A couple of weeks ago, while my husband was out of town on business, I watched the latest Nancy Meyers film, The Intern, starring Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro. I wasn’t expecting a piece of cinematic excellence (which is why I didn’t watch it with my significant other – he’s kind of a snobby cinephile – but let’s not tell him that I said that….), but I was hoping for an energizing story about a powerful working mom and her golden aged intern/life coach. Something that, as a working mom in a CEO role, I could relate to. Unfortunately, I was overwhelmingly underwhelmed by the plot line and character development, despite the great actors.
But it wasn’t a total loss….
I was entranced by the movie’s sets! Particularly the home of Anne Hathaway’s character, Jules. It was love at first sight…or site, in this case. This shouldn’t have come as a surprise – all Nancy Meyers films have exceptional backdrops (Father of the Bride, Something’s Gotta Give, The Holiday…).
The first time the camera rolled on Jules’ brownstone, I wanted in! From the large windows, to the beautiful plaster work and pocket doors, the real star of this film became clear. Forget witty dialog and engaging emotional scenes for Anne Hathaway – the home was Jules. The home was the movie. I wanted to pull up a stool and enjoy a cup of coffee at that beautiful kitchen island.
Of course, this home also screams “Mara!” Welcoming, kid-friendly, a blend of antique and modern, and perfect for entertaining? Hello. If you’ve read Entertaining Family before, then you know that this is my kind of space.
The kitchen, in particular, made me swoon. The balance of ornate detailing – the fireplace, crown molding, faucet fixtures – with clean modern lines – the range hood, counters, and rugged open shelving – was really appealing. But what truly made me fall in love with the space was the little table next to the island, and the kids artwork displayed behind the fridge. To me, nothing says “family” like the blending of generations in a home. The set designers got it right!
There is one other reason I responded so strongly to this kitchen. We’re embarking on a remodel of our own in a few short weeks. To say that I am excited is an understatement. Our 1896 Victorian home is ready for a new kitchen! We will be documenting the project on Entertaining Family – you can expect some era-appropriate styling mixed with sleek modern touches. There will be a colorful tile back splash, a farmhouse sink, and some great light fixtures (to name a few of the updates). Who knows. Nancy Meyers may want our home to be her next amazing backdrop.
Hmmm…maybe I was too critical of The Intern…..
In the end, the biggest take away from the movie was this: having a seemingly perfect career and perfect home does not ensure a perfect life. Those things are extensions of us, but they aren’t what is most important. Cultivating loving relationships and strong family bonds should be what we are all focused on. Fittingly, that is what we’re all about at Entertaining Family!
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