COTE DE TEXAS: Someone's Gotta Get Her!

Someone's Gotta Get Her!

Beth Rubino, the Set Decorator for Something's Gotta Give and It's Complicated.

And we got her!!! The Academy Award nominated, Set Decorator extraordinaire Beth Rubino sat down at the Skirted Roundtable to talk about - you got it - Something's Gotta Give, the popular Nancy Meyers film which starred the beautiful Southampton beach house as much as any of its Hollywood actors! But, the surprise was on us.

The Living Room From from Something's Gotta Give

It turned out that Beth Rubino is far too a fascinating and intelligent a woman to be pigeonholed by just one movie, despite the fact that we want her to be. Beth is full of stories about the movie industry and what her job as Set Decorator entails. We get Beth to discuss the famous beach house with its even more famous blue and white rug - which she tells us all about.

The Dining Room from Something's Gotta Give.

And we got Beth to tell us the secret of exactly where the inspiration for the house came from - especially the much beloved dining room with its wall of white ironstone.

We discuss fellow blogger - Annechovie aka the artist Anne Harwell. Harwell's famous chair painting was in the movie "It's Complicated," Nancy Meyer's latest blockbuster!

Anne's chair painting can be seen behind Meryl Streep in the infamous pot-smoking bathroom scene. Congrats Anne!!!!

The Concourse Level of the Twin Towers designed by Beth Rubino for the movie World Trade Center.

But life as a Set Decorator is not all beautiful Southampton beach houses. In Oliver Stone's "World Trade Center," Beth was challenged to recreate the concourse level of the Twin Towers. Beth describes for us what happened the day the invited first responders came to visit the set.

Please join Linda, Megan and me as we talk Hollywood and the most famous movie house ever with the woman who designed it, down to the last glass in the kitchen! You do NOT want to miss this one!!!

To listen go to The Skirted Roundtable blog HERE.


  1. The lady is a GENIUS!

    I'm dieing to see "It's Complicated" and rewatch "Something's Gotta Give" just to go gaga over the house, often!

  2. WOW!!!!!! I'm SO excited-- and I can't wait to see how excited you get, Joni! Gonna go listen right now!

  3. Oh Joni, I am so happy for you! What a treat, especially knowing how much you adore her work! Excited to listen to it, Congratulations, I heart the Skirted Roundtable.

  4. Oh My!!! I can't wait! If I ever win the lottery, the "Something's Gotta Give" house is the first thing I will spend money on!

    I made my poor husband drive all over town last year trying to buy a copy of that movie so that I could freeze frame my way through it for our kitchen remodel! It was the inspiration for my entire renovation!


    Kat :)

  5. Can't wait to listen!! I bought the movie just for the house shots.

  6. I love how you were able to "dig" this up for us! Haven't listened to the podcast, but how cool you got Beth to be your guest!

  7. beth rubino is entirely talented and i am sure a wonderful woman... cannot wait to hear more...
    xx pam

  8. Wow, wow, wow!!!
    I can't wait to listen, such a talented group of wonderful women!!

  9. I loved the movie and I look forward to hearing your podcast. Hope to get a chance to do that tomorrow.

  10. You girls are just amazing! I can't wait to listen to this! laurie

  11. Beth really did start her own design revolution with that set. So many, including myself have used this set as inspiration. Would love to listen to your interview.
    Ness xx

  12. Very informative post!! I loved It's Complicated and of course the kitchen was awesome in a subtle California. I will probably go see the movie the way do you know who landscaped the garden in Meryl's house....loved it. I may have to knock down a few trees to created something similar...It inspired me...Joni you're great can't wait to listen to you podcast Fay

  13. Joni,

    I can't wait to listen. My husband and I finally went to see It's Complicated last weekend so I'm for the inside scoop from the SRT. Hope you are well.

    Gwen Driscoll
    Ragland Hill Social

    Come by my "Week in White" next week. It's going to be great!

