A few weeks ago I found myself on an overcrowded, early-morning flight from JFK to Heathrow. I was sleep deprived, suffering with really bad PMT, and super-hangry (seriously, why are the food options so bad at JFK airport?!). So I needed something to calm my bubbling rage, and thankfully Home Again was available on the in-flight entertainment.
I first watched Home Again last fall, when it was released in cinemas. It stars Reese Witherspoon, was produced by Nancy Meyers, and written and directed by Nancy’s daughter, Hallie Meyers-Shyer. (And it’s now available on DVD, if you missed it the first time around).
It’s a really cute, fun rom-com. And it’s made even better by the insanely gorgeous house that Reese Witherspoon’s character lives in!
Now, anyone who is at all familiar with Nancy Meyers’ work (It’s Complicated, The Holiday, Something’s Gotta Give, The Intern…) will know that she’s famed for her beautiful movie interiors. I regularly dream about the kitchen in It’s Complicated, and have even considered printing “When I grow up I want to live in a Nancy Meyers movie” on a poster for my home office.
But I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that the house in Home Again is more beautiful than all of the movie interiors that came before it. And, if you need convincing, here’s the full home tour…
Alice Kinney’s (Reese Witherspoon) stunning California home was created by production designer Ellen J. Brill, who has been working as a Hollywood set decorator since the early ’90s. The Spanish-style house was decorated to reflect Alice’s personality.
“Alice is a very relatable woman. She’s funny, she’s warm, she’s a mother,” explains Meyers-Shyer.
Get the look by layering scatter cushions in a mix of patterns and textures (try Anthropologie and Amara for similar styles). And bring depth into the room with wicker furniture and layered artwork (King & McGaw has a wide selection of contemporary, abstract art).
The main dining space in the Home Again house is warm and welcoming, with a classic dining set. However, the dining area in the kitchen is my preferred space, because I love how the room blends together seamlessly with the patio outside.
Get the look with this affordable and almost-identical Ikea table, and accessorise with wicker chairs and matching cushions.
One of the things I love the most about the bedroom in Home Again is that the bedside tables don’t match. I’m currently decorating my first home, and have been wondering if it’s a major faux-pas to get mismatching bedside tables. There’s something about a matching set that feels a bit too formal, for me.
Get the look at Zara Home, which has a selection of lamps in a similar style. And search around your local charity shops for blue and white china – you’ll be surprised by what you can pick up for £5!
Home Office and Entryway
I don’t actually remember the entryway or home office being featuring in the movie at all, but I love both spaces anyway. The entryway, in particular, shows that it’s easy to add warmth to white walls by accessorising with natural tones and textures.
Get the look with straw and canvas storage baskets. H&M Home has a great selection at affordable prices. And you can usually pick up similar pieces in TK Maxx too.
Garden and Guest House
And, last but not least, comes the garden and guest house. Both of which have a really tranquil feel. The majority of the outdoor furniture seen in Home Again came from Pottery Barn, and compliments the colour palette that runs throughout the home interior.
Get the look at Petersham Nurseries in Covent Garden, if you’re based in London. They sell adorable potted orange trees that will give you a taste of this stunning garden – without needing acres of outside space!
Have you seen Home Again yet? Were you inspired by the beautiful California home at the centre of the movie? And which others homes from film or TV are you obsessed with? For me the It’s Complicated, Grace & Frankie and Brothers and Sisters homes are all high on the list!
P.S. My 2015 interview with Nancy Meyers. (Spoiler alert: she was super cool!)
Photos by Amy Neunsinger