20 years ago on June 6th, 1998 Sex and the City premiered on HBO. (Does that make anyone else feel old?) After the series wrapped and added two movies, we’re still not quite over Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment.
Second only to Monica’s purple apartment from Friends, Carrie’s junior one bedroom stands out as one of the most iconic apartments from TV history.
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To celebrate the show’s 20th anniversary, we took the bones of her Upper East Side abode (pre its 2008 makeover) and reimagined how it might have looked if the series took place today. (Although we’d keep Carrie’s rent from the 90s because…a girl can dream, right?).
But is it really a Sex and the City tribute if we don’t include the whole gang? We didn’t think so, so we set out to design Bradshaw’s apartment for each of our favorite characters – Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte too.
See how we reimagined Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment for 2018!
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Carrie Bradshaw was a style icon, a relationship aficionado, and always armed with the perfect one-liner. And while her outfits were ever-changing and always fabulous, her apartment remained largely the same over the show’s tenure.
Bradshaw’s apartment, unlike her wardrobe, had a lived-in and relatable quality that reminded many of us of our own homes. It wasn’t always perfectly tidy and it featured an eclectic mix of furniture styles – think flea market chic alongside mid-century modern furniture.
As a nod to the 60’s era mid-century pieces that populated Carrie’s original apartment, her new place features pieces with modern shapes.
We kept the palette mostly true to her original space. But we know Carrie wasn’t afraid of color. A bright blue sofa anchors her living room and serves as reference to her later movie makeover wall color.
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Carrie’s Modsy Style: Mod Collector
Of course we had to give Carrie a desk that would keep her inspired. We thought this might be the one piece she would splurge a few paychecks on, so we picked a beautiful burl wood table that lends warmth and texture to her space.
We knew Carrie’s taste in art would have been as eclectic as her. So, we chose one statement piece and hung it off-center above her bed. In her original apartment, she had a similarly hung trio of prints. No plants take up space in Carrie’s place. She hated having things in her space that might die if not regularly maintained.
An updated take on the Aiden chair, we gave her new place a similar worn leather, mid-century inspired chair.
Finally, what would Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment be without the iconic tutu, her Carrie necklace, to-go coffee, cigarettes, and her Vogue magazines?
Samantha Jones is a proud, confident, and no BS kind of lady. We styled her take on Carrie’s apartment with a minimal glam approach. We wanted the apartment to reflect Samantha’s unapologetic love of sex and portray her as the strong, classy person she was.
The apartment is clean and almost minimal, but at the same time bold and dramatic. We thought Samantha would appreciate a full sensory experience, so we picked pieces that would appeal to both the eye and the touch. We mixed materials like leather, velvet, fur, and gold for a glamorous and moody space to entertain (and we don’t mean the cheese and crackers kind of entertaining).
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Samantha’s Modsy Style: Less is More Chic
Unlike her friends, Samantha lived in New York’s up-and-coming Meatpacking District. If she were to make the move to Carrie’s Upper East Side digs, we thought she’d appreciate the addition of the fireplace and dark charcoal paint job to give a her place a little more edge.
We kept the space where you’d typically find a coffee table, to give Samantha space for other activities. Additionally, on the shelf above her bed we gave her a tasteful ginger jar full of condoms.
We thought Samantha’s favorite piece in her new place would by far be the curvaceous, green velvet sofa. Like the diamond flower ring she acquires in the first Sex and the City Movie, it’s truly “one of a kind, and a little bit too much.”
We know that Charlotte would bring her discerning eye to Carrie’s apartment. We pegged her as a Refined Connoisseur, a mix of all things classic with a minimal twist. A curator by nature, we selected an elegant blend of pieces, all displaying a tastefully conservative palette.
We imagined Charlotte would want her home to be a place where she could comfortably entertain (and we mean cheese and crackers, but you know, the artisanal kind). Her living room features a simple conversational layout and is notably TV-free (we can’t imagine Charlotte being the type to “Netflix and chill”).
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Charlotte’s Modsy Style: Refined Connoisseur
As a leading lady in the art world, we gave special consideration to the artwork in her place. We gave her a few statement pieces around the apartment, works she might have picked up in her time at the gallery.
Her desk, a clear glass with gold accents, is as much of a statement piece as Charlotte would allow. It would be a place for her to keep up with her social correspondences and browse eligible bachelors on Match .com.
We imagined that no-nonsense Miranda would want an apartment that gets the job done. We thought her straightforward sensibility was well represented by our Contemporary Minimalist style.
When designing her space we opted for quality, lasting pieces that don’t have a lot of frills. Miranda had a lawyer’s salary but not a lot of time. So we took her shopping at places like Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel.
Her take on Carrie’s apartment pulls from her original apartment’s color palette of greys, greens, and purples. To give it a modern edge we limited the pops of color to the accessories and gave her a lot of grey and neutral furniture.
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Miranda’s Modsy Style: Contemporary Minimalist
Instead of a desk we thought Miranda would be more apt to work on her depositions (or daydream about running for governor) from her sofa and eat Chinese takeout off the coffee table.
We also brought over the feminine undertones in her floral art to her new space with updated transitional floral pieces.
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