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Set Pieces: Fran Drescher's happy decor in 'Happily Divorced'

August 9, 2011 |  8:00 am

On the set of "Happily Divorced"

For many, Fran Drescher is either laugh-out-loud funny or nails-on-a-chalkboard distracting. Love her or not, Drescher's new TV Land sitcom "Happily Divorced," about a Los Angeles florist who lives in a Hancock Park home with her gay husband even after he comes out of the closet, is a solid hit. The season finale airs Aug. 17, and the show has been renewed for a second season.

HappilyDiv_DateDestiny-BTS_0081 Set decorator Debra Lynn Combs explained the story behind one standout in the ex-couple's living room: the sofa, above, which was reupholstered in a simple white fabric. "White tends to 'bloom' on digital television and become an amorphous glowing object,"  Combs said by email, explaining why she added a wide welt in a coral hue. "The piping grounds it to the earth."

There's another design take-away: The piping, Combs said, defines "the lovely feminine shape of the sofa."

Pillows on the sofa below came from a variety of sources including Kathryn M. Ireland, Anthropologie and HD Buttercup.

Combs said the rest of the Mediterranean-style home is "postmodern California meets Castilian casual."  Because the show, which airs new episodes on Wednesdays, is partly based on Drescher and her ex-husband, Peter Marc Jacobsen, "the furnishings reflect a collection of their personal experiences and tastes." 

Working as a florist, Drescher's character brings the outdoors in, using exterior furniture such as a glass-topped patio table in the dining room. Combs used sunny yellow, pink and coral textiles to add visual punch. The curtain fabric was purchased at F&S Fabrics in Los Angeles.

For an easy way to follow future installments of "Set Pieces," join our Facebook page dedicated to home design.

-- David A. Keeps

Photo credits: TV Land

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