As seen on TV
Re-create the to-die-for rooms from your favorite shows.
I Love Lucy
Why it works Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s New York City apartment embodies the classic 1950s domestic sensibility. Simple and homey pieces like the rounded fridge, the dinette set and panel curtains make us nostalgic for that bygone era.
What the expert says “They’re recognized as a regular couple, and [the] furnishings underscore that,” says Michael Golec, an associate professor of the history of design at the School of the Art Institute. “The place doesn’t look decorated, it looks lived in…. The way the couch is upholstered, not overly stuffed—not overly minimal but kind of middle of the road—signifies reliability and stability.” Where to find it These vintage table lamps (1) and kitchenware (2) (lamps, $165–$225; mixing bowl, $68, Ravenswood Antique Mart) are authentic blasts from the past, while the subtly tufted, flannel Baxter sofa from Jayson Home & Garden (3) ($2,195) offers an updated version of the standard ’50s sofa.