The world recently said goodbye to the cast of How I Met Your Mother and Marshall and Lily's familiar apartment located above MacLaren’s Pub—the setting of some of the best scenes from the show. From the squeaky floorboard disguised from lily as "the ghost of Confederate General" to the place where the "fourth slap" would take place, the realistic-for-New-York apartment created by set decorator Susan Mina, was the epicenter of the crews' lives.
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While Hannah may be the star of the show, Charlie's Brooklyn apartment takes center stage for design in this series. The apartment, set in a “not so good neighborhood” is an ode to handmade design. Created (in four days) by production designer Lara Ballinger Gardner, the 12x12 studio was built to showcase Charlie’s back story as an aspiring architect and a once-carpenter. “We knew from the script that he lived in an older, not good apartment,” said Gardner to “But he had taken a small studio and done something wonderful with it.” From the metal box spring-turned-pot-rack to the full-wall storage unit and the vintage sewing machine lights-turned-bedside sconces, this apartment had fans wondering where they could get the look themselves.
For ten seasons we followed the ups and downs of the beloved cast of Friends and fell in love with Monica and Rachel’s Greenwich Village apartment. Both feminine and romantic (and rent-controlled!) the bright-hued walls and eclectic decor of the two-bedroom, found a special place in viewers hearts. A teal kitchen and lavender living area filled with mismatched decor served as home to all of Friends gang at some point throughout the series. Like the characters, the apartment evolved as the show went on. The mismatched chairs in the dining room periodically broke and were replaced with new ones and the gold frame around the peep hole—a mirror a crew member broke on set and temporarily hung on the door—became something of an icon for the show.
While everyone may envy her Manolo Blahniks, we love Carrie’s fashionable Upper East Side apartment. SATC production designer Jeremy Conway built the small and stylish apartment—meant to represent realistic-size digs—to fit the character and the city. “We realized that what Carrie has in her apartment is not what she’s all about,” Conway told . “But there is definitely a sense of style in the way she’s put things together.”
Filled with finds from real-life New York City flea markets, and “authentic NYC touches,” like cracked plaster in the bathroom, the home boasts celery green walls with a lavender glaze that is meant to “glow” on-camera.
With walnut cabinetry and white carpet, Don Draper’s Upper East Side apartment (that premiered in the second season) was meant to feel like a high-rise built in 1960. Set decorator Claudette Didul created the home with sleek modern lines, a sunken living room complete with beautiful fireplace and high-tech gadgets like a television and phone (with buttons) to give this "old" apartment a modern feel to match Draper’s ahead-of-his-time personality.
Mindy Lahiri’s (Kaling’s) beautiful Manhattan apartment is as bold and colorful as her wardrobe. Production designer Michael Gallenberg says he too strives to make the TV abode as realistic as possible though the apartment set is in LA. The fun, print-packed home is filled with products you can buy too. Kaling often Instagrams some of her favorite props from the set.
The Manhattan apartment of Liz Lemon, Tina Fey’s character, designed by set decorator Jennifer Greenberg, was made to feel comfortable and achievable. The warm neutral palette and vintage accents give it a feeling of “home”.
Jerry Seinfeld’s apartment isn’t exactly cutting edge but fans fell in love with it anyway. From the oversized leather couch to the plain design, the quirky apartment matches its owners' personality.
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