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It’s Complicated: A Movie House Tour

Tour the Home in the Movie, It’s Complicated

It’s been almost two years now, but I still remember how excited I was when I heard another movie written and directed by the talented Nancy Meyers was about to be released.  It’s Complicated was released in December 2009 and since I’m a self-confessed movie house junkie, I wondered if another amazing house would be “starring” in this movie, too.  Nancy Meyers has the amazing ability to turn the sets/houses in her movies into full-fledged characters, just as she did with the darling English cottage in The Holiday, the beach house in Something’s Gotta Give and the stately Colonial in Father of the Bride.

In an interview with Indiewire, Ms. Meyers described the house in It’s Complicated as “an extension of character.”  It’s so true; often the houses in the movies written and directed by Nancy Meyers deserve top billing along with the stars.  They bring so much to the movie, establishing the mood and atmosphere that permeates the entire movie from start to finish.

Synopsis:
It’s Complicated is a movie about a couple who were married 20+ years and have been divorced for 10.  Jane, played by Meryl Streep, owns her own bakery and Jake, played by Alec Baldwin, is a successful attorney.  In the movie, Jake has married a much younger woman, Agness, with whom he had an affair.  Agness is interested in having more children, in addition to the child she already has who was the result of a brief romance she participated in when she and Jake were temporarily split up.  Did ya follow all that? lol  It’s a soap opera life.

During the movie, Jane and Jake find themselves back together again at their son, Luke’s graduation and before you know it, they are having an affair.  Jane now finds herself in the role of the mistress to her ex-husband.  She is now cheating with her ex-husband on the woman who broke up their marriage.  Yep, it is definitely complicated.

The story is told with  humor and when asked what “genre” the movie falls in, Nancy Meyers called it a “Relationship Comedy.”  The three children of Jane and Jake are played by Hunter Parrish as Luke, Zoe Kazan as Gabby and Caitlin Fitzgerald as Lauren.  Lauren’s fiancé Harley, is played by John Krasinski who I read had a small role in another Nancy Meyers film, The Holiday.  There’s a great article about the movie and how the cast was chosen HERE.

Exterior:
Now, let’s get to the good part…the tour!   Seventy percent of the movie takes place in a beautiful Spanish style (Mediterranean) home in Thousand Oaks, California, although, in the movie, the house is supposed to be in Santa Barbara.

As is so often the case with movie houses, only the exterior shown in the movie was that of a real house.  The home is located at 714 West Potrero Road, Thousand Oaks, CA.  All the interior scenes were filmed on set in New York.

Don’t be disappointed, though.  You can take heart in knowing that Ms. Meyers did use the interior of this home as inspiration for the layout of the set in It’s Complicated.  She wanted the interior scenes to make sense in relation to how the real house appears on the exterior in the movie.  This pic below shows how the exterior of the home looks in the movie.  In this scene, Jane and Jake’s youngest daughter, Gabby, is leaving the nest, heading off to college.  A pretty important scene takes place on the tree swing toward the end of the movie.

Tour the home in the movie, It's Complicated, starring Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin

Another view of the exterior of the home in the movie.  Behind the gated area on the left is an interesting courtyard where another scene takes place.  You’ll see that area in just a sec.

Tour the home in the movie, It's Complicated, starring Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin

Here’s how the real home looked (below) prior to the landscaping created just for the movie.  It’s pretty bare compared to what we see in the movie.  Isn’t it amazing how they can take a rather bare landscape and make is so lush in the blink of an eye?  This home is available to purchase now.  It’s listed with Sotheby’s International Reality online,  HERE.  Either, it’s currently on the market or was at some point in the past year or so, because the listing is still online.  You can see the actual interior of the home at that link above or view a video at You Tube HERE. It’s quite different in real life than it is in the movie.

Tour the home in the movie, It's Complicated, starring Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin

We get a closer view of the front door in this scene.  The entrance was completely redesigned for the movie with more painted surface/wall showing and less door.  New lanterns were added on either side of the door.

The home in the Movie, It's Complicated

In the movie, when the gates to the left of the home open up, we are pulled into a wonderful “working” courtyard.  I love the clay tiled roof of this home.  The color is just so warm and rich.  In this scene, Jane is meeting with an architect, Adam, played by Steve Martin.  Jane is interested in completely redoing her kitchen and adding on a master suite to her home.

Tour the home in the movie, It's Complicated, starring Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin

Inside the courtyard, we see a potting bench and a huge stash of wood (behind Adam).  I guess they don’t have termites in CA because you’d never stack wood anywhere near your home in Georgia.

