Are you trying to create that tricky balance of home decor with a cosy, feel-good atmosphere that also oozes sophistication? Take inspiration by going to see the latest Hollywood movie Home Again, starring Reese Witherspoon, which premiered in London last week.
“So what?” you may think. Well, if you have a fondness for interiors you should pay attention, because this is not only an enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours, but offers an inspiring guide to putting together an atmospheric and authentic look for your home.
Home Again is the directing debut of Hallie Meyers-Shyer, the daughter of Hollywood director Nancy Meyers – who has an impressive list of film credits stretching back to 1980, all of them notable for their stunning interior design. Old news, maybe, but still, the home decor Meyers creates is timeless and would work independently of more seasonal trends that come and go.
Kate Winslet’s English holiday cottage in The Holiday is one of Nancy Meyers’ creations, and it is unforgettably cosy, even without Jude Law hanging around. And that’s not to mention the LA apartment in the same movie which is an indulgent urban dream – all white, elegant sophistication, but still charming.
Another of Meyers’s movies, It’s Complicated, has some spectacular interiors. I love the black window framing, the mix of materials like wood and marble, the warm golden shades used in paint and textiles. The copper pots hanging on the wall complete the homey and informal look. This is certainly a “feel-good” film, but it can also inspire our senses. I had a client who came to me with images from this movie to show me what her dream house looked like. That was such a good idea to visualise the “feel-good” vibe.
With Home Again, Hallie Meyers-Shyer has proved she is a chip off the old block by creating a “feel-good” movie with interiors to admire. It’s plain that Hallie has inherited her mum’s talented eye for depicting homes that are lovely, colourful and beautiful to live in. It’s easy to like the California cool, with its white slip covers, woven eclectic materials in warm colours, paired with traditional patterns and blue, and the honest material of light wood. Don’t forget: finish the look with books, personal photos, and fresh flowers.
Check it out for yourself and see what you think!
Written by Helene Arentz