The Intern: Jules’ Home

Welcome to the 392nd Metamorphosis Monday!

Recently we took a tour of Ben’s (played by Robert De Niro) brownstone home in the movie, The Intern. If you missed that tour, you’ll find it here: Ben’s Brownstone in the movie, The Intern.

Ben's Kitchen in Movie, The Intern


Today we’re going inside the home of the character, Jules Ostin (played by Anne Hathaway) and her husband, Matt, played by Anders Holm. The Intern featured two beautiful homes, so it was no surprise to learn that Nancy Meyers wrote, co-produced and directed this movie.

In the movie, The Intern, Jules (the founder of the company for which Ben interns) lives in this brownstone home located in Brooklyn. The actual filming inside Jules home took place in a newly renovated home located in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of New York. Much of the movie was filmed on location in Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Bronx.

New York Neighborhood in movie, The Intern


Let’s go inside and check it out! By the way, did you know Nancy Meyers uses Pinterest, too? Yup, she does! Nancy pinned ideas she had for the sets on Pinterest boards and referred back to those for inspiration as she worked with designer Kristi Zea on the sets for The Intern. Loved learning that from the article I read in Architectural Digest about the making of the movie.

Houses in movie, The Intern, Jules Home


We get a view of the entry in this scene where Ben (Robert De Niro) is visiting Jules’ home. Look at that beautiful staircase with one of the most beautiful newel posts I’ve ever seen! I’m guessing that the paneled areas we see in this shot may have once looked like the newel post but they were eventually painted.

I have this ongoing battle with myself because I love a beautifully paneled room, but in some cases a home can feel dark if every room has stained paneled walls. Yet, I don’t think I could bring myself to paint over real wood in a historical home.

I think this entry would feel really dark if everything was left like the staircase, and I have to admit, I do love the look of that painted paneled wall or door we see to left.

Do you fight this battle inside your head, too: painted woodwork vs natural or stained?  Anyway, I am glad the newel post, railing and balusters were left unpainted because they are gorgeous!

The Intern, Tour of Jules Ostin's home in movie


We get one more view of the stairway in this scene and look at that beautiful molding around the door! Wow! It’s like a gorgeous wedding cake with layer upon layer of beautiful molding.

Staircase in Jules Home in movie, The Intern


When you come in the entry of Jules’ home, a right turn would take you into her living room.

Tour home in The Intern with Anne Hathaway & Robert De Niro


The living room  leads into the dining room which features built-in bookcases, a beautiful arched doorway with pocket doors and more of that gorgeous molding. The crown molding in this home is just as stunning as the molding around the doors. Love those high, high ceilings!

I wonder if all brownstone homes in New York are blessed with molding this rich and beautiful? Anyone know? That fireplace is pretty awesome, too! Love the mirror above it! Jules’s home feels classic, but not at all stuffy. The design really does suit her character in the movie.

The Intern, Living Room Set Design in movie

Photo from Architectural

Another view of the dining room and living room in a scene where Jules is opening product she’s ordered from her own online company to see exactly how it looks when it arrives in a customer’s home.

Jules Dining Room in movie, The Intern


Nancy Meyers knows that often a kitchen is the heart of a home. In this movie, the kitchen definitely plays that role. The kitchen has a bit of an industrial feel but with elements of cozy mixed in like the farmhouse sink and painted cabinetry. Those cozy parts keep it from feeling cold. I wonder how the original kitchen looked when the home was first built. I bet it was a lot smaller.

The Intern, Kitchen Movie Set

Photo from Architectural

I wonder if originally there was a wall and it was taken down to make the kitchen nice and big. So glad they didn’t cover up or remove the fireplace when this kitchen was renovated. Even when a fireplace isn’t a working fireplace, I love seeing it in a room. If I had an older home with fireplaces in every room, I would go a little crazy at Christmastime with decorating the mantels.

This kitchen has a lot of open shelving on both sides of the room. I’ve always wondered if open shelving is hard to keep clean and if all the dishes have to be removed periodically for washing and to wipe down the shelves.

