Set Design Love: Parenthood

My mother and I got into an argument over an episode of Parenthood. I was of the (correct) opinion that the show was set in Berkeley, and my mother was of the opinion that the show was set somewhere in Southern California. I pointed out to her that there was no way a family like that would live in Southern California, but she was not budging.

I think I pay a lot more attention to set design than the average person. While most people in a theatre are  captivated by the dialogue and beautiful score, I am analyzing the posters that the set designer has chosen to hang in the protagonist's room.  But why would so-and-so have a concert poster for  Dave Matthews??

Parenthood is, by far, my favorite show on TV right now. A big reason for that is its wonderful sets. I love being able to turn on a show and instantly get a sense of who the characters are and where they come from. In Parenthood, the colors are subdued--there are no neon lights and vibrant beach scenes. Instead, there are lovely overgrown trees and lived-in houses. The family compound is slightly overgrown with both foliage and things, and filled with the kind of furniture you collect over a lifetime.

My favorite home on the show is Julia's. I love the style of the home--Mid-Century Modern meets California Bungalow. Plus, I absolutely covet her dining room/kitchen, especially those Eames chairs. I've also heard the painting above the fireplace is a big hit (if you're interested, the artist's name is Brian Bonner).

Are there any set designs that have you drooling? Let me know in the comments!

Be sure to check out my other posts on Parenthood here.


  1. I concur! No family like that would live in S. Cali! I'm originally from Berkeley so I would know! Love your blog!

  2. I love it! I've never seen Parenthood!


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