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May 12th, 2011

Big Screen Inspirations

Movies are a huge style and design inspiration for me. Even if the plot isn’t great if the wardrobe and sets are, I’m pretty happy. When it comes to the style and décor of movies sometimes the smallest detail will inspire me to create a design that references that particular element. I also enjoy using a movie as a “style starting” point, encouraging me to research more about a particular era or design. To get you inspired here are 3 movies that inspire great décor and designs.


#1 The Towering Inferno: Good friends William MacDonald (celebrity designer) and Danny Sinopoli (Globe and Mail style editor) introduced me to this 1974 disaster flick. When watching this movie you’ll need to focus less on Paul Newman’s gorgeous eyes and check out the amazing 1970’s décor. From the office scenes (full of fab orange) to the ornate bedrooms (Chinoiserie meets mid-century modern) this movie is chock blocked with great décor ideas.





#2 Auntie Mame: Mid-century meets classic Hollywood regency style in this fun, action packed comedy. It was my stylish Grandmother, Mary Baka, who introduced me to Auntie Mame. I would spend Saturday mornings watching old movies with my Grandparents and the design and décor in Auntie Mame totally turned me on to interior styling and design. If you love over the top, whimsical, eclectic interiors you MUST watch this 1958 classic.




#3 The Kings Speech: This 2010 Academy Award-winning film featured the most amazing “crumbled” interiors. I love imperfections and believe that every space needs something that is a little worn out. The office featured in this movie is my ideal loft space—spars and rustic with a splash of glamour… check out that sofa!




I will post more of my favourite design movies over the next year, but please comment here, what is your favourite?

  • Posted by Ewen on May 15th, 2011, 08:07
    Favorite movies
    Gone with the wind
    Breakfast at Tiffany's
    Any other movie with Audrey Hepburn
    Sound of music
    Well there are more but my brain is not awake just yet. I'll let you know more as my memory wakes up.
  • Posted by Paupst on May 16th, 2011, 10:46
    Two more design lovelies ...
    1) Diane Keaton's beach home (21st century perfection) in 'Something's Gotta Give'.
    2) 1940's elegance in the 'Glenn Miller Story'.
  • Janette  Ewen Posted by Janette Ewen on September 15th, 2011, 00:54
    Great movies ladies:) Thanks for your response I"m going to rent Gone with the Wind, Sound of Music, Somethings Gotta Give and Glen Miller... I just watched Breakfast at Tiffany's:)
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Janette Ewen has been one of Canada’s leading décor and lifestyle experts for more than a decade, passing on her passion for design and fashion to avid fans through magazines, newspapers and television.

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