The Double Life of Veronique

— Architecture and interiors

I love the bolster pillows and bedding in orange velvet?!!!

Movies like Midnight in Paris and The Grand Budapest Hotel highlight the cutesy-ness of European life. After living in Europe for a while, I've come to appreciate the gritty aspects far more.

Most buildings are more rundown and weathered. There are plenty of dark cavernous spaces.

A European portico.

The Double Life of Veronique shows the shabby chic, less idealized qualities of Continental life. Since it's produced by Europeans, there's no intention to romanticize Europe in the way American directors do. The story is about two girls, one in Poland and one in France, who look exactly alike.

I remember thinking about a potential doppelganger in the universe. When I was in kindergarten, there was a headline that some Earth-like planet was discovered within a habitable distance from a star. If there are planets out there just like Earth, there should be people living on these Earth-like planet, potentially exactly like me.

I really enjoyed the lived-in '90s interiors. The homes were bohemian in style, with plenty of plants and art effortlessly thrown together.

Dried flowers and a crooked lamp.

Crooked spaces create neat shadows that let light stream through.

Lovely how eerything seems to be thrown together. Even the corner of the rug is tucked.

Crooked lamps everywhere.

I didn't know bottles could be arranged this way! Podium style.

The real Europe: shabby chic all over.

I love this messy setup

Small details are fascinating from an American perspective, like the shape of this door.

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