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You Asked, I Listened…The Ghost & Mrs. Muir Cottage Floor Plan

Posted in movie houses, houses in movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 9, 2012 by Christine Haskell, PhD

It amazes me how interested people are in this movie, the memorabilia of this movie and the infamous house.

Mary Casey of Colorado sent this in…the floor plan from the house from in the pilot of the TV show. The house is located in Montecito, CA. They added the Widow’s Walk, the stone lions, and the ship’s wheel on the balcony outside the master cabin.

She went on to tell me “If you are a fan of the show, the differences are easy to spot – the biggest being the real house in CA has 8 steps that lead up to the front porch, where the TV house had two steps and a wide porch that goes around the whole outside of  the house.”

60 Olive Mill Road, Montecito, CA
Here is the youtube link when the house went up for sale.
May confessed:
I think I first saw this film when I was about… maybe 12 or 13.   I saw the TV show first, loved it, especially the ghost, and my mother told me the show was based on the movie, that was based on the book. Of course back then (1970!) there were no VCRs or DVD’s, but I happened to look in the TV Guide and found out that it was running on some afternoon movie channel during the week.

I cannot tell a lie – at that point in my life, my mother was divorced and raising four of us, and sometimes we had babysitters, and sometimes not.  I actually faked sick to stay home and see the movie!   Loved it, in a whole different way than the TV show, but did think it was rather sad that he left her, and didn’t come back until she died.  Then I found the book, in paperback (now a collector’s item!) and read that, and was relieved to know that in the book he left, but came back years before she died.

Tell us when you first saw The Ghost and Mrs. Muir…

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Movie Real Estate: Gotta Have…that kitchen!

Posted in Movie Houses with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 5, 2009 by Christine Haskell, PhD

From Something’s Gotta Give….

 I watched this movie with a friend and have to say, I didn’t see the movie: I saw the house. My heart quickened, I actually felt it skip a beat, when I saw the set.

The pallette, the colors, the general aesthetic: all things I love. I missed Jack completely (not that I fell into his target demographic) – and fell for the house. Loved the bright, beachy artwork throughout, the choice in fabrics – everything. Check out that Swedish grandfather clock along the wall!

Apparently, they shipped 3,000 books from New York’s Strand Book Store to fill the home – to reflect that a writer or lover of books lived there. It’s these facts that remind me “no one really lives like this,” which is (I believe) the same as “no man or woman really has perfect abs.” Same thing. Of course, that doesn’t stop me from pining over the set design.

The Living Room

The Living Room

For Something’s Gotta Give, director Nancy Meyers asked set decorator Beth Rubino to create a substantial Hamptons house for Diane Keaton, who plays a substantial Manhattan playwright whose daughter is having an affair with Jack Nicholson—until chest pains turn his heart up-side down in more ways than one. Forced to recuperate in the guest room of his girlfriend’s mother’s beach retreat, Nicholson finds that his unexpected infirmary is as big a player as those who inhabit it.

“The house had to reflect Diane’s character, who is a very successful, accomplished New York playwright in her mid-50s,” says Meyers. She is also a divorcée, following a 20-year marriage, who built her Hamptons house as “a gift to herself—no compromises—just her total vision of a peaceful life. Naturally, it’s a different mind-set than that of a woman who has been single or is part of a couple. There was no chance, for instance,” she chuckles, “that she was going to put a double sink in the bathroom.” Nor, for that matter, include an office. “The desk in her bedroom signifies she’s romantically shut down, in a stage of life where nothing’s going to be going on in the bedroom, so why not have a desk?” Complete article: Architectual Digest

The 2003 comedy “Something’s Gotta Give” starred Oscar-winning legends Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson. But for lots of moviegoers, the most memorable role was played by the house, especially its big, light-filled kitchen.

Another take on this theme….

The airy, shingled Hamptons beach house is walled with windows and built-in bookcases. The rooms are open, the furniture slipcovered and the walls and fabrics awash in creamy blues, whites and tans. The kitchen gleams with white glass-front cabinets, vintage hardware, a commercial-style range and dark soapstone counters. Complete Articla: Washington Post


Production Design by Jon Hutman/Set Decoration by Beth Rubino


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