'Bones': Booth and Brennan's new home, including baby's room
It took six long years, but at the end of the most recent season of "Bones," Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) finally became a couple with a baby on the way. When the show returns Monday night, fans will get their first look at Brennan and Booth's new home -- "a rather grand place, a white elephant which Booth bought and turned into a place Brennan would enjoy," show runner Hart Hanson said.
Deschanel's take on the place: It looks like the love child of a history museum curator and a nostalgic kid-at-heart. "I want it!" the actress said.
At Fox Studios in Los Angeles, production designer Val Wilt and set decorator Megan Malley-Cannon produced a two-story, five-room home that integrates the retro Americana, sports-infused vibe of Booth’s old apartment with the Asian-inspired look of Brennan’s former loft. In other words, Buddha meets baseball.
"The house is what they share together," Wilt said. The result is a traditional home with fireplace, wooden moldings and coffered ceilings accented with a busy array of the couple’s collectibles.
For a tour of the house, including details on that nursery pictured here, keep reading ...
Harmonizing two aesthetics into one appealing common space was a challenge that Cannon and Wilt enjoyed. Against a palette of earth-tone paints overlaid with a softening glaze, Booth’s butterscotch leather chair and blue plush sofa (from Wertz Brothers) face Brennan’s sectional (from Plummers). Connecting them is a cream shag carpet from Linoleum City.
Banquette window seat cushions covered in ikat fabric from Calico Corners pair with Benjamin Moore's Rustic Brick paint on the accent wall.
Upstairs, the nursery seems flooded with sunshine. "We used Concord Ivory [also Benjamin Moore] paint for the walls," Wilt said, "because I didn’t think Brennan would paint her baby’s room pink. The yellow tones are a little more sophisticated. But it’s a girl’s room so I wanted to bring in some feminine touches." Throw pillows with faux fur and butterfly patterns created by the Fox drapery department, floor-length white sheers and a period floor lamp with painted ceramic elements complement a traditional white crib from the Juvenile Shop in Sherman Oaks and a nursing rocker from Monte Design.
"I think the new set is fantastic," Boreanz said, calling it a beautiful home that Brennan can afford and Booth can’t. "It adds a whole new dimension to the show."
"Bones" now airs at 8 p.m. Mondays.
Corrected: An earlier version of this post misspelled Megan Malley-Cannon's name as Meghan Cannon. It also mistakenly attributed the quote about the nursery paint color to Malley-Cannon.
-- Susan James