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Holiday Movies That Give Us Major Design Inspo

By: Sarah Beaumont

December 18, 2017

Image via Sony Pictures

As far as we’re concerned, the holidays don’t really count until you’ve watched A Christmas Story at least three times. And with the big day just a few weeks away, there’s only so much time to see all the best seasonal flicks. Since we have a tendency to search for design inspo in every movie, we’ve obviously paid special attention to the interiors in our favorite holiday films. And just as expected, they serve up sleigh-loads of decorating ideas. So cue the Christmas playlist and blast Mariah Carey because these movies will put you and your home in the holly, jolly spirit.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

via Universal Pictures

All the Whos in Whoville know a thing or two about whimsical decorating. A mix of Santa’s Village and Pierre Cardin’s Bubble Palace, this place is all about bold colors and wild shapes. If maximalism is your method, pick up some tips from How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

A Christmas Story

via MGM

Whether your dream gift was a bb-gun or a pair of pink, footsie bunny pajamas, this classic tale always reminds us of our childhood Christmases. Tacky decorations–like a fishnet stocking leg lamp–included.

Love Actually

via Photofest

Love Actually is an interior feast for the eyes. From the lavish wedding it opens with to the Italian cottage in the countryside to the Prime Minister’s decadent, traditional home, this movie has a little something for every design style.


via Warner Bros

Whether you’re into the shabby chic style of the elve’s living quarters (minus the problems with scale) or the look of a department store decked out in DIY paper snowflakes, Elf is the movie to watch for festive style from NYC to the North Pole.

Home Alone

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The Home Alone house is basically Christmas in itself. With its brick facade covered in twinkling lights and interiors that are so characteristically 90’s, it always puts us in the mood to deck the halls — usually without the boobie traps.

Miracle on 34th St

A Miracle on 34th St often brings tears to our eyes. But not just because of its touching storyline. The newer version features a tablescape so beautiful, it instantly inspires us to step up our dining room game with taper candles, garland swags and a holiday feast fit for royalty.

The Holiday


Last but not least, The Holiday is where we turn for serious interior inspiration. Cameron Diaz’s LA place is a modern marvel and Kate Winslet’s cozy English cottage has countryside charm written all over it. No matter what your style is, this holiday flick will give you the gift of design eye-candy.

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