DIY Sex and the City: Interior Design Notes

Email from 5.29.08

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Carrie's bedroom

So, Sex and the City is back.....with a vengeance. If you never knew what it was all about, chances are you will now.

Let's move past the boys of summer (Iron Man and Indiana Jones), and get back to the girls (Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte). But before we get all caught up in the tawdry details, I'd like to dig into the design details which have all been meticulously recorded and discussed over the past few years. So, if you want your home to look like theirs, here's my starter kit (and it better include ABC Carpet and Home)...

CARRIE'S APARTMENT:

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Production Notes: All the furniture in Carrie's apartment has a flea market feel - weathered paint, mismatched chairs and tables, lived-in fabrics - and for a good reason: many of the pieces were snatched up by Conway and his tea m at New York City flea markets and second-hand stores. The two main elements of the living room are the "Aidan Chair" and a large circular coffee table. The chair is slightly stained and ripped, Conway points out, "because if you recall, Aidan tells Carrie he pulled the leather from an old pullman car." Conway searched for a table that would be ideal for the girls to gather around and gab - but couldn't find one that fit the bill. So he took matters into his own hands - literally. "I built one, and it was exactly what we were envisioning," he says.

>> HBO slideshow of her apartment with more notes
>> Tantsu Marimekko curtains
>> Chelsey Mclaren print in hallway

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THE COFFEE TABLE:

>> Bradshaw Tables from Room & Board named after the one in Carrie's living room
>> Good Question Thread about the Coffee Table

THE CHAIR:

>> Aidan's Morris style chair in Carrie's living room thread
>> The same chair - a Morris Chair - by Whit McLeod

THE COLOR GREEN:

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>> Sex and the City Green - used in so many of the interiors

CHARLOTTE'S APARTMENT

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Production Notes: Old Money Influence
"Trey represents a lot of wealth, and we though the clearest way to show that was with a lot of room," says Conway. "We wanted to always be able to see space and volume: no matter what angle you're coming from, you can see down another hall....""

>> Charlotte's apartment interior slideshow and notes
>> linens by Ann Gish
>> bedside lamps from Bond Street Antiques
>> Osborne & Little wallpaper
>> classic Bernadaud china
>> chandelier from Basil Lawrence Antiques
>> ABC Carpet and Home

SAMANTHA'S APARTMENT

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Production Notes: The Boudoir
"Conway calls Sam's style of decor "The Big Game Hunter Look." There's lots of crimson and sienna-dark, passionate reds that evoke heat and desire. The linens are from Calvin Klein and ABC Carpet and Home. There's even a fireplace. "A nice touch, but you just know that Sam never uses it...""

>> Samantha's apartment interior slideshow and notes
>> linens by Calvin Klein
>> linens by ABC Carpet and Home
>> red lacquer gilt Chinese 19th century armoire from Far Eastern Antiques and Arts
>> 18th century illumination prints from The Orange Chicken on Franklin Street
>> Viking stove and a Gemini sink
>> Calvin Klein dishware and Le Cruset pots and pans

MIRANDA'S APARTMENT

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Production Notes: An Underlying Edginess
"Let's face it," says Conway, "Miranda does not mince words. She calls it like she sees it. She can be, well, blunt." To emphasize this, Conway scouted for furniture that was particularly angular or "edgy."..."

>> Miranda's apartment interior slideshow and notes
>> Donghia - chairs
>> ABC Carpet and Home - rug
>> Bellini - crib
>> Amy Coe - bedding-all animal prints

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