Best Interior Decorators from the Movies

Best Interior Decorators from the Movies

Sarah Coffey
Sep 13, 2010

Interior decorators occupy a strange place in film — they're usually evil, cunning, vengeful, best...eccentric. Maybe it's the fact that they charge so much or maybe it's just the idea that being fashionable signals shallowness, but whatever it is, people who decorate make great movie villains. (And when they're not villains, they're either in for it or they're the punchline of a joke.) Here are 10 good ones — add your own favorites in the comments.

  1. Patricia Neal as Mrs. Failenson in Breakfast at Tiffany's: As George Peppard's sexy older lover/patron, she's a decorator with benefits.
  2. Glenn Shadix as Otho in Beetle Juice: Glenn Shadix passed away this year, but we'll never forget his brilliant performance as the evil 80s decorator who brought back black walls.
  3. Darryl Hannah as Darien Taylor in Wall Street: Speaking of 80s decorators, it's worth rewatching this movie just to see the amazingly bad faux paint job she does on Charlie Sheen's apartment.
  4. Doris Day as Jan Morrow in Pillow Talk: Never mess with a decorator, or they'll avenge you with bad taste, like Doris Day does to Rock Hudson in this 1959 classic.
  5. Goldie Hawn as Joanna Stayton in Overboard: I still love the hilarious first scenes in this film, when Goldie Hawn walks around in her ridiculous 1980s yacht garb yelling at Kurt Russell to fix her shoe closet right.
  6. Matthew Laurance as Ron, Demi Moore's Decorator/Neighbor in St. Elmo's Fire: The giant Billy Idol painting on the wall says it all.
  7. Rosalind Russell as Mame Dennis in Auntie Mame: Eccentric Auntie Mame can't stop redecorating her home...sounds like a lot of people I know :)
  8. Mia Farrow as Rosemary Woodhouse in Rosemary's Baby: She decorates her own apartment...only to have it overtaken by Satan.
  9. Myrna Loy as Mrs. Blandings in Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House: She fixates on the perfect shade of green, "a soft green, not as blue-green as a robin's egg, but not as yellow-green as daffodil buds."
  10. Joanna Barnes as Vicki Robinson in the Parent Trap: She schemes to redecorate the family's California ranch and ship the girls off to boarding school, but she gets it in the end.

Images: Screenshot from Breakfast at Tiffany's via Grazia Fashion, Screenshot from Beetle Juice via Apartment Therapy, Screenshot from Wall Street via Cut Print Review, Still from Pillow Talk via Vanity Fair, Screenshot from Overboard via Agent Lover, Screenshot from St. Elmo's Fire via Apartment Therapy, Auntie Mame still via IMDB, Mr. Blandings still via MoMA, Rosemary's Baby still via IMDB, Screenshot from The Parent Trap via Hooked on Houses

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