I love the little play table in the corner that belongs to Paige, the young daughter of Jules and Matt in the movie.  Nancy Meyers even gave it a Louis XVI ghost chair. I didn’t know they made ghost chairs that small! Cute!

Kitchen in Movie, The Intern, Jules Kitchen


A few more views of Jules’ kitchen in the movie, The Intern.

Jules Kitchen in movie, The Intern


Love that the island includes a sink.

The Intern, Jules Kitchen


Heading upstairs, this is the smallish master bedroom of Jules and her hubby, Matt. Some sad scenes take place here since they are having serious trouble in their marriage. To put it succinctly, Matt has a wandering eye. πŸ™

The Intern, Jules, Matt's Master Bedroom

Photo from Architectural

Besides the fact he is cheating on Jules throughout much of the movie, I didn’t really like his character in the movie. I would love to have seen someone else play the role of Matt. Anyone else feel that way after watching it?

Notice how they gave the room table lamps as well as wall-mounted, reading lamps. Do you like that look? The table lamps adds a cozy feel to the room while the wall lamps provide function.

Jules and Matt's Bed in movie, The Intern


It makes sense that Jules would have the wall lamp off in this scene since it would have made it hard to see her laptop screen. Plus it would have been right in Matt’s eyes. Jules is always working in the movie as most entrepreneurs are when they are just getting a business off the ground.

Jules, played by Anne Hathaway, in bed in movie, The Intern


This was a sad scene in movie as Jules mulls over the sad state of her marriage. I love the brass fixtures in this bathroom! I read an article recently that said folks were starting to turn away from using so much silver and nickel in homes and were turning back to using brass fixtures in baths. Have you read/heard that, too? Forgot where I read that now.

Notice how the fixtures are mounted into that small shelf area along the back. I really love how that looks. Sometimes you see the fixtures kind of floating and very visible. There’s nothing wrong with that but this shelf idea is genius! It hides the mechanics of the fixture where it goes into the floor while providing a handy spot for placing items you might need while bathing.

I remember many, many years ago when the trend was to remove silver fixtures from baths and install real polished brass. In fact, I knew someone who was changing out all the fixtures in her home to Baldwin brass, expensive but beautiful.

The Intern, Jules Bathroom in the movie


Jules and Matt’s daughter, Paige, has an adorable bedroom in the movie, The Intern. Again we see a wonderful fireplace.

The Intern Movie House Tour, Paige's Bedroom

Photo from Architectural

Love the sweet linens visible in this scene where Jules falls asleep while reading with Paige.

The Intern Movie House Tour, Pagie's Bedroom


Another fabulous movie house thanks to the talents of Nancy Meyers!  And thanks goes to Diána who emailed me a few weeks ago suggesting a tour of the homes in the movie, The Intern.

If you know of a great movie house we should tour, leave me a comment with your suggestion! In the meantime, you’ll find all the other movie houses we’ve toured under the category “Movie Houses/ Movie House Tours” at the top of the blog.

If you’re a movie fan, also check out the category Movie Houses/More TV Movie House Fun. There are some really fun posts under that category, including two I shared in Postcards From The Porch, the Between Naps on the Porch newsletter that went out this past weekend. If you’re not currently getting the newsletter I send out each Sunday, you can subscribe (it’s free!) here: Postcards From The Porch.

Jules Brownstone Home in Movie, The Intern


Take a tour of Ben’s beautiful home in this same movie, The Intern, here: Tour Ben’s Brownstone Home in the Movie, The Intern

Ben's Kitchen in The Intern Movie


Looking forward to all the wonderful Before and Afters linked for this week’s Metamorphosis Monday!

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  1. Nan, Odessa, DE says

    If you haven’t watched THE INTERN, it is a gotta see movie! Excellent.
    Thanks for both tours.

  2. Great tour Susan! I haven’t seen the movie yet but I definitely will very soon. I would imagine there is a a lot of washing all that is out on display. Well unless you just eat very healthy and don’t use any oil cooking your food! Her bedroom is very dark maybe it’s supposed to be a reflection of her marriage. Thanks for the tour!

