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After learning of the tragic passing of the legendary Nora Ephron yesterday, I mourned her wit and talent—Heartburn is one of my very favorite movies of hers. And then, I’ll admit, I mourned the loss of her eye for design. I’ve always thought that the set designs in her films were as major a character as anyone Tom Hanks or Meg Ryan played. And then I read this and realized I’m not alone.

After all, I can’t think of You’ve Got Mail without thinking of The Shop Around the Corner. Couldn’t you just picture yourself curling up with a good book in this cozy bookstore?

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The Shop Around the Corner in You've Got Mail

While watching Julie & Julia I feasted on glorious images of Paris, swooned over Julia Child’s perfectly replicated kitchen, and seriously envied Julie’s rooftop dinner party.

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Julie's rooftop in Julie & Julia

But my very favorite design moment from a Nora Ephron film? It has to be that “stupid, wagon wheel, Roy Rogers, garage sale COFFEE TABLE,” in When Harry Met Sally.

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The infamous coffee table; Photo: IMDB

What about you? Do you have a favorite movie set from a Nora Ephron film? I’ll pop some popcorn while you dish in the comments.


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11 Responses

  1. Stacey says:

    Yes! You've nailed it right on the head! That is the number one reason I love Nora Epfron films, the sets! I love Meg Ryan's and Tom Hanks' character's apartment in You've got Mail. I swear watch and rewind, and re-watch the opening scene, with the camera floating around her apartment, about a 100 times.

  2. Elaine Treon says:

    That book store gave me the happiest, coziest feeling.

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  4. pat c. says:

    that was ONE ugly coffee table!

  5. MaryPA says:

    :'(:'(:'( Sooooo sad!
    Sleepless in Seattle n Julie & julia were also legendary.

  6. @HB_Belle says:

    *le sigh* I always think about her movies in the Fall… I think because they are so cozy. In my head moving to New York would totally look like "You've Got Mail." For example: http://www.hannahbdesign.com/blog/2010/10/13/simp

  7. Jackie says:

    Does HGTV stand for Homosexual and Gay TV? Seems every show is GAY

    • WDan33 says:

      I sure hope your trying to mean this as a complement. If not I suggest that you stop watching HGTV.

  8. Pamella says:

    I too love that opening scene in, "You've Got Mail", I want to live in that apartment! I want to be Meg's character and own the Shop Around the Corner…..I've always dreamed of my own business…something that was mine, all mine……………..sigh!

  9. Tugs says:

    Nora's stage set from Bewitched was adorable, I am talking about the Home of "Samantha" Nicole Kidman played, it was very small and tastefully done"

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