July 23, 2024

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Nancy Meyers Living Room Timeless Style Ideas

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In pop culture, a movie or TV show’s set design is rarely so iconic that it becomes its own trend. And it’s especially uncommon if the look is still trending 20 years after its release. Sure, the iconic teen bedrooms of television may have influenced some design choices, and Bridgerton‘s regency style has people across the country embracing antiques. But Nancy Meyers’s movie homes—and the Nancy Meyers living rooms in particular—have a cult-like following that’s on another level.

Synonymous with a timeless style that veers slightly coastal, the Nancy Meyers living room is frequently emulated with good reason. Despite her movies taking place across different decades and locations—Napa, California, the English countryside, and even a Brooklyn brownstone—the homes featured all have a similar cozy yet elevated aesthetic. With signature hydrangeas, white slipcovered sofas, and statement table lamps, there are many key elements you can easily incorporate into your space to get the look. Whether you aim to be Meryl Streep in It’s Complicated or Jude Law in The Holiday, we’re breaking down our four favorite Nancy Meyers living rooms below.

Something’s Gotta Give

a man and woman in a room

Courtesy of Universal Pictures

A true representation of the enemies-to-lovers movie trope, Something’s Gotta Give stars Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton as polar opposites, who (spoiler) end up falling in love. The home that provides the backdrop to this torrid love story is a quaint Hamptons beach home. The living room features a lot of linen upholstery, a tufted square ottoman, and plenty of blue-and-white color pairings—it is a beach house, after all. This Nancy Meyers living room perfectly demonstrates that looking lived-in can still be chic and guest-ready.

Corran Ceramic Table Lamp
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Essex Ottoman
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European Linen Curtain
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The Holiday

a person standing in a living room

Courtesy of Sony Entertainment

If you could swap houses for the holiday season, would you? Abandoning her glamorous Los Angeles lifestyle for Christmas, the main character of The Holiday is dropped in the middle of the English countryside. Traditional stone cottages and ample snowfall set the scene for this cozy rom-com. A far cry from the Nancy Meyers standard of wine country or coastal California, the English cottage actually uses the same design tricks in a wildly different setting. Natural textures and warm-toned colors are the primary elements of this quaint home, but of course, you’ll still find the classic Nancy Meyers slipcovered sofa and jute area rug.

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Crawford Slipcovered Chair with Box-Pleated Skirt
Crate & Barrel Crawford Slipcovered Chair with Box-Pleated Skirt
Venus Jute Rug
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Camille Candlestick Table Lamp
Green Row Camille Candlestick Table Lamp

The Parent Trap

still from the parent trap

Courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures

Set across two distinct locations—a vineyard in Napa Valley, California, and a central London row house—The Parent Trap tells the tale of two identical twins who swap places in order to get their parents back together. While the London home is stunning in its own right (we love the orange stairwell), the Napa Valley home is the real Nancy Meyers living room star. Evoking the mood of a Tuscan villa, this home is the epitome of laid-back elegance. Roll-arm chairs and terra-cotta urns sit alongside wrought-iron accents and a low, wood coffee table. The ceilings and sprawling windows only enhance the laid-back, luxurious feel both indoors and out.

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Large Orange & Whitewashed Terracotta Urn
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Burt Coffee Table
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It’s Complicated

still from something's gotta give

Courtesy of Warner Bros.

The kitchen may be the most coveted room in this Nancy Meyers movie home, but the living room is plenty well-deserving of fanfare. The design of this Nancy Meyers living room is sophisticated and streamlined. Of course, there’s the classic white sofa, but this time it’s accented with orange throw pillows and darker wood tones. This color palette helps to bring a Spanish air to the California home rather than a coastal one. This home also makes the case for an oversized coffee table, and we’re on board.

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