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In this film publicity image released by Sony Pictures Classics, Viggo Mortensen portrays Sigmund Freud in a scene from, "A Dangerous Method." (AP Photo/Sony Pictures Classics, Liam Daniel)

Whether it was an iconic staircase in black and white for the tap-dancing mortals in "The Artist" or a rainbow bridge for the gods in "Thor," Hollywood set designers moved on from the austerity of the past few years to create vibrant interiors as complex and far-reaching as the "The Tree of Life."

Tinkering with props and tailoring all those beautiful upholstered pieces and window treatments, designers obviously had a ball with all the money lavished on their designs. I wanted to spend more than a week with Marilyn in her British hideaway, and I would have happily kicked off eternity with a vampire husband in a Brazilian beach house.

So it's with gratitude for all that luscious design work that I bestow the 2011 annual Chaise Longue awards for exceptional set design in the movies to ...

Best Dining Room

Jung's beautiful wood-paneled dining room in "A Dangerous Method" offered the best interior design dream therapy -- and Freud's book-lined Viennese apartment didn't slip up either.

Best Kitchen

Maggie Thatcher's blue-and-bisque kitchen was as tasteful and no-nonsense as "The Iron Lady" but also as effortlessly impressive as Meryl Streep's performance. It was also nice to see the former PM wash her own dishes, just like the drug-enhanced Bradley Cooper in "Limitless."


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Best Bachelor Pad

Who needs a kitchen or even a bedroom when you love what you do as much as "Bill Cunningham New York"? Runners-up: Bobby Cannavale's sleek but vacant home was a "Win Win"; Caesar the ape's attic with the beautiful stained-glass window in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" was magical; and Ryan Gosling's uber-modern house earned "Crazy Stupid Love" from me.

Best Lawn Ornaments

Baked goods aside, the lawn littered with toilets from "The Help" was more than serviceable revenge.

Deadliest Draperies

The blood-red curtains in Bruno Ganz's small Berlin apartment in "Unknown" provided a killer detail against the gray bull's-eye patterned wallpaper.

Most Tragic Ruins

The great smoking hulk that once was Thornfield Hall in "Jane Eyre" again reminds us to deal with that crazy woman in the attic before things get out of hand. Honorable mention to the dying space capsule that Jake Gyllenhaal thinks he's living in in "Source Code."

Best Pattern Found in Nature That I'd Like On My Sofa

No animals need to be harmed in the making, but I'd love a faux leather pillow inspired by Rosie the elephant's "freckles" in "Water for Elephants."

Best Library

Next time I'm stuck in a busy transportation hub, I want to stumble on a library like the charmingly fussy one in the train station in "Hugo."

Scariest Hansel and Gretel Hideaway

The abandoned Grimm's Amusement Park in "Hanna" was no place for little children to hide.

Worst Use of a Power Tool

Really, who thought it was a good idea to let Mel Gibson work on fix-it projects in "The Beaver"?

Eeriest Objets D'Art

The taxidermied white peacock featured in the cocktail party in "Midnight in Paris" was almost as surreal as the haunting metal automaton in "Hugo."

Best Home Office

Filled with iconic modern furniture, Jeffrey Wright's Manhattan office in "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" surely boosted s ales at DWR.

Best Argument to Wash Your Hands

The empty, ransacked neighborhoods in "Contagion" left me cold and clammy, but the cameo by Golden Gate Park provided some welcome relief.

Best Security System

Sign me up for the home security plan that includes the force field that enveloped Hogwarts in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2."

The Grand Chaise

And now, the Grand Chaise -- the one with the leopard print velvet slipcover -- is awarded to the Place I Wish I Called Home.

Although my roots are deep in the potato fields of Idaho, I'd love to inherit George Clooney's vast acreage in "The Descendants." Or for something cozier, I'd revel in the luxury rail car in "Water for Elephants." But if I had a magic Peugeot Landaulet to take me back in time, I'd move right in to Gertrude Stein's Parisian apartment in "Midnight in Paris" for the art and the artists.

Kathryn Loosli Pritchett lives in the East Bay and writes about home and garden design at www.thingselemental.com.