Saturday, June 5, 2010

What Lies Beneath

What Lies Beneath House is beautiful yet a bit scary - if you have seen the movie.  The movie is set on a lake in Vermont and this house actually is in that very place.  Director Bob Zemeckis found the location for this house on Lake Champlain in Addison, Vermont.  They then built this 3,500 square foot, Nantucket style house specifically for the movie. 

Lovin this pathway around the garden

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Something's Gotta Give

You can't talk about dream homes in a movie without mentioning this one. Something's Gotta Give starring Diane Keaton & Jack Nicholson - my new beach house. And, another Nancy Meyers film (It's Complicated).  Set in the Hamptons, this house is elegant, yet simple. Airy and light, this would be anyone's ideal place to live. One of my favorite parts has to be the wall of french doors overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The exterior of the house can actually be found in the Hamptons and was put up for sale a while ago.  For a cool $10 million dollars, this home could've been yours....Oh, and Nancy Meyers - if you are reading, I think it is time for you to start your own home developments!

Absolutely in love with this pool.  Wait until the picture at the bottom to see what the sound stage set of the pool really looks like.  Pretty interesting if you ask me.

Not quite so pretty now huh?

And if you love looking at houses in general, you need to check out Hooked On Houses!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Father of the Bride (1991)

I would like to start this post by dedicating it to my cousin Erin.  She emailed me tonight saying she loved the blog, but why haven't I featured the Father of the Bride house on it yet.  Father of the Bride was our favorite movie for a very long long time, and still up there in the top 10 for me and I am sure for her as well.  The thing I just can't get over is that this movie came out in 1991! It feels like just the other day... When this movie came out we were 13 (me) and 12 (her) respectively.  Our wedding dream, was this movie.  So for her I dedicate this house, our house.  :)

 The house - located in a residential section of Pasadena, near San Marino (where the movie takes place).  A very traditional colonial style home, complete with a white picket fence, wasn't always this way.  According to rumors, when filming began - the house wasn't in such great shape.  Filmmakers came in, repainted the exterior, added new landscaping (even the picket fence) and remodeled the interior prior to filming.  The house is everything you would expect it to be for the "Banks" family.  

Remember Annie at the top of the staircase seeing her dad for the first time in a while?  Sliding down the banister to a hug?  This house really seemed like home to her.

The kitchen, while a bit cluttered nowadays seemed like anyone else's kitchen.  Well, except for a bit bigger.  

Annie's windows in her bedroom.  Only what I wish for!

And the favorite basketball scene...did you know that this was not actually shot at the house, but in Alhambra,CA??

And finally the reason we all fell in love with the movie...the wedding!!!  A wedding at home on January 6th!

And the house how it looks today at 853 S. El Molino in Pasadena...

most images via Hooked on Houses

Twilight: New Moon Cullen House

Due to the fact that Oregon was unable to offer the same incentives for shooting the sequel to Twilight, production relocated to Vancouver, British Columbia and picked a new home for the Cullens.  Similar in looks to the Hoke house in Oregon, this home has 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and was designed by Arthur Erickson in 1954.  At the end of filming Twilight: Eclipse, the house was put on the market for $3.3 mil. 

Monday, May 31, 2010

Twilight: The Cullen Home

Like most people breathing, I saw the movie Twilight this year and loved the modern look of the Cullen home. It is hard not to imagine this house when you are reading the books. It seems like the perfect house for a vampire family.  My favorite part is probably the natural light the home gets.  I would love to have windows that look out to a forest, as this one does.  The house was built by architect Jeff Kovel from Skylab Architecture for Nike executive, John Hoke.  As usual, the house isn't located in Forks, WA, but actually in the Portland area of Oregon.

 This is the way the home looks normally

In the movie.

Kitchen in the movie

The same kitchen without Hollywood...

 most images via Designtavern

Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Proposal

I immediately fell in love with the parent's house in the movie The Proposal.  The movie was set in Sitka, Alaska and let's just say my boyfriend and I were ready to pack up and move out.  Little did we know that if we actually wanted to pack up and move to that house we would be heading to the Cape Ann area of Massachusetts.  The early 20th century home boasts 9 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms.

How much would you love to be the real family that lives in this house?  Definitely click here to check out the article in the NY Times about when Hollywood moved into the home of the Kaneb's.  Here is the the lucky family.

And while it isn't a home, I found it very interesting to see the actual Sitka, AK as compared to the town that portrays it...Rockport, MA

Here is Sitka, Alaska

 And Rockport, Mass.

It's Complicated

Set in Santa Barbara, the movie It's Complicated has my favorite house in a movie so far.  This is the house that inspired me to write a blog about movie houses.  The movie is set in Santa Barbara, by far one of my favorite places to be.  The 1920's Spanish style home actually is located in Thousand Oaks, CA.  Check out some of the pictures of the actual home.  The grounds, the driveway, the garden..oh, the garden and the pool...

While the inside design was actually shot on a sound stage in New York city, you can't help dreaming that you lived on the sound stage if it looked like this...

The kitchen is probably my favorite room in the house.  I love the open floor plan and that the kitchen is a usable kitchen.  Everything is classy, yet casual.

And let's not forget that gorgeous bakery...

For more information on the set design of It's Complicated, check out the piece Traditional Home did on the project