Tuesday, December 29, 2009

It's really not complicated

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.


Hanne said...


I was amused, and found it so interesting, when you mentioned "Something's Gotta Give" - this was the movie that made me begin to question my sanity... I really loved the movie, but found myself watching it a second and third time as much to look at that gorgeous interior, (sort of like when I discovered Ben Affleck in "Bounce")as i did to see the movie-it was when i started to think, maybe I'm a little different from a lot of people I know...

XO Hanne

Ginger@cottageonrosewood said...

Which month was this home featured? I have to buy that magazine. I saw the movie and loved the house SO MUCH! Even the garden was gorgeous.

Mike said...

Me and my mom saw the movie together and we loved it. I thought it wasn't going to be for me but you know what it had great humor in it.