In the movie Sex and the City 2, Carrie quips that she’s been cheating on fashion with furniture. And I thought the sets may have been my favorite part of this movie! Let’s take a closer look at the apartment that newlyweds Carrie and Big are living in now.
Carrie and Big’s New York City Apartment:
Set Decorator Lydia Marks says they took their inspiration from old movies, including Alfred Hitchcock films.
“We wanted it to feel very, very real to New York City.”
“A lot of fancy apartments that you see in movies tend to get a little bit large because it’s easier to shoot in, and it’s an instant read to the general public that it’s a nice apartment,” Marks says.
“But we felt really strongly that we could make an apartment on a scale that was realistic to the real New York and still have it be elegant and high-end and I think we did that.”
Because Carrie kept her old apartment, everything in the one she shares with her husband is new and was chosen so that it reflects them both. It’s much more masculine and “grown-up” than the place she lived in as a single girl.
The living room includes a sofa by Montauk Sofa upholstered in blue wool-mohair from Donghia and a pair of beige midcentury side chairs.
The bright floral Birdie Blossom Cushion by Paul Smith for the Rug Company adds a classic “Carrie” touch.
An oxidized-metal chandelier by Property hangs above a French 1940s mahogany table from Alan Moss in the dining room:
They wanted to design a space with both masculine elements, such as midcentury furnishings and whimsical rugs.
Elle Decor reports that the unusual blue tile in the kitchen is by Heath Ceramics from Ann Sacks.
In the first half of the movie, when the characters are in New York, the colors are muted, in stark contrast to the sets and costumes when they’re vacationing in Abu Dhabi.
“Carrie is trying to make a new apartment for the two of them, not just for her,” said Production Designer Jeremy Conway.
The closet isn’t quite as dazzling as the one he built for her in the first movie, but it’s still pretty fabulous.
Some of these photos were taken by Craig Blenkenhorn. You can see more here.
Charlotte’s Park Avenue Apartment:
I can’t resist throwing a few photos of Charlotte’s Park Avenue apartment in while we’re at it. I wish we had gotten to see more of it in the movie. The kitchen looks exactly the way I’d imagine hers to be, pink cupcakes and all.
Set Decorator Lydia Marks says the kitchen was designed to show Charlotte’s need for perfection.
We get a glimpse of the bathroom, too, which also has lots of white and pink in it:
Charlotte’s daughters Lily and Rose share this pink bedroom:
BTW, Samantha’s Malibu Beach House is a vacation rental. See how it looks IRL here:
Check out the makeover Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment got for the movie here:
After all the rumors about a possible third “SatC” movie in the works, it sounds like it won’t be happening after all. Which is a shame because I’d love to see where Carrie and her friends would be living — and what they’d be wearing — today! 🙂
P.S. For fans of author Candace Bushnell, who started it all, check out her Victorian farmhouse in the country: