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Interior Design in Classic Movies of the 1990s

For our fifth blog post in this series, we’ve come to the 1990s! The last post in the series was Interior Design in Classic Movies of the 1980s. Read along as we go over some of the interior design and production design of the films of the 90s.

You’ve Got Mail (1998)

“Don’t cry, Shopgirl. Don’t cry.”

This Pride & Prejudice story stars Meg Ryan as Kathleen Kelly and Tom Hanks as Joe Fox. Kathleen’s children’s bookstore goes out of business when businessman Joe opens a mega bookstore in the same area and the two start a bitter rivalry. This romantic classic was directed by Nora Ephron (Sleepless in Seattle).

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In the photos above, you can see the decor in Kathleen’s brownstone. We love her country style kitchen and the decor in her living room. No bookstore owner’s home is complete without a book shelf. The antique aquamarine colored dresser stands out against the creams and whites in the color palette as well. It is balanced by the framed photos hanging above it. On the right you can see Kathleen’s bookstore, which is decorated in strings of lights.

Edward Scissorhands (1990) 

“Sometimes you can still catch me dancing in it.”

In this cult classic, Johnny Depp plays Edward Scissorhands, an artificial boy with scissors in place of hands. He goes to live with the Boggs family and falls in love with Kim Boggs, played by Winona Ryder. However, Edward finds it impossible to fit in with society, who constantly misunderstands him.  This fantasy film was directed by Tim Burton. Bo Welch (Thor, The Lost Boys) was the Production Designer and Tom Duffield (batman Returns, Bettlejuice) was the Art Director.

In the first photo on the left, you can see a grand staircase in the abandoned mansion Edward is found in. In the other photos, you can see the Boggs’ family home, as well as other interiors of homes in the neighborhood. Note the bright pinks, the reoccurring pastels and the green areas that pop.

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Practical Magic (1998)

“I dream of a love that even time will lie down and be still for.”

This romantic comedy tells the story of magical sisters who are cursed. Any man loved by an Owens girl will die. Will sisters Gillian, played by Nicole Kidman, and Sally, played by Sandra Bullock, ever be able to love?

The beautiful Victorian home the girls grow up in was an empty shell built by a film crew on top of a platform. The film’s producer felt the house was so essential to the story that it should be built from scratch. After the film was made, the empty house was torn down.

Production designer Robin Standefer really infused the spirits of the characters into the set design. We’re absolutely in love with the kitchen, including the tile and the wooden table. The next photos picture the attic of the house (filmed on a sound stage) and the magical conservatory where Sally wishes to never fall in love.

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Practical Magic Kitchen

Practical Magic Attic

Practical Magic Conservatory

Which movie is your favorite classic from the 1990s?


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