“The Change-Up:” Jason Bateman’s Traditional White House & Ryan Reynolds’ Bachelor Pad in Atlanta

by hookedonhouses on January 9, 2012

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?

house from movie The Change-Up Jason Bateman

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.”

The Change-Up house-foyer

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:

I recognized a few Dash & Albert rugs in the house, like this one. Love ‘em. That’s where I bought the striped one for my sunroom.

The Change-Up movie house staircase

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!

The Change-Up movie house family room

The Kitchen:

The celadon kitchen in The Change-Up movie

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.)

Colefax & Fowler and Osborne & Little fabrics were used for the window treatments here and throughout the house.

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.)

green tile backsplash in The Change-Up movie

white and green kitchen in The Change-Up movie

The Dining Room:

dining room in The Change-Up movie

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):

Leslie Mann in The Change-Up 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.”

You can see a little more of the fabulous windowseat behind Jason Bateman in this shot:

Jason Bateman Change-up bedroom

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:

So pretty!

The Change-Up master bedrom bedding

The master bath ain’t too shabby, either:

Marble subway tiles, lighting, mirrors and plumbing fixtures were chosen from Waterworks and Restoration Hardware for an in-home spa vibe.

Ryan Reynolds Jason Bateman Change-Up bathroom

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.

front door of Mitch's apartment Change-Up

Mitch's loft in The Change-Up red brick wall

Change-Up Mitch's loft

Change-Up Mitch's apartment 1

Change-Up Mitch's apartment 6

You can find more photos and source information about the Change-Up sets at Cote de Texas and the L.A. Times. If you’re looking for something I didn’t mention, check there!

Change-Up Mitch's apartment bedding

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!

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Smareis January 9, 2012 at 8:59 am

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Adam January 9, 2012 at 9:05 am

Wow, this was the most complete breakdown of a movie set I have ever seen…AWESOME. I was slightly more entertained then you were by the movie, but I would agree it didn’t come close to the promised laughs from the trailer.

I would give my left arm for Jason Bateman’s house in this movie. What a gorgeous home. All the research you did on the decorating is unbelievable, great work.

I think my favorite thing about the whole movie was Jason Bateman (as Mitch) handling the twins. I am expecting twins in June and I can only imagine how some of those scenes might play out in my house this summer…YIKES!!

Great post for a mediocre movie.

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Lisa January 18, 2012 at 8:32 am

Good luck on your upcoming arrivals! I have not seen this movie yet but now I am curious because I have (almost) 3 year old twin boys. ;-)

Ricki Jill Treleaven January 9, 2012 at 9:08 am

I paid more attention to the sets than the plot, I must admit! Super post, Julia. I love the colors in the house. I love the master suite best!

Brandon @ Southgate January 9, 2012 at 9:16 am

Love the house! I wouldn’t call it a McMansion by any stretch…

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. January 9, 2012 at 9:33 am

Proof positive that movie houses are the best!

Janice January 9, 2012 at 9:34 am

Wow. Wow. Wow. What a house. Like Brandon said, not what I would call a McMansion. And definitely not a starter home! Around here, the rich would live there. Gotta love Hollywood!

Anyway – what gorgeous eye candy. Love the backsplash, and the curtains in the kitchen. The only thing I don’t like is the big block with the outlets in it on the island.

Janet @ ordinary mom January 9, 2012 at 9:42 am

OMG! I totally agree. I could not get over how CRUDE the movie was and had to fast forward a lot of it to get through. And I thought I was safe watching the “Theatrical Version”. I don’t ever want to know how bad the other version was.

Loved that kitchen tile though. And the kid’s desk. So sweet!

Des January 9, 2012 at 9:56 am

Loved this house….wish I could live there!!! LOL
Have a great week :o)
~Des

Jennifer January 9, 2012 at 10:00 am

Hi Julia, it’s the first time I write you because it’s one of my resolutions about this new year, dedicate more time to the things I like, and decoration and houses are appealing stuff to me. (I write you on the twitter about your sunroom).

