A Christmas movie is even better when there’s a lust-worthy interior to ogle …
Nothing says Christmas like a cosy, comforting movie. Even better when the interiors match the mood. Scroll for our edit of the best interiors from our favourite festive films.
Main image: Rosehill Cottage in The Cotswolds, from The Holiday (2006).
Rosehill Cottage from The Holiday (2006)
The Holiday is a winner on the interiors front for one reason in particular: the film splits its locations between LA and the Cotswolds, giving viewers the best house porn from both sides of the Atlantic. The film is written and directed by Nancy Meyers who has an illustrious track record of gorgeous set design in her movies (It’s Complicated and Something’s Gotta Give are two favourites), so it’s no surprise that the interiors are enviable. The zenith being the reading nook at Rosehill Cottage, the classic English cottage where Cameron Diaz’s character holes up for the festivities. Pass us a hot chocolate and a best-seller.
The house from The Family Stone (2005)
The colonial residence in Riverside, Connecticut that served as the house for The Family Stone is pure interior goals. From the William Morris-reminiscent wallpaper to the artfully-cluttered kitchen, we wouldn’t mind hunkering down for the holidays in this cosy spot.
The Plaza Hotel in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
Nothing spells New York grandeur like The Plaza, the ‘casual’ bolthole where Kevin McCallister lives it up after being separated from his family at Christmastime. Maybe it’s the chandeliers, the 6ft Christmas tree or simply the lure of unlimited room service, but this classic New York setting always appeals.
The Carlyle Hotel from A Very Murray Christmas (2015)
If you’ve yet to watch the Sofia Coppola-directed Netflix special A Very Murray Christmas – do! It’s Bill Murray at his best and it has a cameo from a singing George Clooney (merry Christmas, indeed). However, our real love for the movie comes from its setting. The 56-minute film is based out of The Carlyle, the iconic art deco hotel on the Upper East Side, loved by movers and shakers since it opened its doors in the 1930s. More particularly, the film shoots in the storied Bemelman’s Bar, famed for its jazz nights and adorned with illustrations by Ludwig Bemelmans – who was also the author and illustrator behind Madeline.
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