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Builder Rekindles Inner Child

Posted in Movie Houses with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2012 by Christine Haskell

Thanks Mary for this wonderful addition to the Ghost and Mrs. Muir posts!!! I tried to look around for interior shots – what a wonderful project she undertook. I wish I could have seen it in person.

Your response to the posts on floor plans, here.

Bangor Woman has built three dollhouses, the latest: The Ghost And Mrs. Muir

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Gull Cottage Dollhouse

Posted in Movie Houses, set design with tags , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2012 by Christine Haskell

A while ago I provided the floor plans for Gull Cottage. Here is an article on a doll house version.

“As seen in the October, 2005 issue of Doll House and Miniature Scene.
Gull Cottage from “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir” is revisited, and Dan’s portrait of Captain Gregg appears throughout the article and on the cover.”

"He took me unaware!" "My dear, since Eve picked the apple, no woman 's ever been taken entirely unawares."

“He took me unaware!”
“My dear, since Eve picked the apple, no woman ‘s ever been taken entirely unawares.”

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

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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Posted in Movie Houses with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 24, 2011 by Christine Haskell

HERRIMAN, Utah — Cute is the Walt Disney Company’s stock in trade, but there is nothing soft and cuddly about how it protects its intellectual property.

The sherbet-colored structure sits at the intersection of Meadowside Drive and Herriman Rose Boulevard here, but you don’t need directions to find it. Just look for the swarm of helium-filled balloons that the developer tied to the chimney of a house that has a gabled roof, scalloped siding and a garden hose neatly coiled next to the porch — all details taken from “Up,” the 2009 hit about an old man and his flying abode.

The house is a product of the strange obsession of one man — in this case, the son of a former governor — his connections, the film’s powerful director and a company that is trying to evaluate with more care the hundreds of requests it receives a month from people wanting to use its characters and imagery.


Movie Real Estate: Color Therapy

Posted in Movie Houses with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 9, 2010 by Christine Haskell

Great post from comparing two films

that utilize the same color scheme in their production design: monochrome grey (or grisaille). The first is Woody Allen’s lugubrious Interiors, a personal favorite; and Hitchcock’s Rear Window, everybody’s favorite.

Interiors made a strong impression on me at an early age, and its production design is indelibly etched in my memory. Geraldine Page plays Eve, a sophisticated matriarch who can only give to others through her work, the decoration of interiors. The rooms she designs are elegant, spare, precise and refined. They are also emotionally withholding and full of refusal.

Interior Grey

Eve’s own dining room in the Park Avenue apartment she moves into after her husband has left her. The room is painted grey, including the follies on the back wall, and there’s no space for other colors, clutter, passion or unwanted emotions.

More on this post, click here.

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Movie Real Estate: The Proposal

Posted in Movie Houses with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 13, 2009 by Christine Haskell

I recently saw The Proposal. The movie content was fair, and starts out in some city, with pretty standard modern cityscapes and sets. Then….the house where the magic happens. I woke up during this shot.

The house in Alaska used in The Proposal.

The house used in The Proposal.

In the movie the family is well-to-do, self-made, has impeccable taste  — but I couldn’t keep from thinking how much nicer it would have been had this place been an Inn, a school or something serving the public good. It’s not so much to do with do-gooding, but the fact that I’m tired of over-the-top-Hollywood living.

Hollywood puts the main character family in an unbelievably huge house or it’s styled way over the top (same thing happened in The Women and Father of the Bride). I get the aspirational living bit, just don’t need to be hit over the head with it. There is so much distance between the characters, sometimes they appear to run out of budget and you’ve got characters standing in front of vacant hallways or rooms off in the distance which are empty. Even if the characters are close, because of all the room and square footage they have to traverse to speak with one another, there is something hollow (to me) about the set. Or, if they are in the same room, it really is by choice, because the house is so big.

In any case, that is what I would have liked to see with this sort of property. The living quarters in a place like this would still be spectacular.

The story is set in Sitka Alaska…but the movie was actually shot in Rockport, Gloucester, and Cape Ann – areas that I used to frequent every weekend when I lived in Boston. Needless to say, I became homesick and nostalgic. Large totem poles stood tall in Dock Square and the usual storefronts and street pole banners became signs or symbols from Sitka in April 2008. But parts of the film were shot in Gloucester as well as at a private seaside mansion in Manchester. Here is a short article from a local blogger with some city transformation shots and scoopage from the set.

One thing though, ANYONE IN NEW ENGLAND can spot a “motif #1” from a mile away and I had a hard time believing the Alaska bit. Quite frankly, I went to the movie interested to see what sort of architecture or unique aspects Alaska might bring to the set.

The iconic Rockport harbor image, was prominent but transformed with a Sitka sign in place of the lobster buoys that adorn its outer wall – but I could still tell. Snow-capped “special effect” mountain peaks became the background for the otherwise sea-level town of Rockport. Meh. Enos Marine across from 51 Parker Street in Gloucester, more photos here.

Motif #1 from Rockport, dressed for Sitka Alaska

Enos Marine in Gloucester, dressed for Sitka Alaska

Rugrag noted the beautiful rugs in the film, I had thought I was the only one to pick up on that. Here two gorgeous people who have worked out the better part of a year to look completely ripped on top of one another – and here I am staring at the rug! I’m so glad to know I’m not the only one who gasped (at the knot count and beautiful color combination). Here isa  little excerpt from the RugRag:

The first rug appears in Sandra Bullock’s characters office. It seems to be a hand knotted Modern design rug.  It could be a machine made carpet, although many of these are hand knotted in Nepal. The rug looks fairly large, perhaps in the 12’x15′ range. These Nepal design rugs are often earth toned, with subtle designs that may have a modern or abstract motif to them. Most commonly these types of rugs are often available in 60 or 100 knot, which indicates KPSI. For a 12’x15′ rug of this type you could expect to pay anywhere from $1500 for a machine made up to or even exceeding $14,000 for a hand knotted. We wonder if this office is what John Thain’s office looked like?

Rugs from The Proposal: City Rug

The second rug we came across was from when Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock are at a house in Alaska. The two fall onto the floor and land on what appears to be a Peshawar.  The earth tone colors and simplistic, loosely drawn design are all typical of a peshawar, which sometimes borrow from antique Mahal and Sultanabad rugs in and around the 4th quarter 19th century.The abrash seen on the rug could have to do with the use of hand spun wool.

Rugs from The Proposal: Makeout scene

I love-love-loved the bedroom. Everything about the set design expressed the back story of the characters beautifully: self-made, not professionally designed but thoughtfully styled.

A too-dark photo of the bedroom

A too-dark photo of the bedroom

Look at the chair, that is a piece that looks as if it was probably the subject of much marital debate, and came with the groom. It was never recovered, because that is his chair. And the beautiful stone fireplace (I have a thing for fireplaces). If only it could talk – about all the conversations it heard…

Bedroom: full view of fireplace

Bedroom: full view of fireplace

Bedroom shot with bed.

Bedroom shot with bed.

Awkward moment with a mom (and I don’t care how cool she is) standing next to couple in the morning – Hm. BUT, I loved this room for the male-female mixture of textures. The silk-covered sofa at the foot of the leather bed, the stone fireplace and wooden accent table – all my favorite materials! The rug of course, pulled everything together wonderfully.

Bedshot front view.

Bed shot front view, beautiful silk material.

The only thing professional looking about this shot is the symmetryof the lamps. In real life, I probably would have had two different ones, but only because I’ve not decorated for two yet, and only need one side of the bed to be lit.


Got some interesting questions on the fireplace. In particular, the firescreen pictured below (photo from IMDB).

Iron firescreen with leafy pattern.

I didn’t find an exact match, and honestly hadn’t considered firescreens much because (sadly) I do not have a fireplace (yet). I did, however find some lovely modern ones here. Custom fireplace screens might be had here. Personally, I liked the one photo’d below, which is an architectural vent, from a Baltimore, MD bank, converted to a fire screen (for a mere $4800). Photo from center 44. I do love clever re uses of found objects. I have a maple Catholic collection plate from the  40s as my entry way key collector.

Architectural vent, from a Baltimore, MD bank, converted to a fire screen. ($4800)

More information about the house and set from the NYT.

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Movie Real Estate: Where In Real Life…is this?

