1/10/12

Max & Caroline's Apartment | 2 Broke Girls

"2 BROKE GIRLS is a comedy about two young women waitressing at a greasy spoon diner who strike up an unlikely friendship in the hopes of launching a successful business - if only they can raise the cash." (-CBS)

I love the show. Max has sass, street smarts, and a knack for baking delicious cupcakes. Caroline has pep, sophistication, and a mind for business. Together, the two roomies try to raise the start-up money for a cupcake business. Their polar-opposite friendship is funny and easy to relate to. But what I'm really here to talk about is Max's apartment, which Caroline moves into.


The apartment may not be desirable in all of its traits---parts of it are made to look ramshackle, not to mention there's a horse living outside the backdoor for a while. But for two very broke girls, the apartment is bursting with color and personality.  There are lots of budget-friendly ideas to take from these girls' apartment.

There's no real color scheme to the apartment---it goes to show that you don't always need one to make decor work.  The walls are a neutral (somewhat dingy) beige and gray, as the trim is a yellowy shade.  The floors are hardwood.  The walls are decorated with lots of prints, posters, art, and signs.

The furniture is all mismatched---looking like each piece could come from a garage sale, parents' attic, or consignment shop.  Accessories give off a retro and vintage vibe, coming from thrift stores.  Pillows add a punch of color and pattern to the couch. 

 The kitchen/dining area gives off a colorful vintage feel with a touch of industrial.  Open shelving rather than cupboards.  An old table rather than a bulky island.  Lots of colorful magnets on the very retro refrigerator. 

 My favorite part of the apartment is Max's room.  I love how she covered the wall behind her bed in a pretty floral fabric and then made a headboard using three deep blue cushions.  Complete with a shabby chic picture frame and lots of sketches, the room looks really cozy.  A brushed steel desk lamp and vintage-style alarm clock are cute touches on the nightstand.

To mimic the 2 Broke Girls' living room, the key is sprucing up thrift-store-finds and hand-me-down furniture.  (Perfect for us broke college girls, right?)  If Uncle Ned throws a worn out leather chair your way---don't despair!  Toss a pretty pillow onto it.  Inherit a couch you're not crazy about?  Cover it up with more lovely pillows.  Play up the eclectic factor.  Scavenge antique and thrift stores for retro lamps, candlesticks, artwork, and curiosities.  Don't focus on matching colors or patterns or styles.  Focus on incorporating things you like.  And the more vintage, the better.

I love Max's bedroom because it's so creative!  Hang floral fabric or wallpaper floor-to-ceiling behind your bed for a pop of color and pattern.  Then use cushions up against the wall as a DIY headboard.  Max used floor cushions, but outdoor furniture cushions would work great because of their strings.  You can tie a cushion to command hooks and hang them.  Go for a fun printed duvet.  Accessorize with a metal desk lamp, vintage-inspired alarm clock, and chunky candlesticks.  A MidCentury Modern chair would feel very at home in here.  Hang a big shabby chic picture frame over your bed for art, as well as lots of sketches and prints.

If you reeeeally dig the prints scattered throughout the apartment (check out all the ones with a circle around them) you'll be happy to know that I stumbled across the company that makes 'em.  Hero and Sound has lots of fantastic posters and several of their posters were used in decorating the 2 Broke Girls set!

Happy broke decorating!

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Disclaimer: I'm neither the the set designer nor in touch with the set designer for these television and movie rooms. Unfortunately, I do not know the sources for most of the decor, furniture, etc. These inspiration boards and posts are meant to show a similar look and help guide you in shopping for items that will help you get there. If you really want to know the source of a specific item (for example, where a pair of curtains can be purchased), feel free to leave your question in the comments. If I knew, it would definitely be listed in the post. However, maybe another The Lovely Side reader out there will know!
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9 comments:

Jae said...

I love this show and actually the way Max did her headboard gives me an idea for my own.

Lovely Undergrad Jessica Hansen said...

You should send pics if you create your headboard, Jae! :)

Chrystina said...

I don't think I realized quite how awesome this apartment was until I saw that first picture of the apartment on your post with nothing else in the apartment, the colors are great, the layout is great and it's so comfortable. And yes, I agree... I love this show.

Mills said...

Would ANYONE know the name of the paint color that is that teal/grey blue shade near the front door entrance.
It was also prominently used in the bathroom scene in episode S01E15.And the Blind Spot.
When they did their first cleaning job in the big guys apartment,
I LOVE this color it goes with just about everything just like the apartment in "Samantha who" and finding it hard to find

gin ho said...

I have only seen a couple of episodes of this show but the apartment decor really speaks to me. So much so I Google's for it and found your article. Love the decor!

Anonymous said...

Hello guys, I love the decor of max's bedroom and I would looove to have her sheets in season 3 (purple and red) (best seen in 03x06) can't find them anywhere... Pleaase comment if you know ;)

Anonymous said...

I want the painting on the wall in Max's bedroom. Black cats with the word "Lucky" on it.

Anonymous said...

what is Caroline's bed called how would you describe it does it have a specific name?

Traci Anderson said...

I am dying to know where to get the butterfly wallpaper in The High Hookup!