October 25, 2011

Penny's Apartment | Big Bang Theory

Aniela, a lovely reader from Germany, sent me an email requesting advice on recreating the style of Penny's apartment on Big Bang Theory. 
Here's a snippet from her message:

"I am a fan of the tv show Big Bang Theory and I love the apartment of the character Penny.  The living room is very cheerful and pretty with a lot of brights and I think you will agree her bedroom is absolutely lovely!  I especially adore the Chinese lanterns over the bed.  I wonder how that room manages to have such strong colors in it and yet have a relaxing atmosphere for sleeping?  I would love to copy the style of the apartment, but I worry how to do without making my room look too overcrowded with that "loud" colors."

Aniela, you're right!  Penny's apartment is uber-lovely and it's the perfect type of space to showcase here on Lovely Undergrad.  So I couldn't resist!  Aniela and other fans of Penny's place... here's how to steal her style. ;)

 Penny's living room is a space that any college girl would love to inhabit.  There are lots of ideas to borrow from this set.  Let's start with the color scheme. 
 
Beige: Despite all the bright colors, there's an abundance of beige that grounds this room.  The walls are a light cream, the floors a light wood, all the furniture a blondish wood finish, and the big area rug a neutral beige.  Having these major parts of the room remain neutral makes it easy to swap brighter colors in and out.  If you're looking to decorate similarly to Penny's apartment, keep the backdrop neutral.  Beige is warm and easy to blend with wood tones, but white and shades of gray work, too.

Green: The next most common color in this room is green.  It's scattered all over the room.  The trim of the area rug, chair, curtains, pillows, plant, dishes, bookcase accessories. This is the main bright color of the room and green works well because it's easy to live with without being neutral.  Green can be bright and fresh, but isn't overzealous or distracting.

Turquoise:  A vintage shade of teal is the main accent color in Penny's living room.  It is incorporated in a large dose by upholstering her couch in the lovely blue-green color.  Besides that, it can be spotted around the room in small details---the tea kettle in the kitchen, a few accessories on the bookshelf, and hints of it beyond the open door to her bedroom.  Turquoise is bright, fun, and on-trend... but like green, it's a calming and comfortable color to bring into a living space.

Orange:  Pops of bold, juicy orange are what really amp up the color factor in this space.  Without orange, the room would lean on the cool side with all its green, blue, and spots of purple.  Orange warms up the room and plays off of the yellow in the beige and wood tones.  However, note that the orange is used strategically and with restraint.  A pillow here, a lampshade there, a water can here, a small accessory there.  Orange is an energetic color that livens up a space, so keep that in mind.  Like injecting energy?  Add more orange.  Prefer to lean on the calm, soothing side?  Use your orange sparingly, but do use its cozy powers to your advantage.

Purple:  Lastly, there's a bit of plum throughout the room.  It's not a bright, vivacious purple by any means... but a subtle, dusky shade of plum.  You can spot it in a few of the throw pillows and on the dining chairs at the back of the room.  Purple compliments the cool tones of the green and blue, contrasts the bright orange, and brings the whole space down to earth.  Since it is a dark, warm shade of purple... it serves as a grounding color like a dark gray or black would.

Let's go back to one of my favorite pieces in Penny's apartment: her turquoise sofa.  Looks familiar, doesn't it?  You might have glimpsed it at Ikea.  That's right---her turquoise sofa is the Klippan loveseat recovered in a teal fabric.

 
And that funky chair?  It's the Skruvsta Swivel Chair reupholstered in a retro green fabric.

As you can see from the photo above, Penny's place is like many young college-aged women's apartments.  Sometimes it's a little messy and chaotic---overflowing with craft supplies, magazines, clothes, and shoes.  But it's colorful, cheerful, and filled-to-burst with personality.  Look around to see how the space is accessorized.  The art on the walls is pretty eclectic and colorful.  There's a map, several paintings, and several prints.  A few plants bring life into the room.

Let's move on to Penny's bedroom... 
The bedroom uses similar colors as the living room, but amps them up a bit.  The blue and green are brighter.  The orange is bolder.  And splashes of deep red and hot pink take the color scheme up a notch.

Seafoam: The neutral backdrop in Penny's bedroom is a grayish, bluish shade of green.  When the lights are on or sunlight is coming in, the color is crisp and cheerful.  In the dark, it's a bit more gray--- making it calming and quiet.  The following four colors are used almost equally throughout the room...

Aqua:  The bedsheets, vintage dresser, and one of the hanging Chinese lanterns are all this beautiful shade of eye-popping robin's egg blue.

Emerald: Some of the bedding, one of tje nightstands, her curtains, a lantern, a hamper, lots of accessories, and the living room's chair (which she must pull into her room at times) all sport a vibrant grassy, emerald green. 

