On The Set: The Adjustment Bureau

On The Set: The Adjustment Bureau

Abby Stone
Mar 22, 2011

In The Adjustment Bureau, buttoned-up politician David (Matt Damon) meets free-spirited ballerina Elise (Emily Blunt) and, to the consternation of the guys who determine the fate of each human, they buck the system in order to be together. Set Decorator Susan Bode-Tyson and Production Designer Kevin Thompson worked to give each character's home a setting that would broadcast their personalities.

David's loft is masculine and urban, the quintessential home of the modern bachelor. There is a feeling of old money here, of control, right down to the color palette, but it's definitely a home that lacks any touches of femininity or warmth. The kitchen is sleek and clean and clearly barely ever used. Minimal personal items, space between the furnishings and lots of cold elements — brick and stainless steel and polished floors — add to the feeling that this is a man who is guarded.

In Your Home: A Thayer Coggin sectional, like the one here, in sleek black leather; a brass lamp from Restoration Hardware; framed antique maps.

Elise's apartment, in contrast, is warm and exotic and full of color and pattern and texture. Ethnic elements, layered fabrics and an eclectic mix of styles convey that this is the home of a free spirit, living on a limited income, but whom, nevertheless, is full of boundless energy and creativity.

In Your Home: Make your own headboard, sourcing fabric from a store that sells fabrics from India; bright tables from CB2, a kilim couch, and art hung salon style recreate this look.

For more details, including a list of resources, see Set Decorators | The Adjustment Bureau.

Images: Andrew D. Schwartz ©2011 Universal Pictures, used with the permission of the SDSA

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