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My Tour of The New Girl Set + A Giveaway

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I’ve been historically known as a TV binger. I once watched 18 episodes of a TV show in a row – in one day. It wasn’t this one, but back in my day (pre-kids) I could really do it. That is how I watched the first couple seasons of New Girl. I discovered it a year after it came out, and decided to give it a go. I just pressed play and watched until I had no more to watch. It used to be a dream of mine to decorate Zooey Deschanel’s house, and Lord knows I love Max Greenfield (previously from Veronica Mars). It was relatable, funny and charming and had a love story that I looked forward to following.

Last December, I was invited to tour the new set of New Girl to help promote their final season and you bet I carved out a few hours to head over. Visiting a Hollywood set is exciting, even for those of us who have experience on set. But I was especially excited to see this set in person. The actors wouldn’t be there – this visit was more about the set, the furniture, and getting a fun behind the scenes tour of one of my favorite shows and sets.

The New Girl Set Behind The Scenes

The set has always been iconic for it’s distinct style, but for their 7th and final season, they have jumped 3 years in the future and made some updates to the set. In the final season premiere, we see Jess and Nick returning from a European book tour, as Nick has become a successful writer. Schmidt and Cece have a daughter, Ruth. And, Winston and Aly are pregnant. Due to the time jump and the different places these characters are in their lives now, the designers were tasked with making it feel a bit more grown up. It was less ‘thrifted early 20’s’ and more ‘vintage inspired early 30’s. Both of which I can relate to, obviously. So many iconic pieces remained (the shelves, and the sectional, her bedspread) and it still had the same thrifty vibe, but there is more cohesion and it is a bit more pulled together.

New Girl Behind The Scenes Set Visit Interview

However this post isn’t about the set itself, but more about the people who pull it together, on a daily basis – The production designer, set decorator and set dressers. Otherwise known as the hardest working (and least thanked people) in Hollywood (and every photo/video shoot). When I moved to LA there was way less editorial photography happening here (I trained as a prop stylist) and I was encouraged to get into production design for commercials (which would have led to TV, etc). It’s one of those positions where if no one notices you, it means you did a great job. But the sheer fact that your work goes so unnoticed is insane, because being in charge of the look and feel of a show’s environment, let alone the schlepping and inventorying of the props and furniture is an extraordinary amount of work.

The New Girl Yarn Room

Well, this is my ‘I NOTICE YOU’ to all of those out there who have ever responded to the call of ‘Art Department!’ to move a pillow 2 inches. Working on commercials is different than a TV show where you get really into the characters. You choose what a character would have put on their walls, for a reason, and while it may never be called out in the show, it’s something that informs our experience as a TV viewer, without us even noticing.

So with the season premiere of New Girl tonight I thought it would be fun to go behind the scenes and show you not only the set that they created for the new season but give you some fun insight on what the production designers do and how they design a space that is different for TV than us interior designers.

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The ‘city’ is a fabric backdrop, the plants are often fake and that concrete floor was painted by a faux finisher. I can’t get enough of these fun facts.

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That blanket is iconic and I wanted it SO BAD when the first season came out. For the new set, they upgraded to the bed and higher end nightstands, but it still has a lot of bohemian flavor.

The New Girl Fox Zoeys Faorite Set Pieces

The New Girl Bright Blue Bedroom

The main loft space is full of this vintage, bohemian, industrial and very thrifted vibe. The new set did upgrade a few pieces, but again it still remains the same feeling, and still feels very “Jess”.

Emily Henderson The New Girl Set Behind The Scenes

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The backdrops really do look like a city, and are painted with the right effect to ensure that it looks like an out of focus ‘blurry’ city view. It’s LA – we have smog here, so painting a perfect blue sky is not exactly accurate, and this again is all part of the illusion that they create behind the scenes to make it appear as realistic on your TV when you view in every single week.

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That bookshelf is totally iconic and it was fought over at the end of the show. It’s unique, visually interesting and makes styling a breeze what with the interest coming from the shelves versus the stuff that you have to put in them, no wonder they all wanted it. These are the types of pieces that make set styling and this set in specific so special. They give the space and the “loft” character and put a human decision and emotion behind every single piece that is in there.

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On to the kitchen whereas you can imagine the food isn’t necessarily real, but it would definitely fool you.