Tangerine: The comforter, a lantern, and several accessories show off a juicy orange hue.

Red + Pink: And bursts of vibrant pink and deep red can be spotted all over in just the right dosage.

Around Penny's bed is an eclectic collection of personal memorabilia, like any girl's favorite spot.  An eclectic, meaningful array of paintings hang on the wall---including a decorated "P" for Penny.  The nightstands are cluttered with beloved "stuff" like toy animals, a jewelry box, and framed picture. 

The big question about Penny's bedroom?  How does she pull all those random patterns and eclectic accessories together?  Pattern is everywhere.  The curtain next to her bed, the curtain behind her dresser, the comforter, the chair...  And when you really look at the patterns, they're all really quite different.  Look a little closer, and you'll find some similarities that tie 'em together and make it all work.  Even though one curtain is damask, the other vintage-y, and the comforter quilted... they're all florals.  And the tie that binds... color!  Floral and shared color makes the mix-and-matched statement, as opposed to just mixed. 

Ok.  So now you're probably uber-inspired by Penny's lovely quarters, but totally overwhelmed about the thought of mixing and matching color and pattern as it is done in her space?

I've created an inspiration board so you can keep a look out for the right things.
Neutral rugs.  Bright, patterned pillows.  Eclectic, colorful artwork.  Chinese paper lanterns.  Floral curtains.  Brightly colored quilt.  Upholstered headboard.  Vintage furniture to paint a fun color. 



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80 comments:

  1. Great post! I definitely want to see more of these. TV character apartments are always my favourite.

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  2. Wow Jessica! This post is now probably my most favourite on your whole wonderful website! Awesome and lovely, as always!

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  3. this is so great!! thanks for all the ideas!! :)

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  4. Hi!

    I´m from Germany and found this site via google! Here´s the thing: My girlfriend is in love with one of the paintings on Pennys wall. It´s in the living room, on the wall between bedroom door and the main door. It has two parts, on the right red trees in front of a blue background and on the left... well, something in orange and red. And there appears to be a blue butterfly near the bottom end.

    My question: Do you have an idea where I can possibly get one of these paintings? Do you happen to know if it is famous or unique and just made for the show?

    Greetings from Germany!

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    1. Hello, I'm from Argentina, and I'm looking for that painting too, the right has purple, yellow and violet. I need a picture of that painting because I want to copy that for my living-room. Sorry for the writing mistakes,my English is basic. If anyone have a picture please send me an email, my adress is miri.cba@gmail.com. thanks!

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    2. Hello, I'm from Argentina, and I'm looking for that painting too, the right has purple, yellow and violet. I need a picture of that painting because I want to copy that for my living-room. Sorry for the writing mistakes,my English is basic. If anyone have a picture please send me an email, my adress is miri.cba@gmail.com. thanks!

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    3. Hi! I´m looking for that painting too, the purple-orange-violet one. If I don´t found it I think I will paint it myself. If anyone have a picture of the painting please contact me: miri.cba@gmail.com. thanks!

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    4. Here is the direct link to the artist Dan Gottsegen who painted it - I was trying like crazy to find it as well, but oddly enough looking at it up close it's not how I thought it would be...it looks different than in the apartment.

      http://www.vermontel.net/~dgotts/Images%20Pages/newtapestrypaintings.html

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    5. Thanks so much! This is so awesome! :)

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  5. This is great! Where do you think I can find the fabric for Penny's kitchen window?

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  6. That's exactly hat I was looking for, thanks!!!

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  7. great post, i love penny's apartment!
    in more recent seasons, penny has this art print on her apartment door. ive seen that artists work many times but i dont know their name and its driving me crazy. anyone happen to know?

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  8. Awesome post! Do you know where to buy the fabric for the curtains in Penny's bedroom? (or possibly the curtains themselves?)

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    1. I'm quite sure it's IKEA too, because IKEA has a lot of colourful curtains. Take a look at this page http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/departments/Textiles/10655/ and i'm sure you'll fall in love with smiliar beautiful curtains :)
      oh yes, i'm an ikea freak. :)

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    2. try www.urbanbehaivour.com

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  9. Love this post. Where did you find the photos? I loved last night's episode that showed a lot of her bedroom - when she decides to do charity work by donating some of her clothes. The photos above seem to be from that episode?

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  10. The art print on Penny's door is by Papaya available on Amazon. What I want is the fabric with the Asian dahlias. Where is that fabric or curtain from?! I saw on Chasing Props that the draperies were from Pier One, but I didn't see either curtain on their site. I know I've seen it elsewhere but where? I NEED it.

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  11. Oops, that was from Setdecorators.com where I got that info on the curtains. I got the info about the print from Chasing Props.

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  12. I'm curious about the white design above Penny's bed. Is that a clock? I would love to know what it is and where I can get one ... does anyone know? ... thank you!

