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Living In: Igby Goes Down

by Grace Bonney

When I was trying to think of a movie that reminded me of fall, the first thing I thought of was “You’ve Got Mail”. But it turns out we’ve already done that movie. Then I thought of “When Harry Met Sally”. Already done. “Hannah and Her Sisters”? Done. “Annie Hall”? Nailed it. During her tenure as Living In queen, Amy Merrick did just about every classic movie I could possibly dream of, so today’s fall movie was one that came from my list of personal favorites: Igby Goes Down.

After seeing this movie I decided to paint the kitchen of my very first Brooklyn apartment cobalt blue (which I loved), so for me this film has always been one surrounded with happy memories. Then I rewatched it with Amy and Max yesterday. Apparently it’s a lot more depressing than I remember (and overly wordy), but it includes a GREAT example of Claire Danes’ very excellent crying face. If you’ve ever lived in New York for a while, these characters, and their struggle to both escape and benefit from the trappings of family money should be familiar. So for the incredible blue paint color and names ‘Sookie Sapperstein”, it’s definitely worth checking out. I’ve chosen my favorite pieces that remind me of the movie above and below- hopefully these will be more cheerful than the overall vibe of the movie. xo, grace

Some of my favorite lines:

Bunny: “I could eat you with a spoon”
Igby: “Don’t”

Igby: (About Amanda Peete’s character) “She’s a dancer who doesn’t dance and her friend is a painter who doesn’t paint”

Image above: 1. Floor Lamp $15 | 2. Blazer $85 | 3. Rugby Scarf $6 | 4. “Cobalt Stone” by Sherwin Williams | 5. Mirror $100 | 6. Conran Table Lamp $260 | 7. Chaise $690 | 8. Striped Shirt $102 | 9. Chucks $50 | 10. Calvin Klein Bamboo Flowers bedding (a classic) $125+


Igby Goes Down (2002)

-Production Design by Kevin Thompson
-Art Direction by Roswell Hamrick
-Set Decoration by Jennifer Alex Nickason

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