All the Best Interiors from GIRLS
The drama and comedy is so seamlessly intertwined each week on HBO’s hit series GIRLS that the show’s stellar interiors and inventive set designs can easily go unsung. Rightly so, as one is hard-pressed to notice a killer background end table in the throws of Hannah's OCD distress. Featuring a slew of trends and inventive, hipsterific small-space solutions, the dwellings are as riveting and relevant as the character’s dating fiascos. Here is a breakdown of the best dressed sets from all four seasons.
The definition of a modern “efficiency,” Charlie’s studio apartment in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn indeed “looks like a Target ad.” Pared down, architecturally influenced, and rife with warm woods and color-rich detailing, it is the poster child for maximizing a small space.
Punctuated with vinyl records, layered worldly rugs, and cultured pop art, it is neatly stacked to the brim with personality—the ultimate in organizational chic.
Cool, lush neutrals are the perfect foil to the pop of bold red accenting a cultured book shelf. Bright and eclectic, this kid-friendly environment feels exuberant and fresh, equal parts refined and relaxed. In season one, Jessa babysits the pint-sized residents of this upscape abode, who pen their own novels and have a tee-pee in their bedroom.
The Edge high-rise luxury condos, located on the edge of the Williamsburg waterfront, plays home to Jessa's venture capitalist love interest, Thomas-John. When Jessa moves in after their impromptu nuptials, the bachelor pad undergoes an impressive redesign - self-portraits and all. Warm pink accent chairs evoke a sexy feminine tension, pairing effortlessly with the existing cool gray, masculine furnishings.
Thomas-John's modern and sleek bachelor pad pre-Jessa.
In season two, Hannah falls down the rabbit hole into Joshua's picture-perfect, renovated brownstone. Complete with exposed brick walls and a baby grand piano, it is the epitome of a drool-worthy New York fantasy fixer-upper. The apartment is a prime example of mixing masculine and feminine styles to achieve a design that feels cohesive and stylish. Architectural armchairs amidst salmon walls (the manliest of blush tones) evoke a vibe that is both sexy and elegant.
This idyllic retreat located in East Marion, NY, where the girls escaped for a summer weekend getaway, could be yours for a weekend or two via Airbnb. The quintessential setting for rekindling friendships or impromptu, elaborately-choreographed Broadway numbers, it’s full of whimsical, industrial chic touches with a sophisticated twist.
A bright pink, velvet sofa and vibrant art bring flourishes of evocative, polished chic to an otherwise even-toned, traditional space.
Hannah's Greenpoint apartment is punctuated with key vintage pieces and whimsical flea-market scores. We can imagine a fair amount of the goods were procured via Craigslist or the Brooklyn flea. The iconic midcentury wall décor, eclectic chair collection, and bright color palette feels youthful, found, and effortlessly cool.
This brightly colored bookcase is in fact end tables stacked on top of one another—a clever DIY that adds interest and ingenuity.
Shoshanna's SoHo Studio is the ultimate girly-girl fantasy. Classic black and white intermixes with every shade of Hawaiian-sunset-worthy pink under one roof. Her ingenious, space-saving configuration places a rolling rack behind her sofa, allowing for an inviting social space without detracting from the much-needed closet square footage.
Set designer Laura Ballinger Gardner has revealed Shosh is a follower of design blogs such as Apartment Therapy and Design*Sponge. Her space smartly matures and evolves along with her character's arch on the show.
The home of introspective, theater actor/folk singer/-trouble-waiting-to-happen Desi is appropriately filled with unique vintage and diverse tastes. We love the way Marnie's cornflower blue beanie pops against the warm woods and red vintage rug.
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