WHAT IF

  • Set Decorator
    William DeBiasio SDSA International
    Production Designer
    L.J. Houdyshell
    Netflix


    Anne Montgomery’s San Francisco penthouse...

    Set Decorator William DeBiasio SDSA International reveals his sources for many of the set décor elements, but not any storyline secrets!

    “Anne Montgomery’s space is highly curated! Everything has a reason and a purpose to be in her space. Nothing happens in her life or her world without her specifically wanting it to be there for her purposes...”

    Renée Zellweger. Photo ©Netflix 2019


  • Set Decorator
    William DeBiasio SDSA International
    Production Designer
    L.J. Houdyshell
    Netflix


    Anne Montgomery’s penthouse...

    Artwork/Framing – Hollywood Studio Gallery
    Sculpture: Art Pic
    Furnishings: Warner Bros. Property Department, Omega|Cinema Props

    Photo ©Netflix 2019*


  • Set Decorator
    William DeBiasio SDSA International
    Production Designer
    L.J. Houdyshell
    Netflix


    Anne Montgomery’s penthouse...

    Artwork – Hollywood Studio Gallery
    Custom Sofa/Pillows/Chairs/Sheers – Warner Bros. Upholstery & Drapery
    Living Room Chandelier: Warner Bros. Designer Collection
    Dining Room Chandeliers: Blueprint
    Dining Room Carpets: Overstock.com
    Palm & plants: Greenset

    Photo ©Netflix 2019


  • Set Decorator
    William DeBiasio SDSA International
    Production Designer
    L.J. Houdyshell
    Netflix


    Anne Montgomery’s “Legends” party...

    “Anne Montgomery has the resources to do whatever she wants and create any event in her space...”

    Carpets – Warner Bros. Property Department
    Bench Warner Bros. Designer Collection
    Dining Room Chairs – Omega|Cinema Props
    Chandeliers, Dishware – Town & Country
    Custom French Flag Install – Warner Drapery

    Photo ©Netflix 2019


  • Set Decorator
    William DeBiasio SDSA International
    Production Designer
    L.J. Houdyshell
    Netflix


    Anne Montgomery’s “Legends” party...

    Florals – The Enchanted Florist

    Photo ©Netflix 2019


  • Set Decorator
    William DeBiasio SDSA International
    Production Designer
    L.J. Houdyshell
    Netflix


    Anne Montgomery’s penthouse...

    Display Cases – Warner Bros. Designer Collection
    Dining Room Chairs – Warner Bros. Designer Collection

    Photo ©Netflix 2019


  • Set Decorator
    William DeBiasio SDSA International
    Production Designer
    L.J. Houdyshell
    Netflix


    Anne Montgomery’s penthouse library...

    Sofa, side table – Warner Bros. Designer Collection
    Chairs – Warner Bros. Designer Collection
    Antique Books – Warner Bros. Designer Collection
    Custom Vintage Maps Framing – Hollywood Studio Gallery
    Lamp – Amazon.com
    Plants: Greenset

    Photo ©Netflix 2019


  • Set Decorator
    William DeBiasio SDSA International
    Production Designer
    L.J. Houdyshell
    Netflix


    Anne Montgomery’s penthouse library...

    Behind the scenes with Director Phillip Noyce and Actors Jane Levy and Blake Jenner...
    We can’t tell you what they’re discussing, but we can reveal the fabulous set!

    Note the bonsai tree, a metaphor for complete control...

    Photo ©Netflix 2019


  • Set Decorator
    William DeBiasio SDSA International
    Production Designer
    L.J. Houdyshell
    Netflix


    Anne Montgomery’s penthouse library...

    Chairs, sofa – Warner Bros. Designer Collection
    Coffee Table – Warner Bros. Designer Collection
    Antique Books – Warner Bros. Designer Collection
    Custom Vintage Maps Framing – Hollywood Studio Gallery

    Renée Zellweger, Jane Levy.
    Photo by Michael Desmond ©Netflix 2019


  • Set Decorator
    William DeBiasio SDSA International
    Production Designer
    L.J. Houdyshell
    Netflix


    Anne Montgomery’s penthouse library...

