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? Well, I have to say the best thing about it are the sets, which are pretty fun to look at. The rest…well, it was a little over-the-top rude and crude for me. Hope that doesn’t make me sound like an old fuddy duddy, but gross-out humor just 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, however, does, so let’s take a closer look at it, shall we?
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.”
When Mitch (in Dave’s body–it gets kind of confusing) carries the twins around the corner into the kitchen, we can see a little more of the hallway behind him and the built-in china cabinet in the family room:
The Family Room:
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 floral curtains in the kitchen are an unusual choice. We’ve come to expect either simple valances or just bamboo blinds over kitchen windows, haven’t we? (It reminds me of Dorie’s charming bungalow kitchen, which is green and has curtains that come to the tops of the counters like this, too.)
The countertops are polished Vermont granite. Can’t say I’m crazy about them, myself. Do love the green tile backsplash, though. It’s refreshing to see something with some color and pattern instead of the standard all-white kitchen we’ve all come to expect in a house like this. (The 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 Up and Funny People.
Love the striped runner on the stairway. Took several photos of it for my inspiration file.
There’s a windowseat at the end of the hall, outside the twins’ bedroom:
The twins’ nursery is pretty darn adorable, just like they are (they’re real-life brother and sister):
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.”
You can see a little more of the fabulous windowseat behind Jason Bateman in this shot:
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–I loved the red Smeg fridge in his kitchen:
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.
Did you see the movie? What did you think? Despite the rated-R language and yucky sight-gags, it kind of had a sweet message in the end about appreciating the life you have and making the most of it. I’m not sure I would have made it to the end, though, if it hadn’t been for the sets!