On The Set: Monster-In-Law

On The Set: Monster-In-Law

Grace Shu
Nov 6, 2009

A long, long time ago, I confessed to watching Monster-In-Law while hungover and obsessing over the decor and ignoring the storyline. This was long before we ever started doing On the Set features; so when I received a few emails from folks wanting more details of this lovely Pasadena Craftsman home, I figured: why not? Here's a few photos from the movie of Charlie and Kevin's home...

This gorgeous Craftsman home was designed by the Hinemman brother and decorated for the film in an intriguing mix of traditional California architecture with mid-century modern furnishings and accented with Asian-inspired elements. One thing we noticed was the use of different kinds of wood in the actual home, which offers a warmer atmosphere to the space but still keeping the overall look masculine.


Like most Craftsman homes, the porch is big enough to create an outdoor sitting nook. We also love the outdoor curtain that offers a little bit of shade and privacy. Or maybe those are icicle lights...? Hard to tell from this shot.


The first thing we notice aside from the vintage subway roll is the dark outline along the doorways and molding, emphasizing the lines and angles of the home.


The light fixtures used throughout the home have the same shape and look as Japanese paper lanterns, but we like the mix of rounder lights like the George Nelson bubble lamps with the boxy style of the floor lamp pictured here.

Living Room

The couch introduces some texture and color: a collection of throw pillows in bright colors and bold floral graphics paired with a unique throw blanket offsets the strong lines of the living room.

Dining Room

This collection of chairs give the formal dining room a more casual look, but it's not totally mismatched: from the looks of it, they all hail from the ever-popular mid-century modern style.

At the intimate rehearsal dinner, the table setting is bit more casual and fun: low flower arrangements and votives decorate the long table.


The kitchen follows the same mix of modern with traditional: Modern stainless steel shelving and top-of-the-line appliances play nice with vintage tiles and farmhouse-style cabinets.

Perhaps the worst decor decision I've seen in a movie or TV show: JLo, painting Laura Ashley roses on the wall of that kitchen. Actually, no; I take that back: This will forever be the worst decor decision I've seen in a movie or TV show.



The bedroom doubles as a home office on one side.

And finally, the best part about this whole movie:

You're welcome. Happy Friday!

Production Designer: Missy Stewart, Art Direction: James F. Truesdale, Set Decoration: Susan M. Eschelbach

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