You’re 3 Steps Away from a Home Worthy of a Nancy Meyers Movie

updated May 3, 2019
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How amazing would it be to have your life be like a movie? Think about it: You’d have a great wardrobe, iconic one-liners, and, of course, a home that has #goals written all over it.

Naturally, we can’t talk about stunning, on-camera homes without bowing down to Nancy Meyers. With blockbusters like “The Holiday,” “It’s Complicated,” and “The Parent Trap” under her belt, the director-cum-design enthusiast is basically the queen of Hollywood’s most beautiful, fictional homes.

“The homes in Nancy Meyers’ movies have this wonderful ability to be aspirational yet achievable,” says Alessandra Wood, interior design expert and Modsy‘s vice president of style, who favors Meyers movies like “Father of the Bride” and “Baby Boom.” “The interior sets look and feel real, and as viewers, we can see ourselves living in her homes.”

Of course, it’s just movie magic, right? Think again.

Everyone deserves some of Nancy Meyers’ well-appointed aesthetic in their home, so Wood is sharing three easy steps to bring the style to your space—yes, even yours.

Step One: Find the Furniture

Whether it’s Erica’s beachfront pad in “Something’s Gotta Give” or the guest house from “Home Again,” most Nancy Meyers homes are filled with furniture that looks polished but also seems to be begging for you to kick up your feet and relax.

“Pick out pieces that are tailored, yet comfortable—a square-lined slipcovered sofa, perhaps, and some roll-arm chairs,” Wood shares.

Small space dwellers may not have the space to fit a couch, coffee table, and a handful of accent chairs. The solution? Cut back on the clutter.

“Make sure the scale of the pieces fits your space,” Wood says. “You might also have to edit some of the elements in the room. For example, you likely cannot have multiple sitting areas in one living room. Focus on the color palette, shapes, and textures, to achieve this look in your small home.”

Step Two: Add a Pinch of the Dark Side

While most—if not, all—homes in Nancy Meyers movies boast a light and airy color palette, there are usually darker accents to make the space pop. After all, nobody wants to live in floor to ceiling beige.

“Base furniture should be neutral in color and should begin to set the high-contrast tone of the space,” Wood shares. “The high-contrast neutral palette is a way to add drama and dimension to a space.”

These darker accents don’t have to be as big as, say, a black armchair. Swapping out your kitchen cabinet knobs for a darker color and adding a thick, black frame to your nightstand will do the trick.

Step Three: Get Touchy-Feely

Though Nancy Meyers uses the same high-contrast combination in each movie, each home surprisingly has its own personality. The secret? Experimenting with texture.

“Be sure that you layer in a number of textures to add intrigue to a neutral space,” Wood says.

The good news is there’s more to texture than a white, knitted throw pillow or faux sheepskin rug. As seen with the mosaic backsplash in “Home Again” and Jules’ dining room table in “The Intern,” Meyers brings a curated selection of muted colors and natural materials to each set.

“Plush rugs, linens, velvets, weathered wood, curtains, and throws are just a few of the ways Meyers add texture to her spaces” Wood says.”

Repeat after us: Texture is everything.

So, tell us, what’s your favorite Nancy Meyers’ movie home? Sound off in the comments below.