Friends Reunion Special: Reimagining the Interiors of the Hit 90s Show

WHOOOOPAH! We couldn’t be more thrilled about the upcoming Friends reunion special slated to start filming later this year. Thinking about the gang being together again has gotten everyone at Modsy super excited. Like most people, we’re to know what the gang’s been up to over the last (gasp) 16 years. With this in mind, we thought it would be fun to imagine what kinds of spaces they might be living in and share them with you.

We hope that these designs provide the daily perk you’re looking for! And, if you feel like you need a refill of Friends related cheer, feel free to check out how we reimagined the Friends apartment in 2018!

Monica and Chandelier’s  “Breezy” Upstate  Haven

We imagined that Monica and Chandler’s Westchester home would be bright and airy with rustic touches of shiplap and exposed beams. True to her 20s style, Monica would still be into more traditional furniture that’s put together, comfortable, and set up to host friends. A second sofa and pair of chairs allow her to entertain a larger group of friends perhaps one with partners and children in tow. Stylistically we chose a pair of roll arm sofas in a classic blue fabric that adds color without going overboard.

The color scheme is inspired by her vintage Jouets poster, which she has proudly on display on her bookshelves. The coffee table is a nod to her original weather wood table, but it includes storage to keep everything neat and tidy with a cookbook on display. Symmetry and an overall organized feel would be key to keeping her Type A personality happy. In the background, you’ll see her chef jacket hanging and tennis racquet as we think her competitive streak for ping pong would translate well to tennis matches in her Westchester community.

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Emma’s All-Grown-Up College Dorm

We imagined that Rachel and Ross’ daughter, Emma’s room would be a quintessential Gen Z space with a cool, collected vibe and pieces that remind her of her parents. Since it’s a dorm room, the base furniture would be pretty simple, but she would layer on her personality with accessories. A lover of fashion like her mom, she’d incorporate an influencer essential—a clothing rack—to display favorites from her vintage clothing collection. A pair of Joan and David boots would be key (thanks, Rachel!)

On her desk, she keeps a baby picture of her and her mom and a dinosaur stuffed animal that Ross gave her when she was little. She has a poster of a vintage Paris luggage tag, a nod to her favorite city outside of New York, a love she inherited from her mom. A lover of travel, Emma has a cork globe to track all of the places she’s been and dream of all the places she’ll visit.

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Friends ReunionJoey’s “How You Doing” Bachelor Sanctuary

Joey, the quintessential bachelor is still living in Greenwich Village—in Monica’s old apartment to be exact. Sentimental as he is, he couldn’t bear to leave behind the place that formed so many of his favorite memories—after all, sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name and they’re always glad you came. He updates the look and feel with some gray paint, to make it a bit more masculine and a place of his own. His style is minimal, yet comfortable. With a gallery wall of a few of his favorite pictures, including when he was on the cover of Soap Digest, Joey pays homage to his favorite friends.

While he’s gotten rid of his favorite recliner, he’s upgraded to a sofa with a chaise so he can recline all the time or cuddle up with a new girlfriend. Pat the dog obviously still has a place in his apartment. Huggsy, Joey’s bedtime penguin pal sits on his director’s chair as 2020 Joey isn’t embarrassed anymore. Instead of a dining table, Joey has a foosball table, so he’ll still hover over the counter to eat his Cap’N Crunch.

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Phoebe and Smelly Cat’s Country Retreat

Phoebe has finally made it out of the city where she can run freely in the countryside, arms flailing and all, without the judgment of Central Park joggers. Her home is a whimsical cottage and an eclectic collection of all of her favorite things. Before moving in she burned sage to ensure any negative energy was cleansed and any ghosts freed. Her bedroom is painted Basil by Sherman Williams, a calming and serene color. In the mornings she sips coffee from a big yellow mug in bed that reminds her of the days she used to spend in Central Perk with her friends.

While she has purchased a few new items, her bedroom has a vintage leather chair where she sits and writes new songs, and an antique dresser. On top of the dresser, she keeps a scented candle that she never lights for fear of setting off the fire alarm. Her bookshelves are filled with vintage books and ones from the literature course she took at the New School as well as a little stuffed cat that she calls Smelly.

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Here’s How the Will and Grace Apartment Would Look in 2018

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Will & Grace season 10 is just around the corner (Mark your calendars for October 4th). And while Will’s home got a refresh for the show’s season 9 reboot, we wanted to give it a proper Modsy makeover and take the design one step further

We’d like to imagine a world where Will no longer lived in his iconic NYC apartment, and instead maybe Grace, Jack or Karen moved in. We wondered how the space might look if Grace had helped with the redesign efforts since, of course, Grace knows best.

Peek inside our 2018 take on the Will and Grace apartment, as styled for Jack, Karen, and Grace.

Will and Grace apartmentJack’s Take

There’s no denying Jack has expensive taste. Turns out he already owned a handful of iconic pieces, like the Swan chair and Nelson pendants, which we wouldn’t think of replacing. In his 2018 apartment, we wanted his personality and style to shine, so we mixed some of those iconic pieces in with new colors, textures, and patterns.

Jack’s original apartment was quite bold and small. To preserve his penchant for bright colors, we painted the space in a coat of Steamed Spinach from Benjamin Moore and reupholstered his Swan chair in an aqua fabric. We kept the fun retro vibe from his original space but amped it up with velvet dining chairs, funky pillows, and a faux fur white pouf.  

Will and Grace apartment

As we know, Jack loves to gossip, which he’ll be doing while lounging in the most expensive piece in the room: the MR Chaise from Design Within Reach. It’s a timeless piece that’s extremely comfortable. He also will enjoy sitting around the Saarinen Tulip dining table in the Avery velvet dining chairs, which paired together create the perfect balance of edgy minimalism.  

Want this look in your own home? If you aren’t afraid of loud colors but don’t want the space to feel overwhelming, throwing in sleek and minimal pieces into the mix help balance everything out.

Will and Grace apartmentGrace’s Take

Grace has a loud personality and we think she would have brought that into her space through bold textures, prints, patterns and color. As an interior designer, she would have been extremely detail-oriented, especially when choosing wallpaper, lighting, and finishes. To give her take on the apartment a more 2018 vibe, we refreshed the palette and brought in more risky elements, like the eclectic art and printed fabrics.

Will and Grace apartment

We have to imagine Grace’s Modsy style would have been a Classic Collector. All about mixing classic formal with eclectic touches, can’t you see her obsessing over that Tibetan tiger rug?

Want to recreate this look? Opt for bold statement pieces and pair them with subtle printed fabrics. Don’t be afraid of art, and try to incorporate pieces from different genres to really highlight the eclectic vibes.

Will and Grace apartmentKaren’s Take

We mixed a lot of rich colors, animal prints, and velvets to create Karen’s take on the Will and Grace apartment. The space features a glam-forward style to highlight her fierce sense of fashion and luxurious lifestyle.

Karen’s love for the finer things in life really shines through with bold, trendy statement pieces. We painted the walls to Grapy, a deep purple-gray from Sherwin-Williams for a moody, dramatic touch to reflect Karen’s personality.

Will and Grace apartment

Karen would be extra fond of the bold, Green Velvet Layla Chanel Tufted Sofa and Marissa Coffee Table from Horchow and Modern Seven Branching Chandelier from France & Son.

Want this look in your space? Keep it dramatic and bold – just like Karen would! Think statement chandelier, a velvet sofa, a sculptural coffee table… all pieces that really pop in any space.


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