SATC styling

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...

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Homes & Interiors -

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.

Car­rie and Big’s kitchen

‘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

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