  3. I was just watching that movie! Love that kitchen! Thanks for hosting! Hugs…Debbie

  4. I have not seen this movie, but now I am interested. The homes are gorgeous.

  5. I loved that movie Susan! So much fun to revisit all those scenes. Thanks for the Monday makeovers!

  6. I thought that too – about Jules’ husband. Not a good match of actors, in my opinion. I kept wondering “how did those two ever get together?”
    I found the DVD of “The Intern” for $10.00 at Target and bought it because, after your first review, I just knew it was one I would enjoy watching over and over. Great movie! Great houses! Thanks for the tours.

  7. You should definitely check out and tour the house in the Netflix Series Grace & Frankie (Jane Fonda & Lily Tomlin). The Beach House is just amazing!

  8. Haven’t seen The Intern but you have piqued my interest. I feel your pain regarding painted or stained wood in the home. I have a lot of stained wood and am itching to paint at least one rooms trim…guess who doesn’t like the idea? LOL Vikki in VA

  9. I love Nancy Meyers movies. They’re worth watching at least twice–first for the story, and again for the decor.
    I had open shelving years ago. My cleaning man (yes–he was excellent, too) hated it.

    • Exactly! I’m usually so distracted the first time by the interiors, I need to watch it a second time to get what I missed of the story.
      Yeah, I was afraid it would really be a challenge, cleaning wise, especially with dogs and children running around.

    • Same here. Love all the houses in Meyers movies. So casual, lived in and elegant at same time. Timeless.

  10. Susan, I loved this movie and also wished Matt’s character had been different. I loved both houses, but would have to give my #1 vote to Ben’s house, since I’m such a traditionalist. But I did love Jules’ house, with all the brightness and energy it exudes. It has always been my dream to own an old brownstone in NYC. I guess that started from reading Rex Stout’s books long, long ago. I love your home tours and always enjoy poring over the rooms pictured. Hope you have a good week!

    • I just didn’t see those two together, so an odd match to me. Same here, I liked Jules’ house, but Ben’s was my favorite, too. Thanks, Martha!

  11. The Merchant’s House Museum in NYC is a classic 1832 century townhouse that I used to give tours of when I lived in Greenwich Village. It’s a good opportunity to see a house frozen in time and still looking as it was when it was built. Check out their website video for photos and a good explanation about how these houses were laid out. All townhouses started out with fine moldings and high ceilings, but various homeowners strip away the architecture as they age, unfortunately. I am reminded of a story about Mary Tyler Moore, who bought a townhouse on the Upper East Side that had extraordinarily beautiful moldings, still intact. She and her designer decided to strip them all away to get a “cleaner” look. I never felt the same about her after that. If you want new, buy new – don’t destroy what is beautiful and classic and irreplaceable.

    • Thanks for telling me about it, I will definitely google and check out their site. I’ve always love MTM but that doesn’t make me sad that she chose to do that. I wonder if she just had a terrible decorator who steered her off in the wrong direction. How anyone could want to remove that gorgeous molding is something I will never understand. It would cost a fortune to have that installed in a home today.

  12. Thanks so much for sharing. I love the kitchen in the Brownstone!

  13. Thanks for this tour – fun! I have heard that brass is having its day again and great, as we are once again back in vogue with our master. πŸ˜‰ I also see the same struggle as you do with woods. If found original, I have a hard time seeing them otherwise. I did own a house, however, built in 1926, with the very large oak wood baseboards, and they were yucky in their old, crackly varnish from years ago. I didn’t paint them, but tried (unsuccessfully) to start the stripping process. It was going to require a professional (for which I did not have the funds at the time). I left them alone, though. Thanks for Met Monday, Susan.

    • lol I guess if we just wait long enough, we’re bound to be back in style. πŸ˜‰
      That’s why I’ve never seriously considered buying a Victorian home, despite the fact I love the exterior architecture of a Victorian home. So many of the ones I’ve toured have wood moldings all throughout and it often makes the house feel dark. But who could paint over gorgeous wood molding like that? I know I couldn’t do it.

