Have you ever seen the film Last Night  with Keira Knightley and Guillaume Canet? [Also Same Worthington and Eva Mendes but I don't really care for either in it...] If you haven't, you MUST see it as soon as possible. It is probably one of my top ten; possibly top five films. It's one of those films that if I could, I would just live inside of it for the rest of my life. I have major everything envy in this film. Wardrobe envy. NYC location envy. Soundtrack envy. Dog envy. Accent envy. Apartment envy. I just want to be Keira Knightley envy. All of it!
But honestly, it is a really beautiful film, soundtrack, set, shots, everything and I highly recommend you watch it. I am right now!
Above all the envy I have for the film; is the apartment envy. I'm going to be bold and say that Joanna [Knightley] and Michael's [Worthington] NYC apartment is my dream apartment. I love all the aspect about it and could happily see myself lively quite contently in it [if I could afford it!] and be utterly satisfied. Everything that you get to see in the film I love. The open concept of the living room and kitchen is one of my favorite parts. [Plus the windows for that view!]
Out of my apartment envy for this place, my kitchen envy stands near the top. Or should it be better stated as lack-there-of kitchen envy. The perfect New York kitchen in the fact that it is hardly a kitchen. I love the giant island in the middle that functions as a bar and table. I love that there aren't cabinets and cupboards everywhere [I hate cabinets and cupboards with a passion]. The slightly industrial look to everything and the fact that the various kitchenware is part of the décor. And of course, last but not least the [small] fridge; because honestly I'm not much for cooking. I have very basic skills; though I can make you a mean omelet, grilled cheese sandwich, or stir fry. And it works for me, I want nothing ever of making my own jam or elaborate dinner spreads like in Kinfolk magazine. [I can't think of anything I'd enjoy less!]
I think that is one of my favorite things about living in NYC; the weekly grocery shopping. Only really purchasing food for a week [or less] as you don't have the space for that much else. I remember a friend had to put things in my basket after I moved back, while telling me "you're going to want to stock up not, we won't be driving out here the massive snow during the winters". I never truly succeeded. But my lack of interest in cooking is not the point of this post...
One thing I do like in interiors is open concept floor plans, especially in apartments. Be it between the kitchen, living room or even bedroom [as long as the bathroom has its own room I am fine!]. I think they create for an interesting look. You can carry on conversations easily too, which is nice. They're another one of the things I love about New York apartments.
I also love the fact that the shelves are covered in books. Personally, I own a large number of books; they are the one thing [other than music] that I don't feel antsy about owning in an excessive amount. One of my favorite quotes, ironically enough from Keira during an Elle UK interview was about books. I remember reading it and completely agreeing.
I can’t get rid of books. It’s almost like having your thoughts [around you]. I want to be able to hold it. I want to be able to see where the pages have been turned down. I grew up in a house full of books. Wall to wall. I remember when I moved out of home, that was the big thing I couldn’t handle: there weren’t any books. Every inch of my mum’s house is covered in them and not having any was like, ‘this is really weird. This is such a sterile space without any stories in it.’
Lastly, in the lengthy post I expect very few of you to actually read: the bedroom. I love white walls and exposed brick [painted or not] and hardwood floors. The simplicity of the headboard. Plus, the crisp white linens; god do I love white bed linens... I could go on and on... if you managed to make it though: Bravo! Regardless, watch the film, if not to see the gorgeous apartment in person, than for the fact that it is genuinely a brilliant film. A favorite for life!
I must ask, is there a film you'd love to live in? I have a few others that I will share too. I have a fascination with a variety of areas in design [not just fashion] and interiors are certainly one of them.