The home in the Movie, It's Complicated

Another view of the other side of the courtyard.  I love the climbing rose/vine seen here.  This area is so beautifully designed.  It’s a bit cluttered, but it’s the most charming clutter you’d ever want to view. ;)

The home in the Movie, It's Complicated

 

I loved the large pane, steel windows and doors seen throughout  this movie home.  They feel so open to the outside…really beautiful!

The home in the Movie, It's Complicated

Jane has a vegetable garden that I think most of us would just about die to have.  This is definitely my dream garden.  A weed wouldn’t dare poke it’s head out of the ground in this garden.

Tour the home in the movie, It's Complicated, starring Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin

Another view of the backyard…

The home in the Movie, It's Complicated

Let’s go inside.  Though this is a movie set, don’t be disappointed or discouraged.  It’s just as interesting and comfy as if it were in a real house AND, if you see something you love, you’ll have an example on which to model your own renovation or home.  So sets really aren’t all bad.

Living Room:

The vast majority of the scenes in It’s Complicated, take place in the Living Room, Kitchen and Dining Room.  We get a great view of the living room in this pic from Set Decor Magazine.  The interior of this movie house very much has the “collected” look.  Nancy Meyers is a genius at making a movie house feel like it’s evolved over years and years.  Though every single tiny detail is completely orchestrated and planned, her interiors feel totally natural.

There’s a mix of styles in this room; Belgian styled pieces play well with the French armoire.  Notice how two of the chairs are a matching pair, while the other two do not.  You would need a large living room to pull off this layout, but I love what it offers.  You have a sofa for stretching out on for some good ole TV watching, as well as a cozy seating group. You could really seat a lot of folks in this room and they would all feel a part of the conversation.  There are even side chairs to pull into the mix for larger gatherings.  Again, you need a good size space to pull this off, but there is so much to take away from how this has been styled.

Tour the home in the movie, It's Complicated, starring Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin

A little closer view, from the movie.  Love the casual feel of slip-covered chairs.  I think that’s a giant bowl of faux artichokes on the coffee table.  Umm, interesting choice for that area.  The Production Designer, Jon Hutman, worked closely with Set Decorator, Beth Rubino, who also decorated the beach house in Something’s Gotta Give.  They closely followed Nancy Meyers instructions and worked to create interiors with a Belgian influence and lots of natural linen.

The home in the Movie, It's Complicated

I wanted to include this pic of the scene where Jane is having her BFFs over because it has such a great shot of one of the “pair of lamps” on the long console table against the wall back behind the sofa.  These lamps have such a great architectural feel/silhouette, don’t they?  The friends were played by Mary Kay Place on the left, Rita Wilson (center) and Alexandra Wentworth on the right.

The home in the Movie, It's Complicated

Here’s a little better view of the long console table.  You can see there are two lamps, one on each end.

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We get a view of how the armoire looks open when Jake is over one evening spending time with the children.

The home in the Movie, It's Complicated

Kitchen:

You really get a wonderful view of  the kitchen in this photo.   So many scenes take place in this inviting kitchen. Jane owns a bakery so it’s fitting that she would have a kitchen that looks like a real, working kitchen. In the movie, Adam, the architect is designing a better designed kitchen for her.  The only thing that bothered me about the kitchen was the big double oven/stove crammed into the corner near the wall.  That just seemed improbable due to how unsafe (fire hazard) it would be.  You get a glimpse of the rugged dining room table here, too.

The kitchen in the movie, It's Complicated, starring Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin

This is kind of an odd view from the movie, but it really illustrates how the Kitchen, Dining Room and Living Room are all tied into each other.  At the far end you see the fireplace in the living room.  Next room, coming this way toward the kitchen is the dining room and in the immediate scene, Adam and Jane are at the island counter in the kitchen.  The rooms literally flow one into the other.  Be a great house for entertaining, wouldn’t it?

The home in the Movie, It's Complicated

Back in the kitchen, you get a view of what appears to be a good sized pantry in the movie.

The home in the Movie, It's Complicated

A little closer view of the pantry.  We never get to go inside the pantry in the movie, unfortunately. :( I would love to have seen how Ms. Meyers would have dressed that area.

The kitchen in the movie, It's Complicated, starring Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin

When this stainless steel refrigerator arrived on the set, it had a big ole dent right on the front.  It was kept and used in the movie because it made the home feel real.  They could easily have placed a photo or something on top to hide it.   I love that it was left in the movie, dent and all.

