On the Set

ON THE SET: BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S

breakfast at tiffanys vanity

My first memory of Audrey Heburn was when I was about 12 years old. My family was on vacation at Disney World and we were at MGM Studios (now Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but it will always be MGM to me!). In one of the gift shops, there was a huge, larger than life portrait of her on the wall in her iconic black dress, wide-brimmed hat, and oversized sunglasses. A year or two later, I watched Sabrina for the very first time and I was immediately hooked. I was an official Audrey Hepburn fan. Today, we’re going around the house of one of the most memorable Audrey films, Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

extra large movie poster

The movie takes place in the heart of New York City and Audrey’s character (Holly Golightly) lives in an apartment in a four-story brownstone.

Even though she’s been living in her apartment for about a year, Holly’s decor – or lack thereof – was very sparse and looks as though she just moved in.

The shelves were pretty much empty and a majority of the furniture that she did was is made up of suitcases, wooden crates and boxes. Little did the set designers know that would be “in” fifty years later. Oh, and you can’t forget the bath tub sofa!

Like the main living area, Holly’s bedroom was pretty simple and bare. My favorite part of the bedroom is her vanity. It looks so interesting and full of sparkly things. I’d love to know where all of those perfume bottles are now!

If you look real closely, you’ll notice that the vanity was actually made up of old pieces of wood…

One of my favorite features (actually, I don’t think you’d call it a feature…?) is how Holly converted her mailbox by the front door into a mini “prep station” complete with a mirror, lipstick and perfume. In college I always had the urge to stash a tube of lipgloss in my campus mailbox. 

I couldn’t write a Breakfast At Tiffany’s post without including a screen shot of my absolute favorite scene when Holly and Paul Fred go to Tiffany’s to get the ring engraved… “This, I take it, was not purchased at Tiffany’s?” … “No, actually it was purchased concurrent with, uh, well, actually, came inside of… well, a box of Cracker Jack.”

Later in the film, Holly sets her sights on the wealthy future President of Brazil, José Luis de Vilallonga. Trying to gear up for domestication, Holly takes up knitting, cooking and fills her apartment with “real” furniture… and a bull’s head.

Here’s yet another screen shot we can’t be without. Ever since we got Bentley, I cry at this scene because I can’t imagine letting him off into the street alone like Holly did Cat. But they, including Cat, live happily ever after.

Now for my favorite part of Around the House posts! Here’s my take on Breakfast at Tiffany’s:

breakfast at tiffany's style, decor, furniture

1. Kristaller Chandelier ($39) | 2. Bath Tub Sofa ($2,982.70) | 3. Breakfast from Dean & Deluca | 4. Legion Pallet Table ($401) | 5. Vintage Telephone ($15+) | 6. Fuchsia Fiesta Floor Pillow ($89.95) and Amethyst Batavia Ikat ($39.90) | 7. Zebra Rug ($500) | 8. Vintage Typewriter ($55+)

The brownstone in Breakfast At Tiffany’s, located on East 71st street in the Big Apple, recently sold for around a cool $6,000,000. All of the exterior shots as well as some interior shots were filmed here.

I wonder if the new owner has a cat… ; )

 Movie poster found here (btw, it’s 27×40 and only $29.99!). Audrey & bathtub sofa photo found here. Images from the actual Breakfast At Tiffany’s house found here and here.

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13 Comments

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    Carrie @DreamGreenDIY
    May 11, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Love it so so much =) Thanks for sharing!

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    Mary Kathryn
    May 11, 2012 at 11:30 am

    LOVED this post. This is my favorite movie of all time. ALL TIME. I have a ginormous BAT poster framed at my crib as well. Happy day to ya!

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    Lydia
    May 11, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Your take on Holly’s apartment is so good! Seriously, I LOVE it!

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    Megan
    May 11, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    My favorite of hers has always been My Fair Lady 🙂 I just love that movie!

    How to Steal a Million was great too. I loved her white sunglasses that she wore while she was driving, I bought a pair just like it in middle school so I could be like her, haha!

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      Ashley
      May 11, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      Yes! My Fair Lady is so so good! Though, my all time favorite Audrey film would have to be Sabrina. Charade is good too… and Roman Holiday. Okay, I can’t pick a favorite.

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      Megan
      May 11, 2012 at 12:51 pm

      Yes, Sabrina is amazing too! I love the idea of going to Paris to find yourself!

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      Megan
      May 11, 2012 at 12:56 pm

      Now I really want to watch movies 🙁 I’ve been dying to watch ‘How to Marry a Millionaire’ lately!

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    Rach
    May 11, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    This is awesome! I LOVE this movie!

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    Emily
    May 11, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Obsessed with the coffee table for sure! Your combo of everything is really well put together.

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    Ashley {GirlyObsessions}
    May 11, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Ashley, I think if we ever met, we’d be instant friends. Breakfast at Tiffany’s is another one of my all time faces! I love this collection!!

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    Rita
    May 11, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    You nailed the look! The bath tub sofa is amazing. Fun post!

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    Moriah S
    May 11, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    I’m such the Audrey fan too. Can’t pick a fav when it comes to her movies. If I had to pick one it would probable have to be Sabrina. Loved the remake as well. I enjoyed seeing what the B at T’s brownstone looks like today!

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