Friday, November 14, 2014

Something Gave At The Something's Gotta Give House



I recently received a call from a friend about an estate sale that was being held at the fabled "Something's Gotta Give" house in Southampton. The movie has become a classic--not just because it features A-list actors Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson, but because so many people have fallen in love with the "quintessential Hamptons beach house" where the movie took place.
Home today
The stunning oceanfront built in 2000 resides on tony Meadow Lane in Southampton and has quite a loyal fan base. Charming and picturesque, the estate features a sloped roof line, wooden shingles and expansive porches, perfect for summer drinks. The kicker of course is the priceless beachfront vista (well almost priceless, it recently sold for 41 million.)

Ocean front views
The interiors, designed for the 2003 movie by Beth Rubino, strikes just the right note of class and comfort. Beautiful transom windows and custom wood paneled walls painted a soft white sets the tone for one of the most loved and lusted living rooms. A pair of sea glass blue slip covered sofas house a collection of billowy pillows. Soft lighting from table lamps and an enormous tufted ottoman filled with candles, books and and a cashmere throw lend a cultivated elegance to the room. Even the sea blue striped dhurrie (which is now housed in my bedroom-see story here) adds a thoughtful contrast to the muted palette. The room is stylish and welcoming--a put your feet up, have a glass of rose and stay a while kind of room that is instantly relatable. I think what appeals most is that this "staged" room doesn't feel staged at all. Yes, I'm a big fan!
Iconic living room
Dining Room
Movie set kitchen
Actual kitchen
Back to the estate sale, which was scheduled to take place on a Friday-Saturday. I knew that anything worth buying would be scooped up within the first few hours and I arrived about an hour into the sale with about one hundred people milling about. While I knew the interiors for the movie were filmed mostly on a Hollywood soundstage, I was hoping for a chance to walk through the house and see if it still had the same elegant beach vibe I had long admired. 
Cosy nook in the movie
 Room photos from estate sale
I was disappointed--the exteriors where unchanged from the movie, but the interiors were lackluster. The second floor bedrooms were taped off as was the first floor master. We were relegated to the living room, dining room and kitchen which were filled with mismatched one-offs, dark carpets, heavy furniture and bric-a-brac waiting to be sold.  

I guess its true--you can never go back!

10 comments:

The enchanted home said...

Hey Barbara..good to see you here! I can honestly see why you were disappointed, it looks really underwhelming and at 41 million I surely expect MUCH more!! But the movie set was truly iconic.....hope all is well.

Mary Ann Pickett said...

Well, at least you got to see the outside…but I can imagine that it was disappointing. Still fun to see the movie photos.

Splendid Market said...

It goes to show what a difference furnishings can make doesn't it? It is disappointing to see... but how fun to revisit your story about the great finds you scored when the furnishings from the film came up for sale! I always love the story of a good find or two.

White Ironstone Cottage said...

What a difference yikes
loved seeing the real pics thanks for a fun post
xo
Pam

designchic said...

I can still remember seeing the movie and thinking how spectacular the house was - the kitchen looks really sad…

Katie Clooney said...

What a bummer! I would have been so disappointed if I had gone. It was my favorite "movie" house ever. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Calypso In The Country said...

Still beautiful but not quite the same...I just recently watched that movie for the first time and I must say, the movie house and the movie itself definitely lived up to all the hype. Loved it! Thanks for sharing the real pics!
Shelley

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