    “The game of chess is a leit motif...”

    Chairs – Warner Bros. Designer Collection
    Chess Game – Warner Bros. Designer Collection
    Game Table – Omega|Cinema Props
    Plants: Greenset

    Louis Herthum, Renée Zellweger.
    Photo by Eric Voake ©Netflix 2019


  • Set Decorator
    William DeBiasio SDSA International
    Production Designer
    L.J. Houdyshell
    Netflix


    Anne Montgomery’s private study...

    Renée Zellweger, as Anne Montgomery, sits in a luxe chair from the Warner Bros. Designer Collection...

    Photo by Eric Voake ©Netflix 2019


  • Set Decorator
    William DeBiasio SDSA International
    Production Designer
    L.J. Houdyshell
    Netflix


    Anne Montgomery’s private study...

    Desk: Advanced Liquidators
    Carpet: Living Spaces
    Desk Chair: Warner Bros. Designer Collection
    Pull-up Chair: Warner Bros. Designer Collection

    Renée Zellweger, Gabriel Mann.
    Photo by Eric Voake ©Netflix 2019


  • Set Decorator
    William DeBiasio SDSA International
    Production Designer
    L.J. Houdyshell
    Netflix


    Anne Montgomery’s private study...

    Cabinet & smalls: Warner Bros. Designer Collection
    Desk: Advanced Liquidators
    Carpet: Living Spaces
    Desk Chair & Pull-up Chairs: Warner Bros. Designer Collection
    Plants: Greenset

    Saamer Usmani, Jane Levy.
    Courtesy of Netflix ©2019


  • Set Decorator
    William DeBiasio SDSA International
    Production Designer
    L.J. Houdyshell
    Netflix


    Emigen...

    Lisa Donovan's medical research facility...
    Desk/Console: Advanced Liquidators
    Air-filtering plant: Greenset

    Jane Levy, Saamer Usmani
    Photo by Eric Voake ©Netflix 2019




  • Set Decorator
    William DeBiasio SDSA International
    Production Designer
    L.J. Houdyshell
    Netflix


    Donovan apartment...

    “The initial Donovan apartment was meant to feel very mismatched. They are a newly married couple and any extra money they have has been put into the business she has started. We wanted this apartment to be layered with details from both of their lives: his a former baseball player, hers a young woman who was raised by a Hispanic family...”

    Jane Levy, Blake Jenner
    Photo by Saeed Adyani ©Netflix 2019



  • Set Decorator
    William DeBiasio SDSA International
    Production Designer
    L.J. Houdyshell
    Netflix


    Donovan apartment...

    Note DeBiasio’s effective use of different carpet patterns...both are modern, both have strong graphics...and the dual drapes.
    The set is a metaphoric and literal mix of two lives...

    Photo ©Netflix 2019*



  • Set Decorator
    William DeBiasio SDSA International
    Production Designer
    L.J. Houdyshell
    Netflix


    Donovan apartment...

    Furnishings/Lighting/Smalls: Warner Bros. Property Department
    Artwork/Custom Framing: Hollywood Studio Gallery
    Plants: Greenset

    Photo ©Netflix 2019


  • Set Decorator
    William DeBiasio SDSA International
    Production Designer
    L.J. Houdyshell
    Netflix


    Donovan apartment...

    A scene from the first episode...

    Samantha Ware, John Clarence Stewart, Juan Castano, Keith Powers, Blake Jenner.
    Courtesy of Netflix ©2019



  • Set Decorator
    William DeBiasio SDSA International
    Production Designer
    L.J. Houdyshell
    Netflix


    Lionel and Marcos’s apartment...

    It's all about the bed and bedding...isn't it?

    Juan Castano, John Clarence Stewart
    Photo by Eric Voake ©Netflix 2019



  • Set Decorator
    William DeBiasio SDSA International
    Production Designer
    L.J. Houdyshell
    Netflix


    Lionel and Marcos’s apartment...

