Brrrrr, it’s cold outside. With these dropping temps and snow days, many of us feel like walking icicles! It’s been frigid here at the beach and I’m perpetually seeking warm, fluffy socks for my cold toes. I wanted to share a short list of favorite movies that I find to be comforting on a chilly winter day. These films are perfectly compatible with a thick blanket and hot cup of red zinger tea. Don’t forget the tray of shortbread cookies.
FAIR WARNING: These flicks are probably real snoozers for most husbands/ boyfriends. However, while the commonalities offer both deliciously flamboyant interiors and English countryside, they also have family friendly values with a meaningful message…which is rare in the movie world.
BONUS: to give this a practical design spin, I decided to add a few paint colors that match the color story of each movie. These are paint colors I love to work with and recommend for enhancing the mood of your abode. Here we go!
An artist and aspiring author, this still single 30 year old woman (heaven forbid!), is determined to have her beautifully illustrated Peter Rabbit books published…she swims against the tide, never folding to societal pressures to squelch her dream and settle into marriage just for the sake of doing what’s expected. A woman after my own heart!
Earthy, classic, traditional. Warm, woodsy and delightfully English. Spot of tea, anyone?
- Ben Moore Great Barrington Green – HC 122 [pictured]
- Ben Moore Suxxex Green – HC 109 [deep olive green that's classic through and through]
- Ben Moore Powell Buff HC-35 [soft neutral proper enough for an English library]
- Ben Moore Yarmouth Blue HC-140 [classic light blue similar to the one in Miss Potter's parlor]
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Who could deny this Jane Austen classic? Aside from the insanely fabulous costuming, I adore Emma’s playfully warm and slightly mischievous personality. I cannot get enough of the crackling fire scenes and heart thumping flirtations between her and the dashing Mr. Knightley. In the end, Emma learns a powerful lesson about meddling and falls madly in love with a man whom she greatly admires.
Saturated blues, butter yellows, fresh greens, pale pink and lovely creams. The color is brilliant in this movie.
- Ben Moore China Blue 2052-60 [not quite Tiffany, but a light blue with some serious pop]
- Ben Moore Hancock Green HC-117 [pale and perfectly 18th century green that's also compatible with any modern day palette]
- Ben Moore Love and Happiness 1191 [creamy pale pink]
- Ben Moore Kennebunkport Green HC-123 [medium green beautiful enough for walls or even the backs of bookshelves]
- Ben Moore Beacon Hill Damask HC-2 [deep butter yellow with a little bit of a kick]
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NANNY McPHEE RETURNS
We watched this one last weekend with the kids. While I’ll admit to not being much of a fan of modern kid movies, I was intrigued with the styling of the family’s farm house as well as the message behind both the first and second Nanny McPhee. Love her “five life lessons” – they’re good for all of us to remember! The rustic touches juxtaposed with vintage florals and fine china fascinated me…not something I could live with every day, but so fun to see in a movie!
This picnic scene in the field of barley with all the tweeds was perfection.
Who could resist these precious little lads and lassies? And piglets?!? I’m sold!
The entire movie showed extremes of neutral or brilliant tones and used that as an impetus to guide your range of emotion from one scene to the next.
- Ben Moore Richmond Gray HC-96 [a soft neutral as dependable as your favorite pair of broken-in khakis]
- Sherwin Williams Wheat Grass 6408 [not for the faint of heart, this is a full bodied gold with yellow/green undertones]
- Sherwin Williams Leapfrog 6431 [honest and bold medium green - much brighter than this paint image - I used this once in a client's playroom and it was brilliant against her modern art collection]
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Loved this out of the box fairy tale with a message of self-love and acceptance. This one is another style powerhouse, but in a most unexpected way. Let me just say this; if you love Anthropologie, then you will love the aesthetic of this movie. I marveled at the dark and exaggerated tones.
Moody, rich tones mixed with pervasive pops of coral and red.
- Ben Moore North Creek Brown 1001 [pictured]
- Ben Moore Whitall Brown HC-69 [clean brown with no grey or green undertones]
- Ben Moore Ravishing Red 2008-10 [tangy, bright coral based red]
- Sherwin Williams Cocoon 6173 [a rich dark grey with just enough green to keep you guessing]
[first photo from here]