reruns are the television equivalent of a hug. Whenever you are lucky enough to catch an episode, you can't help but feel comforted and happy. Though, as time goes by, we feel more and more sympathy for poor Ethel Mertz. They owned an Upper East Side apartment building, yet she had to put up with Fred's tightwad misery and occasional jabs about her frumpiness. Sigh.
But one thing we'd never change about the show were Lucy and Ricky's apartments, which were far superior to their Connecticut country home in the later seasons. Here are a few things we'll always love (like Lucy):
1. The set really felt like someone's New York apartment.
It was small, but home-y.
2. The design evolved over the years.
For instance, in early episodes you see their first apartment, which had a tiny kitchen with darling little details (like the ruffles on the cabinets — though imagine the dust they'd collect!).
In later years, they moved to slightly bigger digs, with room for a full table.
3. They did not shirk on the cute details.
We especially covet the bifold doors in the living room/kitchen window.
4. The bedroom was super frilly.
So '50s, so fabulous.
Later, we saw a sweet mural of daisies above the bed (and a haunting image of Ricky in a Bettie Page wig).
5. The ornate fireplace backed up to a wall of exposed brick.
The juxtaposition of the mantle's feminine curves against the sturdy wall is especially timeless.
6. There were lots early American-style antiques.
You just don't see upholstery like that anymore.
Later, you'll notice more streamlined pieces in the mix.
Yep, after all these years, we still love Lucy.