First of all, I have to thank all of you who begged me to do a post about Nora Walker’s house in the TV drama Brothers & Sisters. I rented Season One and was immediately captivated by not only hers, but all the amazing sets on the show. I could do an entire week’s worth of posts based on it, but I’ll restrain myself.
Brothers & Sisters premiered on ABC in 2006 about the Walkers, a family in California that owns Ojai Foods. They’ve had a lot to deal with since their father (Tom Skerritt) died, as they began to discover all sorts of secrets he had been keeping from them.
(Note: I took most of these photos myself while watching the first season on DVD. Sets may have changed a bit in future seasons.)
Updated to add: For those of you who asked me to add a photo of Rob Lowe, who plays Senator McAllister on the show, here you go, even though it has nothing to do with the sets. I think we can agree that he contributes to the scenery. This is from the second season when he marries Kitty (Calista Flockhart):
The sets are so amazing that it’s hard to believe these rooms are on a soundstage and not in real homes. You can read an interview with the set designers Denny Dugally and Bryan Venegas here. Bryan says:
When decorating a set, I always keep in mind who the character is and what quirks I need to exploit to sell their personality. With the Walker Kitchen, I wanted to stay true to the architecture and to who Nora is. The house is a beautiful Spanish home in Pasadena so I wanted to sell the fact that the Walkers were financially well off without making them stuffy or material. I also made sure the house had a sense of history and functionality. Nora is very organized, obsessive, and a mother so I made sure her surroundings told her story.
Also, I just found a behind-the-scenes photo of the kitchen set that was posted on the Subzero website:
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