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

So…yet another film where I completely by passed the leading man (whom if he became available I would drop everything) and fell in love (again) with a house in Rhode Island. It was a green, three story home, all wood interior, lots of book cases, in/outdoor shower (for those long days playing touch football outside), and have a very warm, lived in living room and kitchen.

The house is available for rent here for a *gulp* fee of $6k per week.

Some photos:

Spare Bedroom

Spare Bedroom

Love the light in these rooms. They beg for an afternoon nap after an early morning swim. Bed clothese likely from solid New England companies: LL Bean being a favorite of these rental homes.

Living Room (note Stone Fireplace)

Living Room (note Stone Fireplace)

Love the living room here. The hearth is warm an inviting, the wicker chairs a classic “been here forever” look. I’m marveling at the space here, you can practically throw a square dance – or at least a healthy game of Twister.

Stairway, warm wood interior

Stairway, warm wood interior

Love the staircase here. Perfect for little ones pearing through and spying on the long, drawn out conversations of the adults catching up after a long year.

And...another view of those stairs

And...another view of those stairs

The warm wood in this home is really appealing. I like the look of exposed, aged beams.

Claw foot tub

Claw foot tub

I mean really, there is no woman out there who doesn’t appreciate a claw foot tub. One of my friends said to me once, “I would be in the bathtub all the time, if my legs would fit in it.” I realize we are all in a conservative phase right now in terms of consuming resources, however, a deep bathtub should really be a minimum luxury everyone should have an opportunity to enjoy. Work is hard enough for crying out loud!

It was filmed in Rhode Island in the cities of Newport, East Greenwich, West Greenwich, Jamestown, Westerly, and Providence in November and December 2006. The opening scene was filmed at Seven Stars Bakery in Providence. However, the facade of the building and the interior are altered. When Dan is pulled over by the Newport Police, he is on Ocean Ave. in Newport. In scenes filmed in Jamestown, two bridges are clearly visible: the Jamestown Bridge and its replacement, the Jamestown-Verrazzano Bridge. Demolition of the Jamestown Bridge was initiated on April 18, 2006.

In researching Dan In Real Life, I happened upon an interesting trend: tours related to the experiences of the movie. I had seen this phenom with Sex In The City where bus tours of over make up’d, 4+-inch heel-wearing women are shuttled from one vapid cocktail destination to another – the  offering seems rather cultish to me.

However, this offering seems a little more down to earth and within reach – if you are looking to emulate a sort of life style that seems unapproachable for most. Namely getting along with your family for more than 4 straight days, in a beautiful home where people gracefully rotate to cook the meals, and get up early to work out together – um, this isn’t my family per say…but I can see the romance in the idea. I think if Liz could guarantee that I would  somehow, bump into (through some sort of “pre-arranged happenstance”) the perfect guy at that bookshop AND he be THE ONE, I might be up for the idea of doing one of these tour-things. As it is, I’ll stick with real life.

Dan In Real Life

Dan In Real Life

One of the residual perks of all the moviemaking going on in Rhode Island these days is that even after the filmmakers decamp for Hollywood, you can have a hands-on experience with the places you’ve seen on screen.

So now you can bowl at the very place Steve Carell and Juliette Binoche bowled in Dan in Real Life.

You can visit the site of the bookstore where Dan and Marie, the characters they play, first met.

You can hang out at the bakery where Dan pulled his daughter away from her new boyfriend at the start of the film.

You can even stay in the secluded Jamestown house where the whole Burns clan gathered in the movie.

The eight-bedroom house, called Riven Rock, is available for rent from June through September, according to Liz Brazil, the Realtor who showed the house to the moviemakers more than once, helped make the deal with Disney and now is the exclusive agent for it.

She wouldn’t quote prices, nor even say exactly where the house, built in 1911, is located, except that it is on a secluded road and looks out over the West Passage of Narragansett Bay. One of the reasons the filmmakers liked the house, besides its rustic lived-in look, is that it was off the beaten path, away from the prying eyes of folks who might want to catch a glimpse of moviemaking in action. The filmmakers also looked at other houses — from Misquamicut to Little Compton — “but finally the mood of the house won over the director.” Complete Article

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