A Farewell to the Set of "How I Met Your Mother"

It pains me to even think about it, but tonight the series finale of "How I Met Your Mother" will air.  Take a moment to shed a silent tear.  I figured what better way to say goodbye to one of the best comedies of all-time (if you've never watched, do yourself a favor and do so immediately) than to take a look back on its sets.  There doesn't appear to be any official photo documentation of the HIMYM sets on the internet, so pardon the mish-mash of photos; I did what I could.   I'll start off with a floor plan of Ted Mosby's apartment, courtesy of the very talented Iñaki Aliste Lizarralde, whom I have to thank for the creation of great-looking floor plans for several of my favorite TV shows.

Great rendering, isn't it?  (Head to Lizarralde's Etsy page to purchase this and other TV favorite floor plans!)  Ted's apartment is a fairly realistic depiction of a Manhattan apartment, which I can always appreciate in a show, and it served as the hub of many of the show's plotlines and shenanigans--and it even served as home for much of the cast at some point during the nine seasons.

Via www.how-i-met-your-mother.wikia.com/

Via www.how-i-met-your-mother.wikia.com/

And here is Ted's apartment in 3D, in all its messy glory.  The couch was the epicenter of the apartment, and while I could never compare it to the iconic couches of "The Simpsons" or "Friends," it has played a pivotal role in the show and became a trademark of the apartment.  The messy environs are befitting of Ted's somewhat complicated, messy--but always hopeful--romantic life.  Ted later briefly moves to a upscale apartment (below), but it retains many of the same elements as his original place.

Via www.blog.suitey.com/

Via www.blog.suitey.com/

Ted's new apartment keeps a similar layout as his old place, just, well, nicer.  There's still the brick wall with a fireplace behind the seating area, but with the additional of a staircase.  The column adds a wonderful architectural element that Ted, an architect by trade, would likely have been very drawn to.  I think it was a great mix of old Ted and successful architect Ted.

Via www.filmitem.com

Via www.filmitem.com

Pardon the grainy photo, but this seemed the most fitting picture to show of oddly nerdy womanizer Barney Stinson's apartment.  Being the iconic bachelor, his apartment is appropriately decorated in a dark color palette of black leather, chrome, and mood lighting.  One of his most prized possessions--and one of the only "decorative accessories" in his living room--is his full-size replica of a Star Wars Storm Trooper, proudly displayed in a corner of his living room.  This room is, simply put, an interior designer's nightmare.

Via www.how-i-met-your-mother.wikia.com

Via www.how-i-met-your-mother.wikia.com

Ah, the Farhampton Inn, the focal point of the show's final season.  Supremely elegant, incredibly scenic, and chock full of traditional American design.  It's a great backdrop to this last season, and a lovely spot for the long-awaited wedding.  There's lots of great nautical, old-school east coast touches throughout, and feels like a step back in time.  Perhaps the best part is that the Farhampton Inn is REAL (sort of), and I fully intend of staying at the Castle Hill Inn when I make my way to Newport, Rhode Island for a tour of the Newport mansions.  (A trip, which, I'd very much like to take, in case anyone's keeping track.)

Via www.wellnails.blogspot.com

Via www.wellnails.blogspot.com

And the best for last: the infamous blue french horn that catapulted Ted and Robin's relationship.  It made its debut in the premiere episode, yet remains one of the most iconic and memorable pieces of the show.  And whoever chose that shade of blue just got it perfectly right.

So here's to one of my favorite shows of the past decade: you've made me laugh, cry, and spontaneously sing "Let's Go to the Mall."  You're one of the best crafted and smartly written shows on television today, and you've graced the television with one of the most entertaining cast ensembles ever assembled for a comedy.  Thank you cast, crew, and everyone involved with HIMYM.  You'll be missed.

Beds...Go Big or Go Home

Our new place in West Hollywood is quite adorable. However, in the case of our bedroom, "adorable" is no more than a euphemism for "small." The bedroom is roughly 10x12, and one wall will have to be taken up by a wardrobe solution, as there is no closet (a terrifying prospect to a clotheshorse like myself). Despite the small space, I would love to put a canopy bed in here, or an equally dramatic bed. If the proportions and design of the bed are right, the bed will fill the space without overwhelming the room. A lot of people seem to make the mistake of choosing a low platform bed if they have a small space, but the trick in pulling off a successful small space is to layer and add height when you can. This will move the eye around the room and trick you into seeing a larger visual space. That said, here's a few beds I'm interested in!

