Have you seen the Jason Bateman-Ryan Reynolds comedy about a couple of friends who switch bodies (and lives) after making a drunken wish in a fountain? The best thing about it for me were the sets, which were fun to look at. The rest…well, let’s just say gross-out humor doesn’t do it for me.
This traditional white house in Atlanta that Bateman’s character Dave lives in with his wife Jamie and three cutie-pie kids does, though, so let’s take a closer look at it.
According to an article in the L.A. Times by David A. Keeps, the movie was filmed in Atlanta, Georgia, where production designer Barry Robison and director David Dobkin found this house and decided it would be perfect as Dave’s “beginner McMansion.” (The exterior, anyway–the interiors were sets they built on a soundstage.)
Robison explained: “It’s not quite Colonial or Arts and Crafts but a pastiche of traditional elements. We noticed that a lot of houses in Atlanta had a similar style: dark floors, white cabinetry, iron railings, creamy walls, which we replicated with Benjamin Moore Linen White, and beautiful fabrics on windows and furniture.”
They purchased custom furniture for the living room from Bungalow Classic in Atlanta.
I like the scene where Dave (as Mitch) tells his wife to ask him anything that only he would know. She asks, “What’s my favorite color?” And he draws a blank. Mitch (as Dave) says, “It’s celadon! Look around. There are accents of celadon everywhere in this house!”
I wonder if the set designers took their cue from that line when they set out to decorate the house, or if the actors took their cue from the sets?
I didn’t notice that little child’s desk and chair at the end of the island until I snapped this photo of the kitchen.
The countertops are polished Vermont granite. The backsplash tile is from Waterworks.
The Dining Room:
Seemed a little odd to me that a young family like this would have its regular weeknight meals in the more formal dining room, instead of the kitchen. If I had twin babies, I wouldn’t be feeding them next to that linen fabric!
Leslie Mann, who plays Dave’s wife, is married in real life to producer-director Judd Apatow. They worked together on other comedies like Knocked Upand This is 40, which had a similar white house in it, come to think of it.
The Twins’ Nursery:
Dave and Jamie’s Bedroom:
Robison told the L.A. Times that Dave leaves all of the decorating decisions up to his wife, so they created the couple’s bedroom as a “pattern-filled feminine space.”
I couldn’t stop staring at the blue and white bedding. Love it.
The quilt and shams are from John Robshaw Textiles:
And you can buy the trellis duvet here:
The master bath ain’t too shabby, either:
Mitch’s bachelor pad couldn’t be more different from Dave’s place with its vibrant and saturated colors, including a red Smeg fridge.
Production Designer Barry Robison describes it as “a place he found in college and he’s never moved.” It’s the perfect apartment for a guy who hasn’t grown up and has no intention to.
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