At this point in our relationship, it’s probably no surprise that I could sustain myself on a strict diet of nothing but period pieces. Enter Howards End, the be-all end-all of gorgeous literary adaptations. It’s so Bloomsbury, it could make you cry. Now I’m no stranger to the winning power of the Hopkins/Thompson duo, but the real shining star of the movie is, naturally, Howards End herself.
1. Summer Hydrangea by F. Schumacher, $88/yd; 2. Topshop Umbrella, $28; 3. Boater Hat, $17; 4. 1910s Amethyst Earrings, $265; 5. Custom Calling Cards, $250; 6. Emeline Chair, $2,498; 7. Quill Pen, $28; 8. Traveler Coffee Table, $998; 9. Hand-Painted Porcelain Vase, $395; 10. Fortnight Oxfords, $150
Never before has there been a movie that’s captured the true charm and romance of Edwardian England quite so well. The flowers alone will bring you to the brink of booking that long-overdue English countryside vacation quicker than you can say, “But I’m broke.” The scene in the rowboat still has me spellbound, convinced that all quiet flirting must happen over water, and I’m pretty sure I’ll never fall for another boy again unless he consults constellation charts to track the night sky. Sigh, the movies have ruined me once again. — Amy M.
1. 1882 Constellation Chart, $12; 2. Garden Shears, $50/set of two; 3. Vintage Waistcoat, $259; 4. Antique Copper Pitcher, $26; 5. Wildflower Bouquet (hopefully picked from a meadow); 6. Campo de Fiori Allende Pots, $44+; 7. Handmade Wooden Wherry; 8. Pocket Watch, $85; 9. Black Bird, $15