Occasionally I like to feature someone in this series that we feel we know and love, someone with a bit of celebrity so to speak. No, I didn’t interview Nancy Meyers for this piece. I do follow her on Instagram where I have gotten small glimpses of her personal style and her own home. I actually started writing this post over a year ago. Just recently when I posted pictures of my new/old living room on Instagram, several of you commented “it looks like a Nancy Meyers movie set” (be still my heart greatest compliment ever), If you love Nancy and her movies as much as I do let’s pretend I am interviewing her, Welcome to Ageless Style-Nancy Meyers.
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Nancy Meyers is the same age as my sister would have been (71). She has beautiful hair, gorgeous skin, and a fabulous figure.
Nancy makes women-centered movies with strong female leads (think Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton, Anne Hathaway, and more. She is also much-loved for her gorgeous sets. Why do we love Nancy and her movies so much? Her sets look like someone might actually live there. They have a collected look that looks as if they have been gathered over time. Nancy herself seems to be approachable and looks like she could be a friend.
The much loved and often copied, As Good as it Gets Set here.
It’s Complicated Set.
Home Again Set.
Each set reflects the life of the female lead.
But we aren’t here to talk about Nancy’s career, we are here to talk about Nancy’s sense of style on the set and off. There aren’t many pictures of Meyers. I am guessing she is much more comfortable behind the camera than in front. Here she is at work from her daughter Hallie Myers Sheyer’s Instagram.
I am sure she doesn’t overthink her personal style, but she always looks fabulous. Here she is photographed for an interview in Vulture here
“Growing up in Philadelphia, she was a theatrical child and enjoyed putting on shows. Her family would go into New York to see Broadway shows, as well as touring productions that would come through town”. She graduated from American University with a degree in journalism. Her mother incidentally was an interior designer. Meyers was previously married to filmmaker Charles Shyer, with whom she worked early in her career, and had two children, including filmmaker Hallie Meyers-Shyer. Nancy here with her daughter Hallie photographed for Home Again. You can read more about her history here on Wikipedia.
With her daughter and Reese Witherspoon from Reese Witherspoon’s Instagram while filming Home Again.
On the set of the Intern. You rarely see Meyers in any pattern besides the occasional stripe. More often than not, she is in black.
With her daughter in France (from her Instagram)
Asked about her own personal style in an interview in Get in the Groove, “Your aesthetic is very specific. Your characters’ fashion is a shining example of this. Is it reflective of how you dress every day? Did you know there’s a trend called ‘menocore’ that’s all about young women “basically dressing like a Nancy Meyers movie”? I read something about that, I think it’s just about dressing comfortably in a non-showy way. Being comfortable not only in your own skin but in the clothes you wear. Not trying to look young – but still looking good. This comes with age. I’m glad younger women see the value in this. And yes, this is how I dress”
Love her look here with Diane Keaton.
Here she is at the wedding of her older daughter, from Martha Stewart Weddings In beautiful gray silk, simple and elegant.
Nancy Meyers and Mindy Khalen.
When asked about a design background in an interview in Time Nancy says”I did grow up with a mother and grandmother who were the original DIY ladies. They were always refinishing something in the garage or putting me and my sister in the back seat and driving to a flea market somewhere. My mom, my grandmother, my aunt, all loved their homes, and we weren’t wealthy, so it wasn’t like there were decorators around. These women really did all the heavy lifting on their own. It was their hobby, and I rolled my eyes at it as a child. But now here I am as a grownup, and I seem to have it as my hobby as well.” (Time Magazine)
We all wonder if Nancy’s personal home looks anything like her movie sets. We are given a few glimpses from her Instagram account. Here is her kitchen. Does it remind you of the As Good as it Get’s set?
A glimpse of the exterior of Nancy’s home (via her instagram).
I believe this is her living room. Here she says she is babysitting two dogs and a baby. Love the laid-back but carefully curated style of this room dogs and all! Do you think Nancy is approachable? Dogs on white chairs?
“Meyers women wear white with aplomb, refusing to adhere to the arbitrary “not after Labor Day” rule; they pair beige khakis with ivory cardigans to show that they’re responsible, rigid, maybe a little stuck in the mud, and just need a whirlwind romance to make them burst into color”
Nancy directing Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson in her signature black.
When we moved to this house from our large home and property I was a little worried (actually many people commented on it ) that my whole blogging persona was wrapped up in my garden and my house. I quickly learned that many women my age were hoping to downsize. They could imagine themselves in a smaller home (or live in one already) That is why we love Nancy’s sets. They aren’t too modern, too trendy, or too slick. They look like real people live there. They have a mix of the old and new ( or appear to) They are lovely, but not over decorated. She carefully crafts the decor to suit each of her characters. And Nancy herself? She seems like someone we would love to call a friend. I hope you enjoyed Ageless Style-Nancy Myers.
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Love this article in the Daily Mail about how Nancy and her ex have their own happy ending.
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