We’ll meet you on the lanai.
The Golden Girls first came on the air almost 33 years ago (the anniversary is September 14), but fans everywhere still hold the irrepressible Girls near and dear. The Girls’ personalities, lessons, catchphrases, and more are still re-used and incorporated into TV, books, and more today—even their (Blanche’s, technically) iconic Miami house has its own following and tributes.
Take Modsy’s interpretation of the Golden Girls house: The interior design service, which has also reimagined iconic spaces such as Carrie’s Sex and the City apartment, took the Golden Girls house and updated it for 2018, depicting what it might look like today if Blanche, Rose, Dorothy, and Sophia still lived there.
While Modsy passed over the lanai in its imagined redesign, the design team did include the kitchen, living room, and Blanche’s bedroom in its nostalgic project, and these renderings are enough to have us wanting to re-watch the whole series all over again. (And then watch all these Betty White films immediately afterward.)
The Living Room
Modsy’s modern rendition of the Golden Girls house seeks to stay true to the character of the original space, as seen in the inclusion of rattan furniture, vibrant florals, palm leaves, and more quintessential Florida design choices. (Like the incredible palm tree–shaped lamp—To buy: Ocean Palm Floor Lamp, $399; cb2.com.)
In the living room, dusty pink walls (Modsy used Benjamin Moore’s Pale Petal) brighten up the room, and rattan furniture with modern silhouettes give a tried-and-true style a new feel.
“We really wanted this space to feel lived in and to represent all the good times the Golden Girls spent around the table,” says Modsy Director of Style Alessandra Wood.
The Modsy team left the cabinets and kitchen layout as they were in the show, thinking four elderly ladies likely wouldn’t tackle a full renovation, and incorporated new touches such as a woven storage cabinet (To buy: Caledonia Woven Bar Cabinet, $3,998; serenaandlily.com) and a subtle leaf-print wallpaper. The pastel Smeg fridge (home to the famous cheesecake) brings more greenery into the space.
Modsy kept many of the foundational elements of Blanche’s bedroom intact, including her tendency to use exotic prints and fabrics. (Note the palm-print wallpaper.) Even the color scheme is similar, though the design team updated the shades of pink to be closer to the ever-popular Millennial Pink.
“Our absolute favorite piece in the room is the bed,” Wood says. The bed is certainly the most eye-catching piece in the room—it’s the Carved Front Bed from Anthropologie (To buy: $1,800; anthropologie.com).