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  13. I love Penny's room! What a great post!:)

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  14. Hi Guys! Its Katie from ChasingProps.com here, and I just thought I right to let you know that Ive found that picture Jan from Germany was asking about above. She asked where you can find the picture thats in Penny's living room near the door, that half yellow and half red with a small blue bird in the bottom center. Well its from an artist called Gottsegen and the painting is called "The Wisdom of Birds" . This link below seems to be the one and only print available. And check out the price :0

    http://www.artpic2000.com/cgi-bin/unit_display.pl?img=1-0463-0004

    Its a bit of a hefty price huh ($2800). But since this place is actually an art rental place (where a lot of Tv shows rent from) I reckon you could always rent it for a bit... maybe even scan it or take a photo of it for your own personal use. (I wouldn't do any more then that because of copyright issues.. Im not sure I should even suggest what I just suggested!)

    Anywho, just thought Id pass on the find, since Ive been a bit too lazy to add it to my site as yet. Cheers, Katie

    P.s Im looking into the curtains today. Might be able to find something:)

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    1. Hi Katie,

      I am looking for the plates that are on the wall of penny's kitchen. they are floral plates and there are 3 of them. be AMAZING if you can find them- i've looked everywhere!!

      :)

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    2. I found the plates!
      http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/baynote/973002.jsp

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  15. Hi again! Sorry the only info Ive found so far about the curtains is that they are from Pier One (according to set designer). If you search for Pier one curtains/ drapes you might have more luck then me finding the right pattern :)

    Cheers
    Katie

    If you would like me to look into more please find me at ChasingProps.com

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  16. Hi there...great post, thanks! Wondering if anyone has any info on the bedding? I have a 15 year old who loves orange, and her walls are green. That bedding would be perfect. Thanks! : )

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    1. http://www.setdecorators.org/incEngine/?art=hotofftheset here is written where every part of the bed is from ;)
      Thanks Alyssa!(:

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    2. if you want styles like that there are some great blankets at urbanoutfitters.com

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  17. Wait--found it! It's on Chasingprops.com (which I also just learned about from this site...thanks!) It's from Anthropologie if anyone else is interested : )

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    1. I checked the Anthropologie site and couldn't find it :(

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    2. I checked the Anthropologie site and couldn't find it :(

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  18. Hi,
    my girlfriend is adicted to Pennys Lamp on the righthand nightstand (the one with the big purple "diamant" in the middle).
    Do you have aaaany idea, where to get it?
    in the name of my girlfriend: awesome post, thank you!
    greetings from Germany!

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    1. Hi, that lamp is available at LampsPlus.com and is called Purple Bijoux Table Lamp

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  19. penny's apartment kinda makes me want to kill myself! guess i must be kinda like sheldon!

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  20. I just saw this link this morning: http://www.setdecorators.org/incEngine/?art=hotofftheset it has a list, from Set Decorator Ann Shea, of where they got the stuff from. Some of the pieces are from prop warehouses, but there is stuff from Urban Outfitters, Ikea, Lamps Plus, etc.etc. I remembered this post and thought you may want to take a peek :) Happy Friday!

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  21. i am from australia and i would like to purchase the 3 pictures of flowers(green,red and purple that are hanging on Pennys living room behind the front door. Could anyone please advise me.

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  22. thank you soooo much! i'm moving very soon and i was hoping to find a post exactly like this one to have some color/stuff inspiration. actually a lot of pennys things are from ikea so i can purchase them in germany too :D
    great post, great blog. love it!!

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  23. i would like to know where can i find the fabric for the couch..! and that same exact color i just love it so much!! its like a focal point for me I WANT IT!! please someone?

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    1. Where are you from? Do you have IKEA in your country? Then search on the IKEA website for "Klippan".
      Pity the great blue colour isn't available (anymore? i don't know), but i personally think that this http://www.ikea.com/at/de/catalog/products/30180603/#/80157539 colour would fit into pennys living room also well :)
      else buy some blue cloth and a staple gun and be create ;)
      greetings from austria & good luck :)

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  24. OMG!!! Thank you so much bbt is my favorite show and I'm going to university this fall. I want my dorm room to be like this...this,is a huge help!!!

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  25. This is amazing!!! So much thought and effort has gone into this, I will definitely be having a Penny inspired bedroom in my new room in September :) xx

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    1. Hey Jessica! You probably missed this because it´s in german, but the above post by beever is a german spam for penis enlargment. You might want to delete it of your otherwise lovely webside! ;)

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  27. big thank you from germany ;)

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  28. Where can I find the white scroll-like metal artwork above Penny's bed? I love it and would adore having one above my own bed!

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  29. I am absolutely in love with the green pillows on her couch, I know they are from Ikea but does anyone know their name?

