Last week we took a look at Kate Winslet’s charming cottage from The Holiday. Today we’re taking a peek inside the much more contemporary home that Cameron Diaz’s character Amanda lived in.
This is a real house in Pasadena, and it happens to be one that the architect Wallace Neff built for himself in the 1920s. It has that distinctive, Mediterranean-influenced “California Style” that he became known for.
Another beautiful house that Wallace Neff designed was featured in Monster-in-Law. Reese Witherspoon owns one of them in Ojai, too, that I love.
The interiors were elaborate sets built on a soundstage, which reportedly cost a cool million to construct (that’s without exterior walls, plumbing, a roof, or electricity!).
The movie premiered in 2006 and gave us a look at a lot of trends that would really take off in the years to follow: the color gray, seagrass rugs, and lanterns, to name a few. What other trends can you spot in these rooms?
I love how we get a tour of Amanda’s house when Iris explores it for the first time. It’s fun to see how excited she gets about it. That would totally be me, jumping up and down and squealing.
Whereas Iris has a “book room” in her cottage, Amanda has a media room lined with every DVD imaginable. Which would you rather have?
The house looks more welcoming and at ease when Iris moves in. Even the lighting is warmer and not as harsh. The night of her dinner party is a perfect example. The house takes on a mellow kind of glow:
Rufus Sewell plays Jasper, the “bad boy” in Iris’s life who keeps breaking her heart. I’ve been a fan of his since he played Will Ladislaw in the Middlemarch miniseries years ago.
I thought Jack Black was miscast as Kate Winslet’s love interest in this movie at first, but he won me over by the end. The movie was reportedly written with him, Kate, Cameron, and Jude Law in mind for the roles.
We get the feeling that the kitchen was never really used much before Iris moved in.
Notice how minimally Amanda has decorated for Christmas, with a simple garland on the fireplace…
One of the set decorators was Cindy Carr, who also worked on Life as We Know It.
I personally would need more color if I lived in this house, but I thought that it suited Cameron Diaz’s uptight character perfectly. This looks like the house where someone with a need for perfection and control over her surroundings would live.