When it comes to fictional houses, few have inspired us this year, like the apartments in Hulus Only Executes in the Building. If you haven’t seen the 10-episode first season yet, the show follows three characters — Oliver Putnam (Martin Short), Charles-Haden Savage (Steve Martin) and Mabel Mora (Selena Gomez) – who launch a Podcast as they try to solve a execute in their luxury apartment building, The Arconia, on New York’s Upper West Side.
But what about these apartments that makes them so enviable, and therefore worthy of high-end real estate on our interior design Mood Boards? We turned to the show’s production designer, Curt Beech, as well as three interior design experts — who are also Fans — for a chat. Your (Spoiler-Free!) Thoughts are ahead, and now you can stream the entire first season of Only execute in the Building on Hulu.
“For me, [production design] is a mix of three things: Story, authenticity and visual content,” Beech says. “I always try to get exactly in the middle of these three elements… to find the Sweet Spot. In the matter of execute only, I feel like we nailed it.”
As Beech explains, three apartments have been built, perfectly representative of their inhabitants. “For Steve Martin’s place, there is a refined game. For Martin Square Shorts, I would say that he is scattered and Gentleman — an untidy Gentleman. And then for [Selena], It’s more of a Number, it’s intentionally secret… that’s one of the great things about this apartment — it’s so strange and so strange.”
As each apartment serves as a visual representation of the character, each draws elements from its resident’s past — and perhaps even hints about his future. Read on to take a look at the design of each room, and even some tips that you can try in your own room.
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“For [Charles’] carré, it’s the ’90s lines – [like the] Boxed out beams,” Beech says. “It was what we wanted from an architectural point of view. And this is in contrast to Oliver and Mabel’s Squares, which have retained many classic details — the pre-debate details that are so important in these New York apartments.”
After discovering a Paul Smith striped fabric as a source of inspiration, Beech says: “We made this sofa the anchor of Charles’s living room. We found a good Silhouette that worked with this fabric, and this is exactly what we found in its place.”
With works By Alex Katz, Josef Albers, Ed Ruscha and Saul Steinberg, Steve Martin’s character apartment also focuses extremely on his art collection. As Beech explains, “At Charles’s Place, it is very important to know when he earned his money and what he did with it and that he spent a lot on it. There are works of art that are clearly worthy of investment, but not enough to sell and move these pieces. He feels comfortable there… and he’s very smart.”
Caron Woolsey of CW Interiors noted this: “Charles’s house — the former TV star who made it big a while ago-shows superior intelligence and sophistication in the form of his extensive art collection,” she says.
“Charles’ apartment has a refined bachelorette vibe with an investment in his art collection,” agrees Chrissy Fehan of Pop house.
An investment trend is also evident in other parts of Charles’s apartment.
“I think the Charles-Haden Savage Apartment would fit very well into everyday life because of its modern amenities, timeless investment in furniture and bold choice of colors and wallpapers,” says Mr. Fehan.
The bright color scheme is one of the most outstanding features of Charles’s apartment, and it is present in almost every room we see in his house, although his kitchen is especially striking.
“Green kitchens are all the rage right now, and that, coupled with deep orange wallpaper, makes for a room I’d really like to spend time in,” Fehan says.
Woolsey agrees. “Her beautiful green kitchen – a surprising but beautiful choice-is both bold and tasty, as is the integration of French lighting and trendy, enlarged hardware.”
“We’ve seen a growing trend in the use of non-neutral colors on cabinets, much like the petroleum green on Charles’s kitchen cabinets,” says Ashley McCollum of Glidden Paint by PPG. If you’re interested in getting a similar look at home, McCollum suggests using PPG’s color of the year, Olive Brang, which, as she says, “Goes wonderfully with brass accents and wood tones on an island or lower kitchen cabinets — matching Charles’ bachelorette party.”