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Shop the Vibe: The “Home Alone” Edit


It’s officially the “holiday season”, which means it’s unofficially “re-watch season” — the time of year when we return to some of our all-time seasonal favorites. It used to mean pulling out old VHS’s or DVD’s (and praying they were in the right cover), but these days it’s more than likely that it’s googling “what streaming services do I use to watch, Miracle on 34th Street?”.

There’s a certain comfort that comes from the John Hughes-ness of it all. These films feel like a moment captured in time, and they transport us every time we watch them. Maybe it’s because we’ve watched them since our formative years, or maybe it’s because the movies are generally well cast, wonderfully written, and brilliantly scored. But for us, the two things that stand out as much as anything are the costume and set design!

I know—shocking that we would pinpoint style and interiors as something that sends synapses firing and makes us lean in a little more. Life imitates art, right?

We’ve dedicated this site to achieving (er, attempting to achieve) those feelings of coziness, comfort, and relaxation that we see (and draw inspiration from) so much in movies! So it’s only natural that those components would make us feel connected to films we’ve watched over and over again.

Recently, we dressed up as the McAllister’s from Home Alone for Halloween (Sam was Kevin, of course, and Anna’s sister and her husband generously dressed up as Harry and Marv)! As we were skimming through the movie to get inspo for our costumes, it hit us how much the look and feel of the McAllister home, the wardrobe of the wet bandits, and aesthetic of the film as a whole really feel timeless when you see it though a 2023 lens.

Traditional interiors are having a major moment, the 90s feel eternally woven into the fabric of ongoing fashion trends, and the desire for character and warmth in the home feels as prevalent as ever. Certain shots from this movie feel ripped from Ralph Lauren or J Crew catalogues of yore — or heck, lookbooks from FW 2023!

It’s with this perspective in mind that we wanted to revisit some of our favorite old movies and take a look at the fashion and interior choices that feel at home in our world now. We want to point out the best moments, style, and decor that inspires us, and even find ways to replicate pieces of it with products that feel updated for the timeless styles that are apparent in films like Home Alone.

*Adding a wreath to your door, or even a cabinet in your home can go such a long way in adding a subtle touch of cheer. We’re also big fans of draping your home in garland whenever you have the chance, because beyond the added greenery, the way it flows feels so romantic and elegant. Some of our favorites are linked below!

Starting in the suburbs of Chicago makes sense for a lot of reasons; but putting aside the fact that we just dressed up as these characters for Halloween, we have always loved how much this movie nails some of the perspectives of being a kid for so many of us who grew up in the suburbs in the 90s. The house feels like a museum of our childhood homes, or our grandparents house that had the same wallpaper in 2007 that it had in 1987.

*We talk about it regularly, but the right lighting is so key to bringing warmth to a space. Instead of a standard ceiling light, try a chandelier, and when possible, opt for a sconce to bring a richness and interest to walls that otherwise fade into the background. Shop some options we’ve tried below!

The interior design and decor of the house effortlessly pulled in elements of maximalism, art-deco elegance, and gave off all the quintessential vibes of suburban Americana. It isn’t pretentious or gaudy for its cavernous halls, but rather welcoming, home-y, and intentional (all of our favorite things!)

*While we’re not really a fan of 100% matching bedroom sets, we love this canopy bed. We actually just bought one to replace our own bed! Linking our bed, bedroom sconces, fireplace cover inspo, and drapes below.

The house itself is a character in the movie, and it’s arguably integral to the plot — it is after all the “silver tuna” Harry had been pining for well before he stood in the foyer in his faux police uniform, and the damsel-in-distress Kevin must save and protect in the end.

Now, imagine the McCallister’s home is a modern saltbox designed home with beige interiors and a minimally decorated space with only neutral colors. How does that change the movie?

Would we really believe Harry and Marv had targeted this home as the one brimming with “odd marketable securities”? Or would it feel more like the ultra-modern 90s home the neighbors from Christmas Family Vacation had?

I mean, would Kevin McCallister still even be the same kid? Imagine a young Jonathan Taylor Thomas plays Kevin instead of Macaulay Culkin, or Ray Liotta plays Harry!

(Okay, sorry, we’re getting too hypothetical here.)

*This is one of our favorite shots in the movie. It’s so moody. It feels like a brand needs to steal this for a holiday lookbook immediately. It’s… a vibe.

When we moved to NYC, we knew we wanted a major change, so we moved into a high rise with high ceilings, lots of windows, clean lines, and a hyper modern feel. It was such a stark juxtaposition from the charming warmth we grew up with, and it was welcomed for a time. But after a year in a box, we started to feel it was a bit cold for our liking, which is partially what prompted our move to the Upper East Side!

