then it is only fitting that the house be so open. All doors are glass, may walls are all window, and rooms are large, spacious, and open. Erica is a woman who lives with her heart on her sleeve; her vanilla on full display.

    I think it's interesting too that she has no fewer than six places to sit and think in this room. The amazing studded chair, the bed, the tufted ottoman, the lounger, the arm chair, and her desk. Oh, and there's an extra chair propped up against the wall. As a writer, I'm sure she uses all of these various seating implements quite a bit, as she ruminates over the plot points and characters in her plays.
  • MORE OF THE DESK 22 of 30
    MORE OF THE DESK
    As you can see, Erica keeps all of her red and black spined books in here. Also an award of some type.
  • THE GUEST BED 23 of 30
    THE GUEST BED
    Harry stays in the guest bedroom as he recovers from his heart attack, a well-appointed room with some classic touches. It's all very Pottery Barn in here, isn't it? But I do really love the bench at the foot of the bed, it seems to have some interesting lines. I also really love that petite little arm chair.
  • THE POOL 24 of 30
    THE POOL
    The symmetry of the house is what really makes the whole place seem so grand. Here we have four reclining deck chairs evenly spaced, with two oversize umbrellas perfectly centered on the three sets of french doors. More stripes on stripes, which play wonderfully off the geometric lines of the french doors. Conspicuously missing from the decor here? The floral element. We need some danged hydrangeas up in here!
  • HARRY’S TOWNHOUSE 25 of 30
    HARRY'S TOWNHOUSE
    There is a lovely scene earlier in the movie where Harry and Erica are walking along the beach. Erica is absentmindedly picking up more white pebbles for her collection, when Harry hands her a black one, saying it represents himself. He is the black sheep in her vanilla life. It is fitting, then, that Harry's Manhattan townhouse is a rather dark, formal affair.
  • HARRY’S STAIRCASE 26 of 30
    HARRY'S STAIRCASE
    Harry's dark gray sofa against the dark gray drapes against the dark lampshades of his chandelier are a nice reminder that he is the yin to her yang (or yang to her yin?). The black stools in the foreground bring that color scheme into the entry way, they're a nice touch.
  • HARRY’S BEDROOM 27 of 30
    HARRY'S BEDROOM
    This is a neat trick worth remembering the next time you're struggling to decorate for a more masculine taste: the headboard and wall color are nearly identical, making the entire wall look like it's made of rich leather. Some abstract art above the brown and tan bedding, and we can see that Harry could probably use a bit of Erica's lightness in his life. Don't you think?
  • AERIAL SHOT OF THE BEACH HOUSE 28 of 30
    AERIAL SHOT OF THE BEACH HOUSE
    This is an aerial shot of the actual beach house used for the film.
  • BLUEPRINTS 29 of 30
    BLUEPRINTS
    The set designers took their job so seriously, they even went to the trouble of designing blueprints. You can see right off the bat that they paid little mind to the actual beach house when designing these plans. The room to the left juts forward off the house, a design element not existing in the actual home.
  • BONUS 30 of 30
    BONUS
    And thus we see, that amazing back yard does not actually lead to the beach after all. Can you believe this nonsense?

Up next: the Mid-Century-Amazing home of The Incredibles, per reader request.

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(thanks to hookedonhouses.net and architecturaldigest.com for the still photos)

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