The kitchen in the movie, It's Complicated, starring Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin

Imagine having these lush views out such big beautiful windows.  I love the large containers filled with flour, sugar, etc…  You know a serious baker lives in this house.  Psst:  I was inspired by Jane’s baking station and created a mini version for my kitchen.  You’ll find it in this post: It’s Complicated Baking Station

The kitchen in the movie, It's Complicated, starring Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin

Another detail that makes this kitchen feel so real is the cart at the end of the marble covered island.  You can tell that space is an issue for Jane and it makes it all the more believable that she needs/wants a new kitchen.  Notice the open shelving at the far left.  Hutman and Rubino studied Tuscan, California and French kitchens to pull this look together…talk about eclectic!

The kitchen in the movie, It's Complicated, starring Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin

Here’s a little closer peek into that area.

Tour the home in the movie, It's Complicated, starring Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin

Dining Room:

We get a broader view of the dining room here.  You really don’t have the space for a sideboard or china cabinet in this dining space.  But then, who needs those when the dining room is almost a part of the kitchen, anyway.

Tour the home in the movie, It's Complicated, starring Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin

A close up of the dining room table…very rustic and simply dressed for a meal.  The empty spot at the end makes me a bit a sad because it’s obvious that is where Jake (the Father) would have sat.  We see the artichoke theme carried into this room, too.

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One of the few “family scenes” where they are all together…the ideal in a perfect world.

The home in the Movie, It's Complicated

The dining room opens out to a courtyard in back.  I love lit wall sconces.

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Hallway:

The hallway is bathed with natural light…beautiful windows overlooking the courtyard let in lots of wonderful light.  Interesting how the flooring transitions from wood to tile to what appears to be carpet in the bedroom.

Tour the home in the movie, It's Complicated, starring Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin

Master Bedroom:

One of the funniest scenes in the movie takes place in the bedroom.  Let’s just say web-cams can be a dangerous things. ;)  Wonder how much Apple paid for that product placement? ;)   There is certainly nothing pretentious about Jane’s decorating style.  It’s pretty basic and uncomplicated, which contrasts sharply with the situation in which she finds herself in the movie.

The home in the Movie, It's Complicated

Interesting shaped, upholstered headboard.  I love that the bedside tables do not match.  They aren’t even the same shape, much less matching in finish.  It makes for a much more interesting look than if they were just matching bedside tables.  Do you like the idea of a bench at the end of a bed?  It does provide a great spot for putting on shoes or tying laces.

Tour the home in the movie, It's Complicated, starring Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin

A view looking across the bedroom to my favorite piece in this room…the English chest.

The home in the Movie, It's Complicated

 

Another view of the pretty chest….love that piece!  All the rooms have a wonderful play of textures, like the woven blinds and baskets in this room.

The home in the Movie, It's Complicated

The master bedroom includes a small “working” desk.  An article in Traditional home stated, “Rubino mixed high-end furnishings–Calvin Fabric and Dessin Fournir and George Smith furniture–with antiques from 1st Dibs and items from West Elm.”  Rubino was quoted as saying, “My goal was to capture the essence of Meryl’s character as someone who dances to the beat of her own drum.”

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A view toward the other end where there appears to be a small dressing/shelving area that leads into the Master Bath.

The home in the Movie, It's Complicated

Master Bath:

The Master Bath includes a cast iron tub, great for a good soak at the end of a long day…while your ex-husband joins you, eating a cup of your home-made lavender ice cream.  Yep, there are some unusual scenes in this movie. :)

The bath in the movie, It's Complicated, starring Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin

A view of Jane’s dressing table in her master bath…

The bath in the movie, It's Complicated, starring Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin

The vanity/sink area…

The bath in the movie, It's Complicated, starring Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin

Jane makes it clear to Adam that she does not want double sinks in the new master bath he’s designing because they make her sad.  They remind her that she is alone.

The bath in the movie, It's Complicated, starring Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin

Bakery:
During the movie, Adam has a sweet tooth attack and they make a stop by Jane’s bakery for chocolate croissants.

Jane's Bakery in the movie, It's Complicated, starring Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin

A view looking across the bakery in the other direction.  The bakery is also a set and its design was inspired by London’s Daylesford Organic, New York’s City Bakery and Dean & Deluca. Have you ever been in any of those bakeries?  If so, do you see any similarities?  I’ve never been in any of those.  Wish I could say I had. :)

Awww, perfect…a kiss for “The End.”

Jane's Bakery in the movie, It's Complicated, starring Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin

Love movie house tours?
Click on the titles below to tour other movies written and directed by the talented, Nancy Meyers.

Father of the Bride
The Holiday
Something’s Gotta Give

(Pictures for this post were found in Traditional Home and from the movie.)

For additional Movie House Tours, click on the heading, Home Tours, then  Movie House Tours at the top of this blog.




