“Everyone can identify with a fragrant garden, with the beauty of sunset, with the quiet of nature, with a warm and cozy home”.
It’s been 3 years since I’ve done one of these so I thought it was time. As an introvert, being at home is the best feeling. The homes I’m about to share have all the cozy vibes of the Holidays or an Autumn rainy day spent curled up on a comfy chair reading. I’ll link the other two blogs I wrote here. PART I and PART II .
Let’s dive in.
Cozy Homes From My Favourite Movies Part III
Home Alone House
As soon as the music box soundtrack starts at the beginning of Home Alone, I settle deeper into my cozy blanket. Then the house appears, lit up for the Holidays, the snow falling silently. I can feel the warmth inside, a family gathered around the kitchen table, a christmas tree. I’ve watched this movie so many times I feel like I know this home inside and out. Located at 671 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka, Illinois. The decor is outdated now but when the film first came out the home was grand, decorated in deep reds and greens, like a fancy hotel at Christmas. The staircase in the foyer, the sprawling kitchen, homey with pots and pans dangling from a rack on the ceiling, french doors and plush seating around the fireplace in the living room. The scene where the boys stand at the window while Buzz tells them about Old Man Marley being the shovel slayer is strangely cozy to me. Then there’s the attic. The house was posted on Air B&B back in 2020 but has since been sold.
Carrie’s Apartment in Sex and The City
Carrie Bradshaw’s iconic studio apartment is housed in a brownstone walk up at 64 Perry Street in Manhattan. So many memorable moments and details from this place. The shelves lined with every issue of Vogue, the bedroom with an old wooden chair as a side table, the desk at the window and of course the closet – I wish I could pull every piece from that closet and try it on. This place reminds me of when I was a single girl living in a studio in the city- one of the best times of my life honestly, I still miss that place.
The Goonie House
Mikey and Brand’s house in The Goonies is perched on a hill in the misty seaside town of Astoria Oregon. The neighbourhood is dotted with old character homes, smoke billowing from the chimneys, the atmosphere damp and grey. A modest home that reminds me of going over to friends houses as a kid in the 80’s. The home is cluttered and messy; an old wood home with creaky floors and an aquarium in the living room; it’s evident kids live here. My favourite part of the home is the attic filled with dusty paintings and treasure maps. With a flash of lightning and thunder the adventure begins. I watch this movie every year reminiscing of days past, riding bikes with my friends and going on our own imaginary adventures.
The Parents House in So I Married An Axe Murderer
Perhaps as a nod to their Scottish heritage, the entire house where Charlie’s parent live in So I Married An Axe Murderer is painted green with tartan pillows and plaid blankets draping the sofa. You only get to see the 1st level of the home and it has the feeling of a smokey dimly lit pub; glass lamp shades and wall sconces and a warm kitchen where Charlie first learns about Mrs. X in the “paper” his mother reads. I don’t know why but I find the bathroom the coziest. To begin with, it’s huge and then there’s a table with an assortment of reading material. My bedroom as a teen was painted the same jade green. I feel like this is where I’d retreat to read if my social battery were wearing thin. The home is in the Haight Ashbury district in San Francisco.
The Witches (1990) – Grandma’s House in Norway
The movie opens with an aerial shot over the rooftops of an old town in Norway. “When your father was a boy like you and living with me here in Norway, I told him about Witches too“… The grandmother’s house appears amongst of row of wood shingled houses along a cobble stone street. We’re now seated in the dining room, Luke and his grandmother make hand dipped candles, the large table covered in newspaper to protect it from wax drippings. The story of Erica in the painting is captivating but I like to take in every detail around the old home as the grandmother tells the story. The piano in the parlour behind the dining room, the china cabinet with plates and an owl on the mantle in the background. Luke’s inviting bedroom with a dark wood chest of drawers, book filled shelves, a bowl filled with water with floating candles and a fluffy comforter to climb under and doze off to sleep.
Diane Keaton’s Home in First Wives Club
It was almost impossible to find any good photos of this home but in the First Wives Club (1996), Diane Keaton’s character Annie lives in a quintessential 3 story NYC townhouse. The background scenes are lit with warm table lamps, there’s a scene where Annie sits on the carpeted staircase while reading a letter from her old friend Cynthia, the low light mirroring the sadness of the scene; framed photos line the flight up. The kitchen has large windows and in the living room you see french inspired blue and white porcelain dishes and a striped couch straight out of a ritzy boutique hotel on Rodeo Drive. Brenda’s (played by Bette Midler) apartment is really homey but sadly there are no photos online that I could find. I love noticing what season it is in any window shots and it’s always grey and blustery in this film so I assume this story is based during Autumn.
Grey House -Good Witch Movies
Before Good Witch was released as a series on Hallmark Channel, there were the movies. Grey House, the home of Good Witch Cassie Nightingale is located in Hamilton Ontario and is known as the Foxbar House in real life. The deep red tone of the walls and antique wood furniture give the home a mysterious castle-like vibe. Large wood carved mantles adorn fireplaces, grand staircases with polished wood banisters, an indoor greenhouse/solarium and the magical sitting room Cassie creates in the attic with deep blues, purples and raindrop beaded curtains make this home a main character in the movie. It always feels like Fall in Middleton and there are whispers about the home being haunted which adds to the allure of Grey House.
The Family Stone House
The movie begins with all the Stone children heading to their family home for the Christmas holiday. I think every home gets a lot cozier during winter. The history of the family is palpable in this home. The wallpaper, the comfy chairs to sink in to by the fireplace, plush rugs, the bedrooms frozen in time and each photo lining the walls tell a story. I wish I had a family home like this to return to. The home was built in 1860 and is located at 144 Riverside Ave. in Connecticut.
Do make sure to hit the links at the top to read Parts 1 & 2. Is there a movie home you love?
Thank you for joining me today and Happy September.