Shonda Rhimes, the creator of fan favorites such as Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder, Scandal, and most recently, the Bridgerton series, recently opened her New York City apartment to Architectural Digest and it appears her high creativity standards extends to home decorating too!
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Clearly just one of the homes of the talented television producer, screenwriter, and author, Shonda Rhimes’ New York City apartment appears to borrow heavily from Bridgerton aesthetics. Watching the YouTube tour of her home, which was decorated by Michael Smith, it’s clear that this is a wonderfully relaxing space for Rhimes.
The living room is decorated in a very regency style with a Lush De Gournay wallpaper that give Bridgerton tones.
Speaking to Architectural Digest, Shonda Rhimes explained: “This place is really about my work life.”
“But I came into it thinking, if I had no kids, no responsibilities, what kind of a space would I create? Obviously, we did incorporate things that were necessary for the kids – mums never get to think selfishly, but this was really exciting for me.”
For the mother of three and star producer, her work and living space seemingly had a temporary correlation. When she bought her apartment, the Netflix show was in production for the second season. According to Architectural Digest, she said: “Everything sort of spills into everything else. If I’m thinking about these books that we’re turning into series, then that inevitably spills into how the apartment’s going to look, which inevitably spills into what goes in the scripts, it all sort of spins together.”
The New York space has clearly been immersed in the romanticism of Bridgerton, just like Rhimes was. The design is a representation of 19th century society, displaying features such as an elegant gilt-wood mirror that accentuates the lush garden like wallpaper and the yellow curtains, the custom Jasper sofa and lots of other elements in the living room that favour that era.
“The New York space has clearly been immersed in the romanticism of Bridgerton…”
Designer, Michael Smith, who decorated another of her homes in Los Angeles gets praise from Rhimes for creating her enchanting apartment. The apartment as a whole is filled with spaces where inspiration could be found. Rhimes speaks enthusiastically about how the designer created various nooks where she could sit and write, from the sides of the fireplace where she could sit and look out the windows, to the double-sided desk, the home is filled with spaces that could inspire the imagination.
Rhimes’ Bridgerton-inspired home perfectly combines modern furniture with antiques, as well as art and historical works by Black legends such as Hughie Lee-Smith and Walter Henry Williams Jr.
If you are inspired by Rhimes’ New York apartment décor, check out these nine home décor items inspired by Shonda Rhimes’ New York City apartment style.
Indoor Door Mat Beautiful Fall Harvest Indoor Rug (17.7″ x 27.5″)
Amazon | £14.99
Regency Ivy League Captain Chair with Casters, Black
Amazon | £494.03
EasyChic Tabletop Dressing Table Mirror Vintage
Amazon | £14.99
Capiz Pink Hurricane 20cm
Dunelm | £12
Harriet Mirrored Dressing Table
Dunelm | £314.30
Leaf Round Wall Mirror 75cm Champagne
Dunelm | £40
Maharani Sheesham Coffee Table
Choice Furniture Superstore | £169
Kora 8 Antique Brass Pendant Light
Choice Furniture Superstore | £222
Murelles Smoke Glass Lustre Vase
Choice Furniture Superstore | £31