In the story a bereaved Paltrow was the daughter of a famous mathematician, recently deceased. This was the house her character grew up in.
Isn't that porch wonderful? It could use some paint, though. Maybe "stressed" wood was still in fashion in 2006.
Throughout the film horizontals and verticals are stressed. The art director thought that was appropriate for a film about math people.
I especially like windows of that type, and notice the fibrous wall covering. It allows the entire room to function as one big bulletin board.
The kitchen continues the math idea with linear fluted trim on the windows and doors. It's a great look.
I love sun rooms! The architecture, the light and temperature...everything is different out there. Rooms like this are like little Robinson Caruso shacks grafted onto manor houses. It's a terrific idea!