We often spend years investing in the stories of characters we love – their living spaces becoming our own. Here are a few interior design styles that we adore:
Don and Megan’s Apartment, Mad Men
Don: Let yourself out, lock the door behind you…as a courtesy.
Faye: You want to leave me here? You sure?
Don: I’m taking everything interesting with me.
Don and Megan’s huge, modern (for the 60s) pad is as intricately put together as every other Mad Men set. This is a place built for entertaining, with a white-carpeted sunken lounge; pass-through windows into the kitchen area; shagpile rugs and designer seating dotted throughout, as well as a huge terrace overlooking the Manhattan skyline. The set-designers have clearly had a lot of fun sourcing everything – the dining-table is a retro Danish affair, while many of the other furnishings are from American vintage and antiques stores, as well as bargains found on Craigslist, giving the apartment a very genuine feel.
Takeaway: An open fireplace with an interesting surround adds a lot of character to a room.
Image – http://www.thecoolist.com/mad-men-don-drapers-apartment/
Olivia Pope’s Apartment, Scandal
“I imagined your place a thousand times. I like it. It’s very you.”
Few shows since Sex and the City have caused such a stir with their star’s wardrobe as Scandal, and you’d expect that attention-to-detail to carry through into Olivia’s apartment, even though she barely spends any time there. “She decorates for comfort. She isn’t that fussy.” says one production designer.
She may not be fussy but she certainly doesn’t settle for anything but the best. Olivia’s apartment is truly elegant, with calming pastel shades throughout, and beautiful arches and moldings based on those found in some classic LA apartments.
The kitchen, whilst small, is jazzed up by jet black tiles that contrast brightly with white cabinets, while attractive lamps are found on every surface, highlighting Olivia’s gorgeous furnishings even in the corners where the camera rarely focus.
Takeaway: Even though we rarely see it, the opulence of Olivia’s bedding has had online style-gurus in a flurry since the series began.
Her office is pretty cool too featuring some iconic Eames EA117 Office Chairs, a lady with taste.
Carrie Bradshaw’s Apartment, Sex and the City
‘”Beauty is fleeting, but a rent-controlled apartment overlooking the park is forever.”
This iconic apartment is an extension of Carrie’s personality – warm, and busy, yet under control. The eclectic furnishings and well-placed lighting give every room a super-stylish, feminine environment. In a recent survey by The Daily Mail, Carrie’s apartment topped our inspiration hit list.
Everyone remembers Carrie’s magnificent walk-in wardrobe, essential for a woman whose shoe collection has been estimated to be worth $40,000, but the apartment has plenty of other memorable features.
The white-tiled bathroom gives a great sense of openness despite the perma-clutter, and her attractive kitchen, homely yet still Manhattan chic, gets far too little screen time. It’s so comfortingly familiar that when Carrie eventually moves out, it’s just as heart-breaking for fans of the show as it is for her when she paces around the empty space.
Takeaway: Sex and the City demonstrates how even apartments short on space can max up the style factor.
Holly Golightly’s Apartment, Breakfast At Tiffany’s
“If I could find a real-life place that made me feel like Tiffany’s, then I’d buy some furniture and give the cat a name.”
Holly was the original independent girl about town, with the fantasy home and wardrobe, and the glamorous lifestyle. Her tiny apartment, in a 4-storey brownstone townhouse on the Upper East Side is sparsely decorated to the point where it looks as though she’s just moving in, or out, when in fact she’s already well-established.
The furnishings are minimal because this isn’t Holly’s home, it’s just another staging post on her life’s journey. If you watch the party scene for example, virtually everyone is standing. There’s no seating anywhere. But this lady knows how to work with what she’s got – when you’ve limited space, you need to get creative with storage. That means shoes tucked into the fridge, and suitcases doubling as tables.
Holly also displays a knack for furnishing her apartment on a tight budget – the charming white loveseat is actually a bathtub cut in half (furniture hacking in the 60s, love it!) and the cast-iron bed where she recovers from her hangovers, the cluttered dresser and fridge are all eye-catching pieces easily reproduced today in fantastic vintage styles.
Takeaway: Attractive movable frames, like the lattice one Holly uses to separate her kitchen and hallway, are a great way to maximise small spaces and keep room design looking fresh.
TV interiors can be inspiring, hope you like the ones we chose to share with you.
The Team at Cimmermann.
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