Did you see the 2018 movie Book Club? If you haven’t, House Crazy Sarah recommends you do – it’s really charming!
As always, the best part of this romantic comedy are the houses! For the most part, the scenes were shot in actual places, not on sound stages.
Diane Keaton plays a character (named Diane) who lives in a sweet cottage-style older home that is a real house in Brentwood, a neighborhood in the Westside of Los Angeles, California.
This quaint, ranch-style home in Brentwood was chosen for Keaton’s character as a nod to her empty-nester, widow status. “It was just a charming house where it hadn’t undergone the typical renovation that people do with the white marble countertops and everything,” production designer Rachel O’Toole told Architectural Digest. “It was very authentic and lived in.”
The room we see the most of in the film is Diane’s living room where the four lifelong friends gather for a book club meeting.
The actresses in this movie are outstanding – in addition to Diane Keaton, there is Jane Fonda, Mary Steenburgen, and Candice Bergen.
Diane’s living room is homey and cozy yet stylish.
The living room is a pass-through room – one where you have to go through to reach other areas of the home – and has windows on both sides.
As Jane Fonda’s character introduces their spicy new book of the month (Fifty Shades of Grey), we can see the gorgeous multi-pane windows behind her:
This bank of windows lets the California light and greenery flow into the interior.
Speaking of multi-pane windows, there is a funny scene where three of the friends are peeking through one such window when Diane’s date (the ever-handsome Andy Garcia) shows up at the front door:
We also get a look inside the master bedroom when the group of friends are trying to decide what Diane should wear on her date.
Love the white paneled walls!
Here’s a screen shot of the bedroom from another angle:
There is also a scene with Diane eating and reading alone in her lush backyard:
Diane Keaton is a design aficionado in her own right – she’s the author of three design books, including Diane Keaton: House; California Romantica; and The House That Pinterest Built. She has also owned Frank Lloyd Wright and Wallace Neff homes!
As for the rest of the house, we only see the kitchen very briefly, but it looks like it has some Spanish-style accents, particularly in the cabinetry.
Some critics demeaned this cute little chick-flick, but if you are craving a film about friendship, aging & relationships featuring smart, successful women of a certain age, definitely check this one out.
If nothing else, watch it for the charming houses!
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