Re-creating 90’s Suburbia for LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE Lisa Clark SDSA

    Architectural Digest Cathy Whitlock - Friday, March 13th

    Little Fires Everywhere, starring Kerry Washington (left) and Reese Witherspoon, premieres on Hulu on March 18.Photo: Erin Simkin/Hulu


    Re-creating ’90s Suburbia for Little Fires Everywhere
    Production designer Jessica Kender knew she got it right when author Celeste Ng visited the Los Angeles set of the new Hulu show 
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    A custom-made stone fireplace in the living room is used to indicate the changing of the seasons in the story.

     Photo: Erin Simkin/Hulu

    Overscale furnishings straight out of Pottery Barn circa the 1990s were used for the den, while Roman shades and valences are also reminiscent of the period decor. To aid the plot points (no spoiler alerts here), Kender and Clark sourced accessories with an Asian influence such as Ming-vase-pattered fabric found at every fold of the curtain valence. For the color palette, Kender brought in “color of the time, such as forest green, yellow, and blue combinations, which we don’t see a lot of anymore.” For the master bedroom, the designers looked to another reference point from the ’90s, Laura Ashley. “We had a custom comforter made with two different patterns (on the top and bottom). The wallpaper matches the drapes, and we played off that.”

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    The designer used classic furnishings from the period such as oversize curved arm sofas, wicker, and roman shades with Ming-vase-patterned valences for the den.

     Photo: Erin Simkin/Hulu

    Mia Warren’s duplex (a house in Pasadena) provides a contrast between the two characters. “Mia is more transient, and her house has a warm feel as they travel only with their clothes and her art supplies,” says Kender. “The character found furnishings at the thrift shop and turned the sunroom into her art studio. She found natural objects like branches [and] feathers, and hung a fishnet from floor to ceiling and her artwork on the painted accent walls.” The designer also took her cues from Washington, who, after a walk-through of the sets, would give various design notes. “Kerry did not want a lot of furniture in the bedroom as it would feel too permanent,” she says. “Her character’s space was a bed on the floor, a side table, and artwork above the bed. She didn’t even want incidental chairs to show that [her character] was staying...

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