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The Big Chill

No movie captures the angst of friendships gone by, the joys of inside jokes, and the idea of nostalgia better than The Big Chill (1983).  It is, hands down, the coming-of-age “reality” film for the baby boomer generation. Myself, daughter of a boomer, has inherited a cult-like love for this witty story with a psychotically talented ensemble cast. Centered around seven former college friends gathered for a funerary weekend (wherein Kevin Costner is the corpse, albeit briefly), the gang catches up with each other, plays the music of their youth (lots of Motown hits), reminisces, smokes marijuana and wears Nikes.

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The soundtrack is irresistible, the script is smart (read: pithy), the conversations are authentic, the premise is stellar, and the fashions of the baby-boomer generation are straight-up disastrous bordering on unflattering. Seriously, how did people even procreate or have sex in the eighties? Who found one another attractive?

Examinging the decor from The Big Chill

Examinging the decor from The Big Chill

Examinging the decor from The Big Chill

In March of 2013, the  Beaufort, South Carolina antebellum plantation known as “Tidalholm Mansion” (where the iconic film was produced) was listed for sale at a hefty $4.5.

Examinging the decor from The Big Chill

viaExamining the decor from The Big Chill

Examinging the decor from The Big Chill

Boy, they sure did love their dusty pink leather and blush hued upholstery. 

Examinging the decor from The Big Chill

Examinging the decor from The Big Chill

Meg Jones: [about men] They’re either married or gay. And if they’re not gay, they’ve just broken up with the most wonderful woman in the world, or they’ve just broken up with a bitch who looks exactly like me. They’re in transition from a monogamous relationship and they need more space. Or they’re tired of space, but they just can’t commit. Or they want to commit, but they’re afraid to get close. They want to get close, you don’t want to get near them.

Examinging the decor from The Big Chill

Let’s reinterpret this house, keeping its southern charm, familiarity and comfort. It’s a place where coastal living meets shabby chic. I will even keep the floral patterns in the drapes.

Examinging the decor from The Big Chill

 

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In preparation for the onset of autumn (the leaves are a’changing and there’s a crisp in the air), I bring you a mix and match of light sweaters perfect for the in-between weather of seasonal changes.

Sweater: A bold, Southwestern motif lends an on-trend accent to a slouchy collegiate sweater by Topshop found here. / Room: Retreat to a Southwest hideaway, at home. Live in a handcrafted cove of pine with distressed, hand-painted turquoise finish. The details give it the necessary character and situate your in your own personal desert oasis: twigs, conchos, cacti, a stampede of horses, antlers and painted flowers. Las Cruces bedroom found here.

Sweater: Knitted from the softest angora-blend and adorned with two intarsia tigers, Mulberry’s light-brown sweater is a sartorial conversation starter. The relaxed fit and flattering neutral hue make it a weekend fail-safe, found here. / Room: Designer Valentino’s drawing room plays on rich browns, and deep contrasts between dark and light, where a Léger Peinture Murale (1932) and a Ming-dynasty tiger sit regally atop a mantle. Can you find the mammal? Photographs by Jonathan Becker via Vanity Fair August 2010.

Sweater: Like the Salvador Dali couch, or Marilyn Monroe’s famous red pair, these lips were sealed with a kiss! To purchase, click here. / Room: Live inside of St. Valentine’s house daily with this ultra themed dining room. Heart plates, red lacquer, color blocked drapes, and the whimsy of someone’s Barbie dollhouse! Photography by Donna Griffith and esign by Jennifer Brouwer Interior Design, via Coco + Kelly!

 

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Perfume:  Valentino Eau de Parfum – Garavini / Room: Zin Home wing bed frame Master Bedroom

Perfume: Prada Candy by Prada / Room: Venice by Turquoise , LA. 

Perfume: Benefit Garden of Good & Eva Fragrance / Room: Casa Paralea by JMA INTERIOR DECORATION. Photograph by Ron Rosenzweig.

Perfume: NANA DE BARY – GREEN from Liberty / Room: Phyllis Morris Showroom  – Trousdale Bed, Trousdale Nightstands, X Bench and the “SuperStar” wallcovering — all from the Phyllis Morris Showroom in West Hollywood, California. Photo by Lee Clower.