Thursday, September 19, 2013

House Hunting: House Favorites

Before we actually went out to look at homes I had some grand ideas of want I wanted in our home.  That's not to say I expected our first house to actually have these things (I'm not one of those people on HGTV that don't understand you can paint over colors you dislike), but I do think having a clear idea of what you like is a good thing.  Of course, most of what I like comes straight from the Hollywood movies that I grew up watchingand loving.  These are just a few of my favorite homes from movies:

It's a Wonderful Life


Not only is It's a Wonderful Life my favorite movie, but it features my favorite movie house of all time.  I love that the Old Granvile house George and Mary move into is historic and has sentimental value.  I also love that even though the house is worn down, Mary does not fixate on its numerous issues (like a leaking roof), but sees the potential and ends up creating a beautiful home full of original wood features and charm galore.
Home Alone

If I had the 1.6 million this house sold for last March, I would have happily packed my bags and moved to the suburbs of Chicago.  This huge house is still my dream home.  I've always loved the look of brick homes and who wouldn't want to make that awesome attic into their own personal hideaway?  Assuming you're not left up their while your entire family goes on vacation, of course.

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

The Griswold home just looks like the quintessential family home to me.  It could be the thousands of Chirstmas lights, but I remember wanting a house just like it for the holidays, it just seems so magical.


Lest you think that I only watched Christmas movies when I was younger, here is proof that I had other highbrow movie interests.  I pretty much thought everything in this movie was the epitome of high fashion (please note, I was in sixth grade when this movie came out), including Cher's Beverly Hills mansion.  The lavish entryway and pool were just two of my favorite features, after Cher's unbelievable closet and classic columns that dated all the way back to 1972.

What's your movie dream home?  Anyone want to watch Clueless with me this weekend and then quote it excessively?!  As if!


  1. Oooh! Me! I'll watch Clueless with you!

    I always loved Carrie Bradshaw's apartment. There was something so cozy and homey about it. And I loooved the redesign they did in the first movie.

    1. Yes, I'm sure it would be crazy expensive if it were real, but it's so nice!

  2. Explain to me why Mary needed to wear a HAT while wallpapering? Haha. I always wanted the Little Women house...and you know, Gone with the Wind. Because, why limit yourself? ;)

  3. I love all those houses as well. My favorite has to be the Father of the Bride house though, it's so pretty!

    Jenny Mac

  4. My favs are the houses from Something's Got to Give and It's Complicated. Interestingly, the same designer was behind those. :)

    1. I love the It's Complicated one too, I was always confused as to why she thought she needed to add on, the house was already perfect!

  5. I didn't know that the house featured at Home Alone was sold already. The buyer is lucky to own a spacious and glamorous house. Hehe! Well, having specific standards for a new house makes the search easier. You can also narrow your search to a specific state, if you want to. Good luck on your house hunting, Jess. I hope you'll get a great house at a reasonable price.

  6. Oh no! It’s really terrible! I hope the water will subside as soon as possible. It’s best if you stay away from the flooded areas and avoid submerging your body on water. It might infect your of illnesses, right? Keep safe guys! And check your damages it brought to your house right after the water dries. :)

    Nannie Toller


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