My daughter and I revisited a 2005-released DVD last night, a Reese Witherspoon work: I was re-enchanted by the apartment of her character, Dr Elizabeth Masterton.
Just Like Heaven is about too-busy-to-live emergency doctor, Elizabeth Masterton (Reese Witherspoon). She has an accident and is in a coma in the hospital she works in. Her family rent out her apartment to David Abbott (Mark Ruffalo, a landscape architect. Her spirit (tied to earth because she’s not dead) comes back to the apartment and David gets to know her and soon they embark on a journey to find her and the reason she is still around. It is a rom-com, so inevitably, the protagonists fall in love…
The colourful exterior belies a very different non-candylike interior!
Spacious apartment with loads of dark trim on windows, dark architraves, dark panels, dark flooring, dark doors and plenty of warm-coloured and very comfortable furniture.
I think the apartment with the loads of woodwork and fancy trims is craftsman style… (please correct me if I’m wrong).
I normally love bright, white spaces, but this apartment, while being so different, really really really attracts me.
I also particularly loved this apartment at night. The lovely warm glows of the multiple lamps really turn this space into a warm, dreamy and restful place.
(Not many movies with great sets have rooms lit by recessed lighting… most of the night-lights come from lamps. They must be wired into the wall switches.)
During the day, though, I think this space shines because there is a fantastic amount of natural light streaming in from the large and largely uncurtained windows.
“… good couch,” pronounces Mark Ruffalo‘s garden-landscape architect character David Abbott.
And upon that, the apartment is rented.
Comfortably furnished in earthy colours. The only room with whites and pales is the kitchen. Everything else is warm toned. Lovely warm red couch, warm upholstered cushions on the window seating in the bay window area… warm honeyed woods in the dining rooms.
(The lamp between those two pale blue-bordered pictures on the wall doesn’t appear in that space later on. Later on, you’ll see that space occupied by TV (no cabinet) flanked by who white armchairs.)
The built-in open shelving between the living and dining area creates a mock divider that gives the large space a two-roomed feel.
One thing I’ve noticed the designers doing for this show is mixing the sharp, straight lines of the trim, architraves, panels, built ins with items with curves and colours. E.g. the items on the open shelving are curvy vases and glass pieces.
Even though the room is furnished with more wooden pieces, none of it is dark. The dining table and vaguely-Mission chairs are pale woods and not-chunky like the trims. The side table facing the entrance to the living room is a pale honey piece:
The wooden floor lamp base is spindly to contrast against the stark straight lines of the walls.
Beautifully carved fireplace trim with these bright white, yellow and green tiles.
The white chairs are beautiful with the dark piping and bright coral pillows. I love love love the seating area near the bay window. What a place to sit, chat and read!
And at night, a perfect spot for a quiet intimate chat and a place to star-gaze.
Another large bay window (this apartment has FOUR similar bay windows; undoubtedly one apartment takes the whole length of the building) is in her bedroom. Most beds are placed to take advantage of the view… so this bed placed against the windows is unusual and takes advantage of the morning sun (not so good for afternoon naps; hence the long thick drapes). You gotta like that if you’re not bothered by your face being bathed by sunlight 6AM in the morning!
A luxuriously comfortably reading armchair flanks a simple white fireplace in the bedroom area.
And kitchens being the heart of the home, was white, clean and full of interesting things.
I firmly believe what is in your home and the state of it reflects the state of your mind and heart. Following my belief, Dr Elizabeth Masterton is a woman of varied interests and order.
Simple kitchen island flanked by two simple stools… but the great window is home to a collection of slim blue and green glass bottles. The light streaming through them in the morning would be really pretty!
And the area near the stovetop is full of paraphernalia that tells me this is a working kitchen. Spice and herb canisters, cooking utensils, oven gloves… No clear, empty (and hence, impractical) counters with solitary bowls of fruit and shining coffee machines.
The bathroom is chromes, pale yellows and whites. The thing I love most is the open-shelved cabinet, used to store towels, beauty products and bathrobes. I love it… but not sure how practical this is. I mean dust and …. collect on every surface in bathrooms. I’d select a clear glass cabinet.
And just because I love the dark trim, dark panels against the pale yellow walls, a couple of hallway shots:
And the rooftop garden! What a beaut!
I think this features as one of my favourite sets in movies. Utterly charming and beautiful. Simple, comfy furniture. I’d love the chance to live here! :)
To read more about the set, jump over to Hooked on Houses.