One of my many guilty pleasures is watching Pretty Little Liars. I say ¨guilty¨ not because the series is bad or anything, but because it is mostly a teen drama and watching it makes me feel like a teenager again (which is not necessarily a bad thing, lol). But if you haven’t heard of it, don’t worry.
A mix between Gossip Girl and Twin Peaks sans the supernatural touch, the show revolves around the lives of five teenage girls and best friends. When one of them disappears, the rest of the girls start receiving anonymous texts from someone who threatens to expose all of their secrets (and you won’t believe the secrets these 16 years old have!). Anyways, for the first couple of seasons I was seriously hooked- not just on the story, but also on the show’s beautiful sets.
Many of the scenes are filmed in the Hastings family kitchen (below) and I totally fell in love with it. In my opinion, it is one of the prettiest, coziest kitchens on TV. Drenched in sunlight during the daytime, comfortable and warm during the nights, it would definitely make a dream kitchen in real life. On screen, the Hastings family is one of the wealthiest in the fictional town of Rosewood, Pennsylvania and the décor reflects its owner’s opulence. It is sophisticated yet in an understated way.
The set’s floor plan as seen above is divided into two separate areas: the actual kitchen (far back in the above two shots) centered around a large marble toped island and barstools, and an ample conversation area in front of the fireplace. Stairs lead up to the second story.
Two sets of elegant French doors open to the patio. I love, love, love the bamboo shades that relax the entire space. The inner mount reveals the classic lines of the doors. Though rarely used, the linen curtains add privacy and warmth.
The coffee tables kept changing throughout the seasons, but this pair below was absolutely gorgeous. The mix of iron and glass is such a great choice for the space.
Below, the coffee table pair is replaced with a single, larger one.
Despite the neutral color scheme, the room feels anything but bland. There is plenty of interest in varying textures and finishes. Splashes of green and blue come from greenery, porcelain ginger jars and the abstract artwork above the mantel.
In the kitchen, dark navy/black cabinets are in contrast with the white trim. The Starbucks beige subway tiles go all the way up to the ceiling. The sink is centered below one of the windows, while the white open shelves keep the space feeling light. The glass doors on the upper cabinets display pretty dishes and dinnerware.
Those butcher block countertops tie in perfectly with the wooden island and console table.
The range + hood are centered between the cabinets. A large selection of pans and copper pots are hung above the island. And look how fun those vintage barstools are!
Below, one of the few exterior shots as it appears in the first season.
In later seasons, the exterior changes but- as it often happens for set decor- it doesn’t quite match the interior floor plan.
In any case, I felt so inspired by this set décor that I put together a few things to help recreate the hearth room’s cozy vibe. Hope you’ll enjoy.