I saw this movie on December 25 and I was so glad my little cousin had gone by the time the rough scenes came across, and I’m 24 years old and I thought it was too hard. I loved the movie for the nice and smart message at the end and because Dave’s house of course :D

I was watching it with my boyfriend and I said: “the house is so beautiful” and he said: “Of course it is, he is a lawyer hahaha”. As soon as I saw the house I thought about your blog but I didn’t expect it this soon, thank you. I haven’t realized about the celadon details of the house, it’s so funny now that I recall that scene. My favorite rooms were the kitchen and the bahtroom. About Ryan Reynolds’ Bachelor Pad it’s not my style at all, I felt stressed about all those colors and the lack of sunlight. Not my style at all, I like more big and family houses :D

Kristen @ More Than Mulberries January 9, 2012 at 10:01 am

I’m so glad you posted this! We started this movie the other night and had to turn it off after 10 minutes – way too vulgar for my taste. But I wanted to see more of that amazing house! Thanks for saving my eyes and ears and skipping to the good stuff – the set design!

Belinda January 9, 2012 at 10:11 am

In the end, the movie had a good storyline as you said BUT I found this movie to be extremely tacky and not done well. The sets were great though! Thanks for the post.

Karena January 9, 2012 at 10:23 am

I love the home, probably won’t see the movie, as I am not into potty humor either.

Wow Julia, The details like the window-seats, the fabrics, those gorgeous floors! I am glad you knew where the Master bedding is from, that was going to be a question? Beautiful! The entire master suite is wonderful!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

kristina January 9, 2012 at 10:37 am

This is so funny! I had the exact same feelings about the movie – too crude for my taste, but loved the house. Thanks for all of the pictures.

Amy Button January 9, 2012 at 10:53 am

I love the white house, the bathroom the kitchen! Thanks for posting the pictures, it’s great eye candy :)

Wendy January 9, 2012 at 12:28 pm

I’m in the minority, but I didn’t love that house. Too generic for me. Despite the beautiful finishes, it’s a McMansion.

Jillian@TheHumbleGourmet January 9, 2012 at 12:31 pm

That house is incredible, but I always have to wonder how realistic it is that certain characters can afford the homes they live in.

hookedonhouses January 9, 2012 at 1:52 pm

He’s a high-powered attorney and she’s an architect, so in this case, it wasn’t too unrealistic, I guess. I did wonder how Ryan’s character could afford such a cool loft when he seems to be mostly unemployed, though!

Madison May 8, 2012 at 1:09 pm

hi can you help me out??
I have been searching for Ryan’s bedspread from his loft in this movie and cant find it anywhere! Do you know where I could get my hands on it??!!
thanks,
madison taylor

hookedonhouses May 8, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Sorry, if I didn’t mention it in the post, I don’t know anything about it.

Aryn January 9, 2012 at 12:49 pm

I loved that house, especially the kitchen/family room area. But I agree – the movie wasn’t so great. I was really disappointed because the cast is fantastic!

Nichole@40daysof January 9, 2012 at 3:01 pm

What I noticed the most when we watched the movie was the insane amount of short curtains. I’m still not a fan, but I can see that they are coming back. For the most part, I wish they would stay back in the sixties. :)

Molly @thewaffler January 9, 2012 at 3:01 pm

I actually really like the floral curtains in the kitchen , but I do not like those drawer pulls (I know, I know I’m being totally picky:). The built-in china cabinet is also very pretty, but would give me heart failure if I actually had one in my own house with my own kids.

For a very different kind of house, you might want to check out Spa House, which I’m featuring on my blog today.

Katie January 9, 2012 at 3:07 pm

So glad you featured this movie! I agree with you completely about the gross out humor, but kept my eyes glued to the screen so I wouldn’t miss any shots of the house. :) Thanks!

