amy merrickliving in

living in: days of heaven

by amym

When I first saw Days of Heaven, I was blown away. Totally speechless. It is, without a doubt, the most visually beautiful movie I’ve ever seen. Every frame could make me weep. The music. The costumes. The wheat fields. The farmhouse. The farmer. If you want a peek inside my fantasy realms of my brain, this is your chance.

[image above, clockwise from top left: vintage ticking fabric,polermo umbrella $29, reproduction gramophone $184, mechanic’s light $148, empire sofa, bowler hat $100, antique hat rack $500, pheasant feathers]

Set in the fields of the Texas panhandle in 1916, the film follows three migrant laborers and their deepening entanglement with their wheat farmer boss. Steady, mysterious and understated, it never ceases to lure me and by the end I’m all weepy and longing to run through a field by moonlight. Sadly, wheat fields and open sky are in short supply in Brooklyn, so instead I must placate myself with dreams of farmhouse tables, hunting dogs and faraway gramophones playing old timey music. –amy m.

[image above, clockwise from top left: antique garden forks $195,wooden bowl $20, wheat sheathes $14, mirror $368, wool blanket $ 470, german shorthaired pointer , farm table $1000, grasshopper print $40]

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  • How fabulous!

    P.S. – I’ve never seen the movie, but the pups in the film look like English pointers, not German ones. Though I can vouch for German Shorthaired (and Wirehaired … and Italian Spinoni) — great dogs! :)

  • *shamefaced* to admit i have never seen this film, but your description and that still of the house (that house!) make me want to run to the video store to see if they have it. right now.

    another great post Amy!

  • I am sooo with you — but you forgot one of my favorite decorative touches (and moments of great drama in the movie) — that gazebo with the white curtains out in the field! Romantic and ghostly at the same time…

  • Run don’t walk to rent it if you haven’t seen it thus far. Seriously. Maybe watch it alone, it’s a bit slow for some short attention spanned boys.

    German vs. English pointers? I dunno, i used a photo of a german pointer they’re my favorite!

  • * Hi, AMY~~~
    Wellllll, you had me at the GERMAN SHORTHAIRED POINTER!!! As “Mom of a German Shorthair” at HGTV’s RMS, you can just IMAGINE how much I adore these MAGNIFICENT, LOVING, FUN & FUNNY, BEAUTIFUL, SWEET, WONDERFUL HUNTING DOGS~~~ Our “Belle-girl” is the love of our lives!

    Annnd, thanks for the film advice~ It’s about time Jim & I had a “Dinner & a Movie” nite!

    Linda in AZ *

  • One of my all time favorite movies- sweeping, heartbreaking love triangle.
    I am loving this column.

  • someone’s got great taste! amazing, amazing film and love the decor picks. i so want a hat rack like that, but under $500.

    adore this clever column.

  • I love how a debate broke out over the dog breed, those are english pointers in the movie (i am slightly partial to them, I had two growing up, my dad being an avid bird hunter). Infact the two pictured look a lot like Sally and Lucy! But i love most of the sporting dog breeds, they are loyal and eager to please.

    But anywho, this is a great movie. Well done!

  • LOL on the inclusion of a doggy, and thumbs up that he/she links to Petfinder.com. My pit bull, Violet, is black and white, so she matches everything, but I agree that for a room from this movie, a pointer lends just the right amount of “country.” Violet offers a more modern look.

  • I have loved this series of “Living In”! I love finding inspiration in unique ways and you guys really have a knack for it.
    I saw Cider House Rules for the first time last week and there are so many beautiful details in it – I think it would make for a great candidate for a “Living In”

  • You are talking right to me. This is the feeling we are trying to evoke in our bedroom. We want old world, moonlit/dusk/twilight lighting, old chandelier sconces, bodices and specimens in jars on old library shelves with ladder. You achieved our desires with this post. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Although these products would not fit into my aesthetic/ “looK”, you have managed to make me want it all! Great story….great visuals…I appreciate it TONS and I am even coveting most of the items shown. THANKS so much. Great texture …..and especially LOVE the mechanic’s light fixture.

  • I remember seeing the film at an indie theater when it came out, and it remains one of my favorites- a movie that most people give me a blank stare when I tell them it is one of the most beautiful and visually evocative films ever made. And I’m not a weepy guy, but I remember leaving the movie and having a private cry!

  • We have two German Wirehair Pointers (exactly the same dog, only with longer fur). They are very high energy and love to hunt, but are also very sweet and loyal.

  • This looks so enchanting. i will run out to the video store tonight!

    Amy, I was wondering if you could cover the movie You’ve Got Mail….minus the losing my job part…I would love to have her life! I am especially interested to see if you know of any grandfather clocks that have that modern feel that they show briefly in his apartment. How is it they make the big city feel so homey and comfortable?

  • Thanks so much for the petfinder link! So many purebred pups are in need of a great home and breeders aren’t always (ever?) the answer.

  • I love this movie, and I totally agree with you–the visuals are absolutely stunning and completely atmospheric and evocative. I also read somewhere that the house on the hill (in the sixth image down) was inspired by the painting ‘Christina’s World’ by Andrew Wyeth, which I’ve always loved.

  • I don’t know how I have totally missed this movie before – those images are breath-taking – the cornfields and that amazing house! Wow! This is next on my list of films to watch:)

  • in 1978 i was too busy watching and dreaming about john travolta and memorizing songs from the movie grease…thank you for posting this!!! love it!!!

  • Thank-you, one of my all time favorite films! The musical score is also breathtaking and a favorite. Get it for your next ‘Big Sky’ adventure, or any adventure where you want to be carried away.

  • Utterly beautiful film – it was filmed in Alberta, by the way, if you’re wondering where that enchanting landscape actually is.

  • Amy – I’ve not heard of this film, but will seek it out for sure! I have recently re-watched Rosemary’s Baby and immediately after it was over I rushed to my laptop to see if you have written a “Living In” on this movie (hint hint). The decor is fab.
    LOVE this unique and fun column. Thanks for all the inspiration!

  • This totally confirms my love of Terrence Malicks films and I love your living in interpretation! The Thin Red Line got me, but Days of Heaven is just that.

  • I must finally see this movie. Have you ever done Sense and Sensibility? Beautiful cinematography, interiors, etc.

  • How did I miss this post? I love your Living In series and have loved Days of Heaven since I first saw it 30+ years ago. That purple light, the gazebo with the curtains, Brooke Adams’ clothes and hair, the soundtrack, melancholy, magical. “The Aquarium” playing in the background of every Victorian/Edwardian fantasy. I’ve always wanted to live in this house, this time (I’m sure the reality was much different).

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