Comments

  1. Loved this movie! Some scenes were so hilarious!!!
    I really enjoy these movie house tours. I just watched this movie again a few weeks ago..time to watch it again…this time paying closer attention to detail!

  2. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Tina, it's definitely one you can watch over and over. I always catch something I missed the last time. I love doing these movie house posts because it makes it so easy to go back and check something to remember how it looked. :)

  3. I haven't seen this movie yet but can't wait to see it. Love it when you do movie sets!

    Susan, how do you capture your movie shots … are they screen shots from YouTube or elsewhere you paste into your post?

  4. Catherine says:

    I love this film, partly because of the house! Kitchens in the UK just don't look like that so I love films with a good American kitchen. It is my dream to have am island and a huge fridge!

  5. I was thrilled when I saw this post today! I often watch this movie just to look at the inside of the home! I love how it is so cozy and inviting. Just exactly what I want my home to be like. Many thanks, you have made my day!
    Lorri

  6. I love that you do this. So often, I remember movies based on what the houses were like. Can't ever get enough house tours. Thanks.

  7. I love that you do this. So often, I remember movies based on what the houses were like! You can never get enough house tours.

  8. I loved this post Susan! This is one of my very favorite movies! I loved the house and the actors in this comedy. Thanks for the tour and more information on the house. Loved it!

    Dee Dee

  9. laxsupermom says:

    Terrific Post! I actually love this home(though just a set) even better than the SGTG home. I love the relaxed feel she brings to all her movie homes. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Patricia says:

    I enjoyed this post so much this morning. It certainly makes me want to see this movie (again). I bought the movie when it came out because it's one that I can watch over and over… It ranks right up there with others that I don't get tired of… namely 'You've Got Mail' and 'Sleepless in Seattle'. Have a great weekend.

  11. Janet Brown says:

    I'm not crazy about chairs just sitting in a room w/o a table or something sitting beside it. In the living room, the two chairs with their backs to us are too far away from the table in the middle to reach comfortably. Where does one set a cup of tea or popcorn bowl?

  12. Amy {The Red Chair Blog} says:

    Thanks for sharing these great pics! I loved the kitchen in that film!

  13. Jessabells says:

    I haven't seen the movie yet but it sounds great. Love the house. Why can't I be rich?? lol. I love the cozy and welcoming feel of the house.
    Thanks for this cool post!

    Jessica

  14. Who did John Krasinski play in FOTB?

  15. Ellicia says:

    I like this house a lot, but my heart belongs to the house in SGTG. I can't find a thing I don't like about that house and goodness knows I've tried just to give my envy gene some breathing room.

  16. Velma (Dawggone Cute Creations) says:

    This is one movie that is on my "must watch" list. I wanted to see it when it first came out but never had the chance. LOL I love the eclectic style of this house since my house is rather eclectic…partly out of necessity and partly because it's the style I like!!
    The YouTube video of the house was absolutely beautiful, btw!

  17. Velma (Dawggone Cute Creations) says:

    Oh, and that vegetable garden is to die for!!! Unfortunately, I'd have to hire a full time (or near full time) gardener to maintain it since my health doesn't allow me to indulge in such activities any more:(

  18. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Paula, I can't find the source for that right now. In some interview I read he had a very small part in another Meyer's movie (I thought it was F of the B, but I'm having trouble finding where I read it. If I find it, I'll add that info here. In the meantime, I'll take that out of the post until I find the article and can verify which Meyers movie it was. Anyway, the article said she wanted him in this movie because she enjoyed working with him in a the previous movie. I thought it was Father of the Bride but I'll see if I can find that article again to check.

  19. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Paula, I finally found something. It was The Holiday that was the other Nancy Meyers movie he was in. Here's the article:
    http://www.santabarbaraca.com/includes/media/docs/ITS-COMPLICATED-Prod-Notes_APPROVED.pdf

  20. Great post! Thanks for sharing. Now I want to see the movie and "see" it in a different way. ~ Sara

  21. classic • casual • home says:

    That was fun. Thanks. Makes me want to watch the whole movie again now

  22. Pattie @ Olla-Podrida says:

    I really enjoyed this movie. I watched it the first time just for fun, the second time to study that kitchen and garden. I want both of them. Thanks for this very interesting post, I enjoyed it.

  23. Sizzle and Zoom says:

    Nice job with the house tour. Never thought about it but it is beautiful.

  24. Thanks for that amazing tour!!

    You see the scene where Meryl & Steve Martin are eating supper together? They are eating one of my favourites Croque Monsieur and after watching this movie I finally had a go at making them myself (had only had them in Franch cafes before) – they are yum and if you try them you see why in the movie they have seconds!!

