Friday, January 2, 2009
Domesticity in the Movies
With all of the fatigue and nausea as of late, I have become a bit of a movie junkie. And I am one who rarely watches TV and only views an occasional movie. But not now. Our Netflix subscription has now been upped to three movies at a time, and I keep those movies moving quickly in and out of the house at top speed!
Two movies I have enjoyed a lot lately are Mamma Mia! and The Secret Life of Bees. I love the carefree fun and feel-good music of Mamma Mia! and I appreciate the rich relationships and themes of The Secret Life of Bees. But you know what I have enjoyed the most from these movies?
The wonderful vintage textiles and clothes and decor!!
I love Greece and spent a lovely week in Santorini once. When I watched Mamma Mia! the colors of the white buildings with the bright blue accents and lush happy flowers make me just that...happy! And the red and white bedding and all the tablecloths blowing on the clotheslines...and the clothes! I longingly watch for glimpses of those beautiful background fabrics and don't mind rewinding to catch just one more glimpse.
And in The Secret Life of Bees, I love love the sisters' vintage dresses, the accents of jewelry, the aprons...their drinking from Mason jars and enjoying the simplicity of being together rocking on the front porch. The kitchen is a cheery yellow with some red/white gingham accents on white open shelving with stacks of orderly dishware. I even start missing the conversations of the characters because I am making mental notes of color schemes, the fit of a dress, or how I want to organize something!
Movies that add a background warmth through lovely domesticity really grab me. I feel inspired and uplifted and encouraged in keeping my home fresh and alive and appealing. Full of life and color and beauty. And seeing women in pretty gingham dresses and cheery aprons and peasant skirts just makes me long for Springtime and sunshine and dressing again in a more feminine way...not flashy and trendy but pretty and girly.
What movies inspire you in living a lovely domestic lifestyle? Please do share!