This is one of the most requested On Screen Decor rooms, so it's about time that I got around to posting it: Carrie's apartment from Sex & the City – the apartment she couldn't have possibly afforded as a writer who spent most of her money on clothes. I've included a decor board for both before her apartment redo, and after. In both, I focused on the bedroom space of Carrie's place.
Of the two spaces, her first setup is my favorite. It's more eclectic and mix'n'match. There's more books, magazines, and character.
To get a similar look, you probably won't need to paint your walls – if you rent, you're likely already surrounded by apartment beige. Start by hanging some neutral white and beige curtains over the windows. (Bonus points if you can get a horizontal stripe on those curtains.) Throw a tribal patterned rug down on the floor. Hang some white floating shelves for your books and put up a few pieces of art for your walls.
Furniture-wise, feel free to improvise. Carrie did a lot. Take the top drawers out of a large, dark wood dresser. Add extra storage under a floral bench with a basket. Use a traditional bedside table on one side of the bed and an old, shabby chic chair as a nightstand on the other side. Dress the bed in white sheets and a purple comforter.
Don't worry about a headboard – it seems that Carrie used a buffet or console of some type as hers. If you have a radiators, put a piece of wood on top so that it can double as another surface area to catch your books, writings, and vases. Speaking of vases, Carrie has a lot of them throughout the space.
In Carrie's revamped apartment, it looks like an entirely different space. The walls have been painted cobalt blue (gasp!) and most of the clutter has been cleared out. If you can't paint your walls like Carrie did, consider bringing in other elements of that blue (in the bedding, for instance, or with additional rugs).
Carrie's redone apartment is more open, airy, grown-up, and elegant.
Start with the rug. Get your hands on a paisley or damask print floor rug that combines ivory with another rich color. In Carrie's case it was a rich plum. However, since the plum isn't present anywhere else in the apartment, you could really get away with a deep red, navy blue, or emerald green, too. Dress your bed up in chocolaty brown colored bedding.
As far as furniture goes, go for anything cream, white, or mirrored. Even if one piece is modern and another is traditional, the shades of white will pull it all together. The key to pulling off this room is the eye-catching wall gallery above Carrie's headboard. This is also where you can let your personality really shine through. Use a variety of black, silver, gold, and white frames – just make sure all the art has a predominately white-background or use a cream/white matte for a cohesive look.
I mentioned that I love Carrie's original artsy,
eclectic, very "writerly" apartment.
Which one is your favorite?
To shop for items in these inspiration boards, view them here (original apartment) and here (apartment redo).