Get That Look! Sex & the City: Carrie at home



While it’s been off the air for a few years now, HBO’s Sex and the City continues to fascinate and inpire. The HBO website has a great section about the interior design of each of the girls apartments. While I won’t go into the thought process behind each space, you can read all that over at HBO, I will make a few observations and attempt to help parse and source some of what was used to create the charachters. Starting with our star, Sarah Jessica Parkers’ Carrie Bradshaw had a personal fashion style that was an eclectic mix of vintage couture and pop culture. Her apartment style also reflected this mix, but was generally less colorful – muted blues, pinks, grays, wood tones. Definately not a “coordinated design” we have the hand-me-down, dumpster-diving for gold, second hand shop feeling. While she professed love for her apartment, she didn’t fully “live” in it in the standard sense. No cooking, rarely eating, no television or radio. It was a place for work, for sex, for clothes. Not much else. Yet, we’re drawn to this unstudied boho feel.

I know from other blogs that her curtains (not shown above) have been immensely popular and the source of much speculation.


Grace from design*sponge helped source this Marimekko fabric, available here. I’m still not convinced that this is exactly the same, but it’s certainly the same family.

Another big story-line item was the “Aiden Chair” (top corner, upper right). Overscale, beautiful, classic, comfortable and all wrong for the space – just like Aiden (sigh… loved Aiden!). This is clearly an Arts and Crafts Morris Chair inspired piece.

This one available from DesertCraftsman.

And this from Stickley.


The storage credenza could easily have come from R 20th Century Design, purveyors of midcentury modern.
Or this from Ikea:

Carrie’s coffee table was actually custom made for the set because they couldn’t find what they were looking for. So far, I haven’t found anything like the table in the show, but I did find this Eames Molded Plywood Coffee Table available at HermanMiller.

Throw in a couple of drum shade floor lamps, such as the Nessen Footed Floor lamp designed by Shelton, Mindel & Associates, available at LampsPlus:

Pottery Barn offers these Dhurrie Rugs:


The rug in the top photo looks to me like a broadloom (aka wall-to-wall carpet) that was cut to size with a large border added. This is a great idea if you have a very specific size space in which to put a rug, or you want a consistant overall pattern. Broadloom usually comes in 12′-13′ wide rolls, so you can purchase the amount you need and have them cut and bind to your specifications.

Add piles of magazines and Manolos, and we have Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment.

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