Watercolor Floor Plans of Pop Culture Homes Are Stunning

We all have our pop culture aesthetics. Some of us would give our right arm to live in a Twin Peaks-inspired living space while some of us would be content to hole up in a Stranger Things-style bedroom. Whether your vibe is Parasite or La La Land, Bulgarian artist Boryana Ilieva has you covered.

The Kim family folds pizza boxes for cash in their underground apartment in Parasite.


We discovered Ilieva and her unique work via LaughingSquid. An architect who worked on homes and condos before shifting her focus to film, she started the Floor Plan Croissant project “to examine cinematic spaces and to take director’s spatial language to her own architectural understanding.” Using her background as an architect, she creates watercolor floor plans from iconic movies and television shows, translating our favorite spaces into beautifully rendered designs.

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Exactly two years ago I closed the PHANTOM THREAD (2017) project. I remember I spent half of 2018 in homage to the mind-blowing films of 2017. Can you believe CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, BLADE RUNNER 2049, and PHANTOM THREAD simply hit us in the same year? How happy must we have been? I even remember how PHANTOM THREAD showed up sneakily in December 2017, then in January it took a bunch of Oscar nominations and none of the normal people in the world had even seen it yet. And then boom! We saw it. And then we saw it again and again. . (I still have those originals here in the studio. Take them!) . . #phantomthread #reynoldswoodcock @phantomthread #danieldaylewis @danielbdaylewis #paulthomasanderson @paulthomasanderson #jonnygreenwood #marktildesley #movies #movielover #ilovemovies @indiewire #indiewire #watercolor @instagram @filmindependent @juxtapozmag #architecturesketch #arch_more @arch_more #archisketcher @arch_grap @architecturesketch #patreon @patreon @artistic_unity_

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Ilieva’s goal is to fill the gap between film and architecture. She reinterprets the interior of pop culture houses by studying the design of each set, as she believes that directors can use floor plans to hide messages or add plot details. Each post on her Instagram feed includes a caption about why she chose to illustrate a particular room or movie, and sometimes there’s even fun trivia.

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TWIN PEAKS, the home of Laura Palmer Hey guys, as some of you may know, I am one of the biggest fans of Twin Peaks on Earth. I have more of the symptoms of a sick fan: I’ve suffered depression after agent Cooper was taken away from me at the end of Season 2, I’ve seen Season 3 ‘The Return’ two times (episode 8—four times), I’ve painted Laura Palmer’s home in plan view (both levels) and in section view, I’ve studied the house and discovered Lynch changed the house after the pilot. But what I want to share with you here is that at the end of October 2019 something hilarious happened. A young fellow named Rosseter posted a 4-hour long video on YouTube where he laid out his theory on what Twin Peaks is about. I recommend it to all of you Twin Peaks people out there, pour some black coffee, put the curtains down, sit and watch it because Twin Peaks gets 10 times better after getting really to know David Lynch’s intentions, which I believe Rosseter decoded 90%. I promise you: white horse explained, Season 3 (especially last episode) explained, Major Briggs, the Arm, the green ring, the owl, Black and White Lodges, Mike, Bob and the Little Man, Judy, Audrey, all these and more explained. Just type on Youtube: Twin Peaks ACTUALLY EXPLAINED (No, Really). Let me know in the comments what you think! #twinpeaks #rosseter #twinperfect

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According to her website, Ilieva credits her love of film to iconic directors such as Hitchcock and Kubrick. That influence is translated in the designs she chooses to focus on. In addition to recent pop culture hits like Netflix’s Stranger Things and critical cinema darlings like JoJo Rabbit, she has created rooms from films by Wes Anderson and Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut.

Ilieva has numerous unique designs to explore, from Call Me By Your Name to Room, but our favorite might be a house from Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite. She details exactly why the director had to create the shape of the house and some of the more interesting reasons include “the second-floor hallway needs to offer hiding niches” and “people should be able to spy on each other, easily listening to conversations without being seen.”

If you’re interested in adding some unique architecture to your own home, you can buy prints of Ilieva’s work from her Society6 page. While we’re not sure when we can sit in a movie theater again, these floor plans are a fun way to capture the magic of cinema that we’re so sorely missing.

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