    S x

  25. Mary Elizabeth says:

    I watched this movie so many times because I loved, loved, loved the house! The movie was cute, but the house was what kept me coming back!
    Great post…you brightened my day!

  26. Michele/Ohio says:

    Loved movie so much that I invited my women's club Movie Group who watched it with me when it first came out to a dinner 2 weeks later – made all the food discussed or shown in the movie, was FUN!

    Also made a movie trivia game from it (had to watch several times to make sure I had it all right) and the winner won a copoy of the DVD when it came out.

    I DID read when I was trying to locate trivia about the movie for that game that the veg garden wasn't quite "real" int he sense that they had to "tie on" some of the veggies shown b/c they were out of season, etc. Just to let us be real, huh?

    Anyway, your house tours really showcase ALL the BEST movie houses, Susan, thank you for such delightful eye candy.

    You are the BEST!

  27. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Michele…that's amazing! They had to shoot that garden scene pretty quickly then. lol

    What a fun, fun club and awesome idea for a party! I bet y'all had a blast!

  28. Laura Wilkerson says:

    I just crack up every time I watch that movie! I love her final dream kitchen.
    Thanks for such a great post!

  29. Susan – thanks for checking about John Krasinski! It was driving me nuts – I have seen FOTB a million times and was getting ready to re-watch it frame by frame to see if I could get a glimpse of him! I have seen The Holiday (just once), so I'll have to watch it again to see if I can spot him. I love the pics of the movie sets – so beautiful. The people in Nancy Meyers' films are always incredibly wealthy, but interesting and prove that money can't buy happiness (although I'd like to give it a try sometime)!

  30. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Paula, here's a link to the scene in The Holiday: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liu34fYu9ok

  31. A Baldwin is so funny and steve M too of course I love looking at the photos..I always look at what is hanging on the walls. interesting to me anyway…I loved Alec in Glengary Glenross

  32. Katherines Corner says:

    I enjoyed this movie too. But that house, oh my, I would love it. Xo

  33. FABBY'S LIVING says:

    I love this movie, the house and her baking business!! I'd love to have one, but hubby says it'll be too time consuming, no time for traveling. Love. FABBY

  34. I just found inspiration for a future project: the vanity in the master bath. Two tones of tan and off white. LOVE IT!

    Oh, and the first time I saw that movie, I wanted to crawl into the movie screen.

    Thanks for posting!

  35. Designs By Pinky says:

    Susan, I LOVED this movie! Funny premise and greeat story! Thanks for this tour. I do love coming along with you when you do these! XO, Pinky

  36. Alycia Nichols says:

    I also recently saw this movie on DVD and LOVED it! I thought the sets were so great, and I could totally imagine myself living in the house. I don't have much of a green thumb, but I sure could develop one with a garden laid out like that one!!!

  37. Anita@Theycallmejammi says:

    This was such a great movie and made even more so by such a gorgeous home…I love it when the homes are treated like characters. Nancy Meyers is a genius. Thanks for a great post.

  38. Beautiful home. Have you seen the movie "Kiss me Goodbye"starring Sally Field? Talk about a beautiful house! You might want to check it out.

  39. Cecily Marie says:

    I loved this house in the movie! The lush lavender, the potagere, the decor and furnishings. So rustic and simple, like they evolved over time (even though it was a planned movie set!). Love your blog – been following for a couple years. I thought it was funny you commented on the wood by the wall in CA (we do have termites here!), because I always cringe when designers suggest open shelving in kitchens! Why lose all that beautiful china in an earthquake!! ;)

  40. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Cecily, That's a great point…I hadn't thought about earthquakes and open shelving. I'm not a huge fan of opening shelving just because when I had a Golden Retriever for 13+ years, he tracked in a lot of dirt and somehow it all filtered onto the open shelves in my kitchen. I ended up replacing the wire mesh in those doors with glass to help with that. So y'all do have termites! I thought maybe that was just a bane of the south when I saw that wood stacked against the house. :)

  41. Lisa (original) says:

    Google "London's Daylesford Organic" and you get a youtube video of the store's interior. (I can see the movie inspiration clearly). There is also a video of the Notting Hill location which, at night, has video of happy farm animals projected on the windows! Very clever image of "organic". :-)

  42. Nita {ModVintageLife} says:

    Oh…I totally missed this post when you first published. I am so glad you mentioned it today so that I got to see it. I adore that movie and that house. I rarely purchase DVD's but I bought this one because I loved it all so much. As usual…another great movie house post!

  43. I’m so late to this party! But I love this movie. And that house! Didn’t realize it was a set. Jane’s house was like another character in the movie for me. I was salivating over it.

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