Ingrid Bergman in Indiscreet
We’re not much for going out on Valentine’s Day; getting reservations is always a pain, and prices seem to double no matter where you go. So we often find ourselves at home with husband, fire, food, and a bunch of movies. This year it occurs to us that some of our favorite romantic flicks also boast amazing interior sets, so we might get a little home inspiration from our Valentine viewing. Check out some of our picks after the jump…
Deborah Kerr’s stateroom in An Affair to Remember is so classically elegant that by today’s standards, it looks hip. Love the drapery valance, and the two little oranges on the table, picking up the color of her dress. Wow!
Who could forget the grandmother’s glorious sun-drenched villa on the French Riviera… And Kerr’s apartment (from the tear-jerking end of the movie) has some amazing pieces we’d love to come across at an antique shop… that green lamp! That sofa!
We’re revealing a slight Cary Grant obsession here: Indiscreet is another favorite. Ingrid Bergman’s stage actress character lives in a fabulous London apartment, where most of the action takes place. We love the soft blue walls hung floor to ceiling with art and the stately brocade sofas and chairs. If it weren’t for the glorious costumes (and—okay—Cary Grant), we’d be focused on the apartment from beginning to end.
Amélie may be an obvious choice, but we never get tired of her apartment. It’s full of surprises. The artwork is whimsical, the lamps are strange and beautiful, and the wallpaper choices make us wonder why we have any bare walls at all. All the pillows tossed everywhere create such an inviting and cozy feel.
The silly romantic comedy A Lot Like Love might feel out of place in the company of our other choices, but Amanda Peet’s split-level apartment is reason enough to watch it (and hey, sue us, but we actually think it’s funny). She lives in one of those buildings where people in L.A. always live in the movies, with a garden courtyard and friendly, attractive neighbors. Her apartment looks comfortable and eclectic, like someone really lives there. (We couldn't find any stills of the interior: You'll just have to watch!)
If you can bear some truly bad singing, the recent Mamma Mia is set in an amazing cliffside hotel on a Greek island, where the rooms are colorful, sun-filled, and a little scruffy around the edges. It’s lovely to look at: walls in various shades of aqua blue and red woven rugs tossed helter-skelter on the terra cotta floors.
What are some of your favorite romantic movie interiors? Do tell!
Photos: carygrant.net, IMDB, decorology, Yahoo! Movies, Entertainment Weekly