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Decorating inspiration from the 2012 Oscar-nominated film The Help

Melissa is the assignment editor and contributing writer for SheKnows Home and Living. While other little girls were playing dress up with Barbie, Melissa was busy remodeling Barbie's house. She now lives out her dream covering design an...

Award winning style

Nominated for an Academy Award in Best Picture, The Help beautifully captures 1960s Southern style and period decor. We got the scoop from production designer Mark Ricker about inspiration for the set design and his tips for re-creating the look at home.

Celia's House

Picture of Foote Parlour

The large plantation home that Celia Foote lived in was inherited from her husband's grandparents and the grand decor inside was at odds with her combination of modern Hollywood glamor and back-country charm. Yet the colors picked for the set decorations — champagne, gold, rose, blushes — were definitely influenced by her character. Heavy drapes, oriental rugs, dark wood and oil paintings reflect the home's antebellum look.

Picture of Celia Foote's kitchen

While Ricker states he doesn't have a favorite room or house from The Help, he does say that Celia's plantation house was particularly special. The designers brought in all the wallpaper, paint, curtains, and even built a new kitchen set in the house. We're a huge fan of Celia's kitchen with its 1930s feel. The light floral wallpaper, brick fireplace, checkered flooring and abundance of mason jars would translate well to a modern-day shabby-chic kitchen.

Hilly's House

Picture of Hilly's Living room

While Hilly's cringe-worthy behavior makes it easy to despise her character, her house is decorated to perfection -- literally. The decor is a classic style, yet reflects her controlling, perfectionist attitude. Subtle nods to Hilly's attributes were included in the design. According to Ricker, "the icy white toile wallpaper in the dining room was selected as a subtle reminder of how cold she can be. We also upholstered a sofa in her living room with a large thistles and thorns print."

Picture of Hilly's Bathroom

Ah, the Pepto-Bismol-pink bathroom. While visions of matching pink porcelain and coordinating hand towels might bring back memories of Grandma's house, the pink-and-green wall paper has an oddly fun and funky effect on the decor. The wallpaper is also steeped in symbolism for Hilly. "The paper in her pink bathroom was specifically selected because the old home in the print looked like Johnny Foote's house" says Ricker. "I thought it was funny that she just can't really let him go — her high school love."

Up next: Elizabeth and Aibileen's homes >>

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