Becky January 9, 2012 at 3:46 pm

I know this is supposed to be about the house.. but for mee. I wouldn’t get upset looking at a tent.. as long as Jason Bateman was in the tent!

Lisa T. January 9, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Love the kitchen! Sorry Julia, I even love the counter tops. Love the window treatments. It’s a lot of white for me, but I really love this house.

Anne C. January 9, 2012 at 4:22 pm

If this is their starter house, I would love to know what their “forever” house is going to look like!! Thanks for posting- it was fun to look at these pics. Love the kitchen! And, since you mentioned it in the post, I am going to make another plea for the house in “Knocked Up”– my dream house!

Erin January 9, 2012 at 5:17 pm

I love that you brought up the part about her favorite color being celadon. That was my favorite scene…I laughed so hard! Their home is great though, I loved all the fabrics and rugs! I did wonder how the other guy could afford such a cool loft though!

beachmum January 9, 2012 at 6:01 pm

I saw the movie a while back and found there was waaay too much toilet/crude humor for my taste. I, too, however liked it for the sets. Wish I could furnish a house like that! Thanks for posting this!

Kim January 9, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Thanks for telling me about the crude humor so I won’t bother watching this movie. I’m one of those people that can’t stand gross humor in anything.

What a gorgeous house. I wish I could live in a starter home like this.

What’s with that big block of outlets on the island? It’s in such a weird spot and takes up lots of space.

jodi from new jersey January 9, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Wow, that is a gorgeous home! Only in the movies could that be a “beginner home”. I love that hutch with the blue and white plates. There’s really no other blue in the house, yet it fits.I guess blue and white is a classic. I have to loosen up my matchy -matchy thinking and take a chance. Thanks for a fun post.

Becky @ Farmgirl Paints January 9, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Haven’t seen that movie yet. Loved the dining room chairs and kitchen tile. The bachelor pad was cool. Very grunge. Really liked his comforter.

Laura @ Hollywood Housewife January 9, 2012 at 9:35 pm

I have that blue and white John Robshaw bedding! Only we kept the flip side (it’s brown and blue) facing up, which has a more Indian vibe. I love his blankets because they are the softest and the perfect weight.

Great movie post, as usual.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy... January 10, 2012 at 7:16 am

I like the apartment. Awesome floors.

Mary January 10, 2012 at 8:55 am

Beautiful house – I could look at this for hours – love the British fabrics used – I want those curtains in my kitchen!
mary x

Jessica January 10, 2012 at 10:01 am

I don’t watch that type of movie, as I am a “fuddy duddy”. ;-) However I enjoyed your home tour! Beautiful house. Too bad about the crudeness of the movie. Give me old fashioned humor anytime. :-)

A.Men January 10, 2012 at 11:56 am

Too colorful and too bland. Good post. Like the sources given.

Allison Hasel January 10, 2012 at 1:59 pm

I was totally going to ask you to do a feature on this house, but was way too embarrassed! Their house was awesome, but the movie was definitely a bit crude! I don’t mind some gross humor, but most of the really crude stuff wasn’t funny. I LOVED the line about celadon – that had me cracking up. I enjoyed the green tile in the kitchen as well. Thanks for the great post! :D

Jamie@NoPlaceLikeVermontHome January 10, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Wow! LOVE that house…this post is enticing me to rent the movie!

Lydia January 10, 2012 at 10:40 pm

Does anyone have make of the kitchen cabinet hardware?

hookedonhouses January 11, 2012 at 9:01 am

Check those links I gave in the post to the other articles. They have more source info in them that might include the hardware.

Lindab January 11, 2012 at 2:02 am

Had to rent it to see the awesom house ( and blue and yellow are not mt fave deco colors) but it worked for me. My question is, why the constant filth and nudity. Could have been a great movie.

