The owner of this unique Airbnb in Picton, Ontario describes her abode as “a love letter” to filmmaker Wes Anderson, director of such quirky masterpieces as The Royal Tenenbaums and The Grand Budapest Hotel, with each room in this home designed to evoke a different Anderson film.
Mr. Anderson’s House
“I always wanted to be a Tenenbaum,” explains the owner of this two-bedroom home in the Ontario community of Picton, population 4,487. “Each room in this home is themed after a different film in director Wes Anderson’s repertoire, some more subtly than others. This house is a love letter to him, and an ever-evolving design project.”
In the Heart of Picton
The century-old home is in the heart of “the wine and culture-rich County of Prince Edward,” writes the home’s owner in the Airbnb listing. “It’s located within a five-minute walk of Picton Main Street shops and restaurants, and a short drive to Sandbanks beaches. You have permission to sleep over.”
This bedroom has been outfitted with a queen-sized brass bed, and is an homage to The Royal Tenebaums‘ Margot Tenenbaum (portrayed by Gwyneth Paltrow in the 2001 film), known for her extreme secrecy, love of baths, missing finger and relentless chain-smoking, which she began at age 12.
A nautical theme pervades this living room, designed to honour Anderson’s The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, in which Bill Murray played a Jacques Cousteau-like undersea adventurer. The S.S. Belafonte, for those who haven’t seen the 2004 film, was the name of Zissou’s boat; like the boat, the room also boasts its own vintage barber’s chair.
The Look Nook
This cozy den has been dubbed the “Look Nook,” inspired by the area in which young protagonist Suzy Bishop (Kara Hayward) would listen to her beloved vinyl albums in the quirky coming-of-age-tale Moonrise Kingdom.
Darjeeling Tea Room
The eat-in kitchen pictured here is big, bright and sunny, and owes its name – the Darjeeling Tea Room – to Anderson’s 2007 film The Darjeeling Limited.
Festooned with items of meaning from Anderson’s 1998 Oscar-nominee Rushmore – including a tennis racket, globe, trophies and Super-8 movie camera – the “Rushmore Academy” room is ready to be enjoyed by fans of the Jason Schwartzman-Bill Murray comedy.
The home’s second bedroom – dubbed Camp Ivanhoe – mimics the rustic design of the Boy Scouts’ camp from Moonrise Kingdom.
In the foyer, the front door features a keyless entry – a time-saving bit of efficiency that aids renting a home on Airbnb – and a small letter “W” in the window, which we can presume stands for “Wes.”
Bill Murray’s character in Rushmore was known to spend a lot of contemplative time in a swimming pool, and guests at Mr. Anderson’s House can recreate those scenes (on a smaller scale, of course) by soaking in this gorgeous clawfoot tub in the main bathroom.
The kitchen is spacious and modern, boasting a funky, colourful backsplash and large island with built-in wine storage. There’s also a blue elephant figurine, no doubt a subtle nod to The Darjeeling Limited, which inspired the adjacent eating area.
Upon entering the house, visitors are greeted with this staircase to the upper level, while the wooden door at the right opens to Mr. Fox’s Den (a.k.a. the powder room), which pays tribute to Anderson’s animated Fantastic Mr. Fox.
More of Margot
The Margot Tenebaum-themed bedroom also features an array of Margot-style artwork hanging on the wall, as well as a Margot-esque leopard-print coat on display.
More of the Rushmore-themed office/sunroom – note the old-timey black rotary phone positioned next to the newfangled Mac computer.
Attention to Detail
A close-up view at the credenza in the Rushmore room, focusing on the trophies and the vintage Super-8 camera.
Highlighting the summer camp decor, including ski-festooned artwork, decorative snowshoes and vintage camping lantern in the Camp Ivanhoe bedroom.
A closer look at the bookcase in the Moonrise Kingdom bedroom, with plenty of vintage pieces to create the ambience of 1965.
A Look ‘Aquatic’
A glass display case in the Life Aquatic-themed living room, full of Steve Zissou-esque treasures.
A close-up of the desk in Margot’s room, focusing on her typewriter and ever-present pack of cigarettes.
More vintage antiques on display in the Rushmore room, such as the Sir Walter Raleigh tobacco can and, in the background, old-school radio.