When a friend took me to see Something’s Gotta Give on the big screen, I knew it was a Diane Keaton-Jack Nicholson romantic comedy. What I didn’t expect was to fall in love with the Hamptons beach house Keaton’s character lives in. I went back to see it again a week later, just to get a better look at that house.
It wasn’t until I started blogging that I realized I wasn’t alone in my obsession with the Something’s Gotta Give house. For all of my readers who asked me to post photos of it–this one’s for you.
The exterior is a real house somewhere in the Hamptons (Long Island), but the interiors were all created on a soundstage.
The Living Room
The house was featured in Architectural Digest, which provided us with some great photos of the what the sets looked like when they weren’t filming on them (photography by Bob Marshak):
Erica and Harry (Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson) in the living room at night–meeting up for a “pajama party:”
Don’t even ask what paint colors were used (I have already been flooded with e-mails on the topic). Set Decorator Beth Rubino says they were custom-mixed colors that were designed to look good on screen. The lighting is different on a set than it is in a house, so even we used the same paint, she says, it wouldn’t look the same.
You can listen to an interesting interview with her on the topic at The Skirted Roundtable.
The Dining Room:
We were building our house when this movie came out. Thanks to Something’s Gotta Give, I’ve got a kitchen with white cabinets, black countertops, and dark floors. I copied as much of it as I could! I later found out I wasn’t the only one inspired by it. Every home show I went to the following year seemed to have its own version of this look.
The counters were just MDF painted to look like soapstone for the movie, but it started a huge trend. Suddenly everyone wanted soapstone!
Harry’s Room in Erica’s House:
Erica’s Bedroom and Writing Nook:
As a writer who works from home myself, I swooned over Erica Barry’s writing nook at the end of her bedroom. Those windows! Those built-in-bookshelves! This is one of my favorite spots in her house:
Diane Keaton was nominated for Best Actress for this role at the 2004 Oscars and won a Golden Globe.
Back of the House and Pool:
The pool as photographed for Architectural Digest (above), and a production shot that shows how the pool and fake exterior really looks on set (below):
Jon Hutman received an Oscar nomination for Production Design because of this now-iconic movie house.