Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Livvie's Upgrade...

Well now...  I LOVE that this conversation has been such a big topic.  So let's just jump right in and take a look.  No.  Wait...

I feel like I need to say DO NOT SLEEP WITH THESE PICTURES.  I, of course, love all of our Gladiator Decorators on Twitter so I'm not calling anyone out...(But those of you with ink on your face know who you are).  Ok.  That is all. 

There has been MUCH discussion about the new configuration.  Excellent eyes and theories.

I think the floorplan is the easiest way to get a clear idea of Jake's surveillance layout....errrr....I mean, Olivia's season two layout.  This is a very early version that has some preliminary furniture layouts sketched in for space planning. 


*** Yes, you are all correct!  Liv had some work done.  Her original condo was shot on location - those of you who guessed that were right as well.  And really, it was all that she needed at the time.  Think about it.  The now famous "One Minute" moment defines the living room space in your heads.  Later, Olivia tells Stephen that Amanda Tanner is pregnant in her kitchen.  Abby also had her flashback baking frenzy in Olivia's kitchen (remember that?).  That's only a couple scenes and 2 rooms in all of season one.

*** Season Two:  Once we knew her home life would be a much bigger part of the story, the decision was made to build her condo on a stage where we could expand her spaces for future storyline development. 

*** The expansion included moving the piano back into its own little room which also made space for a full entry way and the addition of Olivia's bedroom. 

*** Even now, the expansion continues as the storylines evolve.  A new space was developed just recently for one of the final four episodes of the season.  You online fans will be the first to see the new space - before it airs.

Ok. Let's transition from the layout to the actual space. 



The anchor of these three main rooms is the custom made couch by Cisco in a neutral linen.  The dining space is an eclectic mix of textures - the fabric and cane back chairs with dark wood, a contrasting soft end chair in pale grey wool and a dark chunky wood table and console.  We added a pretty bone inlaid mirror over the console again with a little bit of that grey.   There are more neutral accents around the living room, on the bookcases and of course the beautiful ivory wooden wing sculpture on the piano.

Liv is styled but still keeping it real.  She comes home and puts on fabulous lounge wear and works on her laptop in front of the TV while eating popcorn and drinking wine.  She has traveled and is well read and therefore has interesting books, pictures and little items she's collected over the years on her tables and bookshelves just like we do.

A little tid bit about these two pics...they were shot when Liv had a house guest on her couch (see the pillows on the coffee table?) Anyone remember who that may have been? 


We pulled in some color with the fabulous teal blue chair, throw pillows, the drapes and few accessories to match.
The coffee, end tables and the entry table are also a little bit of bling in the space.  A little shine, a little glitz, a little glamour.


 I don't think you've ever clearly seen this space on camera... a glimpse down the hall to the bedroom.

 Many of you have told me that you are going to "Pope" your places this summer.  We LOVE that.   Gladiate your remodels.  Get to it!  Next up - Olivia's newest remodel project. 

*** In case you missed it - check out the People Magazine article with Scandal's Production Designer Corey Kaplan: http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20690544,00.html


  1. Thanks so much loved this inside look!!

  2. Love this post! Love your style! Beautiful set design that really reflects Olivia's sophistication and warmth.

    Could you please tell me the fabric on the lovely pillows with the red (is it red?) piping on the sofa? Love them!

    Many thanks!!

    1. Decorator and team appreciates you taking the time to post your lovely comments and ask questions. The two printed pillows were a purchase in a small vintage shop nearby so no details on the name/etc. of the fabric itself. Will do a post of all the fabric closeups soon!

  3. Loved this!!! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Olivia apartment is divine! Job well done people. Many thanks for sharing behind the scenes.

  5. You're welcome everyone! Glad you're enjoying! Everyone here appreciates your enthusiasm over the look of the show this season!

  6. So I was a design junkie before Scandal mashed up life (LOL) and I kept saying that's not the same apartment but I couldn't figure out the layout. Thanks so much for the plan, now my brain can rest easy because it was seriously bothering me. Also was that blue chair was in it Bluefly confessions piece with Olivia clothes? My design brain starting screaming, like I've seen that chair before. BTW... love the apartment especially the ceilings and the front door, do you great work.

  7. Thank you for posting this! This is great! But I thought Liv had a guest bedroom/bathroom that Amanda Tanner stayed in. Didn't Huck also stay there when he stayed with Liv for awhile?

  8. Love it! What color paint is on the walls?