• July 25, 2011


    Seeing something on the screen and translating it to an actual interior is tricky! When you shoot a movie there are often just backdrops, and occasional rooms that are being styled to create the perfect shot.  Talented set designers trick you in to believing a scene is part of the house, but it might just be a backdrop in a whole other shooting location.  So piecing together an actual design for a home from the movie Mamma Mia I had to take some serious artistic license! I imagined what it could look like, and I had to “clean” it up as the movie interiors were dreamy, but a bit too “shabby” to suit daily life.

    So perhaps if you had  Greek Island home your entry would look like this…(this is today’s launch e-mail blast)


    (Don’t forget to grab the discount code off the suitcase.)

    Inside I’ve sourced a slew of products for the rooms that are not exactly what was in the movie but that gives you the same feeling.

    I studied the movie endlessly.

    The set designer drew this original rendering of what they thought the master bedroom should look like. Pretty cool!

    Original movie rendering

    Then they set their idea in to action and created what we all fell in love with.

    Here are some movie stills from the master bedroom.

    Image Mamma Mia

    Meryl Streep with her “daughter” in her lap.

    Surrounded by lavender blue walls and a sea or red and white fabrics and carpets.

    Image Mamma Mia

    I had to come up with what the rest of the room looked like, and had to select furniture that would work and that I loved. So my rendering is a bit different…

    It’s toned down. I created a design that can be used in a house, or apartment — not necessary a country house in the Greek Islands.

    Water colors by Erika Ericsdotter.


    Then a printable mood board with design advice on how to pull the room together.


    Here’s the movie set rendering for the kitchen…can you imagine what an amazing country kitchen they had planned?

    Original movie rendering

    The kitchen appeared a few times in the movie….Remember Pierce Brosnan singing? And “Dancing Queen”?

    It had a beige/gold wall.

    I reimagined it in a more modern setting. And selected some pieces that can easily fit anywhere in an eat in kitchen.

    Water color by Erica Eriksdotter.


    A selection of painted pieces that conveys the look enough!

    Here is the printable mood board from the site.


    You can hop over and take a look at the rest of the rooms. Everything is live on LiveLikeYou today.

    I’ve been wanting to interpret movie interiors with a usable guide for people to create in their homes for a long time.  I have a long line of TV shows and movie’s with interiors that left me swooning planned for LLY.

    If you have a favorite movie interior or TV show set you love, please let me know!!

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  • July 18, 2011


    Did you see the Mamma Mia movie a couple of years ago?  IF NOT WATCH IT!!

    I fell in love with the bohemian interiors and that beautiful Greek Island. Ever since I saw it I’ve wanted to design a place like that.  A lot of times I go to the movies and fall in love with the interiors as much as the movie.  This time I’ve designed a look inspired by the Greek island retreat that Meryl Streep sang and danced her way through. It will be added to LiveLikeYou next Monday on 7/25. I wanted a space that would alter the emotions of the person living there the second they entered their home.  In short the way we should all live…in a way that moves our senses.

    The colors, and the relaxed bohemian vibe with the glittering blue ocean outside is contagious.  Set designers really know how to create a mood for the scene. They really know how much interiors really reveal about the person living in them.

    The movie was full of the much talked about Josef Frank’s textiles from Swedish Tenn.

    Every fabric is a master piece.

    Since you only catch glimpses of parts of rooms in the movie I’ve created my imaginary version of what they could look like.

    I’ve sourced furniture that I think would work in an island inspired feminine bohemian space.

    A painted four poster wood bed…a carved white mirror with distressed finish.

    I’ve mixed in some shell chandeliers even though not in the movie, but again it’s an interpretation of the look.

    The entire movie was so uplifting and free spirited – it was hard not to walk out of the theater smiling and singing.

    Cotton carpets.

    Interlaced painted chairs.

    Colorful painted, chipped country pieces.

    This settee I always loved, but haven’t been able to find one like it, unless I design a vintage one.

    But instead I’ve reinterpreted it with this one..

    A pretty yellow country settee, perhaps in the foyer.

    Basically just an unpretentious family friendly look.

    The whole point is to make the person living in it feel like Meryl Streep when she looks out the window…..

    ..like you’re gazing out at a beautiful island paradise.

    What are some of your favorite movie interiors?

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  • October 7, 2010


    I saw a movie that I can’t get out of my head….well if I’m really honest I can’t get the interiors out of my head. Rarely have I seen an interior that I was so amused and intrigued by. If you haven’t seen the French movie “Coco & Igor” rent it this weekend, even if you just watch the interiors. I know..I’m BAD. When Coco brings the Russian conductor and his family out to stay at her country estate, they’re hoping to be greeted by warm country interiors. They are in shock when they approach her very graphic ONLY black and white country home…inside and out.

    While Coco and Igor are falling in love, I’m falling in love with the doors! Everything in the house is severe and outlined in black. Just like a perfect Chanel jacket. White walls with black outlines, almost like a cartoon, yet terribly chic. I never thought to do an interiors like that before. But the problem is now I need a room like this.

    Coco gets in to a hot and heavy affair with the married conductor. And I’m in love with the cool black and white wall patterns.

    The wife is very upset! She’s sensing something is up..and her stupid guest room is only black and white!! She desperately tries to give it some color by hanging a scarf on the wall. Having no appreciation for Chanel’s outlined, defined interiors. I feel bad for her, but I’m busy checking out the cool mix of black and white patterns.

    Coco lounges in the chic stair case that is so…Chanel. She designs like she dresses.

    It doesn’t matter what room they’re trying to hide their affair in….the hallways, bathrooms you name it, all have a perfect black and white, perhaps tan pattern. The actors are excellent, the story interesting, but I really need to see the exact colors in this pattern.

    They’re now hot and heavy. But the carpet steals the show. Where can I get one like that?

    She is getting a bit tired of him now…. They’re in the bathroom, it’s white with…you guessed it, black borders and trim. She is mad. He doesn’t appreciate her as an “artist”, calls her a merchant. What a FOOL!!! Open your eyes philandering DUDE!! Only an artist would think these interiors up.

    I love that door! Coco loves his piano playing. Good stay there for a while so I can check out the wall. No disrespect, but step to the right please so I can get a good look.

    Someone’s style transfers to interiors.

    Perhaps she is the one? The one who inspired all the black and white graphics in design…?

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  • March 5, 2010


    Anyone seen Butterfield 8?  It’s one of those movies where the interiors are so amazing it distracts me from the story, and after a few minutes I find myself obsessively studying the background instead of listening to the dialogue. Doesn’t mean the movie is not great, everything is just so icy blue and white and “blingy” and chic in the apartment!


    Even her lipstick writing on the mirror is elegant…



    Impossibly chic just to leave the house…



    The pale blue 70′s phone with the antique gold and white lamp…



    I love the perfect colors of her coats in the closet. Beige, ivory,pale gray and brown fur.  These colors would make a perfect room! I have to design a look on LiveLikeYou inspired by this film.  Below are some images that could be  a modern day version of this movie.


    Interior design: Robin Karp above and below




    What a great idea to paint chevron pattern in pale blue and white. A bathroom designed by Mary Mc Donald. And below her well documented office. Very Butterfield 8!



    Interior design:  Christina Murphy Interiors



    Brown, turquoise and white – a great combination.



    Didn’t Domino magazine say if this outfit was a room…


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