Inspired by every aspects of the lives of the main characters, Sex and the City portrays four very different personalities that women can relate to. Four years have passed when we catch up with the four friends in the first Sex and the City film. Carrie is now a successful book author and magazine journalist, back with Mr. Big Chris Noth who has just purchased a huge Fifth Avenue penthouse for the two of them.
Carrie is tasked with packing up her apartment, whilst Charlotte is now a stay-at-home mum who lives with husband Harry and their adopted daughter Lily in a Park Avenue apartment. Big buying a huge apartment for the two of them, it remains empty as for most of the film Carrie ends up back at her apartment.
We employed a particular colour theory for each of them that helped in identifying character and personality. The challenge in the redecorating was designing an apartment that seemed like it could be a little more organized, lived in, and put together. How does a more grown-up Carrie create an environment that reflects her personality and her place? This set was the most fun in the film for me to work on.
While the architecture in her apartment was the same, everything else was completely re-done. The paint colour, the moldings, the entire kitchen, all her furniture, her artwork, even her famous closet.
According to Marks, some of the most asked about items include: Another way to change the colour and feel of a room, without doing anything permanent, is with fabric. All this can be done without investing a tremendous amount of money or time. Re-cover a chair, make a beautiful new bed with a mixture of patterns and colours, make new curtains, make new throw pillows. They came out perfectly, black piano finish and all.
The pieces are all feminine, airy, and stylish. They are also versatile and can easily be re-purposed in another setting. Her home is an example of her classic, refined elegance, every room is immaculate with a show home feel throughout. Her house is styled to perfection with items displayed in perfect symmetry, not an accessory out of place. Mixing mid-century furniture with more modern pieces, she uses chocolate wooden furniture throughout which joins each room that is individually styled.
Whilst fresh, spring coloured floral wallpapers are used throughout, along with neutral carpets, romantic touches and the creation of cosy, zoned areas for various activities. Great lamps are sculpture and can change the feel of an entire room. The house is clean, with a light and airy feel, featuring a neutral colour scheme and natural light from the beautiful, glass fronted exterior. With five bedrooms, six bathrooms and five balconies looking over the ocean, the spacious house is the perfect setting for Samantha and her movie star boyfriend in the film.
While there was a great deal of autonomy in the creative endeavour, there were a few instances where the actors would ask us to look at something in particular that they felt was appropriate for their interior. They knew their characters so well that I was always interested in seeing what they had in mind. Porthault bed linens, when she first asked us to consider them for her bedroom, I was not sure if the brand made sense with her character.
Porthault bedding is no longer available online we found similar ones from Wayfair. During the film, Miranda and Steve have their ups and down and we see her live on her own for a while. It should be filled with things you love, both newly designed and family heirlooms. That will give it the warmth and style that make it special and your own. We see Miranda sat in her living room eating Chinese food in one scene, her simple furniture choices and colour palette are mostly neutral, focused around comfort over style like before.
No splashy colours or hip clutter. We hope we have inspired you to channel your inner Carrie, Charlotte, Samantha or Miranda to inject a bit of Sex and the City style into your home. Join us next time for part 2 when we continue with the set design from the Sex and the City 2 film. Sex and the City TV show and film franchise images courtesy of www.
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