• Luciana Vieira


Updated: Apr 1, 2020

Today's post is not about fashion but my other passion: Interior design. The movie set of "Somethings Gotta Give," a beach house in the Hamptons is the 3rd character of this lovely comedy. This home has always been the dream home in my mind. I don't know how many countless times I've watched the movie.

The Hamptons It is a residence or summer home of some of America's most elite and New Yorkers (The ones who can afford). The island is surrounded by beautiful beaches, unbeatable landscapes, and exorbitantly expensive homes. No wonder that it's a playground for the rich and the famous.

For those of you who haven't seen the movie yet, it is about a successful playwright Erica Barry (Diane Keaton) mom of twenty-something Marin Klein (Amanda Peet) who happens to be dating the 60-something Harry Sanborn (Jack Nicholson). The movie opens with Marin taking her new friend Harry to her mother's Hamptons beach house for a weekend getaway, not knowing her mom is going to be there.

There are so many things I like in this movie, from the whimsical French soundtrack to the fact that Erica's favorite color it's white, which happens to be mine as well. Even though the movie is a production from 2003, the house doesn't look outdated at all. The mansion decor has some French coastal influences with an emphasis on comfort and ease. I fall in love with this beach cottage every single time I watch it, and, to be honest, the inspiration to decorate my apartment came from Something's Gotta Give Hamptons house. However, my decor is more of a modern French country style. I am proud to say that I've slowly transformed my main living space little by little and, some of my furniture are similar to the film as my sofa, for example. The reality is that most of what is in this design is quite straight forward and simple to reproduce at many budget levels. My last acquisition was the expensive solid silk taffeta curtains resembling the ones I have seen in the movie.


The 11-bedroom, 8000-square-foot Shingle-style mansion at 576 Meadow Lane in Southampton, New York, was built in 2000.


Erica is a very successful playwright, so her Hamptons House needed to reflect that, with huge rooms, customized furniture, and original artwork, because she could afford it.

The abundance of sandy neutrals and blues and green are easily noticed. Meanwhile, dark walnut-finish furniture and lamps help ground the airy bedding and pale upholstery fabrics. My home is furnished with the same style sofa and carpet with a different color.


I love the built-in cabinet and the mixture of ironstone plates and platters. I wanted a smaller version of that cabinet in my open concept living space. However, I decided to have a piano instead. Another great feature in this room is the fabric used on the chairs. The fiber rug is a lovely coastal touch.


Beth Rubino, the movie's set decorator, stated: "Diane's character loves to cook, so we had to have a practical, functional kitchen that could also hold a lot of people."


French doors and windows surround the master bedroom, and all the natural light makes it much easier for writing. There is also one chaise and an armchair for reading. Writers are passionate about books. As seen in the living room, built-in bookcases are another feature in this large dormitory. I wish I had a bedroom like that - All that writing space which makes so much use of those fantastic windows.

Something's Gotta Give is a funny, truthful, charming movie. This movie was done in absolute perfection. It turns out, only the exterior shown in the film is of a real house. Unfortunately, all of those beautiful interiors we love are just set designs created on a stage at Sony Studios. It's been 17 years since the movie was released, and I suspect this house will look as good in the next 17 years. It's just got that classic, timeless feel about it.

Here it is a sneak peek of my living room.

Curiosity about the film: - The French song: Boum - Charles Trenet is also featured in "A Good Year" (great movie) among two Brazilian Bossa Nova compositions.

- Erica and her daughter speak French fluently on a scene in the grocery store.

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