Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Set Design Envy: It's Complicated

If you missed it in the theaters last winter, you must pick up Nancy Meyers' delightful rom-com It's Complicated, released today on DVD.  While it's a real pleasure to watch masters Merrill Streep, Steve Martin, and Alec Baldwin in action, the real star of this film is the incredible Santa Barbra home inhabited by Streep's character, Jane.

It's Complicated features the latest in a series of impressive sets created by Meyers, production designer Jon Hutman and set decorator Beth Rubino.  You've seen their work before in films including Something's Gotta Give and The Holiday.

Many of the scenes in It's Complicated revolve around food (Streep's character owns a bakery) and entertaining.  The stunning kitchen/dining room is hands down my favorite room on the set.

Rubino selected some of the larger pieces, such as the oval dining table, from antiques galleries including Lucca Antiques and Berkshire Home and Antiques.  For a complete listing of Rubino's sources for this space, visit the Set Decorators Society of America here

I love the neutral layered textures and punches of orange and blue used in Jane's living room:

For a complete listing of Rubino's sources for this space, click here.

The most hilarious scene in It's Complicated (including more of Alec Baldwin than you'd ever want to see or know about) takes place in this master bedroom:

How awesome is the shape of this headboard?!

The guestroom features another stunning headboard, accentuated with Serena and Lily bed linens available here:

The memorable pot-smoking scene takes place in the bathroom of Jane's daughter's home.  You'll see the work of fellow blogger annechovie (Anne Harwell) in the background.  I own this piece, and two others by this lovely artist - you can find her work here.

What movie sets do you wish you could move right in to?


  1. We saw "Date Night" on Saturday (date night, natch), and while it was not the least bit kid friendly, Mahky Mahk's Greenwich St. apartment was to. die. for. in its stark minimalist gorgeousness.

  2. After renting "It's Complicated" this weekend, I just discovered that a college friend and FB friend of mine, Merdyce McLaren, was a set dresser on the LA set! Lucky girl...