Considering how many questions I’ve gotten from readers about the Tuohy house in The Blind Side, I have a feeling it was the real star of the movie for some of you!
The Blind Side was filmed on location in Atlanta, Georgia, which doubled for Memphis, Tennessee. They shot the exteriors at one house and the interiors in another, both of which were private residences in the upscale Buckhead neighborhood. Here’s a look at both houses and how the real interiors look today!
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The Tuohy House in “The Blind Side”
The Blind Side was based on the true story of how the Tuohy family took in a homeless teenager named Michael Oher. When he showed an interest in football, Leigh Anne did everything she could to help him succeed. Long-story short: it worked! He was the first-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in the 2009 NFL draft, the same year the movie came out.
As I mentioned, only the exterior of this house was used in the movie.
The interiors were filmed inside another house nearby. This is the real exterior (not seen in the movie):
It was on the market recently, so I was able to find some interior photos that show how it looks today:
Here’s how the foyer looked onscreen (below):
According to production notes, this house was chosen because it looks like Leigh Anne Tuohy’s own home.
Leigh Anne (Sandra Bullock) laments that Michael ruined this $10,000 couch by sleeping on it:
It looks a bit small for him!
It took me a minute to figure this out, but the real Dining Room was staged as the Living Room in the film.
Here’s how it looked when the house was on the market, being used as a dining space (below):
This is the room where Michael met with recruiters:
Looking from the living room into the entry hall and up the staircase:
Leigh Anne walks through the upstairs hallway:
When they decide that Michael will live with them permanently, Leigh Anne clears out the guest bedroom for him. He tells her this is the first bed he’s ever had of his own.
The Master Bedroom:
Here’s how the bedroom looked in listing photos:
Production Designer Michael Corenblith says:
“Leigh Anne was phenomenally gracious and opened her home to our set decorator Susan Benjamin. Susan spent two days with the family, which allowed us to emulate Leigh Anne’s decorating style.”
Set decorator Susan Benjamin says:
“I wanted to create a feeling so that when Michael walks in (to the Tuohy home) for the first time, to him it looked like a palace. The fabrics that we chose were bright and warm and welcoming, but also (intended to feel) used to be intimidating to Michael, as well.”
Tim McGraw played Sean Tuohy.
Looking from the bathroom down the hall to the bedroom:
Most scenes filmed in it were close ups that made it hard to get a clear view of the kitchen.
Here’s how the kitchen looked in the 2013 listing:
The Family Room
The Family Room Today:
The Dining Room:
Production Designer Michael Corenblith says he wanted to emphasize the disparity between East Memphis, where wealthy families like the Tuohys live, and the poverty of Hurt Village, where Michael grew up on the other side of town.
The exclusive Atlanta International School and The Westminster Schools, also located in Buckhead, doubled as the private Wingate Christian School in the movie.
Remember I told you the Dining Room was turned into a Living Room onscreen?
Well, the Dining Room in the movie is used as a Living Room normally. Here’s how it looks today:
The movie was based on a book about Oher by Michael Lewis (Amazon affiliate link):
The movie came out in 2009 (affiliate link):
It’s always fun to dig into the production design and filming locations of movies like this and see how they take different houses and interiors and put them together like this, making it all look seamless.
I got some of these photos from the 2013 listing and took the rest while watching the movie. Were you a fan of the house and “Leigh Anne’s” decorating? You can see more interior photos at Patch.com and in the old listing.
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