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The New Girl Bar Area

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The booze is normally just a brown liquid – and often in photo shoots we just use watered down coffee or a caffeinated soda for ‘whiskey’. And if you are wondering if ice cubes are ever real in TV shows or shoots, they are not. They are acrylic clear blocks and some of them are CRAZY expensive, but when you are shooting someone drinking you can’t stop the entire production to constantly refresh their drink and make it match the last take.

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What you are about to see below is propriety and VERY SECRET. Consider yourself one of the few people who get to see the completely new rooms of the 7th season The New Girl set.

Below is Jess’ NEW sewing and crafting room. Obviously something that I could get very into and had quite a bit of fun in.

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It is FULL of bohemian and vintage color and magic. My former self, the crafty, better version of me, would have LOVED a room like this. That brick is just a facade but it looks so real!! The production designer and set dressers added so much detail to really tell the story of what she does in here.

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The boomerangs we created that day are really cracking me up today. The knitting boomerang screams ‘unsuspecting murderous housewife…’

Another new part of the set is Nick’s office, now that he is a successful author. If you aren’t up on what is happening – his first novel (full of ‘Jess’ but not) became a hit success.

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It’s a fantasy writers’ space, with a serious desk and a lot of vintage fun paraphernalia.

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So that is the new set. If you are wondering why there are new sets, why all of a sudden we have these new rooms it’s because – SPOILER ALERT EVEN THOUGH IT’S ALREADY PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE – We are jumping ahead in time and our friends are grown up. They are older. Children might be involved and the sets reflect their new lives.

Emily Henderson Visits The New Girl Set

So I don’t know what you are doing tonight, but I’d suggest planting your bum in your sofa at 9:30/8:30c and watch the premiere of the 7th and final season of a show that makes me feel happy inside and laugh out loud.

WILL NICK AND JESS GET BACK TOGETHER????????? I think we know the answer but it certainly doesn’t hurt to watch and witness it tonight. You know that’s what I’ll be doing.

Emily Henderson New Girl Set

Our friends at New Girl also gave me one very iconic piece from the set that I am giving away here, which you can spot below in the kitchen shot. It is the clock that hung above the little bar area for all 7 seasons and is quite adorable if I do say so myself. To enter the giveaway all you have to do is comment below where you would put it in your own house.

The New Girl Sneak Peek Yarn Room Fun Facts Giveway Clock

Thanks again for having me, ‘New Girl’.

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Katy

My daughter’s rooom…she binged the heck out of that show!

yay!

Natalie

I would put it in our office/homework room!

priscilla

Duh, it’s a kitchen clock and that’w where it should go.
It’s a kitchen clock because it has a sweep second hand, oh so useful for timing, er, things (according to my husband who does all the cooking).
It feels like New Girl has only been on a short while, yet it’s been there forever. How can that be?

I know. its sad!! but we have one more season and WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN AKA HOW GREAT WILL THEIR WEDDING BE?? (I know nothing and i have no facts, i just assume that networks are nice to fans and we all want it).

Laura

As much as I would want it for myself, I would give it to my sister. She is moving out of my parent’s place (again) and I know she would love to put this in her soon-to-be-found new apartment!

Amber Wallace

What!? So fun! My kitchen

Liz S

The clock would be great in our mudroom/laundry room!

Lynette

It would go in our living room! Love this show.

Jess

My mudroom!

konstanze

my roommate loves new girl! it would be perfect in our kitchen 😀

Quelyn Bekkering

I would put it right above my desk! I love this show!

Maike

I would also put it in my kitchen! Loved that show!

naomi

My kitchen

Robin C.

In my kitchen!

Lorna

Over our bar area, of course! I love New Girl! I started watching New Girl when I was still single and pre kids. I feel attached to the characters’ changes in life. I’m going to miss it. This post was such a treat.

Lindi Stangeland

I have the perfect place in my kitchen, above my doorway going into the entryway. It will compliment my “Slimy Green” (Sherwin Williams) painted walls.

Dana DeRose

I’m so sad this show is ending, my husband & I love it!! If we won, the clock would hang proudly in my husband’s office.

Jacqui

My entry needs a sweet retro clock. 🙂

Also, as a costumer/swing art dept person, I salute you! Thanks for drawing attention to the unsung heroes of the film/tv/commercial industry.

