In my previous post on The Holiday, we saw how to get the look of Kate Winslet’s picture book English country cottage. Now, we take a look at the impressive LA home of Cameron Diaz’s character, Amanda, a very successful movie trailer producer.
The Holiday LA House
Director Nancy Meyers and Production Designer Jon Hutman created an interior filled with fairly traditional furnishings in a simple white, gray and black color palette, creating an air of contemporary elegance. The exterior house, set in Brentwood in the movie, was actually the home of famous California architect Wallace Neff, which he designed for himself in 1928. It’s located in San Marino, a suburb of Pasadena.
The interiors were created on a sound stage. Interestingly, the online “chat” about this stage set called it contemporary, but I think it’s really more an updated traditional look (and not unlike their set for Diane Keaton’s home in “Something’s Gotta Give“). Most of the furniture is pretty classic looking, covered in simple cotton slip covers. Several of the chairs, sofas and even the bed have “wings”, creating a soft, comfortable look.
I do have to say, I’ve never seen so much seating in an actual interior. The kitchen looks like it could seat 12-14 people – between the table, the counter seating and some upholstered pieces. The living room has a day bed/chaise, sofa and several arm chairs. By virtue of the fact that this house is so significantly larger than the English Country House, there are actually a ton more photos to share.
LA House Foyer
The staircase in the foyer features “Gretchen” by Robert Longo.
LA House First Floor
Since the movie premiered in 2006 (I’m updating this post in 2018) I think our interiors have simplified a little. So, while everything in this living room would still look fresh and modern today, it’s a bit overly jammed packed and “styled” looking, don’t you think?
This long cross hall with the wall of windows has always been one of my favorite views in this house.
I’m not sure we ever saw the inside of the room off the hall with the brown walls. I wonder if they only decorated the part we saw? Probably.
Entering into the kitchen area.
It’s kind of surprising how wrinkled the slip covers are on the dining room chairs, isn’t it? But don’t you want to see what’s outside the windows?
LA House Second Floor
The bedroom where Kate Winslet’s character slept – a lot.
A pretty little moment, though am not sure where in the house this was.
The big ass media room. Love the line up of cozy looking chaise lounges.
And the bathroom with the cool storage cabinets and gardens beyond.
LA House Backyard and Pool
Inspired to get this look? Here are a few items to get you started. (Disclaimer: A small portion of any sale in my Holiday LA House Boutique will be paid to me as a commission, which helps support this blog. Thank you!)
So, what do you think – is this a fresh contemporary interior space, or an updated traditional one? Any by today’s standards (2018) – do you think this house still seems fresh?