Our favourite movie sets
I just saw Woody Allen's Match Point and was blown away by the lead couple's Thamesfront loft. It's not palatial -- in fact, it's a fairly minimalist space dotted with a handful of striking modern art pieces, but it boasts one particularly amazing feature -- the jaw-dropper of a location. A panoramic glass wall offers a breathtaking view across the river to the Houses of Parliament and the city skyline. Makes me want to drop everything and catch the next flight into Heathrow.
-- Brett Walther, Assistant Design Editor
The Sound of Music and The Thin Man
The Sound of Music has been a favourite movie since I was a child, and I would listen to the soundtrack over and over on my grandma's hi-fi. I love the grand staircase from which the children sing their goodnight. But the best features of the Von Trapp home are the terrace and the gazebo -- lovely outdoor spaces and oh so romantic! As well, my friend Tracy and I agree that any set with a martini cart -- like The Thin Man -- is at the top of our list. We wish we hadn't missed out on the age of cocktails and art deco furniture!
-- Julia Armstrong
The Little Princess
This movie for adults and kids features traditional and exotic decors (haute Raj), as well as humour and suspense -- in other words, something for everyone.
-- Denise Barnard, Senior Editor
This might sound a bit strange, but some of the décor and architecture in The Shining is totally amazing. Mostly, you see the hotel in its splendour at the beginning of the movie. Just goes to show what's on my mind -- Jack Nicholson is slowly going crazy and I'm wondering who designed the carpet.
-- Tamara Robbins, Associate Design Editor, Style at Home
This Cole Porter bio-pic has delicious sets. In real life, some of Porter's homes were decorated by Billy Baldwin, and American designer who's a legend in the biz -- and someone whom I worship. I have Billy Baldwin's book that features the Cole Porter New York apartment so seeing the movie was like seeing the look come to life. Baldwin's character is even introduced toward the end of the movie.
Pride and Prejudice
This new edition of the movie features some of the most gorgeous estates in England, including Chatsworth. The scene when Elizabeth Bennet rushes in to interrupt the breakfast of Miss Bingly and Mr. Darcy is incredible. That room's architecture makes my heart skip a beat. But even the Bennett home is fabulous -- especially the scenes when the whole family is seated around the table eating breakfast.
-- Margot Austin, Senior Design Editor
I recently saw Ocean's Twelve. The renowned and talented thief Francois Toulour lives in a magnificent villa on Italy's Lake Como. I daydreamed about the centuries-old architecture and the breathtaking view of this villa for days after I saw the film. Ah, la bella vita!
-- Natalie Bahadur, Online Editor