I despise the fabric headboard, but it is allegedly easily removable.  I like the simple shape with the detail at the joints and ends.

The stainless steel look is too modern for what I'm looking for, but I like the simplicity and sleekness of this bed.  It would be perfect for a more contemporary space.

It's the wooden cousin of the above Portica Bed--same great simple shape, but the warmness of the wood would be better suited to my bedroom.

Yes, this is from Pottery Barn TEEN...an often-ignored big store destination.  The design is admittedly pretty feminine, but the dark metal could easily be translated into a more masculine space.  Its dramatic shape is appealing and begs for some great lighting!

Ikea Hemnes Bed (no longer available)

Ikea Hemnes Bed (no longer available)

This bed is no longer available to buy, but it was highly touted in many a design blog a few years ago, and it is readily available on your friendly local Craigslist.  I have a good friend who has been a proud owner for a few years, and despite my love/hate relationship with Ikea, it is a good design for a great price.

 

Update:  I ended up going with the Ikea Hemnes, which I found on Craigslist for in insanely low price.  It looks great in the bedroom, although it definitely tests the confines of the small space.  I still have vague plans to potentially upholster the entirety of the bed, but that's not high on my list of priorities at the moment.

 

 

A Kardashian Home for Sale

As much as you may hate or love them, you can't argue the Kardashians are (shockingly) still ubiquitous and constantly making headlines.  The eldest sister of the (in)famous clan recently put her Calabasas, CA home on the market, and quickly made the blog and gossip rounds.  I myself have mixed thoughts towards the famous family--which I'll make a veiled attempt at hiding--but presumptions aside, I begrudgingly admit I enjoy her house's interior.  It relies a little heavily on a black-and-white scheme for my tastes, but it seems to run in the family (e.g., Kris Jenner and Khloe Kardashian).  Here's my take on the images Domaine Home managed to snag.

Kourtney Kardashian Living Room

Kourtney Kardashian Living Room

...like I mentioned, it's a lot of black and white (and it's just the beginning).  But this is coming from a man with black-and-white chevron walls in my bedroom, so I can't say it's something I would never do.  I would prefer to see a different rug, and possibly a different finish other than black on the fireplace.  I would also love to see the pendant fixtures staggered more randomly or clustered closer together.

Kourtney Kardashian Dining Table

Kourtney Kardashian Dining Table

Ram head table bases are a guilty pleasure of mine, so I'm immediately obsessed with the table.  I like the surprising choice of head chairs at the table--I like the juxtaposition of the casual wicker chairs with the updated Queen Anne-style side chairs.  The use of chevron in both rooms gets to be a bit busy for me.

Kourtney Kardashian Bedroom

Kourtney Kardashian Bedroom

We once more see chevron, but I enjoy it more on a small flat surface (i.e., roman shades versus curtains).  The marbleized wallpaper is fabulous, and adds the perfect texture in this space.  The neon art is a fun twist to an over-the-bed piece, although I'd imagine it could potentially be quite annoying at night!  The scale of the bedside lamps are spot on, but I'm not as crazy about the dressers they sit upon.

Kourtney Kardashian Den

Kourtney Kardashian Den

Ok, by now I'm officially over the chevron window coverings.  With the ottoman, couch, rug, and windows all having a patter and/or texture, it gets a bit too busy for me.  The coffee table is kind of amazing on its own, but I would have chosen a different table (something lower and not black).

Kourtney Kardashian Family Room

Kourtney Kardashian Family Room

I love a busy wallpaper, but this is a little over the line even for me--to do a whole room in this is overwhelming, but it would work in moderation.  The metal and leather chairs on the left are great, and I'm always a sucker for decorative horns.  Not much else stands out for me in the room; I feel like more could have been done with that great rounded fireplace, and my eye immediately goes to the dead space above the television (which is further hindered by the too-high floral arrangement on the coffee table).

And there we have it, some highlights of Kourtney Kardashian's home.  I reiterate that I think it's kind of undeniably fabulous, no matter your style or taste.  It wasn't perfectly executed, but has many great elements.  I'm sure Kourtney will have a blast decorating her new home, and I am hopeful there's less reliance on black and white.  I'll no doubt catch the reveal in the next season of "Keeping up with the Kardashians," which, yes, I'll be watching.  Judge me now.