Okay, I have a little confession to make. When the movie, Life As We Know It staring Katherine Heigl (as Holly Berenson) and Josh Duhamel (as Eric Messner) first came out a few years back, I didn’t go see it even though it was filmed right here in Atlanta. The reason? The previews of the movie reminded me too much of another Katherine Heigl movie I had seen years before and didn’t care for called, Knocked Up.
Recently, when I came across Life As We Know It on Netflix, I decided to give it a watch. The movie was okay and definitely better than Knocked Up, but it began with a super sad event as both parents (Alison and Peter) of the baby featured in the movie (Sophie) are tragically killed in an automobile accident. De-pressing!
Despite that dark cloud hanging over the rest of the movie, Life As We Know It, did have one thing going for it: a fabulous movie house! And guess what?!
We’re going to tour that wonderful movie house today, with a bonus tour of the real house that was used in the exterior shots and acted as inspiration for much of the interior set of the movie! Let’s get started!
The actual home featured in the movie is located at 4172 Club Drive NE, Atlanta, Georgia, an area of Atlanta with beautiful old homes. Here’s a view of the front of the home as seen in the movie, Life As We Know It.
And here it is in real life as it appeared in a real estate listing when it went on the market a few years ago. It is a beautiful home, isn’t it? I love the front porch; even though it’s small, it’s elegant and very fitting for this Colonial style home built in 1945.
This is a rear view of the home as seen in the movie.
Here’s how the back of the actual home looks in real life. Looks like they may have used the table and chairs in the movie and just swapped out the cushions and umbrella. Or, perhaps the owners purchased a new red umbrella by the time the home was listed for sale.
Movies are rarely filmed inside real homes because there’s just never enough space to get all the equipment and lighting needed inside a real home. The foyer designed on set for the home looked like this in the movie.
Notice how closely the movie foyer mimics the real foyer in the Atlanta home. For the movie it was made a fair amount wider. There’s no way you could get a table on either side of the door in the real home like we see in the movie.
Notice how they changed the look of the stair rail, too. I think the wood stair rail is probably more in keeping with the Colonial style of the home, which may be why they chose it for the filming.
From here out, we’ll being touring the movie house. We’ll follow that with a full tour of the actual home in Atlanta. I liked this view of the entry with the lamp lit up.
The set interior for the movies gives us nice wide views into many of the rooms of the home. Because we got so many great shots like this of the interior while viewing the movie, I fully believe the producers and set designers knew this house was going to be a big part of the movie and a hit with the audience. Virtually the whole movie takes place inside the home so it’s definitely another “character” in the movie.
I’ve never seen French doors done like this, but I love it! It’s kind of like having sidelights for doors.
In this scene, we get a view of the living room when a CPS (Child Protective Services) worker visits to assess Sophie’s living situation. Without going into a long explanation of the story behind the movie (see Wikipedia for that) the gist of the story is that after Sophie’s parents (Alison and Peter) are killed, Holly and Eric get a big surprise when they find out they were made co-godparents of Sophie in the will. Holly and Eric are like oil and water, about as different as it gets. On top of that, they can barely stand each other. So things get interesting when they try living together as caregivers/parents for Sophie.
Another view of the living room during a birthday party to celebrate Sophie’s first birthday. Love all the built-in shelving and the French doors we see throughout the movie.
Much of the lighting in the movie is very subdued. That may have been intentional to fit with the somber story-line of the movie. Here’s we get a view into the dining room. Several of the rooms have beautiful coffered ceilings.
We get a view into the kitchen in this scene with Alison and Holly, a scene that obviously takes place prior to the car accident.
I really liked the kitchen in the movie. I’m crazy about white cabinetry, especially when combined with glass-paned doors. One interesting tidbit about the movie: Did you know they used triplets for Sophie’s part? Their names are Brooke, Brynn and Lexi and they are absolutely adorable!
Here’s a nice view of the other side of the kitchen with more of those fabulous glass-front cabinet doors. I think I would have them on every cabinet in my kitchen if I could get away with it. I just about do now as seen in THIS post. 🙂
The interior is nice and open right through to the breakfast area. Notice the rock fireplace there on the left.
It’s a spot where Holly and Eric have some frank conversations. Those are the strangest half-shutters I’ve ever seen. When you design and build shuttersto cover the lower half of a window, you never stop at the height seen here. You always take it up to the sash or halfway point of the window. That looks so weird. They obviously didn’t consult a shutter company when designing the sets! 😉
I always love it when movies do this, give us a view into the home as if we’re passing by and just happen to get a peek inside.
Reminds me of this scene from our tour of the movie, Under the Tuscan Sun
We don’t get a lot of views of the upstairs of the home.
This was the best view we got of the master bedroom. Love how they put a fireplace in the master…so romantic but unfortunately wasn’t lit for this scene.
I never could get a great shot of nursery, but I managed to snag this one view showing the ceiling that’s covered in fluffy white clouds.
The Real Home in Life As We Know It, Atlanta, Georgia
Ready to check out the real home in Atlanta, the home that inspired much of the interior for the house in the movie, Life As We Know It? When it was placed on the market a few years back, it was listed at $1,549,874. It’s two stories with a full basement, has 5 bedrooms and 6 baths. It’s located in a very nice area of Atlanta know as Brookhaven.
Here’s the foyer again as seen earlier.
I guess this is the “formal” living room. Love those deep, arched doorways! Why don’t we build houses like this anymore?!
I’m not quite sure what this room is…maybe it would make small library with the addition of bookshelves.
The family room…
Love the coffered ceiling and the Buffalo plaid draperies.
There’s a formal dining room with a beautiful bay window.
The kitchen in the real home is very different from the one in the movie. We see more of those wonderful coffered ceilings. The home went through a renovation in 1995 so that may be when the kitchen was remodeled.
It’s a beautiful kitchen, just different from the movie.
The view from the breakfast area, looking back through the home. It has great flow for parties, doesn’t it? I always think about that when viewing the interior of a home.
The office/study overlooks a beautiful sunroom.
This appears to be an outdoor porch that was closed in at some point to make a sunroom or sunporch. Pretty sure those aren’t screens in the windows because that doesn’t look like an exterior grade fan, which is what you would need for Atlanta’s hot, humid summers. Love this room! Let’s head upstairs and check out the bedrooms!
The master bedroom has a beautiful bed and vaulted ceiling, much bigger than the master bedroom in the movie!
A third bedroom has a single-size sleigh bed. I never realized sleigh beds were made in that size, I always see them in full size. This one looks antique, too.
A fourth bedroom…
This home has a fully finished basement or terrace level.
There’s a pool room and a fifth bedroom on this level.
Wonder if this was used as the guest room?
Here’s a broader view of the backyard…lovely house!
Hope you enjoyed this tour of the real home and the set home used in the movie, Life As We Know It! I
Happy Weekend, dear Friends!
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You’ll find additional photos of this Atlanta home at the real estate listing, HERE.