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living in: paper moon

Paper Moon is a perennial favorite around these parts. Filmed in the early 1970s, its pitch-perfect rendition of the Great Depression in Kansas will fool even the most persnickety of viewers like, ahem, me. The only giveaway that it’s a modern throwback is the improved picture quality, a fact that is generally lost on me since I’m always too googly-eyed over Ryan O’Neal to notice or care.

Image above: 1. Billykirk Wool Felt Hat, $110; 2. Cotton Candy Sugar, $7.95 for a 1/2 gallon; 3. Vintage Paper Moon Photograph, $24; 4. Vintage Soda Bottle, $3.75; 5. Playground Dress, $50; 6. Candy Cigarettes, $0.58; 7. Reproduction Gramophone, $186; 8. Besame Lipstick in Cherry Red, $8; 9. Lenton Velvet Hair Bow, $12

The movie centers on a precocious girl named Addie Loggins, who, after the death of her mother, is left in the care of Moses Pray, a crooked bible salesman. Played by real life father/daughter duo Ryan and Tatum O’Neal, the pair is the definition of magnetic. But the real star of the show in my mind is, naturally, the split-second appearance by the paper moon. Can we all band together to bring back paper moons as carnival photo props? Some things are just too good to let disappear forever. — Amy M.

1. Eric Javits Straw Cap, $170; 2. Vintage Gooseneck Lamp, $54; 3. Gold Cufflinks, $54; 4. Cigar Box, $24; 5. Marigold Bed, $998; 6. Jazz Oxfords, $32; 7. Kiehl’s Musk, $39; 8. Vintage Large Linen Suitcase, $188; 9. Bible, $25; 10. Vintage Leather Hatbox, $314

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oh wow – paper moon.
these living in films are SUCH a treat! best. idea. ever.

ginnybranch stelling

might be one of my favorite collection of roundups ever! awesome awesome!


Love this film! Really gorgeous finds– the gramophone is too good to be true! I’ll have to add it to my wishlist.


I have not watched this movie (yet) but your item choices are divine!


This is amazing! I love this movie and haven’t seen it years– I think it’s time I Netflix it.

(By the way, I love these “Living In” features!)


one of my favorite movies! i can see paper moons making a come back with all the photo booths that are popping up at parties and weddings.


I love this movie and paper moons.

My husband and I had a 1920s inspired wedding a few years ago and I tried to find some kind of paper moon prop for photos but I didn’t have any luck .


A paper moon photo booth at a wedding would be the tippity top of the DIY wedding movement. I like!


What a great pick! Chiming in with others to say this is one of my favorite films of all time. ;)

Could I suggest a living in Fritz Lang’s Metropolis…


I think I watched Paper Moon because of a Design Sponge reference, I thought it was a living in feature but now I have to figure out what tipped me off to this awesome movie! I want a paper moon prop too!


yea, i think i’m going to need to make a giant paper moon… it’ll look perfect in my daughter’s room


Because of this post, I decided to check this movie out while home from work with a stomachache. It is such a beautiful film! I loved every moment of it… And for those with Netflix, it’s currently in the ‘watch instantly’ queue. No waiting required! :)

Katie @ Chai Thoughts

I hadn’t seen Paper Moon until last year, when my father-in-law introduced it to me. Since then it has been one of my favorites. I love the hats and the Cuban cigar box you found!


I’ve loved this movie….and Ryan O’Neal, and Addie’s quote to her father about having scruples……”if you’ve got ‘em, its a sure bet they belong to somebody else”

Newly Domesticated

I desperately wanted to incorporate a paper moon into my wedding, but couldn’t figure out how to a) build it or b) transport it easily. I watched this movie not long ago and just love it.

Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen

My favorite film of all time!!! I love the living in feature. My absolute favorite on this entire site.

Ooo! Can I recommend Margot at the Wedding? I love the clothes/design in that movie.

Art of RetroCollage

There are so many wonderful scenes in the movie, but one of
my favorites is when Addie sets the price of the Bibles on the
basis of the ability of the widows to pay. Watching her manipulate
the wealthy widow is always a hoot.


I’m totally going to have a paper moon photo booth at my birthday party! Where would I get paper that is stiff enough and that big???? Oh this will be a blast!!!! I’ve got till next spring to plan the party so I should be able to figure out all the details!

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