Image Source: 20th Century Fox
What if the Titanic set sail in 2019 instead of 1912? What if the sound of music wasn’t set in 40s but rather today?
With the Oscars just around the corner, those were a few of the questions our design team has been thinking about. The same people who reimagined the Friends apartment and the homes of Disney Princesses, we couldn’t help but wonder how some of our all-time favorite best pictures might look if they took place today.
Curious what we came up with? From Casablanca to The Shape of Water, keep scrolling to see how we gave 5 Oscar-winning best pictures a modern-day makeover.
Casablanca (Best Picture Winner 1944)
We imagined Rick’s upscale nightclub/cafe would have embraced the bohemian style were it around in 2019. A Moroccan oasis, it would still be the perfect place for cozy and intimate gatherings (or gambling, if that’s your thing).
The atmosphere of Rick’s Café Américain is as romantic and moody as ever, thanks to the layered rugs and lanterns that adorn every surface in the room.
Bring our contemporary Casablanca look home through flea market finds and pieces that show their history. Anything with bone inlay or rattan will instantly give your space an eclectic feel, and don’t be afraid to layer on the rugs, pillows, and throws. Even mix and match your dining chairs for an extra eclectic look!
The Sound of Music (Best Picture Winner 1966)
From the “Do Re Mi” sheet music to the view of the iconic gazebo (you can almost hear Liesl singing…), our 2019 take on The Sound of Music certainly includes a few of our favorite things!
Inspired by the living room where the Von Trapp family gathers to hear their father sing “Edelweiss,” the color palette comes from the original movie and was crucial to bringing this look to life.
To bring this style to your home, look for classic-European or ballroom inspired pieces. Anything embroidered is your best friend, from pillows and chairs to sofas!
Titanic (Best Picture Winner 1998)
If you’re getting painted like a French girl, this traditional-glam lounge space is the perfect backdrop. Our 2019 vision for the set of Titanic was inspired by the first-class smoking room and Verandah Cafe from the original film.
The combo of tropical palm leaf prints and ornate chandelier are enough to make anyone feel like the king of the world. We imagined Jack and Rose making themselves at home in this first-class lounge space, relaxing and flirting, and (hopefully) avoiding that pesky iceberg.
Love this look? Bring it home by mixing classic furniture pieces in rich hues. Play with a palette of reds and greens to evoke the colors of the original set (note the green velvet sofa and ornate red rug), and don’t forget the palm leaves!
Shakespeare in Love (Best Picture Winner 1999)
Where Elizabethan era decor meets a theatrical flair, our current-day take on Shakespeare In Love is perfectly dark and moody, just like a Shakespearean tale.
Both dramatic and whimsical, this look plays with textiles and pattern and bold colors. A few key pieces include the writing desk for dashing out secret notes, dramatic curtains that evoke a stage, and the swooning sofa for reading love letters (or crying from torment).
For Shakespeare fans, there are easy ways to incorporate this style into your own space. Start with a dark and moody paint color then layer on some rugs. To modernize, pair original antique pieces with updated patterns & textiles and add a touch of fairytale whimsy with a fun sculptural piece or work of art.
Shape of Water (Best Picture Winner 2018)
Art Deco meets industrial in Elisa Esposito’s living room. Set in the 1960s, The Shape of Water depicts a life of isolation and her unique bond with a mysterious, scaled creature.
For this new look, we embraced a color palette that evokes the moody tones of the film. The space is minimally styled with a few sparse touches of Art Deco and industrial decor. The table set closely mirrors the original in the movie and the bathtub adds an edgy note, and is ready for any aquatic friends she cares to bring home.
Get this look with a moody blue wall color – the foundation of any water-themed space. Mix industrial elements and softer shapes to create a unique deco look, and add velvets and vintage pieces to complete the space.