    • I should add that I’d be much more likely to do that if it wasn’t in great shape like the molding you mentioned.

  14. I grew up in Downtown Brooklyn where there are mainly brownstones. Most of the ones we lived in had a lot of molding, but some had been removed through the years. My cousin told me that her mother had all the moldings removed in their apartment in the 50’s. I guess it was old fashioned looking at the time.
    As a kid we had windows similar to the first bedroom picture you posted. My mother noticed that the paneling was actually folded back (and painted over) shutters. When opened they just looked like paneling. She scraped the paint off and we had shutters! If you look closely at that first bedroom picture, you can see that they are shutters. There is a set for the top and the bottom of the window.
    We also had a dumbwaiter to the basement, pocket doors, claw foot tub and original glass door knobs.
    The downside is lots of stairs, barely any closets not much of a back yard (if any) and a lot of neighbors nearby.

    • Oh, I see what you’re talking about. I love those shutters! Imagine how insulation they must be for cold weather. I bet they block out a lot of light when closed, too. Thanks for pointing those out, Lisa, I would never have realized what those were. Makes much more sense now, knowing they are working shutters.

    • Your home sounded wonderful, by the way! How wonderful to grow up a house like that! πŸ™‚

  15. Susan, I would venture to guess that the kitchen in this brownstone was not the original kitchen of the house. At the time these houses were built, kitchens were not open to, nor visible from, the dining rooms, but tucked down in back rooms or down in basements. Remember, back in those days, most people who could afford to live in a home like this one had all kinds of staff/help and the workings going on in the kitchens were never shown to the family or the guests.

    I would further venture to say that even the dining room was also not open to the living room in those days.

    • Yeah, I think you’re right. I wonder if it was added on to the back or maybe it was a big sunroom or porch that was converted into a kitchen. Would be so interesting to know.

  16. The sets on Nancy Meyer’s films make me swoon.
    Michelle from Simply Santa Barbara

  17. I love this set/home! I could live there…I think. πŸ™‚

    • Sheila, I saw your monogram wreath on Instagram and did a double take. We have the same monogram, sort of. Mine is the same as the one on your wreath when I’m monogramming something where the last name isn’t in the center of the monogram…you know, the style where the letters are in the order they are when you write your name out. I prefer that way because otherwise my monogram spells a word: SHE. So annoying when your monogram spells out a word! lol

  18. Marlene Stephenson says

    This brownstone is so very wonderful. I haven’t seen this movie but, i will have too,lol!!!

  19. LOVE Nancy Meyers–anything she does, and loved this movie. This DeNiro is a far cry from Raging Bull, etc., but I do love him so–and Anne Hathaway–they were great together. All BNOTP people should make this a “must watch.” As an old geyser at 69, I applauded Bobby D. as the Intern, willing to DO something and not stagnate. I’m trying to emulate him.

  20. Thanks for hosting Susan!

  21. Love this movie Susan! Have watched it probably 5 times now. Hope your week is going well. Thank you for hosting such a great party!:)

  22. Loved the tour, and that kitchen is awesome! Thanks, as always, for hosting. Hope you have a great week.

  23. Iris McCloud says

    Dear Susan,
    I am a little late in weighing in but I just wanted to add my two cents worth. I have very good friends who lived in NY in a brownstone for many years. The moldings were similar to those in the movie (which I loved). They were quite detailed. The ceilings had ornate medallions, there were pocket doors, the stairs had built in niches for statues(?) and the kitchen which was located in the back of the house was original. It could have been a library or a ladies sitting room but probably not a kitchen.

    Thanks for showing so many interesting home tours.

  24. Great tour! I loved that movie, it was fun to see that home again. Thanks for hosting!

  25. Amy Runser says

    Revisited this post because I was searching for beautiful brownstone interiors after checking out the movie Wonder (with Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson) last night at the theater—another beautiful set design! The rooms are gorgeous and inviting–I hope you’ll check out this one too!

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