The TV issue

A collection of three television sets flickering through channels of famous television shows, including ‘I love Lucy’, ‘The Jetsons’, ‘Friends’ and ‘The Twilight Zone’. They’re surrounded by household decorative items like plants, a lava lamp and a white

The homes we see on TV are mirrors of—and inspirations
for—our own

Ever since television entered the home, TV and interior design
have been linked. That’s true whether we’re debating where
to put
in our living rooms
or examining the sets of the shows we
watch. The houses and apartments we see on TV are instructive,

, aspirational—and sometimes just fun to

dissect and discuss

In Curbed’s first-ever TV issue, we look at the ways TV has
influenced the interiors of our homes, from the marketing of a
replica I Love Lucy bedroom set in the 1950s to the sale of Dynasty
housewares in the 1980s. We also explore the
of This Old House and the most
memorable teen bedrooms
on television. And no venture into
design TV would be complete, of course, without a thorough analysis
of HGTV, whether we’re
loving it
, watching
a little too much of it
, or
it better represented the way people actually live.

We’d love to hear
from you
: What are you watching right now that’s changing the
way you think about where you live? Which iconic TV rooms
influenced your own decor? We also have a few design show
recommendations of our own, and—stay tuned—we’ll be back with
more throughout August. —Sara Polsky

Writers: Sarah Archer, Ali Barthwell, Ilana Kaplan, Alexandra
Lange, Joanna Scutts Editor: Sara Polsky Art Direction: Alyssa
Nassner Illustrations: Sunny Eckerle Photos: Vivienne Gucwa Copy
Editor: Emma Alpern Engagement: Jessica Gatdula, Stephanie Griffin,
Sharell Jeffrey Special Thanks: Mariam Aldhahi, Kelsey Keith, Jenny
Source: FS – All – Architecture 10
The TV issue