  14. Great news , can't wait to listen to it !!

  15. Think I'll take my laptop into the bathroom (the only place a mommy {sorta} gets any peace) to listen to this to this interview, so I can focus and hear every last word! I'll be back with commentary ;)

  16. Oh! Could I marry her :)

    I love Somethings Gotta Give mainly because that house is amazing. (its always on my fave movie list for that very reason)

    Thank you for sharing.

    Digella Australia

  17. Oh, wow the Twin Towers set design must have been such an emotional thing to do-- what an unforgettable experience! Looking forward to listening about it at all! Take care.

  18. it's so cute how this hits all of our buttons in the same manner ... gaga

    ONLY Diane Keaton could have "worn" this house!!
    Somehow we all relate to her, too ... the glasses, the sweaters, the khakis, the haircut ... classic beyond description ... just like the house! She wears it with panache.

  19. Well, I for one cannot wait to hear her. Sounds like a lot of fun, I had better bring my pen & paper to take notes!

  20. can't wait to listen to your latest srt installment - but before that i have got to share that has i was laughing and guffawing my way through it's complicated and pop there was anne's chair - i was so excited to see i the bright orange chair - i recognized it immediately and e-mailed anne - i was hoping it wasn't a knockoff because someone else did that to her last year and we had a long e-mail conversation about it - so glad that it is her work and she got full credit -

  21. Great post!!....again.
    I just adore the dining room on the set. The slip covered chairs are wonderful!!

    Have a great weekend.. I am coming back later today with a cup of tea to spend some time on your blog and relax.....well done!


  22. Hi Joni:
    It's 10:00 am! I'm at work & I'm dying to listen now. But I will have to waite until I get home this evening...over a glass of vino. I just saw, It's Complicated this past Sunday & loved it...actors, story, set design and all! Thank You!

    FYI - I would love to find out from her about the wallpaper in the daughters bedroom. Farrow & Ball's "Ringwold" perhaps?

  23. I can't wait to listen -- I love that house. I have a list of all of my favorite features and use them as a decorating guideline in my lake cottage.

  24. Margaret Mary MeehanJanuary 16, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    OMG I cannot wait to hear it. I am so happy I have found your blog and the opportunity to be able to participate.

    Her set designs are just too fabulous . I have been watching some of her other movies from the past to just see the transitions of style over a period of time.
    Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

  25. Hi Joni!
    I will definitely tune in for this SRT! I am the only person in the universe who hasnt seen It's Complicated but the trailers look terrific! Maryanne

  26. What fun! I will definitly listen to the interview. I'm a fan! ~ Sarah

  27. It was a great interview. I am always mesmerized by movie talk! I have a friend of a friend who is in the movie biz and always love hearing her talk about film sets, actors, fun and problems on set, a fascinating world.

    I so appreciated Beth's description of the different roles in set design and decoration. I could have listened to her talk for hours. I think it is interesting that as residential decor junkies we liked hearing her talk about the "houses" but as an artist, she likes to work on all kinds of sets. A pure artist but one heck of a decorator too! I wish I had somehow found my way into this business. I imagine I would have loved I find it endlessly fascinating.

    You should have her back for a Part 2 some time!

    Loving the Skirted Roundtable. You guys are going to be famous in the historical decor archives. In 100 years, people will be listening to these first-of-a-kind decor talks! Keep it up!

    xo Terri

  28. Hi Joni, I am going to get a cup of coffee and sit and enjoy every minute of your latest discussion On Monday. Lots of acitivity this weekend with family and I love to just sit and absorb it all in. Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment I really appreciate it yoy taking the time to visit, Kathysue

  29. That was so cool that Anne's painting was in the movie!! How wonderful! I can't wait to bring my Swan House original from Anne out of storage and back on display where it belongs!

    A wonderful interview Joni, thank you.

    Anna :)

  30. Joni, I love your blog; I love your taste and your delightful approach to blogging...
    Can you tell me more about Sally Wheat's color choices?
    I would love to know the color of her stucco home and her shudders!

  31. I would love to find out those colors from the Wheat home too!

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