Kate P

I’d actually put it on or above my mantel! What an incredible keepsake–I’d definitely want to show it off so that my family, guests, & I could really enjoy it, appreciate it, & be encouraged by it to nurture, celebrate, & value relationships, friendship, love, & creativity in the precious time we have together.

Haley

hahaha, looooving the ‘knitting’ boomerang!!!

I’d put the clock in my craft room (aka dining room)

Amanda U.

Love it! I live in an industrial loft apartment so the clock would fit right in (in place of my current school-style Ikea clock, ha)!

Olivia K

Oh my gosh! My kitchen! How amazing! Love this show, my sister just started it the other day, and I couldn’t believe she waited that long!

Kim Ranegar

My office! Maybe I’ll be the next famous writer ; )

Pamela Munger

fun post!

I’d put the clock in my kitchen.

Annie

My kitchen. Thanks for the chance and the fantastic post!

Phoebe Koehler

Definitely in my kitchen!

Love New Girl and this post was great! Thanks for all the details.

Dana

Of course in the Kitchen! I am excited for the new season!

Saara

I would put it in my room. In the future it would make a perfect kitchen clock.

Jess

in my kitchen! I am not caught up on New Girl so I guess I need to get on that ASAP. I love to watch a series finale in real time!

Laura

This was so fascinating, I love New Girl and really appreciate the tour. And I’d gladly welcome the clock into my own kitchen.

Anna

I’d put the clock right in our kitchen! It’s so cute. I love this show, it’s one of the few shows that both my husband and I love. It never fails to make us cry-laugh.

Katrina Berlin Benco

In the kitchen, front and center!

Eryn Ogren

I WOULD HIGHLIGHT THE CLOCK IN MY GUEST BEDROOM! <3 NEW GIRL.

Ellie_B

What a fun post! Such a great show — I used to watch it faithfully before I had kids. I always loved the decor, and would have loved to raid Zooey Deschanel’s wardrobe…and your closet too for that matter! Where is your blazer from? Those princess sleeves are perfection!
If I won the clock, I would hang it in my office.

Jenn

This is amazing! I LOVE their loft, so cool to see it outside of the show! One of my favorite shows and will DEFIANTLY be watching tonight! I married a guy who is half Schmidt half Nick so they always crack me up

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Colleen Welsch

This is so awesome! I’d hang it in my cool writer’s office (really just a corner of my parents’ basement).

Holly

Kitchen clock!!! Have watched the show since the beginning. SAD!

Joanna

In my kitchen!

Sarah

I love this post. One of my career dreams was to be a set designer. I settled on designing actual buildings instead.
If I had the clock I’d hang it in our kitchen. I’ve been planning on finding the right clock for the space already.

Audrey

I think I’d just have to carry it around with me!

Reebekah

I would put it in my homeschool classroom!

Angie Romano

It would for sure go in my kitchen, so cute!

Katie

It would go in my kitchen, too! Every time I see the commercials for New Girl I am simultaneously so excited and so sad!

Maggie

It would definitely live above my bar area, just like in the show! How cool! Looks like you had a blast exploring the set.

Caitlin

My Kitchen! and I would cherish it forever 🙂 So happy it’s back for another season but sad it’s the last…bittersweet!

Meredith

My living room!

Crystal

In my living room for maximum feasting of the eyes. I binged the heck out of that show and totally ship Nick and Jess!!! My favorite line of the whole show is when Nick’s kissing is described. I’m so dead thinking about it.

Sarah Wissinger

That clock is so cute! I would hang it in my kitchen! What an awesome experience to visit this set. I loved the show the first few seasons, but somehow stopped watching when life got busy. Maybe one day soon I’ll binge it too.

Sarah

jessvii

I’d put the clock in my work office, because even though there are plenty of working clocks on the walls nearby, someone keeps setting them to 5 minutes fast (I think because they want to leave at 4:55 p.m.), so having accurate time would be very nice. 🙂

As far as the show itself, I always kind of hoped that Jess would find someone romantically long-term that was more Jess-like than Nick. The opposites attract thing doesn’t usually bear out well in real life, and I feel like I’ve had six seasons of lead-up as to why Jess and Nick ultimately do not work together well as a couple and team long-term. Or maybe she just winds up single and happy? That’d be fine with me too.

Audrey

One of my favorite shows of all time! Watched the entire third season in one night. I would love this clock in my kitchen 🙂

Michelle

This would totally go in my office!

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