If you’ve ever lusted over the Fab Five’s impeccably decorated loft spaces on Queer Eye — or even if you’ve never once watched a single episode — you’re probably going to want to get your wallet ready. West Elm, the home retailer that helps furnish the space each season, has just released an inside look at season three’s gorgeous set, and you can shop many of the items straight from the virtual tour.
A reboot of an earlier series entitled Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, the hit Netflix original series follows five stylish gay men as they give what could be characterized as “whole life makeovers” to selected subjects. Consisting of food and wine expert Antoni Porowski, fashion expert Tan France, culture expert Karamo Brown, design expert Bobby Berk, and grooming expert Jonathan Van Ness, the team excels at drawing tear-jerking emotional narratives out of each makeover, and the results of their efforts are almost always astounding.
Naturally, it’s Bobby who plays the biggest role in contributing to the design of the loft spaces, where the team gathers to watch the big reveal of each episode. While the first two seasons were set in Atlanta, the latest takes place in Kansas City, necessitating a fresh set that reflects the quintet’s modern yet approachable style.
Bobby wanted the latest loft to be both beautiful and functional. Collaborating with both West Elm and Queer Eye production designer and stylist Tommy Rouse, he transformed an open loft space in the city’s Firestone Building into a cozy hangout with multiple vignettes spread throughout the room.
“The loft was a big open space before we used it, so I wanted to create a space that was not only functional for what we needed to use it for, but also had different areas that allowed the space to feel more familial and comfortable,” Bobby says. “Creating different vignettes throughout the room in a cohesive color palette allows me to define the different spaces without having them feel separate from each other.”
“I love the West Elm Pictograph media console that we used under the TV. Finding a good decorative piece that also gives a lot of storage is not always the easiest, and this one does both. Open spaces can be overwhelming for people. They can often go cold and sterile, so I like to bring in warmth through texture and subtle color like we did here as well as some wood elements like you see in the credenzas and as accents on the furniture.”
You can check out more shots of the loft and shop many of these products, including the Andes Sectional, Leather Coral Counter Stools, LED Hoop Chandeliers, and Terrace Bar Cart, at West Elm’s blog Front + Main. You might also want to check out a fun behind the scenes post they wrote about filming a scene at their Kansas City retail location.
“When you come into someone’s home and completely transform their space, it also allows you to transform and change their life,” says Bobby. “I feel so lucky that I am able to help redesign the spaces that our heroes live in, and work with them to teach them how having an organized and clean space can translate directly into their daily life. Surrounding ourselves with things that make us happy allows us to bring that same feeling into the rest of our lives. But that happiness doesn’t have to mean something you buy — it could simply come through by changing around the layout of your room or organizing your room to get rid of what you don’t use. Happiness starts in your home, and I love that I can help our heroes find that.”
If you love interior design and you’re not already watching this feel-good reality series, grab some popcorn and prepare to binge (and take more notes from Bobby). Seasons one, two, and three are currently streaming on Netflix.