From 'Home Again' to 'Something's Gotta Give,' Inside All of'' Nancy Meyers' Movie Dream Houses

The true stars of the writer, producer and director's films are the swoon-worthy sets

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Something’s Gotta Give

Something's Gotta Give - 2003
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Diane Keaton’s home in Something’s Gotta Give is arguably Meyers’ most popular space. “It’s every woman’s dream house—the house that, if you became successful and could afford a beach house, yours would look like,” she told Elle Decor.

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Something’s Gotta Give

Something's Gotta Give - 2003
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While the beachy retreat’s decor is showstopping, it’s the movie memories made that makes her spaces sentimental. “It’s the story mixed with the decor that makes people like it so much,” she said. “The house is this romantic place where Jack [Nicholson] and Diane are stranded together and fall in love.”

03 of 12

The Holiday

THE HOLIDAY, Kate Winslet, writer/director/producer Nancy Meyers, on set, 2006. ©Columbia Pictures/c
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The Holiday stars Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz as two women who are in desperate need of a life (and house) swap. Winslet trades her charming English cottage for Diaz’s chic Los Angeles pad, and Diaz heads to the U.K. Here, Meyers and Winslet film in the California-cool home office, which captures Diaz’ workaholic personality perfectly.

“If you’ve spent a chunk of your life writing a character and someone puts them in the wrong clothes or in a bed with sheets you know she would never own … it’s like somebody has added dialogue into the scene,” Meyers said during a Westweek design event. “Sometimes you pick up more from what you’re seeing than hearing.”

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The Holiday

THE HOLIDAY, Cameron Diaz, 2006. ©Columbia Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection
Columbia Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection

On the other side of the pond, Diaz soaks in Winslet’s metal tub. Stone walls, wrought-iron light fixtures and potted plants complete the country feel. “We really do build the house from scratch,” Meyers said of her process. “I get to be the homeowner without any of the bills.”

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It’s Complicated

IT'S COMPLICATED, from left: Meryl Streep, Steve Martin, 2009. Ph: Melinda Sue Gordon/©Universal/Cou
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Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin make up the hilarious love triangle in Meyers’ It’s Complicated, but Streep’s kitchen is also worth an honorary fourth star. “She wants the kitchen from Something’s Gotta Give,” Meyers joked about her inspiration for the room.

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It’s Complicated

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Although her aim was to fall slightly short of the former famous set, fans were still drawn to the space. “This is where I failed in this movie,” she said. “I wanted to give her a real crappy kitchen. But people said, ‘Why in the world does she need another kitchen?’”

07 of 12

Father of the Bride

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Martin and Keaton join forces in Father of the Bride, which is set in this classic family home. “I see a house as a lead character in a movie,” she said. “It tells you so much about a person.”

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Father of the Bride

Father Of The Bride - 1991
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The actual abode that served as the facade in the movie sold for $2 million in 2016, but many of the interiors are built sets based off of inspiration photos and created with help from set decorators and interior designers.

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The Parent Trap

THE PARENT TRAP, Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid, 1998, © Walt Disney Co. / Courtesy: Everett Collection
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Dennis Quaid’s California ranch is a standout in the 1998 remake of The Parent Trap. “It’s a world I find tremendously fun,” Meyers said of interior design. “I can’t redo my own house every three years, so I put all the energy into a movie.”

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The Parent Trap

THE PARENT TRAP, Dennis Quaid, Lindsay Lohan, 1998, (c) Walt Disney/courtesy Everett Collection
Walt Disney/Courtesy Everett Collection

That said, Meyers has lived in her Pacific Palisades abode for over 14 years. Her own children, Hallie and Annie Meyers-Shyer, inspired the names for Lindsay Lohan's characters in the film.

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Home Again

"Home Again" Film - 2017
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Hallie has since joined her mother in Hollywood, making her directorial debut with Home Again starring Reese Witherspoon. Her mom produced. “The house plays a large role in the movie,” Meyers told Architectural Digest. “It once belonged to our main character’s father in the 1970s and still holds a lot of his memorabilia.”

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Home Again

"Home Again" Film - 2017
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Fans can shop much of the film’s furniture at Pottery Barn, but there are still plenty of little details that they designed specifically for Witherspoon’s character, Alice. “There are a few items scattered around that are also in the 1970s flashback that opens the movie, which I think very few people will notice,” Myers-Shyer said. “The peacock chairs outside Alice's bedroom, the fireplace screen in her living room, and the vintage movie posters.”

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