06/01/2001 at 01:00 AM EDT
Furnished mostly with flea-market finds, Carrie's sleeping quarters—unlike her wardrobe—reflect her working girl's income
A new $280 Calvin Klein duvet was bought for Carrie in Season 2, but the same curtains have hung since the show's start. "There are some things New Yorkers just don't care about replacing," says production designer Jeremy Conway. "Curtains are one of them."
Carrie takes most calls on her Radio Shack cordless, but this old-fashioned rotary "adds a nice anachronistic touch," says Conway.
Copies of Vanity Fair and New York, as well as books ranging from Evelyn Waugh's Scoop to Kenneth Purvis's The Male Sexual Machine, ensure that Carrie is well-read in bed.
Like many prewar apartment bathrooms, this one features subway tiles, a sturdy sink and inadequate lighting
Carrie relies on cosmetics by Christian Dior and Nars, hair products by M.A.C and Bumble and Bumble, and skin lotion from Laura Mercier to help her look her best. The gloves on the second shelf are worn overnight with moisturizer.
Flea-market fans Sarah Jessica Parker
and husband Matthew Broderick looked at the same medicine cabinet for their own home. "She had returned to buy it and the vendor told her that 'some show' had bought it," says Conway. "She freaked out when she saw it on our set."
Clutter on the sink, such as a plugged-in blow-dryer and an open box of Q-Tips, "helps Sarah Jessica as an actress," says Conway. "Little details add a sense of realism."
Most New Yorkers can only dream of closets like this 11' x 4' walk-in, which was created by set designers to accommodate Carrie's wardrobe
Many shoe designers, including Miu Miu and Jimmy Choo, have shod Carrie, but she gets most of her kicks from Manolo Blahnik. Nearly all the boxes are empty—the size 7 heels are displayed on the closet floor.
The rhinestone Dolce & Gabbana coat against the back wall, the horse-patterned Chloé frock and the black Prada dress hanging on Carrie's bathroom door can be seen in this season's first few episodes.
Purses ranging from Fendi baguettes to Dior saddle bags cram the shelves, and inside the shallow drawers are scarves, T-shirts and lingerie.
"We're always moving things around in Carrie's closet and adding whatever she's worn in recent shows, just to keep things accurate looking," says Conway.
the living room
This multipurpose space also serves as a home office and a dining room
"Paper cartons are getting harder and harder to find," says Conway, who has Carrie's take-out cold sesame noodles brought to the Queens set from a restaurant in Manhattan.
"The 'Aidan' chair is so big and so not Carrie," says Conway of the mission-style piece Carrie bought so she could meet its sexy maker. "I really wish it could go."
Carrie rarely uses this room, preferring to order in a meal or eat out with her pals
Photos of Parker's real-life friends, like this one on the fridge, decorate the set. "They help ground her," says Conway.
"Carrie doesn't cook," says Conway, "so the kitchen cupboards have more books in them than food." Most are empty.