Nancy Meyers is the American filmmaker known for making romantic comedies, often about middle-aged women, with the most perfectly curated homes for her main characters.
And Something's Gotta Give is her 2003 rom com starring Diane Keaton as a middle-aged divorcee writer living the coastal grandmother life in the Hamptons, where she ends up nursing her daughter's older boyfriend, played by Jack Nicholson.
Over the years (now, two decades), the Hamptons beach house of Keaton's character has taken on a life of its own, inspiring the coastal grandmother trend. In Elle Decor, Nancy Meyers described it as "every woman's dream house," and Hollywood Reporter called its kitchen "the most-copied kitchen of all time."
But, Meyers believes its more than just the design that makes this particular kitchen so coveted for so long:
The kitchen is what everybody talks about. It's about the bountiful kitchen, the hearth, the mother. When I think of somebody's house, I think of the kitchen.- Nancy Meyers
To me, the Something's Gotta Give kitchen screams: I love to cook with fresh ingredients and host dinner parties over a nice bottle of wine with oldies and jazz softly playing in the background.
Something's Gotta Give Kitchen
Below are images of the Something's Gotta Give kitchen featured in the movie:
The interior design of the Something's Gotta Give kitchen features the following elements:
- Traditional, shaker style, white cabinets with some glass doors and oil rubbed bronze hardware
- Some open shelving
- Black/green countertops (faux soapstone in the film)
- Dark flooring (painted wood in the film)
- Pendant lighting
- Stainless steel Viking appliances
- Center island
- Subway tile backsplash
- Farmhouse sink
- Bridge kitchen faucet
- Windows with beige curtains and dark hardware
It also features the following home decor, which gives it that cozy, coastal, lived-in feel:
- Beachy art
- Wood bowls and cutting boards
- Wall clock
- Fancy coffee maker
- Tea kettle
- Flowers and herbs
- Oils and Spices
How to Get a Something's Gotta Give Kitchen Inspired by the Movie
When we first saw the listing for our home in June 2021, we had just started looking (literally that night), but for many reasons, I just KNEW this was our new home (as did my husband).
One thing that really threw me off about it, however, was the kitchen. It looked so stark and cold in sharply contrasting black and white on the listing:
As a few days passed and we neared the day we would look at the house in person, though, I realized that it reminded me of the Something's Gotta Give kitchen, and I knew I could warm it up to get that comforting feel with some fresh, feminine touches.
I'm a big Nancy Meyers fan, and I love to listen to the Nancy Meyers' Kitchen playlist on Spotify while I'm cooking, so the thought of recreating this aesthetic REALLY excited me.
In other words, I was a coastal grandmother before this trend had a name! And, in fact, when the trend first became popular, a friend forwarded it to me and said, "This seems very YOU."
After we moved in, we ended up doing A LOT more work than anticipated on the kitchen, but we feel we now truly have a custom Something's Gotta Give kitchen without completely overhauling our kitchen at the same time.
Below is our AFTER video and photos:
The more major kitchen renovation work we did includes:
- We updated the half-broken, ill-fitting appliances to fingerprint-resistent, stainless steel, counter-depth GE appliances.
- We updated the lighting to two Progress pendant lights. (We chose stainless steel over the glass ones used in the movie because they are more modern and fit our own aesthetic better.)
- We updated the scratched, stained, and faded hardwood floors with dark tile (more functional for us than the wood used in the movie).
- We updated the tall, solid cabinets whose unattractive backs faced our dining room with shorter, glass door cabinets like the movie for more light, a casual feel, and a better flow.
- We painted the walls (Benjamin Moore's "Windham Cream," which is a bit more yellow than the movie but matched our home better) and the ceiling and trim (Benjamin Moore's "Chantilly Lace," a white that works with both cool and warm colors throughout our home).
And below is the furniture and decor we added to complete our Something's Gotta Give kitchen:
- Wood counter stools from Target to bring in more warmth and natural elements
- Beige curtains from Pottery Barn with a black curtain rod from Home Depot (just like the movie)
- A KitchenAid mixer, just like the movie
- Open wine shelving from Amazon with Schott Zwiesel wine glasses from Macy's
- Decanter from Crate & Barrel
- Cutting board (similar)
- Wine refrigerator from Amazon custom fit by my husband into an Ikea cabinet left behind by the prior owner
- A fruit basket
- Keurig coffee maker
- My favorite olive oil from DiBruno Brothers and vinegar from Brightland
- Wood salt and pepper shakers (similar)
- Lemon soap dispenser (similar)
- Striped dish towels (similar)
- Brushed nickel hardware from Lowe's (more updated than the bronze used in the film)
- Indoor/outdoor doormat from Lands' End
If you want to make your own kitchen look more like a Something's Gotta Give kitchen, you too can incorporate some or all of these design and decor elements with the items below:
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Now, you know how to get "the most-copied kitchen of all time" by Nancy Meyers in the movie Something's Gotta Give.
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