I grew up with the Turner Classic movie playing in my childhood home. I’ve seen Casablanca, Gone With the Wind, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Singin’ in the Rain, An American in Paris, and all the Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire movies. They influence a lot in my life, from my personal style to the way I decorate my house.
The movies I watched as an adult had a similar effect. As much as I love actors who bring these stories to life, I also often find myself drawn to the set designs created around them. WHO CREATE THIS WORLD?I often wonder.
Today I’m going to share about five of my favorite studio designs.
Call me by your name
There’s a lot to love about this movie. First of all, the story breaks your heart, it’s so beautiful. Then there’s the design. From the view to the HOUSE to the picnics to the swimming pool… it was all an absolute dream.
It’s so complicated
This 2000s movie is hot on TikTok for two reasons:
1. Meryl Streep
The film is one of the influences on the “sea granny” movement that I associate with on a profound level.
Crazy Rich Asians
This movie is the one I love to watch when I’m feeling sad and just need someone to pick me up happily. Not only is it a great rom-com, but the sets are also top-notch and absolutely GORGEOUS. Architectural Notice did a great summary of how they achieve such lush and chic suits. That wedding still lives on in my mind, no rent!
Grand Budapest Hotel
Any one Wes Anderson movie would make this inner lover’s heart pound like a teenager’s crush. They just do it for me. Design in Grand Budapest Hotel is in a league of its own, in my opinion. Who else could take pink, red, and purple and turn them into one of the most beautiful schemes in cinema?
I can admit I haven’t seen this movie BUT I’ve seen pictures of the house where it takes place. And wow. A key film location, Norney Grange, was built in the late 1800s and features a wood-paneled entrance, library, splendid fireplace, and loads of period detail. It’s beautiful, and I’ve heard great things about the movie, too.
Kate is currently learning to play the ukulele, leaving her husband, children and dogs desperate. Follow her on Instagram at @witanddelight_.