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Published on February 17th, 2014 | by gareth

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How To Recreate The Glamor Of Hollywood Sets In Your Own Home

American homeowners aspire to have beautiful interiors, especially as the economy and housing market continue to recover. In a recent survey from Houzz, 53 percent of respondents claimed that right now would be a great time for a home renovation. If you're like many Americans, you're intent on decorating in the near future -- and you're looking to decorating magazines, home improvement television programs, and even Pinterest for inspiration. Consider separating yourself from the pack by taking an alternative approach to decor inspiration; you'll find plenty of excellent ideas on the sets of today's hottest movies.

Something's Gotta Give: Dream Kitchen

Diane Keaton's expansive kitchen in "Something's Gotta Give" proved almost as big a hit as the movie itself, with director Nancy Meyers explaining to Elle Decor that the airy interior represented, "every woman's dream kitchen." You may not be able to afford the high-end appliances or the massive granite countertops featured in "Something's Gotta Give," but you can still nab the overall feel with off-white cabinetry, pendant lights, and of course, plenty of fresh flowers displayed on your countertop. This look works best in a more spacious kitchen, particularly if you have plenty of windows at your disposal. However, with a few small tweaks to your color scheme and light fixtures, you can transform yourself into a veritable Diane Keaton, if only during the meal preparation process.

A Perfect Murder: Contemporary Chic

Perhaps you have not been graced with a massive kitchen in the vein of "Something's Gotta Give." Don't despair, for even the smallest apartment can capture the glamor of a movie set. Case in point: who could forget Michael Douglas and Gwyneth Paltrow's contemporary Fifth Avenue apartment from "A Perfect Murder?" Roger Ebert said it best when he referred to the movie as a story about bad people in good houses. Yes, the pad was sizable for a New York penthouse, but the inclusion of marble inlay and eclectic antiques added a greater sense of depth. To mimic this look in your own home or apartment, stick with a neutral color scheme and then punch it up with unique artwork and a wide array of fabric textures.

Golden Inspiration From Midnight In Paris

When in doubt, look to Woody Allen films for decor inspiration. "Midnight In Paris" serves a particularly helpful source, given its inherent European chic appeal. Experts from GeoBeats recommend recreating the glamour of this hit Woody Allen movie by incorporating fabric shades of gold and sticking with a silky texture whenever possible. Continue the theme by utilizing that gold shade in your wallpaper, perhaps with a chain link design in the vein of Coco Chanel. For window coverings, look to simple, yet sleek styles like roman shades from The Shade Store.

Moonrise Kingdom: Rustic Romance

Wes Anderson is the ultimate master of set design, having stunned viewers again with his broad vision in "Darjeeling Express," "Life Aquatic," and, of course, "Moonrise Kingdom." The Bishop home of "Moonrise Kingdom" proved particularly memorable, with critics from the New York Times pointing to the whimsical interior as reflective of Jared Gilman and Kara Haywards' characters' deeply romantic nature. Deliver this effect to your own home with floral rugs, rustic wooden furniture and plenty of warm hues. A few well-placed pieces of eclectic artwork will also add a romantic touch to your Wes Anderson inspired interior.


About the Author

Syndicated movie & game critic, writer, author and frequent radio guest. His work has appeared in over 60 publications worldwide and he is the creator of the rising entertainment site and publication “Skewed and Reviewed”. He has three books of film, game reviews and interviews published and is a well-received and in demand speaker on the convention circuit. Gareth has appeared in movies and is a regular guest on a top-rated Seattle morning show. He has also appeared briefly in films such as “Prefountaine”, “Postal”. “Far Cry”. and others. Gareth is also an in-demand speaker at several conventions and has conducted popular panels for over two decades.



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