Sex and the City finale: Why I’ll miss the houses the most in And Just Like That

OPINION: Ask any 7-year-old and they’ll tell you that a fairy tale has to have three things to deserve that name: a princess, a prince, and a castle.

Yes sex and the city was an urban fairy tale, and then Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) was the princess we all dreamed of being, and her Upper East Side brownstone, the one we mentally redecorated (well, I know I did), was his castle.

Depending on what was going on in Carrie’s life, it was either the lonely tower she needed saving or the peaceful palace she would retreat to from the New York dragons. In And just like that, it became her fortress of solitude after the death of her beloved prince, Big (Chris Noth).

Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw on TV country's most famous stoop, her Upper East Side Brownstone.

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Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw on TV country’s most famous stoop, her Upper East Side Brownstone.

For some of us who watch SATC and further, And just like thatwhich ends on Friday, apartments were almost as important as the people who lived in them.

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Whatever your feelings about AJLT (I loved to hate loving him myself), it was nice to see Carrie Bradshaw’s studio again, not to mention the brownstone of Miranda (Cynthia Nixon, unrelated) and the Charlotte’s Upper West Side mansion.

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Evan Handler as Harry Goldenblatt and Kristin Davis as Charlotte York Goldenblatt at home in the giant pile of money.

There’s a reason the show took multimillionaire Carrie Bradshaw away from the Upper East Side, to this tiny studio — it’s almost as dear to us as our own homes.

We also got a glimpse of Carrie’s neighbor’s hip (and expensive) cushion downstairs, a tour of Charlotte’s art-loving neighbors’ house, and a glimpse of a Tribeca loft/sauna.

It was a fantastic dash around the types of houses most of us will only ever see on the small screen, and a wonderful distraction from some of the more ridiculous storylines that take place there – I t love Che (Sara Ramirez), but Miranda and Steve-circa-2011 for lyf!

Steve has been our imaginary boyfriend for 20 years.  It's hard to move forward.

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Steve has been our imaginary boyfriend for 20 years. It’s hard to move forward.

The production design, part wish-fulfillment, part easy shortcut for owner personalities, has always been lush.

For Carrie, it was Maximalism-lite – no clutter, just class, with bright, bold colors, shimmering materials and vintage glamour.

Miranda was solid reliability and stoicism – corduroy sectionals, pre-war floor lamps and soft, natural colors.

We got a brief glimpse of an ultra-hip Tribeca penthouse, but it didn't last long.  Too clinical and sterile for our closet Maximalist, Carrie.

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We got a brief glimpse of an ultra-hip Tribeca penthouse, but it didn’t last long. Too clinical and sterile for our closet Maximalist, Carrie.

Charlotte, on the other hand, was all about high-end elegance – crisp white linen, Queen Anne style and monetary grace.

Like their wardrobes, their sets were ambitious and they covered all the bases: you were going to love and covet one of them, just pick one.

But you know the old adage – be a Miranda at work, a Carrie on the street, a Charlotte in the kitchen, and a Samantha (Kim Cattrall) between the sheets. Yeah, we know she was mostly a suggestion this season, but we had to give her at least equal airtime here.

Why choose just one style when you can choose from the lot?

Carrie could also be comfortable.  We love this home knitted Funfetti blanket.  *heart eyes*

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Carrie could also be comfortable. We love this home knitted Funfetti blanket. *heart eyes*

As we say goodbye to women for another season, here are some items to appease the Carrie/Miranda/Charlotte in all of us.

Adopt the Carrie look

Big, bold and charming.  Carrie's house has undergone some changes.

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Big, bold and charming. Carrie’s house has undergone some changes.

Carrie’s apartment has gone through a few changes over the course of her day, going from cute to sleek, to sophisticated, much like Carrie.

We loved this big, bold wallpaper, so we thought the rich reds, navy blues and sages of Aruba wallpaper from The Inside would be appealing.

Resene’s Pelorus is a good match for the turquoise of the entryway, and a wonderful backdrop for the black-and-white photos in chic black frames that Carrie prefers. Its mirrored chest of drawers and nightstand are vintage, but we found matches at Harvey Norman that might work.

The snake lamp used to be by the bed in the apartment she shared with Big, but you could put this one from Smith and Caughey on a vintage teak credenza, no problem. We found a match for Carrie’s mid-century gem at Mr. Bigglesowrthy.

Adopt the Miranda look

The moment Miranda broke Steve's heart...and all we could think was how comfy that sofa looked.

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The moment Miranda broke Steve’s heart…and all we could think was how comfy that sofa looked.

While they were working overtime to make us believe that Miranda’s life and home was boring enough to be thrown away for And just like thatI’m willing to bet most of us would have been happy enough living with Steve (David Eigenberg) in a brownstone in Prospect Heights.

The look here is comfortable, clean, and functional, and nothing says functional like a sectional sofa. The one from Maker and Son is outrageously expensive, but we reckon it’s worth it if it means you get a hug from your sofa every time you sit down.

On the walls, you want something understated and natural, like Resene Sage.

Add some soft, warm lighting from standard lamps like this tripod one from Ecc, and some plush, comfy cushions like this geometric Astra from Kmart and you’re ready to veg in front of Netflix with your own desert ritual.

Adopt the Charlotte look

The Charlotte look has a lot of charm...it also has a lot of anxiety inducing white and pale fabrics.

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The Charlotte look has a lot of charm…it also has a lot of anxiety inducing white and pale fabrics.

I hate to tell you this, but to really do this look justice, you have to be all silver.

Not just because the items are extremely expensive, but because you’ll need to hire professionals to stay on top of the cleaning.

There are, however, elements that you can bring to a more casual version. This gorgeous wall mural from The Inside is so Charlotte, and the French Linen Upholstered Armchair from Online 8 has that monied look that Charlotte gives off effortlessly. Paint your trim with Resene White Linen and you’d be almost on Central Park West.

Add a plaid wool blanket for extra cosiness, a slightly shimmering brass table lamp like this one from Urbano Interiors, for a touch of glamour, and just like that, you’ve got the style, baby.

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