I have tons of design books, architectural books, interior design books, etc. So while we were house hunting nearly every house we went to see, an idea from something I read would pop into my mind. With this house it was strangely enough a Film (and not a very good film at that) but a film where I fell in love with the set design. He's just not that into you! Now say want you want about the Film, but the interiors are fantastic. Set Decoration was done by K.C. Fox and Art Direction by Andrew M. Cahn.
The House that I loved was Janine (Jennifer Connelly) and Ben's (Bradley Cooper) town house. I loved everything, the colors, the furniture, the stairs, everything. When Janine walks into the finished house (about 1h42mins into the film) and looks around her finished living room my heart skips a beat. Now I wont go into great detail about the set but you can check out what Hooked on Houses and Apartment Therapy said, both sites have great screen shots from the movie.
Two of the main elements that I was really inspired by were the stairs and the frosted glass panels/shelving units reaching from the floor to ceiling through out the house.
When you walk in through the front door of our house, you walk straight into the main space, no entrance hall or long corridor just a big space, that somehow needed to be divided, that's where the frosted glass panels came in.
From my older posts you can see the big gaping hole where the stairs should be, well it starts on the top floor down to the ground floor and everything is open plan, which basically means you can see the stairs from nearly very room in the house so they had to be good.
Here are some of the inspirations we had for the stairs.
|can't remember where I got theses from, but they're not mine.|
|by Jonas Treppen-Manufaktur (www.holz-metalltreppen.de)|
|Villa Näckros Kalmar, Suède (Photo: James Silverman)|