Everyone by now has heard about the new movie; It's Complicated , written and directed by Nancy Meyers and starring Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin. I was so excited about this release, more I think for it's interiors than the actual movie. BUT, I loved them both. Jane, played by Meryl Streep is the owner of a successful bakery and restaurant in Santa Barbara. The scenes where her gardens and bakery were shot took my breath away. When researching this ,I found out that most of the movie was shot not in Santa Barbara ,but in New York and Thousands Oaks, California. The Village Bakery of my dreams is shot inside Picnic House in Brooklyn's Prospect Park. The actual kitchen scenes were shot at a restaurant in Manhattan's Chelsea Market. The movie was "inspired and spiritually set in Santa Barbara" noted Nancy Meyers . However, due to economic considerations the other areas were selected for shooting. My favorite garden scenes were shot in Thousand Oaks, the outside of the house was the actual Santa Barbara connection. The 1920's adobe ranch served as home to several well know celebrities over the years, including W.C. Fields. The interiors were all shot at Broadway Stages in Brooklyn.
Here is one of the only pictures I could find of the Village Bakery.
I love the thick slab of Carrera marble
Pictures from Traditional Home magazine show Jane's kitchen and her home. All of the elements in this space work so well together. The black iron windows with the natural roman shades. The carrera marble on the island. The fabulous wooden dining table. I really, really , really loved the refridgerater in the movie...It's a massive commercial fridge/freezer that is amazing.
Nancy Meyers has an incredible eye for detail. Beth Rubino was the set designer know also from the interiors in the movie "Something's Gotta Give" with Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson.
A stylist, interior designer, wife and mother shares her love of design.
Since I can remember, I've always had an eye for design --- and an obsessive compulsive personality. One day, I was sitting at the kitchen table playing Monopoly with my nephew Jack. He was focused on accumulating money and I was straightening my houses oh so perfectly, aligning each hotel within the colored section of my property, and collecting my money in a neat and symmetrical order. At one point he looked at me and said, “And you say I’m O so D.” He might have had the letters wrong but he totally understood me as a designer and a Monopoly player!