Nancy Meyers and It’s Not That Complicated
By Lynn Byrne. With Nancy Meyers on the cover of this weekend’s New York Times Magazine, and her new movie, It’s Complicated, set to open Christmas Day, now seemed the right time to do a round up of all of the beautiful houses she has shown us through her movies. For me, it’s not that complicated at all. I could live in any one of them.
It is well known that the houses that the lead characters inhabit in a Nancy Meyers movie are carefully crafted to reveal their personalities. I love the understated elegance of the London home of wedding dress designer, Elizabeth James, mother of the twins (both played by Lindsay Lohan) in the 1993 remake of The Parent Trap. The character’s subtle loveliness and class is perfectly reflected in her surroundings. Here is the exterior.
In the Meyers” movie, Holiday, the two lead characters (with opposite personalities) do a house swap for the Christmas season.
The Holiday character played by Cameron Diaz (Amanda) is a work obsessed movie executive who writes movie trailers for a living. She leaves no time for a personal life and suffers from insomnia, heartburn and other stress related maladies. As a top exec, her home is a classic mediterranean. Meyers used a famous residence built by noted architect William Neff for himself for the exterior shots. The interiors were built on a sound set.
Of course, few design addicts can forget the interiors of the Hamptons house owned by the playwright character played by Diane Keaton in Something’s Gotta Give. The white kitchen and beach house living room are practically clichés now, they have been copied so much.
I probably won’t see Meyers’ new movie, It’s Complicated, until it comes out on video (something about having 3 teenaged boys to supervise and hating to miss anything if I need the restroom). Fortunately, the December 2009 Traditional Home, has treated us with some preview shots of the home of Meryl Streep’s character. The magazine reported that the color palette for the set was devised to flatter Streep’s peachy cream complexion. That is a new one for me. Maybe for my next interior design project, I will consider picking the colors based on my client’s skin tone (or maybe that just makes sense for the movies). I think I will have to wait till I see the film to understand why there is some orange in each room. One thing is for sure, I have seen a lot worse pre-renovation kitchens in my day.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any interior shots of the house for the family in the Father of the Bride movies, but this shot of the exterior still says a lot about gracious living. Fortunately for me, I am lucky enough to live and work in a town where a lot of the houses look like this on the outside and sometimes I am given the opportunity to dress them up on the inside. Maybe I will have to rent Father of the Bride, because I can’t quite remember what Nancy did with the place.
Photographs from The Parent Trap , Holiday and the living room from Something’s Gotta Give from the blog, Hooked on Houses.
Photograph of the kitchen from Something’s Gotta Give from the blog, from clippings.gardenweb.
Photographs from It’s Complicated from Traditional Home. Thanks to the blog, Design-59 for scanning them in.
Photograph for Father of the Bride from the website, Movie Shots LA.