When Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium first came out, I assumed it was just for kids and didn't make any effort to see it. One day I caught part of it on cable and ended up putting the DVD on my queue because it so captured my interest. The film is a visual feast. The toy store at the center of the narrative is exactly what its name implies--bursting with wonders both new and vintage. Mr. Magorium's apartment above the shop is equally charming--full of quirky curiosities and jewel-tone colors on the walls and furnishings, not to mention a pet zebra. Molly, played by Natalie Portman, also lives in a space rich in color and the pleasant clutter of one-of-a-kind furniture. Besides being a gorgeous film to watch, the story itself is lovely and life-affirming. Mr. Magorium utters one of my favorite movie quotes to a struggling Molly: Life is an occasion. Rise to it.
No living room is complete without a life-size toy soldier.
Beyond the zebra, tangerine curtains and quirky silhouettes in oval frames.
Love the high-backed armchair with a cityscape design on the fabric and the miniature Tiffany lamps lining the table.
Industrial molds and newspaper-wrapped chairs are stacked precariously.
The kitchen has one blue wall, one purple one and emerald green plates displayed on a shelf. The look is pulled together by two jewel-toned glass chandeliers.
My eye goes to the turquoise walls, the lamp with a coral shade and the parasol.
Architectural posts with stained-glass windows between them make unique room dividers.
Etsy is full of creative options that channel the magic of Mr. Magorium's world. A bold coat of paint makes the perfect companion to some of these pieces.