Nita January 11, 2012 at 5:08 am

I think that’s MY granite in the kitchen, and no, I am not happy with it at all. Shows everything and hard to keep shiny.

Tiffany January 11, 2012 at 10:41 am

I saw the movie last weekend. I loved Dave’s house! It was traditional with a twist. totally my style. So light and bright. Mitch’s loft gave me anxiety. So much stuff!

le@third January 12, 2012 at 5:32 am

love that blue bed – isn’t it amazing :) le xox

Liz January 13, 2012 at 1:26 pm

I live in metro-Atlanta and this house is only five minutes from my home. It’s in an area called Buckhead and the houses are amazingly spectacular and incrediby expensive. It’s surprising if a house goes for less than $600,000. The more lavish ones are around $1 million and up. The most interesting part to me is this house is on the same street as the house in “Life As We Know It”.

Jade February 7, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Thank you for blogging about this house.
My husband and I watched this movie together and I hated it but I loved the white house!!! Now I can copy the designs without having to watch that awful movie again!!!

Miss Charming February 8, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Love the traditional set! So beautiful.

Iris February 12, 2012 at 2:04 am

Hi,
I LOVED the bedroom in this movie and am dying to get that bed + table lamps.
Does anyone know where are they from ??

Thanks,
Iris

Madison May 8, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Everyone is apparently interested in the blue bedroom set but where on earth can i find Ryan Reynolds’ bead spread from ThE change Up????!! I’ve been searching all day and I’ve found nothing. please help me out people!

Audrey July 26, 2012 at 9:38 pm

Madison,
When I first saw this movie I would have bet money that I knew Ryan Reynold’s bedspread was an anthropologie piece. Looking into them tonight, this is what I thought I saw in the movie. I know it’s not the exact one, but very very close. Hope it helps :)

http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/home-bedding-quilts/993026.jsp

hookedonhouses July 26, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Thanks, Audrey!

Marilyn June 15, 2012 at 5:26 pm

I disagree with your review of the movie. I thought it was Hysterical.!! Could have done without so much of the cussing, but I thought it was good. I laughed outloud several times and also thought it had a good ending.
Now, the set – it was fabulous!! Love the house, the decor, everything.
But especially the bedding in the master suite. So glad I thought to google it so I could find out how to purchase it.
Have a great day.
Marilyn

cameron June 24, 2012 at 4:25 pm

I’m on board with madison. I need that bed spread that Mitch had…coolest thing on the planet.

Tara June 28, 2012 at 12:53 pm

I would like to know where I can get the bed that is in Jason Batemans house.

hookedonhouses June 29, 2012 at 11:01 am

I get asked that a lot, but I’m afraid I have no idea. Check out the links to other articles–maybe they have the info.

Tigard Garage Doors August 2, 2012 at 11:54 am

AWESOME. I was slightly more entertained then you were by the movie, but I would agree it didn’t come close to the promised laughs from the trailer.

ginny December 7, 2012 at 11:29 pm

Would you have a picture of the walk in closet in the house in the movie The Change Up?

Mike O. April 3, 2013 at 11:31 pm

I loved this movie! For the house, for the crude humor, for Jason Bateman who is hilarious in almost everything, and for Leslie Mann (my dream wife)! But getting back to the house, there was a quick shot of the kitchen “area”, not exactly sure where, that showed a coffered ceiling with white wood detail and the “inset” ceiling portions painted a light blue (almost the color that is typically used on the underside of a beadboard porch ceiling). Is there any way to get a picture of that coffered ceiling? I would rather not rent the movie if I don’t have to, having seen it probably 20 times on the movie channels (and of course now it’s not on anymore!) Thanks!

hookedonhouses April 4, 2013 at 6:50 am

I don’t have the movie so I can’t snap any more screenshots (I rented it from Netflix). Sorry!

Sheila August 14, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Hello,
does anyone know where the duvet cover from Ryan Reynold’s apt. is from?
Thanks!

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