The movie decor post has taken on a life of its own. And it got me to thinking: what about the small screen?
Without a doubt the TV decor that had the most influence on me was Mary Richards’ original studio apartment in The Mary Tyler Moore Show. A grade school friend and I loved it so much, we used to draw layouts of how our sunken living rooms would be decorated as adults. (And some nutter online actually created a blueprint of Mary’s first place!)
I know it’s cliche, but another small-screen gem that had an influence on me was Monica’s apartment on Friends. Yes, yes, it was ridiculously oversized for New York. But once I laid eyes on her lavender living room, I was finally convinced to paint over the white already, landlord be damned! (I always liked her mismatched kitchen chairs, too.)
The Venture Brothers live in a pretty nifty building (yes, it’s a cartoon, but that’s just as real as anything else on this post). A living space big enough for several cars, a lab, assorted robots, and a plane hangar? The stuff dreams are made of.
And of course, no TV decor post could be complete without a reference to the grooviest pad of all, as documented at 1164 Morning Glory Circle. Those open stairs, the frosted glass between Mike and Carol’s bedroom and bathroom, the oven set into the wall; so California hip. (Incidentally, you can find blueprints of the Brady Bunch house online, too. Do you suppose Mike drew them?)
I could go on, but why should I have all the fun? Tell us about your favorites. – Mary T.