    Custom Headboard: Warner Upholstery
    Side tables, smalls Warner Bros. Property Department
    Custom Framing” Hollywood Studio Gallery
    Custom Primary Colored Pillows: Michael on Twitter @zipper_pull

    Photo ©Netflix 2019*



  • Set Decorator
    William DeBiasio SDSA International
    Production Designer
    L.J. Houdyshell
    Netflix


    Lionel and Marcos’s apartment...

    “There is no personalization here.
    The backstory is that Lionel is a real estate agent, this was a model home that came on the market for a song, and he purchased it furnished.”


    Photo ©Netflix 2019


  • Set Decorator
    William DeBiasio SDSA International
    Production Designer
    L.J. Houdyshell
    Netflix


    Lionel and Marcos’s apartment...

    Draperies: Warner Drapery Department
    Sofa, chairs, coffee table, dining table/chairs, stools: Warner Bros. Designer Collection
    Living Room Carpet: A Home in the Valley
    Artwork/Custom Framing: Hollywood Studio Gallery
    Dining Room Chandelier, Floor Lamp: Blueprint
    Counter Lighting Fixtures: Warner Bros. Designer Collection

    Photo ©Netflix 2019


  • Set Decorator
    William DeBiasio SDSA International
    Production Designer
    L.J. Houdyshell
    Netflix


    Lionel and Marcos’s apartment, office...

    Artwork/Custom Framing: Hollywood Studio Gallery
    Desk, Chair, smalls, pull-up chairs: Warner Bros. Property Department

    Photo ©Netflix 2019


  • Set Decorator
    William DeBiasio SDSA International
    Production Designer
    L.J. Houdyshell
    Netflix


    Marcos and Lionel’s wedding...

    Malibu Location
    Rentals: Town & Country
    Florals: The Enchanted Florist

    Photo ©Netflix 2019


  • Set Decorator
    William DeBiasio SDSA International
    Production Designer
    L.J. Houdyshell
    Netflix


    Marcos and Lionel’s wedding...

    Malibu Location
    Rentals: Town & Country
    Candy Jars: Warner Bros. Property Department

    Photo ©Netflix 2019*


  • Set Decorator
    William DeBiasio SDSA International
    Production Designer
    L.J. Houdyshell
    Netflix


    Doheny Mansion...

    Chairs & smalls: Warner Bros. Property Department

    Photo ©Netflix 2019


  • Set Decorator
    William DeBiasio SDSA International
    Production Designer
    L.J. Houdyshell
    Netflix


    Anne Montgomery’s childhood home...

    Mysteries abound...

    Renée Zellweger. Photo by Tyler Golden ©Netflix 2019



  • Set Decorator
    William DeBiasio SDSA International
    Production Designer
    L.J. Houdyshell
    Netflix


    Anne Montgomery’s childhood home...

    Artwork: Hollywood Studio Gallery
    Furnishings, Bedding, Drapery smalls: Warner Bros. Property Department

    Renée Zellweger. Photo by Tyler Golden ©Netflix 2019



Neo-noir social thriller WHAT/IF explores the ripple effects of what happens when acceptable people start doing unacceptable things. 
An anthology series, this season focuses on a mysterious woman [Renée Zellweger as Anne Montgomery], her lucrative but dubious offer to a cash-strapped pair of San Francisco newlyweds, and the effect of a single decision that changes the trajectory of an entire life.
--Netflix
 
Set Decorator William DeBiasio SDSA International and Production Designer L.J. Houdyshell, and their teams,* bring us into the rarefied world of extreme wealth, the home of a woman with honed taste and a honed edge!
Dangerous glamour.
 
This is juxtaposed by a mismatched but comfortable, bright newlywed starter apartment, and a friend’s completely stylized house, a model home he moved into furnished as it was...he lives in a magazine! 
 
It’s a thriller, so there are sets and stories you can’t quite imagine...and we keep being drawn back into the allure of fine art and treachery!
 
We can’t reveal storyline or plot, but DeBiasio generously reveals some of his resources for these distinctive sets.
 
Enjoy!
Karen Burg, Editor



*Set stills taken by Dean B. Katz 

Green Set

 



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