Decorating Ideas to Steal From The Year's Best Movies
The year in film offered up plenty of style inspiration, from dramatic period set pieces to iconic sartorial moments. Every space tells a story, so why not steal from the best? We’re taking a page out of our favorite Academy Award nominees to liven things up at home. Keep scrolling to shop our celluloid-inspired picks.
Set in 1950s Brooklyn, Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies stars American treasure Tom Hanks as New York lawyer turned CIA recruit James Donovan. The harrowing true tale of espionage, allies, and muddled politics takes place during the Cold War, offering up classic 1950s set pieces that would make Norman Rockwell proud. To get the look at home go for patriotic classics and midcentury finds with a clever twist (such a hidden compartment or two.)
Based on the best-selling novel by Colm Tóibín, Brooklyn stars the exquisite Saoirse Ronan as an Irish immigrant in 1950s New York caught between two romances on separate continents. We are especially enamored with the film’s throwback Coney Island moments. Sherbert hued accessories and demure sculptural midcentury invoke the same romantic ingenue appeal. We'll also be needing a proper writing desk for penning all the international paramour correspondence our hearts desire.
Easily one of the most stylish films of the year, Todd Hayne’s Carol is as unabashedly chic as it is painfully beautiful. As taboo, clandestine lovers in 1950s Manhattan, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara are impeccable. What better to channel the film’s immaculately sophisticated and restrained aesthetic than a mink-embellished chaise and bold figural art?
Rife with some of the most breathtaking and ambition sets and costumery of the year, The Danish Girl stars Eddy Redmayne and award season it-girl Alicia Vikander in the fictitious love story inspired by the life and marriage of Danish transgender artist Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Directed by Tom Hooper, the mise-en-scène is flush with aristocratic, gilded antiques, bright saffron yellows, and romanic textures.
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Quentin Tarantino’s latest Spaghetti Western auteur offering stars Kurt Russell and Samuel L. Jackson bounty hunting in the dead of a cruel Wyoming winter. High on style, the costumes are epically satisfying with a parade of ponchos and enviable millinery. Hang your hat as décor and go for wild furnishings with ample witty flair. Tarantino never shies from drama.
George Miller’s opus reboot, Mad Max: Fury Road delivered us the ultimate babe crush of the year in the way of Charlize Theron as the one-armed Imperator Furiosa. Bent on delivering a bevy of “breeder” beauties from the dystopian clutches of a tyrannical leader, the strong female leads are up against fanatical worshipers and, of course, a vagabond called Max. Get the look with muted desert tones and a bit of over-the-top steampunk accoutrement.
Everyone is still talking about that bear scene. From acclaimed director Alejandro González Iñárritu comes the revenge saga of a frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s. Filmed in grueling conditions and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy as hunting teammates turned nemesis, the look of picture is rich in hides and raw wilderness. Get the vibe with natural, masculine accessories and plenty of pelts. And also, bears.
Bryan Cranston stars as the delightfully witty and equally tenacious blacklisted screenwriter, Dalton Trumbo in Jay Roach’s McCarthy era biopic. Hollywood’s most sought after and well-paid scribe of the 1940s, channel Trumbo’s glory years with sweeping Hollywood regency vintage and iconic slices of haute L.A. history, such as Martinique’s Beverly Hills Hotel wallpaper. Trumbo was also notorious for writing in the tub, so the typewriter and cocktail pairing requires a proper shelf.
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