amy merrickliving in

living in: far from heaven

by amym

Far from Heaven is a color-drenched look at the darker side of a 1950s idealized life. Julianne Moore’s magazine-worthy house doesn’t save her from the town’s scorn when her marriage dissolves, but we can’t stop coveting it. Brightly colored leaves swirl around her family’s gorgeous mid-century setup, and if your seemingly perfect life has to crumble around you, you could be stuck in worse places. — Amy Merrick

1. Sunburst Wall Mirror, $308; 2. Clip-On Studs, $308; 3. Diana F + Lomo Camera, $94; 4. Iron Fireplace Tool Set, $193; 5. Vintage Ceramic Ashtray, $40; 6. Portola Armchair, $798; 7. Diner Heels, $109; 8. Revlon Lipstick in True Red, $10; 9. 1950s Side Table, $1200; 10. Gold Chain Bracelet, $67

Clean but comfortable mid-century furnishings can cushion a minor meltdown, when used appropriately. Warm teak, handmade ceramics, wooly textiles and classic accessories make a house infinitely cozier, even when the household is nearing complete disintegration. While we wouldn’t wish for the return of 1950s social standards on our worst enemies, the home life doesn’t look so bad from here.

1. George Nelson Spindle Wall Clock, $95; 2. Vintage Globe, $21; 3. Sara Paloma Bottle, $140/set of 3; 4. Canoga Pillow, $215; 5. Vintage Danish Wall Unit, $4900; 6. Pendleton Wool Plaid Throw, $88; 7. Dansk Classic Fjord Bread Tray, $47; 8. Convertible Sofa, $589; 9. 1950s Glazed Lamp; 10. Hemp Lamp Shade, $173

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