Carrie on

I’ve never been a fan of Michael Patrick King’s Sex and the City: The Movie (2008); neither of its sequel [Sex and the City 2] (2010). But I did like the HBO TV series. And I simply adore Lydia Marks’s set designs, especially for Sex and the City 2.

Trivia: Carrie Bradshaw’s (fictional) apartment at 66 Perry Street and Bleecker Street, Manhattan, is one of the tourist attractions in New York.

Four New York-based friends: Carrie, Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte want to satisfy their various appetites and are constantly hunting: for love, for sex, for lunch, for high street fashion…In their witty comments (and Carrie’s pieces of writing) they express something that we often think about but are afraid to name.

Perhaps it’s not the philosophy behind King’s productions, but there is life, there is style and there is colour, especially in the setting. Lydia Marks (who is also responsible for the set in The Devil Wears Prada [see my post on DWP here]) mixed colour, glamour and simplicity in Carrie’s old apartment:

Carrie's old apartment in Sex and the city 2 ; photo by Craig Blankenhorn

Carrie’s old apartment in Sex and the City 2 ; photo by Craig Blankenhorn

It seems to follow one of Carrie’s mottos from the movie: You have to take the tradition, and decorate it your way. 

You may get more information about the set and where to buy some original pieces of furniture from the interview with Lydia Marks.

But there is more. I’ve decided that since fashion is such an important part of the movie, it would be good to find some inspiration there. In one of the scenes, Carrie visits Diane von Furstenberg‘s showroom:

Carrie at DVF's showroom

Carrie at DVF’s showroom

The dress you can see in the front inspired me to look for another Carrie-like interior. I’ve found it in Tobi Fairley‘s design:

I’d love to have either of these interiors as my retreat (and sit there with a cup of tea whenever I need a break, just as Charlotte does at the end of the movie) 🙂

In this style:


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