What Is Your Favorite TV Show House?

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One of the things I love about going to the movies on the weekends and watching certain TV shows is to see the set decorating.  I have received a lot of decorating inspiration from watching many movies and shows over the years.

Most recently I got major inspiration for my kitchen. If you recall it is pretty much brown top to bottom.

Open kitchen cabinet dishes

I dearly would like to gut it, but those plans will have to wait since we spent our money for that on a boat. Living on a lake, the boat ranked higher and since I have tackled painting two kitchens, I knew I could transform what we have into something that makes me smile with a little DIY and paint. I could not build a boat.

Even if I paint the kitchen cabinets, I am still left with a brown Formica countertop and backsplash. I don’t want to spend a lot of money to replace either until we redo the entire kitchen. I have been saving ideas on Pinterest, but recently found the inspiration I needed to get me excited about updating my kitchen on my TV screen.

It was while watching the show Madame Secretary. I am a fan of Tea Leoni and watch it every Sunday night.

TV Show Madame Secretary weekend house kitchen

The set for the main house is fabulous, but it is the kitchen in their weekend home that piqued my interest.

I wish I had the skills to cut and paste photos right from the wall mounted TV so I could get a better photo of it. There were many good shots. I did a Google search and only found this photo which isn’t the best, but does show the kitchen.

I liked what I saw.  A farmhouse style kitchen with white cabinets and brown countertops!  This is a combo I never considered, but after seeing the show, I have now found a way to make the brown countertops work, at least until we can redo the kitchen all the way.

Kitchen pantry with white cabinets and brown countertops


So now I am searching for images of kitchens with white cabinets and brown counters. I have only found a few, but enough to know I will be moving forward with the idea.

I love the look of the pure white cabinets with the dark brown/black counter in this pantry. Very doable.

White kitchen cabinets with brown countertops

Talk of the House

This has more of a wood look counter with a bead board backsplash.

White kitchen with brown counter tops

Photo: Laura Moss/Country Living

White kitchen with brown countertops


White kitchen with brown countrtops


Have you ever gotten decorating inspiration from movie sets or your favorite TV show houses?  The last time I got major inspiration like I have now was after seeing the movie, Something’s Gotta Give. The weekend after I saw that, I painted the entire first floor of my house white. :-)

Happy Weekend…I hope it is an inspiring one.

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  1. I’m always checking out the sets….sometimes to the extent that I get so distracted…I’m not aware of the plot! I think your idea foryour kitchen face lift is a great one! ;)

  2. i get you. When you said you couldn’t paint them white, I told myself “why not?”, a great contrast to the brown formica and I love the idea of headboard. It’s so easy to prepaint and install. I did my girls bath, and painted it with exterior white paint over 12 years ago, and so easy to clean NO CHIPS. We got a Pottery Barn bath for 70% less than the pictures in the catalog. Hands down best project ever (and I did an entire house ON THE LAKE ALSO).

  3. I’m like you, Diane. I constantly watch – and even pause – movies while really looking at the set design and decor. (I’m equally distracted by theatre sets, as they come an go onto a stage! I also act in local theatre, so my love of theatre is really not so much about the play, but also about set and props!). Something’s Gotta Give… doesn’t everyone want that house, and in particular, the kitchen??? Not sure if you could call it related or not…. when I was a child I used to long for the Clampett’s chandelier in the foyer. I finally had a small one installed over the dining table last week. Ha ha.

    Back to reality…. you know you can really change your kitchen with paint. You’ve done it before. Even if the counters aren’t what you really want, changing the cabinets to white will really improve the overall look until you can get to what you do want. I can’t wait to see you do it. It’s such a happy thing to watch. Good luck!

  4. I’ve watched a movie, I think Marsha Mason (I’m dating myself here) starred in it and I think it was based on Arthur Miller, the playwright. Anyway, the house was a Manhattan townhouse with the kitchen in the basement, and I thought the entire house was phenomenal. I don’t remember the name of the movie but I sure do remember that house!

    1. Was it The Goodbye Girl. I loved that movie too! Something’s Gotta Give and It’s Complicated are favorite movie sets for me and the house and yard from the tv series Parenthood!

    2. It was called Chapter Two and I loved that movie and that townhouse! Perfect city living (well if you’re a millionaire I’m sure!).

      1. Hi Barb – I have not seen the movie Chapter Two. I will have to look it up. I think your remember when I painted the downstairs of my Michael Way house, white after seeing Something’s Gotta Give. After seeing It Takes Two I painted my dining room with orange stripes. I love the movies for inspiration!!! I hope all is going well for you. XO

  5. I too love the house in Something’s Gotta Give. I also adore the house in the movie It’s Complicated. Sometimes I watch that movie just to look at that gorgeous house.