Monday, June 25, 2012

My Dream Apartment: Then and Now


From THE MAD MEN, of course.

And it reminds me of the cool New York pad on Make Room for Daddy which had similar bi-level floors and sleek furniture. Or the Brady house in California.

I was always kind of amazed that a band leader like Ricky Ricardo had such a modest apartment.

Of course, the Honeymooners pad will live in infamy--until those who remember it are dead.

Did all my ideas of sophisticated adult life come from TV and movies? I think so.

Whose TV home stands out in your mind?

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

My mother in law always used to talk about the Honeymooners' apartment, with no blinds or shades on the fire escape window so all the world can see in.

My grandparents had a sunken living room in their apartment in Kew Gardens when we were growing up, which I always thought was pretty cool.

Jeff M.

F.T. Bradley said...

I love Neal's apartment in WHITE COLLAR. I don't think I ever had a favorite TV place growing up... I did always love those kitchens with the doors that swing both ways--so American :-)

Anonymous said...

Apparently the brick wall in Lucy & Ricky's living room was a real trend setter at the time.

Jackie copied the bedroom decoration (the "boxes" sheets) from Bob & Emily's first apartment on THE BOB NEWHART SHOW. She took two of the sheets to the Lower East Side and had them make a matching comforter out of them.

The one she always talked about loving was Blanche's rain forest-themed bedroom on THE GOLDEN GIRLS.

Jeff M.
Jeff M.

George said...

I always like the Wayne Mansion in the Sixties TV show, BATMAN. And, of course, the Bat Cave!

Ron Scheer said...

Many leap to mind, but the first was the set for the Dick Van Dyke Show.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Funny how the mid-century furniture all came back. One place I wouldn't want was Rhoda-s apt in Minneapolis on MTM. Gives me the willies just to look at it.

Dan_Luft said...

I was in love with the house and lifestyle from the Dick vanDyke show. I loved the suburban house, the train commute, the pass through to the kitchen. Every time I would pass by New Rochelle on my way to NYC I'd think of the show.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Did you ever wonder why the Bradys, as rich as they were, had three kids in each bedroom? Perhaps Mike loved the house too much to move and wasn't going to ruin its design elements by adding on.

Erik Donald France said...

You nailed it, Patti.

Woody Allen pads seem cool, as well.

Mike Dennis said...

Frasier had the coolest apartment, IMHO. The layout, the view, the Steinway grand, it was all the best.

Also, Tony Soprano's home was top-drawer. As was Ike Evans' hotel suite in MAGIC CITY.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Although Niles' house was great too.
Wish I got Magic City. Maybe my library will buy it.
Woody Allen seems to use that same apartment in every film.

Charles Gramlich said...

You know this is very intersting to me because I don't think I ever even 'noticed' the apartment sets in these shows. I can remember honeymooners and Lucy being black and white. And I think there was like a couch or something. But that is absolutely it. I remember Archie bunker had a big chair. Other than that I'm completely blank on the sets for these shows.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Do you remember the interiors of any TV shows. Maybe your head is in the stars and not the living room.
I remember every interior of every TV show I have ever watched more than a couple of times. I don't know why.

Anders Engwall said...

Those bi-level floors sure look cool, but aren't they rather impractical? Not only for hauling a vacuum cleaner around, but also if you get a visit from someone who does not move around so well or even is in a wheelchair. ...Um, am I being boring now?

One favourite apartment is the overwhelming Ekdahl residence in FANNY AND ALEXANDER. I'm not sure if this is shot in an actual apartment or in studio, but the supposed location of it is a stone's throw (OK, TWO throws) away from where I live.

Then you have Mike Hammer's bachelor pad in KISS ME DEADLY. And Philip Marlowe's in THE LONG GOODBYE.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I live in a townhouse with three narrow staircases, Anders, so those bi-levels ones look pretty easy.I am thinking fondly of lofts.

Anders E said...

I must admit have never ever seen a bi-level floor IRL. I suspect they only existed in Hollywood movies form the fifties and sixties.

Come to think of it, other favorites are those interiors you see in sixties movies set in the (then) "near future". Which meant they'd simply use what was cutting edge interior decoration at the time and which today looks totally dynamite. Examples: Kubrick's 2001 and Truffaut's FAHRENHEIT 451. Good lord, that space station lounge in 2001...

Deb said...

I loved Rebecca's bedroom in the movie of the same name--those floor-to-ceiling windows and curtains that ruffled in the breeze. Perhaps a little too de trop for today.

Woody Allen used Mia Farrow's NYC apartment for Hannah and Her Sisters and perhaps others. In her book, she writes about how odd it was to be sitting in that apartment watching a movie set in that apartment. I hated the apartment he used in, I think, manhattan, with the huge mural of the Vietnamese guy getting shot in the head. Blech!

pattinase (abbott) said...

I don't remember Rebecca's bedroom but I love French windows. Interesting to see the art work chosen for interiors. Love the artwork on THE GOOD WIFE for instance. Corporate but interesting.

Anonymous said...

We had a sectional sofa that looked just like the one in Don Draper's apartment back in the 60s. I use to play behind the little center section which curved away from the wall in the corner. Same color and everything.

Kieran Shea said...

Well, kind of liked the Steadman digs on Thirtysomething, but I wish they'd turn on a light once in a while. Hands down? Magnum's digs on that Hawaiian estate.

pattinase (abbott) said...

The Steadmans' place was great because it was always a work in progress.
Isn't there a series set on a boat for you. Too young to remember ADVENTURES IN PARADISE.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Sectional sofas are big again.

Richard R. said...

The house in The Princes of Malibu was great, as was Stu Bailey's pad in 77 Sunset Strip.

pattinase (abbott) said...

All those sixties places were great. In the seventies, we shot it all to hell with orange and gold plastic.

Cap'n Bob said...

The two houses occupied by the Beaver Cleaver family. To this day I look carefully at the decor of the boys' bedroom to see if I can see anything I might have had.

I also liked the Addam's Family home.

pattinase (abbott) said...

One of my favorite shows to this day. As my grandmother always said, "Why can't you be more like that Wally Cleaver?"