Thursday, April 26, 2007

Get That Look! Down With Love - Renee Zellweger's bachelorette pad

This 2003 movie was a lot of fun for its costumes, retro fabulous set designs and overall joie-de-vivre. Set decorator Don Diers was interviewed for this piece on the Set Decorators' Society of America's website. It's a great read and I won't bother to repeat it here. One thing I really enjoyed about watching the bonus "making of" materials on the DVD was how many of the people who worked on show - from the set people and costumers to composer Marc Shaiman - all said how much they'd always wanted to do a movie set in this period (1963) with fantasy mid-century modern details, fabulous Doris Day/Rock Hudson costuming and characters.

Renee Zellweger plays writer Barbara Novak, who's new book on how woman should date like a man has turned her into a world-wide phenomenon. Her publishing company sets her up in this totally "old hollywood" style New York apartment. Overscale with an amazing view, it's poppy pink and virginal white color palette harkens back to the pajama party feel of old school "gal on the go" movies.

Is this look for you? Here are a few items to get you started:

Round contemporary sofa from Serenity International

Womb chair - available at Design Within Reach - based on Eero Saarinen's 1948 Womb chair

Metro Modern Cube at Plushpod

Open Wall Cube at West Elm

White shag rug from Chiasso
White shag rug at

Gyrofucus freestanding fireplace from Focus

Nelson Pear Pendant lamp at Design Within Reach

Paper lanterns from the Paper Lantern Store

Roslyn lamp at Crate & Barrel
Era stainless steel and glass coctail table at Crate & Barrel

Edward Wormley for Dunbar "Listen to me" chair
Unico chaise and ottoman at modernhome

Ewen McGregor and Renee Zellweger in 2003's Down With Love

What do you think? Do you want this look?

Next, we'll visit Ewan McGregor's "Catcher Block" apartment with its dark woods, hidden compartments and bachelor lair feel.

ETA: Coincidentally - Happy Birthday to Renee Zellweger who celebrated her 38th yesterday!

Also added: Check out this entry in Apartment Therapy's Smallest Coolest apartment contest. Pink and White glamour in a teeny space! Fabulous!

Click here to Get that Look of Ewan McGregor's "Catcher Block" bachelor pad!



Ms. Place said...

How perfect. I watched a Doris Day movie today called Move Over Darling, and loved the 60's fashion and interiors. These are more colorful, but they echo the period.

jinxy said...

I would absolutely LOVE this look, however, I live with a man. Ugh.

To see the compromises I have to make... it would make you cry.

Linda Merrill said...

Can't imagine most men would be too into this look. Which of course, is what her "Down with Love" theory is all about - live how you want and screw the man (double entendre intended!)

jinxy said...

Well she sure had the right idea!

Marius said...

I'm not really into the 60's style, but this certainly looks fun. And I LOVE Doris Day.

eric3000 said...

This movie looked so good! Too bad the actual movie was so bad.

Marius said...

I agree, Eric; I was so disappointed.

susan said...

What a delightful post, I've got to say. I covet that pink sofa!

Anonymous said...

I am looking for the rug that was used in Peter's (David Hyde Pearce) apartment. Does anyne know who makes it or where it is available?

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Anonymous said...

I HEART mid century modern. My husband loves this look! The key is stay away from pink and white. Lots of mid-century modern is great deep shades of green and brown. I'm buying a black chair similiar to her pink ones today. It can be done!

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