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    1. It's HANNA SLINGA

      Alex

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  30. I LOVE Penny's apartment! It's always boogled my mind how nice TV shows apartments look and I never could figure out how to recreate their look. Thank you so much! I'm going to loosely based Penny's living room off of my own, but with more vintage pieces. Haha thanks again!

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  31. I was thinking of decorating my space similar to this, but I have dark wood furniture. I'm kinda nervous about switching to light wood, Idk if I can pull it off. Suggestions?

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    1. I think they chose the lighter colored wood so that any bright colored item could be used as an accent (chairs, dishes, lamps, clothes, curtains, etc).

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  32. this is so great!! thanks for all the ideas!! :)

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  33. Can you do a post on Teddy Duncan's bedroom from Good Luck Charlie? I know it's a children's show and you probebly don't watch it, but my sister does, and frankly it's the only Disney show these days that doesn't annoy the crap out of me. Her room is very colorful and unique and it would be so cool to see how to recreate it!

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  34. I am new to this site and LOVE that you did a write up and inspiration as I too love Penny's apartment...I was actually curious as to where the bedding designs on your inspiration board are from? They are the exact type of patterns I have been searching for, but have not found any I really like.

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  35. I love love love penny's apartment! I was wondering if you could do Bernadette's as well. Thanks in advance!

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  36. Does anyone know, where I can find Penny's new chair (multicolored one) in season 5?

    I've been looking everywhere on the internet, but no luck...

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  37. i LOVE pennys appartment!!! im trying to get a few tips from it like patterns and colours etc. but does anyone know where she gets the wall art from? my walls are really plain... :/

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  38. Any idea where to find the multicoloured dot painting that's on the wall to the right of penny's bed? I'm in love with it!! Thanks!

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  39. Hi love the sightIt looks like Penny has 2 coffe makers both some shade of purple I want to know what kind and where I can find them? thanks

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  40. Any idea where to find her coffee makers?

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  41. Hi, I am a massive fan of the big bang theory and i am in love with the green swivel chair, and i was wondering if the style of it was just made for the program or if you can acctually buy one the same? please reply! And i found this website really helpful and just great! Thamks! x

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    1. hi, look here, but its not the same colour: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80073182/#/00073181

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  42. i have been looking for the white 'spoked' item with the lions face in the middle of it right over penny's bed its been driving me crazy for like 5 or 6 months now cant find it anywhere

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  43. any one able to help me find the exact or similar item that hangs over pennys bed...white with lions face in the middle!? would appreciate it more then you can imagine

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    1. I am looking for this too. Anybody find it yet?

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  44. Hii I loove Penny and her style and her room! My oom looks not so different than hers.(Sorry I`m German.....) But my question is: Where did she get the bedcover/the blanket(you know, the orange one with flowers)???
    And from which website/shops are the colour floral blankets???
    there are so pretty :D
    Love

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    1. Penny's quilt (with the orange flowers) is from Anthropologie. It was called "Kamala Rose Bedding". Unfortunately, they don't sell that particular quilt anymore. You may be able to find something similar on their website and I believe they ship internationally.

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  45. that fabric from pennys kitchen window?anybody know where's it from? thanks in advance. :)

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  46. You guys can get the letter P at anthro. M y room looks like penny's apartment but with different things. I can post photos if you want we used the same scheme and trinkets ideas but they're different!

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  47. Hello,
    I am looking for the picture above Penny's bed of the lady in a red dress looking up at a giant blue vase of white flowers? Anybody know where I can find this? Thanks!!

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  48. Hello,

    My friend is looking for the green leafy cushions from Penny's living room. Any idea where I can get these, or even the fabric?

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  49. Hi my name is Emily from Sweden. Thank u soooooo much for al the tips... Like many outer I need so help finding the lovely thing over here bed, the flower looking one..

    Thank u soooooo much for al the help.
    :)

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  51. Is it wrong that I'm 31 (well past undergrad), and yet I still absolutely LOVE and WANT Penny's apartment style??

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  52. Look at this room and sofa from Crate & Barrel...I think they took a lot of inspiration from Penny's apartment :) http://www.cb2.com/all-new/new/avec-peacock-apartment-sofa/f8244

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  53. Hi.. I was looking for the picture or design thing on Penny's door, the front door. Also the blanket that use to lay on her couch, its like a quilt with some design of flowers mixed in. If you could help that be amazing, Thanks :)

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  54. i'm an avid fan of big bang theory too!I like Penny's apartment. It has alot of stuff and yes it is colorful!I love the fancy look!

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  55. ANYBODY!!! I really want to find the purple and orange pillows on Penny's couch, I know the green ones are from Ikea but can't find the others. Also, the curtain above the window in the kitchen would be a big help if anyone knows where it's from!

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  56. AND the green curtians!

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  57. i love this show, looking forward for every new episode.

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