Winter Blues

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

It's Complicated...or is it?

Beth Rubino's interior design in the movie, 'It's Complicated'.

Designers that really stand out in my book (or blog) are the ones who truly have a passion for what they do and where the rooms make you feel like you want to move right in.  Have you ever watched a movie and loved it not only for the romantic plot and funny one-liners, but for the interiors of the settings where everything takes place?  Well, I can tell you so many movies are enjoyable to watch again and again because I like what I hear AND what I SEE!  I can't really remember the set of any Tom Selleck movie...he's pretty much the decoration if you know what I mean!  Hi TOM!   

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It's been fun to watch the movie It's Complicated because I am madly in love with the house, the yard, the bakery and the tone that (Meryl Streeps Character) has in her home.  Isn't it lovely?  After watching it for the fourth time, I finally waited to see who the set designer was for the home.  I should have known...the same designer who decorated another fav house from 'Somethings gotta give'.  Remember that one?  In the Hamptons with Diane Keaton and Jack Nickleson.  Well, this designer is Beth Rubino.  She is one to admire and learn from that its a-okay to not feel like everything needs to match or be just so.  When everything comes together, it looks inviting, comfy, functional, classic, and lived in.  Just the way life should be.

'It's Complicated' Kitchen.  Beth R says she loves to mix old with new-

Living Room in the South Hamptons in 'Somethings Gotta Give'.

Another 'Somethings Gotta Give' room to spend hours in laughing, eating, drinking...

Potting corner in 'It's Complicated' makes me want to take up gardening...almost!

Beth's style makes you look at the things in your own home and gives you the green light to use them!  Old works wonders with new and pull out your collections to see, use and enjoy.  Starting with a neutral base and adding layers of wicker, woods, and fabrics that you love is the first step in making a house a home.  Texture is key and don't worry too much about if this pillow goes with that chair.  Guess what?  It DOES!  Why?  Because you love it! 

Beth Rubino- Set Designer

We all don't have to be millionaires to feel like a million bucks when we are at home with ourselves or with our loved ones.  Edit out the things you really don't need or use and make your home that calming place that relaxes you, comforts you, and makes you want to be there.

Time to go clean out my pantry now...make it a calmer space! 


  1. I LOVED that house on It's Complicated, but that I was the only one paying attention to that detail! I am trying to get out of the matchy match scheme of things in myhouse, and spice up the design a little... starting with new pillows in the living room, and new curtains! So much fun, and it makes it so much more inviting!! Love your blog! : )

  2. Whit - this is a great blog post!! Every time I have watched It's Complicated I think "that is exactly what I want my house to look and feel like" and it always reminds me of your same decorating style. Love that you took the time to see who the set designer was. You should add your flavor to some movies too!

  3. Oh Courtney just posted exactly what I was going to say!!! I love both of those movies so much for the plot and acting but mainly the design!

  4. I love everything about that movie! The actors, the storyline, and that house! Thanks for sharing who the designer is- great blog!

  5. This is funny: I loved It's Complicated too, and ONLY for the sets.....can't even remember the plot, except for the laptop scene and Steve Martin on a ladder. But that house!! My problem was that I kept thinking "And she wants to remodel that fantastic kitchen WHY????"

  6. I love when movies make us "love" the sets!
    That house was wonderful and I loved so many scenes but especially the one's in that house.
    hope you are well.

  7. @ Christy...I thought the same thing about the remodel. But then I realized that they never show even a hint of the new kitchen, so obviously the existing kitchen and house was meant to steal our hearts all along!! --Beth E.

  8. I fell in love with that kitchen! I had fantasies of standing there frosting a cake (or twenty) It's not my favorite movie house though--that would go to an obscure old indie movie "Whales of August" which is a fabulous and breezy old beach house...whenever I watch it I call it my retirement home.