Inspired Interiors: When Marnie Was There

Taking out our modern styling lens and character analysis of Marnie and her home, what would we style in our own inspired space and why?

When we think of Marnie and her home, we can take inspiration from the late Victorian and Edwardian features present in the house. A mix of vibrant ceramics, carved woods, and floral motifs are signature elements of the arts and crafts movement that were born from the convergence of these periods and bring such elegance and character to any space.

Blue and Yellow - The similarity between Marnie and her home.


One way to incorporate Marnie's style is by adding a statement piece of furniture or décor with intricate floral designs, such as a hand-carved wooden chair or a tapestry wall hanging. Or reflect her through both the blue and yellow tones present in her signature dress and long blonde locks.
It's not just Marnie though, her home is also a symbolic character that shares the same colour pallet through its blue woodwork and bright cladding.

Her secondary colours are pink and green, these are all beautiful spring tones that bring joy and happiness into the home or they can be transformed into darker tones for a sultry and sophisticated feel.

                                         

Add that pop of yellow with gold photo frames.    
Image via Pinterest madaboutthehouse        Image via Pinterest Salon Interiors 




A special place

Like Marnie's home, there's always that one house in the neighbourhood that captures our attention, whether it's a long-abandoned property or a well-loved home that has stood the test of time. It's a sight to behold, simply beautiful no matter what condition it’s in, we can't help but be drawn into its story and history.
Every time we pass it by part of our hearts occupies it vicariously, we find ourselves imagining what it would be like to live there or to bring new life into its walls. The house becomes a living and breathing character in its own right, just like Marnie's house.

 



Marnie's home stands tall and proud on the waterfront, a captivating sight that beckons daydreamers from across the bay. It's a beloved fixture of the community, and a local artist is often inspired to capture its beauty on canvas. This is the power of a well-styled home - it has the ability to touch the hearts and minds of those who see it, leaving a lasting impression that endures over time.

Marnies House



All corners of the globe

We can draw inspiration from the travels of Marnie's parents who were often away, brining back grandiose and unique décor pieces from around the world. A vase from Italy, a hand-woven rug from Turkey, or a set of handmade ceramic dishes from Morocco can all add depth and personality to any space.

They all make a great talking point, especially for their parties as we in a pivotal scene, where see Marnie's parents hosting a lavish party in their home. As part of the festivities, guests have the opportunity to purchase flowers from a charming flower girl. 



We chose this Scheurich Vase for it’s rich earthen brown hue that would contrast beautifully with the blue/purple flowers in the movie.
We’re not looking for total historical accuracy, as vase is from the 1960s - we can’t help but feel those floral motifs and glazed ceramic are an absolute throwback with a modern twist to the arts and crafts movement.

As a second choice for a touch "Marnie Blue" why not an Italian Aldo Londi Vase 


Scheurich Pottery West Germany vase 1960s Retro Mid-Century Art Ceramic Floral   Italian Aldo Londi Vase



A sanctuary of secrets

The connection we mentioned about Marnie and her home is especially present in her bedroom, a highly personal and intimate space of joy and strife where she confides in her diary.

We imagine Marnie having lots of special keepsakes and trinket boxes in which to stow away special mementos. We could see this beautifully hand painted trinket box in her signature blue and yellow (gold).



                                 A trinket box for treasured items for adventures or from dear friends



When Marnie isn’t out on adventures or writing in her diary, she’s looking after her beautiful golden locks. This delicate flared edge dish in her signature baby blue is just perfect for holding hair clips, hairbrushes and mementos alike.


Ceramic Baby Blue Glamour J&G Celeste Meakin Made in England Soap Dish


We hope this article gave you some inspiration on how to incorporate Marnie's style into your own home. By adding some vibrant ceramics, carved woods, and floral motifs, you can create an elegant and characterful space. Don't be afraid to mix and match colors and styles to make it truly unique to you. And remember, just like Marnie's home, your home can become a beloved fixture of your community that leaves a lasting impression on all who see it.
Thanks for reading! 

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Marnie and her home belong to the animated movie: When Marnie Was There by Studio Ghibli.
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