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living in: benny & joon

by amym

While Benny & Joon is technically an early 1990s rom-com — a time and genre not necessarily known for quality — it packs a wallop of charm and oddball sincerity. It’s the only love story I know that rivals Harold and Maude in kooky sweetness, and it’s impossible to pass the two hours without wanting to jump into the screen. The house by the river, filled to the brim with paintings and vintage quirk, almost steals the show from a young Johnny Depp. Almost.

1. Wool Felt Fedora, $36; 2. Milkshake Maker, $46; 3. Vintage Mid-Century Lamp, $38; 4. Windsor Paintbrush, $2; 5. Tapioca Pudding, $5; 6. Hanging Geranium, $50; 7. Canvas Wingtip Oxfords, $25; 8. Silver Heart Locket, $105; 9. 1940s Bar Stool, $1200; 10. Judy Jackson Vases, $38 each

The second set of stills and another roundup continue after the jump…

It’s not just a love story between a Buster Keaton wannabe and a mentally-ill painter; it’s a match made in heaven between mid-century and 1990s goodness. Once it all goes through the paint-splashed crazy cycle, it comes out all the more covetable. But an ironed grilled cheese made by the loving hands of Mr. Depp? I’d pay any price.

1. Studio Days Easel, $2100; 2. Alvin Oil Paints, $13; 3. Factory Pendant, $298; 4. Grilled Cheese, $13; 5. Black and Decker Iron, $25; 6. Pinched Vase, $16; 7. Windsor Chair, $130; 8. Boombox, $45; 9. Wooden Palette, $5; 10. Deck of Cards, $1.25

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  • Literally just saw this movie and thought the exact same thing about the house!! Who was in charge of set production did a job well done!

  • I was born and raised in Spokane, this movie was filmed in the neighborhood under the Monroe St bridge when I was a kid. A bunch of boys I knew would go down to the set a perform skateboard tricks for jd, who sounds like a good sport. I wish Spokane was like it seems in this movie, I’d still live there!

  • oh yes! i did a mini Benny & June home decor feature on my blog a week or 2 ago and i’m delighted to see your “living in” ideas here! you come up with the most lovely combinations that are spot on! i love this, thanks for posting it!! B & J is maybe my all time favorite old-school movie. i am planning to name our baby Juniper if it’s a girl, and call her Juni :)

  • This was also one of my fav’s! The part I loved the most in the decor was the door knobs hanging from the ceiling – I always wanted to do that!

  • I love Benny and June. I have always loved the quirky style of the not just the characters but the home June and Benny live in as well! So adorable. The best line from that movie is when they are playing poker and the one guys puts in “One soap on a rope…slightly used” BWA-ha!

  • I love Joon’s workspace in this movie. Always have. Those windows. The river behind their house. The paint everywhere. I just noticed the little figures she painted above the window. And man, do I love her style! If this isn’t on Netflix Instant I’m going to have to go buy it ASAP.

  • I live in Spokane and have seen the home that was the location for Benny & Joon’s house many times. Here is a link to it on Google Maps, street view. It’s at Water & N. Cedar and it is close to Monroe Bridge in Peaceful Valley http://goo.gl/maps/znf8Y Oh and Benny’s auto shop is on Market near Queen I think.

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