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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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