The only reason I originally tuned in to see “Parenthood” at first was because of Lauren Graham. As a huge “Gilmore Girls” fan, I was just excited to see her on TV again. But as soon as I got a look at the houses that these families live in, I was hooked for a whole other reason.
The drama, which is a remake/update of the 1989 Steve Martin movie, follows the extended Braverman family in Berkeley, California, headed up by parents Zeek and Camille. Let’s start by taking a look at the house they live in.
Zeek & Camille’s House
Set decorator Julieann Getman says, “Zeek and Camille have lived in this house for 30 years, filled it with heirlooms and haven’t redecorated much. It’s well worn and comfortable.”
Peter Krause and Lauren Graham, who play brother and sister on the show, are reportedly dating in real life.
I’m crazy about the windows in their house.
Many heart-to-hearts take place in their kitchen around the big, butcher-block island:
Craig T. Nelson plays Zeek Braverman (and it really bugs me that it isn’t spelled Zeke). He was reportedly offered the role of Jay on “Modern Family,” but chose to do “Parenthood” instead.
Bonnie Bedelia plays the family matriarch, Camille. A lot of us remember her as Holly McClane in Die Hard.
The paneled kitchen cabinets are painted “Calke Green” (Farrow & Ball), and the walls are Benjamin Moore’s Rockport Gray.
Julia and Joel’s House:
Zeek and Camille’s daughter Julia (Erika Christensen) is a successful attorney who lives in a more contemporary home with her stay-at-home husband Joel and their cutie-pie daughter Sydney.
“We wanted to reflect her taste in art and Midcentury Modernism and her ability to purchase it,” Getman says.
I love the little red kitchen set in front of the island for Sydney to play with:
Adam and Kristina’s Craftsman:
Adam (Peter Krause) and Kristina (Monica Potter) Braverman live in a house that’s reportedly based on a real Craftsman in Pasadena.
“Their style is Pottery Barn, right off the shelf,” set decorator Getman says.
The kitchen is painted in Benjamin Moore’s Saybrook Sage. The black and white-checkered floor is fun. I had a checkered floor in my first kitchen and there’s something about it that makes a kitchen feel homey and cheerful.
The sofa and chaise sectional in the family area of the great room were custom made for the set:
Getman says she strives for realism rather than perfection when decorating sets: “It’s much more what people can truly afford as opposed to what they see in magazines.”
A set photo looking from the kitchen into the dining and family room areas:
The red display cabinet in the dining room is Crate & Barrel’s Rojo Cabinet.
Adam and Kristina’s bedroom is painted Van Courtland Blue from the Benjamin Moore Historical Collection. The headboard and bench were custom made. The rug, nightstands and dresser are from Pottery Barn. (More set information in the LA Times.)
Are you hooked on the houses from “Parenthood” like I am? Which is your favorite?