living in: sense and sensibility


Sense and Sensibility is such a sparkling Austen adaptation that I kept forgetting to pause it to take movie stills for this post. The Dashwood sisters steal your heart right from the get-go, thanks in no small part to Emma Thompson’s fluid screenplay and director Ang Lee’s warmth and honesty. Sensible Elinor and flighty, impulsive Marianne are complete opposites and it’s a true testament of my fan-girlness that I mark my personality evolution in terms of Austen heroines. I started off as a die-hard Marianne but am slowly turning into a snooze-worthy rendition of Elinor.

1. Griffin Library Pillow, $295; 2. Resin Cutlery Set, $56; 3. Antique Wooden Birdcage, $2,400; 4. Cashmere Scarf, $143; 5. Beeswax Taper Candles, $11+; 6. Harrison Table, $895; 7. Frances Palmer “Summer Vase”, $895; 8. Leather Envelope, $75; 9. Wildflower Bouquet, $5; 10. Vintage Gilded Silhouette, $18

Wildflowers, English cottages, homespun linen and ironstone pitchers plus, ahem, a healthy dose of Col. Brandon make Sense and Sensibility a worthy object of aesthetic obsession. I may not have the cottage or the Colonel, but lord help me, I will pick wildflowers every chance I get (even if it means snooping in the back alleys of Brooklyn).

1. Vintage Oushak Rug, $1,795; 2. English Bird Print, $65; 3. Natural Sea Sponge, $14; 4. Iron Sconce, $34; 5. Brooks Brothers Linen Handkerchiefs, $60; 6. Natural Horn Comb, $9; 7. Vintage Ironstone Pitcher, $17; 8. Vintage Dutch Cup and Saucer, $24; 9. Hungarian Grain Sack, $48; 10. Shaker Peg Rail, $77; 11. Wooden Tabletop Mirror, $175

  1. This is one of my most favorite movies and I watch it frequently. Lovely post.

  2. p.s although my daughter says that “most favorite” is incorrect – but it is!

  3. Karen says:

    Oh I love this movie! Don’t you want to live in a little cottage just like that?!!

  4. Delphine says:

    Oh my god!!! This is my favourite movie of all time, thank you so much for this post!!! :D

  5. Jen says:

    Terrific…just wonderful…I love Austen’s books and this is one of my favourite movie adaptations. It is one of those movies that, if it is on television, I MUST sit and watch it.

  6. casamos says:

    I have watched this movie hundreds of times, sometimes twice or three times in a row. I am so happy other people enjoy it like I do. … I think I need to watch it again.

  7. Sarah Moses says:

    I forgot I found this!! HAHA. That’s my comment right ^^^ there. I think I found my new home inspiration.


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