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It's Complicated - The Kitchen & Traditional Home

The movie, "It's Complicated" with Meryl Street, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin, to be released December 25, is partially about (yes!) the renovation of a kitchen (as well as love and divorce). A sneak peek of the kitchen is in this month's Traditional Home Holiday 2009 edition.

Set designer John Hutman notes that the kitchen (pre renovation) has "individual style." He says "it's makeshift and funky." Set decorator Beth Rubino, who also designed the set for "Something's Gotta Give, " and Hutman both studied Tuscan, California, and French kitchens to find their inspiration for the type of kitchen Meryl Streep's character, a bakery owner, would feel most comfortable in. The curtained fronts and open shelving work this theme. Interestingly, lots of creams and beiges were used to enhance the tone of Streep's complexion! I can only speculate that orange and black accents add contrast and life, respectively. The lighting fixtures tie in the stainless appliances and add a cool/warm juxtaposition to the front area of the kitchen.

I'm SO happy that Meryl Street is renovating that kitchen. Yes, it's charming. But, beyond charm, the range is situated in a very unfortunate spot just next to the wall, the hood is positioned way too high and as a baker, I'd imagine Meryl may want a lower baking surface for ergonomic reasons. Next time Hollywood wants a movie about a kitchen renovation, I have some stories that I can submit which would surely get the green light. ;)

Here are additional images from Remodelista!

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Reader Comments (13)

Susan, WHEN you come to New Orleans (not IF), I'd like your take on how to make the cafe at City Park more comforting. Right now, it's noisy and harsh and doesn't have a feeling of New Orleans to it. Yet, it's visited by passengers on tour busses all day long. I'd love to get input from a real designer on what's wrong with it and then pass those suggestions onto the management. Until then!

November 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKathy Price-Robinson

Range next to wall is soooo against building code in my area!

November 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermike

Nice post, enjoyed reading it very much. Not too sure where your area is and I'm not a buidling reg man but I thought as long as the appliance was placed against an outside wall it was fine? Maybe not.

December 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVan Marciano Art

Hi Susan,

You have a great site. Look for the Mitchell Johnson paintings (www.mitchelljohnson.com) when you're watching, It's Complicated. There are also Mitchell Johnson paintings in Nancy Meyers' other great movie, The Holiday.

January 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMitchell Johnson

hi--does anyone know where to get the asian dinning chairs?-love them!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterleslie

To Van Marciano Art:

The issue about the range placement isn't just about building codes but much more about GOOD kitchen design. Any cook would want some moving and landing room on both sides of a cooking space. The placement of that range would be a constant irritation for anyone who cooks a lot. AND, it's right next to a sink so there's little to no counter space on EITHER side of the stove. Worst idea ever!

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterZilpha

Hear, Hear Zilpha! I live in a home where the stove is against the wall and it is an absolute nightmare! Makes me want to travel the world and preach the word!

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMagawsica

I really LOVE the dining room chairs in this movie. Does anyone know who made them?

January 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSigourney

Does anyone know where I can get the wine glassed shown above? I am obsessed with them!!!

January 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbarb

There is a whole resource guide to the sets of "It's Complicated" posted on the Set Decorators Society website and is a great place to start shopping. Check it out here http://www.setdecorators.org/incEngine/?art=hotofftheset

January 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

I really need the glass and metal patio doors, similar to the kitchen window. The patio doors (they appear several times in movie, along with hallway wall of windows) have huge grids and box latch, very little metal edging. I don't even know what to call the style to search for them.

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterE

I really want to find the marble topped island in the kitchen, does anyone know where I can find it??? Please??? Thanks so much!! I loved the show...

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

Can you tell me where I can find the patio doors in the movie?

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSonia

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