Once we got our hands on a space that naturally felt warm, cozy, and full of charm (er, quirks), our inner McCallister started to spring forth: traditional sensibilities to accentuate all the space already has to offer, a touch of maximalism to add interest, and modern accents to keep things from feeling cluttered or stuffy. We’re obviously a few loud wallpaper choices, hanging paint cans, and loose Micro Machines short of truly replicating the house, but every time we see this movie, we’re given a renewed appreciation for the charm and comfort of it all!

Maybe it’s because the 90s aesthetic has gone from rotating fashion trend to the ongoing blueprint of personal style, but the wardrobe in Home Alone evokes a similar sense of comfort as the set design. The strangely simultaneous sense of nostalgia and familiarity draws straight from the textiles and styling of every character’s clothes that you see!

*People have always asked: what did Kevin’s dad do to afford these vacations? We’re more curious about mom, who knew how to wear the hell out of a topcoat — for what it’s worth, the internet seems to think she worked in fashion. This look is a classic as it as timeless, and we are here for it.

Even though the film was released in 1990, we could wear every single piece that was on screen, and it would be just as elegant and stylish as it was then. And to achieve that level of classicism is a tough assignment. But just in the same way that John Williams’ score and Joe Pesci’s performance stand the test of time, so too do the traditional style choices made in this movie.

It’s not even that any choice is overtly 90s in nature — it’s just a classic, well put together wardrobe dripping with prep, ivy, and traditional workwear styles (all of which are replicated again and again by fashion houses, established brands, and boutique designers all over the world). The fits of it all are distinctly billowy and effortless in the way we all envy (not to speak for you, but, I mean come on), and the coat choices are a thing of beauty — the kind of stuff you catalog away for inspiration when you’re searching for that perfect investment coat you plan to hand down to your kids or grandkids down the line.

And the guys knew what they were doing, too.

Uncle Frank was a freeloading jerk, but he had drip. And the wet bandits? Those boys knew how to layer.

The wild thing about looking at some of the wardrobe choices in this film is not that we would wear these things (as if we’re some high fashion, big brained individuals that others may not relate to), it’s that this is what people are generally wearing again. This visual and personal style “vocabulary” is has sort of become the foundation for how people “talk” today.

This realization that recently crystalized for us has made revisiting these old movies that much more fun for us this Holiday season, and we hope it will be for you, too!

If there are any films or tv shows that you find you want to use elements of in your own life, I recommend screenshotting scenes of things you like, or pinning things to a Pinterest board, and then create a mood board for all of these elements you love. (Canva is the ultimate place for a digital mood board in my opinion!) 

But don’t forget to bring your own uniqueness in it! Like with anything in personal style, it’s not about copying and pasting a lookbook onto yourself because you like it. It’s about finding the combination of things that makes you feel comfortable and excited to get dressed every day.

What are some styles or fashion from tv or films that you all enjoy? We’ll be sharing more of our favorites throughout the holidays! (In fact, next up is The Holiday!)

*Disclaimer: We do not own any of the imagery from the film Home Alone used in this post.



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  1. Kerry says:

    I think quite a few of the pieces of furniture were from the old Bombay store. It was great for affordable furniture and accent pieces.

  2. Sandra says:

    I have been watching this movie on rerun with my girls, and I get lost in the style and design! You made me notice even MORE after reading this article! (PS- I can’t wait to see photos of your new bed!!)

  3. Vanessa says:

    I’m a pretty new-ish follower, and you became my immediate favorite! Just the other day I was googling “Home Alone decor”, trying to see what elements I could incorporate into my home. Timeless aesthetic has stuck around for good reason and it’s incredibly easy to update the “dated” aspects. I’m so glad my family will have beautiful memories of warm, rich, inviting holidays. ❤️

  4. Jenna says:

    This is such a great idea for a series of posts! I would love to see an example of how you would take a scene from the house and create an interior design mood board out of it! We are moving into our very first home together this week and I’ve been trying to create a cozy, timeless and balanced vision for it.

  5. lanie says:

    This is one of the best blog posts I’ve read in years. PLEASE keep this series going with more classic films – love your POV.

  6. Bobbi Olson says:

    Spot on with your analysis. It’s more than a movie. It’s a snapshot in time that transcends evolving styles. The home, fashion and style will always ease in to our memories of family and all they are to us. Thank you for this. Anxiously waiting for the next post.

  7. Susan says:

    I love this! Definitely going to pay attention to all of these tid bits as I watch this holiday! And can’t wait for your Holiday deep dive—it’s my all time favorite!!

  8. Stephanie Louy says:

    Not a Christmas movie but Father of the Bride w/ Steve Martin and Diane Keaton has always been a dreamy home in my opinion.

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