Having inspired cocktails, clothes, and a taste for skyscraper heels, the Sex And The City girls are now showing us ways to dress our homes...
IT’S not just the ladies’ latest fashions which are on parade in the new film, SATC 2, but their interiors style as, with the exception of Samantha, they shake off their singleton status’ and put more time into home-making.
“I’ve been cheating on fashion with furniture,” quips clothes-aholic Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) in one of the opening scenes of the movie.
Certainly, the New York apartment she and her new husband ‘Big’ (Chris Noth) share on uber-trendy Fifth Avenue, Manhattan plays a key role in the action, and the secrets of its style and decor are revealed in a new book, Sex And The City 2.
“I think we spent more time on this space than on anything else in the film,” admits the film’s director, Michael Patrick King.
Carrie, who used to live in a girly flat, has managed to incorporate her trademark quirky touches - lights, antiques sourced from flea markets, rugs and collections of books and treasures - into a space which also has many masculine elements, such as retro furnishings and dark woods. “The fun for me and the design team was to figure out how Carrie would interpret her and Big as a couple,” explains King.
Some things haven’t changed. The girl who sparked a trend for walkin wardrobes has a kingsized space for designer dresses in the new home.
But it’s not simply urban-chic that’s on show when East meets West and Samantha (Kim Cattrall), Charlotte (Kristin Davis), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) and Carrie, go on a luxurious vacation to Abu Dhabi (filmed in Morocco).
So kick off those heels, pour yourself a cocktail and swot up on getting the SATC look for your home.
SITTING PRETTY IN THE CITY
Carrie’s lounge set decorator, Lydia Marks, was reportedly inspired for the design by interior sets of old Hollywood movies such as Alfred Hitchcock’s thrillers.
She used rugs and “colours and patterns to bring some femininity into what would otherwise be a more masculine space”.
Two fifties-style chairs sit formally are on either side of a large woodframed sofa, upholstered in blue wool-mohair from Donghia. The furniture’s grouped around a Sixties-style coffee table.
GET THE LOOK: Follow in the star’s footsteps and dress a floor in the same rug used in the film, the pretty Candy Flower by Marni for The Rug Company, £2,860.
Replicate a New York landscape with a photographic wall canvas of the famous skyline. A ‘Nostalgic New York Roomset’ from Digetex’s new Sex And The City collection can also be printed on a blind or cushion. Prices start from £49.
Switch on to the film’s lighting style with OKA’s version of the apartment’s slim floor lamps. Faux Shagreen standing lamp, £355.
CARRIE’S KITCHEN RECIPE
Carrie’s hot on the keyboard but slaving over a stove isn’t her style - so she and Big eat out or have takeaways.
As she once said: “The only thing that I have ever successfully made in the kitchen is a mess. And several little fires.”
The kitchen is very retro in feel, with its centrepiece, an Ercol-style dining set, complemented by dark wood units and aqua-blue wall tiles.
GET THE LOOK: A Starflower Blue rug by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, £3,135 from the Rug Company, takes centre stage in the movie. Mimic the look with Fifties style dining room table £695, dining chairs in matching oak, £185 each. from Graham & Green.
SNACKS IN THE CITY
Entertaining is the name of the game when you’re Carrie and married to a wealthy tycoon. The dining room has a French 1940s mahogany table, and custom made chairs upholstered in Lee Jofa print fabric. A large oxidised metal chandelier makes a statement.
GET THE LOOK: You could take a shine to a similar light, a Pembridge pendant light, £620, made of overlapping tiers of fine bone china which diffuses light to create a soft, atmospheric glow. It comes in three sizes and is also available as a table light or floor light from Original BTC.
ON SCREEN SANCTUARY
Carrie and Big snuggle in a bedroom that’s opulent with purple silk curtains, and is decorated with a blend of pattern and texture with muted brown and gold colour scheme. Their bed is lavishly dressed in layers of linen, silk and velvet.
GET THE LOOK: Replicate a diva’s boudoir with a wallpaper used in the film, a dramatic black and silver Rose Damask Paper Lace, £68 a roll from Occa-home.
The 1920s pattern was designed by Glasgow company, Timorous Beasties and lace mill, Morton Young & Borland, North Ayrshire.
Conjure sweet city dreams with a duvet set, £26, by TV designers, Colin and Justin, featuring a city skyline from Matalan.
ESSENTIAL HOLLYWOOD EXTRAS
Even if you haven’t got a desirable stateside pad, you can still bring on the glamour with finishing touches to give your home SATC sparkle.
As Carrie said in the TV series: “I admit it’s tempting to wish for the perfect boss - the perfect parent - or the perfect outfit.
“But maybe the best any of us can do is not quit, play the hand we’ve been dealt, and accessorise what we’ve got.”
GET THE LOOK: The girls love cocktails - Cosmopolitans, Manhattans and Martinis - and Drinkstuff has the official SATC glass, £11.99 decorated with the Sex And The City logo in pink on one side and Kiss And Tell on the other.
A sleek bar for serving and storing the shaker and the glasses is a must. Although you might need a drink to steady the nerves over the price, a black and nickel Eichholtz Harry’s Bar table, £870, from Occahome is a stunner.
‘Nostalgic New York Roomset’ which can be printed on a wall canvas, blind or cushion and is from the new Sexy City collection. Prices for papers start from £49, blinds, £119, cushions, £30 and wall canvas, £59, all from DigetexHOME.com
Carrie and Big’s living room, as seen in the film
Shagreen standing lamp, £355, OKA
Pembridge ceiling light, £620, Original BTC
Sex And The City Martini glass, £11.99, Drinkstuff