Thursday, September 22, 2011

Pajama Party!!!

I am so excited to be going to a pajama party tonight.
 My friend Donna at A Life Reclaimed is having a few of us over for a party...
a bloggy sleep over!
Donna and her husband have been refurbishing her grandmothers old house for a long time now and they have finally gotten to the kitchen. Many decisions have to be made now and Donna needs a little input from her peeps. Much of her inspiration comes from movie sets and designs...
 so she has invited us over for an all nighter
and we are all bringing treats and our all time favorite 
"house set design" movie. We will be showing our movies and discussing why and what inspires us about each movie. Sound fun?
I think so...  
the party starts now so drop in and say hello, 
we have plenty of treats to share.

 I have my jammies...

I have treats...

Dark Chocolate and...

Let's get this party started...
ok... anybody up for a makeover?

Now that we all have new hairdo's, eaten our fill and refilled our wine glass... I'll put my movie on!

My all time favorite... set design movie is...

If Donna wants kitchen inspiration... this has got to be it!
This IS the bomb...
This movie has so many elements on so many different levels that speak to me, I can't even list them all. From the house to the garden to the conservatory to the storefront.
I am going to let the pictures speak for me but I do want to
include a little movie tidbit. 
I was involved with this movie in a very tiny aspect, as I sold some of the movie props to them. During the time of the filming I had my large shop, Simply Posh and had been selling to different movie and commercial productions.  For this movie I remember selling a lot of apothecary, old bottles, cloches and fabrics. So not only did this movie influence my design pallet but I like to think a small (very small) part of me influenced the movie. 
Drum roll pleeeease.

This movie even starts out with a cool little moss covered cabin...

...and then it just gets better and better.

Ladies I give you my dream house...

The gardens

This over grown garden that has an element of out of control and yet that beautiful I have been here a hundred years look... is right up my alley yard.

I even loved the garden hats and costume design

This shot is from Victoria magazine

The Conservatory
(where I had a lot of my stuff)

The Kitchen

I love the doors in this house

The open cabinetry and glass with the white just looks like jewels 
I love the old wood with the painted white.  Can you see that sink... love it!

The dark cabinets with the white is such a beautiful design element... that old mixture

The creamy tiles over this fabulous stove is such a great focal point not to mention this 2die4 table. I love tall ceilings one of the best parts of an old house, this vaulted ceiling in the kitchen is fabulous.
I am feeling overwhelmed, just trying to point out everything that speaks to me... because everything about this house from the details of the dishes to the lighting to the fabulous built ins makes my heart sing.

Just look at the patina on the stools :) 
those might be my cloches...

The Attic (my favorite)

The Parlor and Dining Room

This is such a fabulous worn leather chair and the botanical's on the wall are such a favorite of mine.

This cabinet with all the threads... belongs in my dreams.

The plush furniture and rich textures make this room

My color pallet... 

Now the icing on the cake...

The Shop... Verbena

I hope you enjoyed my movie, I might add that I loved the characters of this movie and they are some of my favorite actors but the subject matter is not my cup of tea.

Now, I hope you aren't sleepy yet because there are 6 more movies to watch!  Please drop in to Donna's and see the rest of them... and don't forget to get your hair done!
Pictures taken from Amas Veritas and Hooked on Houses


  1. Dear Rebecca,
    Oh how I LOVE that house in Practical Magic. I must have seen the film at least half a dozen times, just to look at the room settings. It is so very me too.....and, how wonderful that you played your part in it as well. Whenever I watch it now, I shall think of you. XXXX

  2. I loved both the movie "Practical Magic" and the set! Thanks for showing so many stills of the beautiful rooms. I would love to live there! So warm and inviting, un spite of it being a "witch" house, LOL!


  3. One of my favorite "movie houses" ever!!
    Thanks for reminding me! Now I want to see the movie again!!!

  4. Wow, this movie looks great! I haven't seen any of these movies~the only one so far on Donnas list was Somethings Gotta Give and I went to the store and bought my own copy I loved it so much~nice to hang with you at the sleepover!

  5. I loved the movie and the set so warm and inviting.Yes I would agree it was a witch house though lol.Oh it was fun @the pj party.maybe i will have one soon and I will invite you.Have a great friday ahead.Is it friday already??? lol

  6. Oh, I'm green with envy for your party! Sounds like a blast, what a great idea!! Practical magic....what can I say.....that house is just the most amazing isn't it? So sad that it was really just a facade and that it got torn down after the movie!
    I think it's amazing that you got to contribute some of the props in the movie.....have fun at your party....:).

  7. I am so happy that you posted this. I have been trying to remember the name of this movie! Have fun:)

  8. I am right there with ya on this movie!! Thanks for posting!

  9. Hello my sweets! I got tickled when I saw the hair do! But the jammies~totally you!
    What would an evening with Rebecca be without Champagne!
    As far as this movie~ When you told me what you were doing...I immediately thought of you! This house reminds me of you in every infinitesimal detail!i love it too! you were able to find some amazing pictures and of course, Verbena is amazing! thanks for coming to my sleepover!
    Hugs and much love from here!

  10. You are so right about this Rebecca. This IS my favorite movie set too. From beginning to end...full of wonderful things to look at.
    Dang are darling in those jammies!!!
    love you...

  11. Can you believe I've never seen this movie. I think I'll have to add it tot my list just because of the house and those gardens...oh my!!!

    Thanks for don't stay up too late:-)


  12. I could watch Practical Magis with the sound off, I love the scenery!
    This was a great post! And I can't imagine how long it took you to put this wonderful post together!
    Thank you for doing it!
    Have a pretty day!

  13. sorry ! MAGIC! It's getting late. It's time for me to get to bed! hehee!

  14. Rebecca this was so much fun, but I think I had too much champagne and must retire now. But that kitchen is FABULOUS!!!I'll see the other movies tomorrow.

  15. Oh Rebecca, this sounds like so much fun having a pajama party and watching movies, sharing ideals about decorating. I love all the pictures you have shown today, their wonderful.
    hugs~~~ Daphne

  16. Hi Rebecca! I am so pleased to have met you at Donna's party! You are "spot on" with the kitchen from Practical Magic. The home is on San Juan Island. We have vacationed on the island for many years! It's a perfect slumber party flick!

  17. Howdy Rebecca!! I enjoyed our sleep over together (hehe). I am blown away by the vintage victorian charm from the movie that you chose!! I am most definitely going to watch it ( can you believe I have never seen it?!). That wrap around porch and the gardens are so lovely! That kitchen....wowzas! Thank you for the awesome inspiration. Cant wait for our next get together!!

  18. I love that movie probably watched it like 5 times, love the house too. Have lots of fun at the pajama party and don't forget the pictures!
    XXX Ido

  19. Have fun at your sleep over! I agree, that is a perfect inspiration movie. Another beautiful old home is in Atonement, but it doesn't come close to the Practical Magic house.

  20. That's funny Rebecca, I was thinking while reading 'why did she rent this to begin with?" I haven't seen it in years so I must get it again so I can pay attention to the set design.
    Love your movie trailer.

  21. Oh my goodness! I've never seen this movie. It kind of reminds me of how I used to visualize the Nancy Drew novels I read as a young girl! Thanks for this visual journey. I loved it!

  22. what a treat to find your blog especially since you focused on one of my favorite movie sets. I so wished I had kept this copy of Victoria magazine I too love the kitchen and the conservatory. And the living room is pretty much the same palette as mine. Wonderful photos great post!

  23. Oh MY! What a fabulous post Rebecca! The pictures are to die for! And how cool to have a connection to this movie. Do you know where the actual house was that they used? I have never seen the movie but am off to Amazon to order it. Thanks for sharing!

  24. Hope you had fun at your PJ party!!! I have heard about this house but never have seen the looks wonderful...thanks for sharing it with us:)

  25. What a fun post!!! I, too, love, love this movie. In fact, some of the filming was done on a island where I used to live in the San Juan Islands in the Pacific Northwest. The locals had lots of stories to share about the actors being in their world.



  26. A sleep over sounds like so much fun! It's been ages since I have been to one.

    Never have seen the movie-

  27. I haven't seen the movie either but yes--the house, the shop, everything absolutely lovely! Pictures were awesome--thank you!

  28. Practical Magic is one of my favorite movies! How fun is it that you sold them some props! Girl you have so many interesting things about you that we know nothing about! thanks for sharing!

  29. Hi Rebecca,
    I went and re-watched this movie last time you posted about it and is my favorite house set in movies too. Too many wonderful things to mention, but that leather chair...boy, that would look great in my house. And the cool thing is I don't think my kids could destroy it!
    The sleepover sounds like a blast! Have fun.


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