In last Sunday's NY Times Magazine cover story, director Nancy Meyers quotes French filmmaker François Truffaut: “Making movies is an accumulation of details.” Her attention to detail is in evidence in the kitchen of her forthcoming movie, It's Complicated (designed by set decorator Beth Rubino), where Meryl Streep's character, Jane, effortlessly whips up perfect roast chicken dinners and entertains her family, friends, and suitors. Recreate the casual Santa Barbara look with the following kitchen accessories.
Above: The Medium Goodman Hanging Lamp made of antique white metal with a hand-rubbed antique brass finish on inside; $483 at Circa Lighting.
Above: Our nomination for most useful It's Complicated kitchen illumination item: the aluminum Tolomeo Clip Spot Light, which can be easily repositioned when additional light is needed; $170 from Design Within Reach.
Above: The simple William Yeoward Carafe is handmade with everyday use in mind; $99 at the Blackberry Farm Shop.
Above: Stash utensils in Seletti Canisters, which are inspired by ring-pull storage cans but crafted in porcelain. Microwave and dishwasher safe; $21.99 for the medium size at Emmo Home.
Above: The perfect It's Complicated kitchen mugs: Sophie Conran by Portmeirion Mugs in white; $36 for a set of four at Amazon.
Above: In our ideal world, we would serve all meals on dinnerware from French company Astier de Villatte; the Adelaide Dinner Plate is $104 at Tabula Tua in Chicago.
Above L: Chemex Classic Series Six-Cup Coffee Maker; $33.90 at Amazon. Above R: Chemex Classic Series Eight-Cup Coffee Pitcher with Glass Handle; $34.95.
Above: The simplest (and most appealing) cake stand we know of comes from San Francisco company BIA Cordon Bleu and is available in three sizes. The large BIA Cordon Bleu Nouveau Collection Pastry/Cheese Stand is 14.1 inches in diameter and costs $38 at Amazon. The 10.3-inch BIA Cordon Bleu Nouveau Collection Pastry/Cheese Stand is $17. The BIA Cordon Bleu Nouveau 6-Inch Pastry/Cheese Stand is $17.
Above L: Most serious chefs have a jumble of pots and pans rather than perfectly matched sets; the versatile All-Clad 11-Inch French Skillet is currently on sale for $89.95 (down from $120) at Williams-Sonoma. Above R: The classic Mauviel Copper Saute Pan is $240 at Williams-Sonoma.
Above: Libeco's Napoli Vintage Linen Table Runner in a terra cotta shade; $59 at Didriks.
Above: The Shade Store is an excellent source for matchstick blinds; we like the Standard Woven Wood Shade in the Wind pattern with a small valance (options include blackout lining, inside mount, decorative borders, and multiple lining and control options); pricing starts at $55.
For more It's Complicated kitchen ideas and inspiration, see the matching garden.