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How to Recreate Monica’s Apartment from Friends

Monica's Apartment In Friends Tv Show

Being one of the most easily recognizable rooms of all-time, it shouldn’t be any wonder why Monica’s apartment in the 90s hit TV show Friends has reached icon status.

The purple walls, the yellow peephole, the shabby chic charming mismatch of furniture in a variety of styles - there’s just something about Monica’s apartment that makes you want to stay around (at least in front of the television).

Whether you’re a 90s baby who grew up on the Friends series, or you just really love the homey eclectic vibe that Monica’s living space exudes, here are some tips and finds to help you recreate one of television’s most-loved apartment.

Yellow Peephole
Yellow Peephole

As seen in Monica's door in FRIENDS. It's the best replica you can find. Great present for a FRIENDS fan!

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Paint

Brave Purple
Brave Purple

Very similar to the purple paint Monica's apartment has.

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Forget-Me-Not
Forget-Me-Not

Another shade of purple for gradient & division.

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Retro Posters

Jouets Poster
Jouets Poster

Reproduction of the 1896 Parisian department store advertising poster for children’s toys to add the vintage flair to your room.

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Mercedes Benz 1954 Grand Prix
Mercedes Benz 1954 Grand Prix

Mercedes Benz 1954 Grand Prix Framed Art Print Wall Picture for your living room

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Porto Ramos Pinto
Porto Ramos Pinto

Porto Ramos Pinto Mini Poster 16 x 20in

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La Loie Fuller Dance
La Loie Fuller Dance

EuroGraphics La Loie Fuller Dance at Folies-Bergere by Jules Cheret

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El Siglo
El Siglo

El Siglo - exposicion y venta 20x30 poster

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My Goodness, My Guinness
My Goodness, My Guinness

Guinness Poster, My Goodness, My Guinness, Lion Chase, Zoo Keeper

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Grand Jury Secrets
Grand Jury Secrets

Grand Jury Secrets Movie Poster

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Kangaroo Boxer
Kangaroo Boxer

Kangaroo Boxer 20x30 poster

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Soviet Propaganda Poster
Soviet Propaganda Poster

Find similar vintage poster as your choice

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Mix and Match to recreate Monica’s Kitchen

Step out of your comfort zone and don’t be afraid to experiment. From the colors to the furniture, Monica’s apartment is an explosion of details, color, and texture - something that is not for the faint minimalist heart. Monica’s kitchen features an open-shelf system, and her kitchen showcased a lot of vintage and retro-style items. Take your cue from our suggestions below.

Cara Dining Chair
Cara Dining Chair

Country style cross back chair

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Diane Solid Wood Dining Chair
Diane Solid Wood Dining Chair

Rustic country style chairs

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Saint-Pierre Solid Wood Dining Chair
Saint-Pierre Solid Wood Dining Chair

Fan back dining chair

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Fortville Solid Wood Dining Table
Fortville Solid Wood Dining Table

Round wooden dining table with a pedestal base

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These copper pots and pans add to the personality of the kitchen and the fun ceramic cookie jars are a charming addition to any open shelf pantry.

Paderno World Cuisine Copper Saute Pan
Paderno World Cuisine Copper Saute Pan

Used by professional chefs & home cooks alike.

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Copper Chef Cookware set
Copper Chef Cookware set

A very useful addition to your kitchen.

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Chef cookie jar
Chef cookie jar

Get other variants for storing bread/oil etc.

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Pot Homemade 1 cent Pickles
Pot Homemade 1 cent Pickles

Simple & functional with vintage feel.

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Pour-over Glass Coffeemaker
Pour-over Glass Coffeemaker

A good addition to a Coffee lovers kitchen

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Make It Comfy

Monica’s apartment has comfort written all over it, what with the cozy seating options juxtaposed with throw pillows and blankets to keep you warm. Create a neutral base with the sofa and play around with the pillow covers and the blankets to create a playful vibe. The area rug draws everything together, so make sure you choose one that you really like. If you love prints but want to tone it down a bit, you can opt for a rug in more neutral, subdued tones. A caveat though, if you have a living room as comfy and as unassuming as Monica’s, don’t be surprised if your friends suddenly keep coming over.

Shillings Sofa
Shillings Sofa

Neutral sofa in a timeless design

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Carrigan Modern Slipcover Accent Chair
Carrigan Modern Slipcover Accent Chair

Casual and comfy slip-covered arm chair

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handwoven kilim pillow
handwoven kilim pillow

Kilim patchwork pillow cover

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Cotton Throw Pillow Case Hanging Pompoms Ball
Cotton Throw Pillow Case Hanging Pompoms Ball

Throw pillow with pompom tassels

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Tassel Bolster Throw Pillow
Tassel Bolster Throw Pillow

Yellow throw pillow with tassels

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Handmade 3D Sunflower Cushion Pillowcase
Handmade 3D Sunflower Cushion Pillowcase

Sunflower decorative pillow in dark cyan

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Great Bay Home Super Soft Plaid Buffalo Check Velvet Plush Bed Blanket
Great Bay Home Super Soft Plaid Buffalo Check Velvet Plush Bed Blanket

Buffalo plaid velvet blanket

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Eddie Bauer Cabin Plaid Throw
Eddie Bauer Cabin Plaid Throw

Eddie Bauer plaid cabin throw blanket

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Brighten up your coffee table with a some flowers or a fruit tray, just like Monica. The table runner also provides a nice touch when it comes to layering.

Better Homes & Gardens Double Weave Fringe Table Runner
Better Homes & Gardens Double Weave Fringe Table Runner

Double weave table runner with fringe detail

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Stone & Beam Ferndale Rustic Coffee Table
Stone & Beam Ferndale Rustic Coffee Table

Rustic wooden coffee table

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WGV Clear Square Twist Block Glass Vase
WGV Clear Square Twist Block Glass Vase

Clear block twist glass vase

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Aldan Stone/Blue Area Rug
Aldan Stone/Blue Area Rug

Area rug with floral motif, 7’10”x10’

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Layer Your Light Sources

Ambient lighting helps create a space that is relaxing, perfect after a long, stressful day at work, or for lazy afternoon with your best friend. Use wall sconces to light your entrance hallway or to highlight an accent wall or art piece. Table lamps are great for task lighting, and can also create mood. Monica’s apartment uses an antique wall sconce above her framed art and some vintage style table lamps scattered around her living area. See some of our suggestions below.

Schroeder 2-Light Armed Sconce
Schroeder 2-Light Armed Sconce

Classic 2-light candelabra wall sconce in antique bronze finish

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Stark 2-Light Wall Sconce
Stark 2-Light Wall Sconce

Stark, 2-light wall sconce in bronze finish

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Southport 30
Southport 30

Table lamp with a bronze-finished base with leaf details

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Sarah Camille 18 Table Lamp
Sarah Camille 18 Table Lamp

Intricate Tiffany-style table lamp featuring a tree and bird design

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Barclay Antique Turquoise Table Lamp
Barclay Antique Turquoise Table Lamp

Traditional pedestal urn table lamp

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Old World Charm

FRIENDS Monica Apartment furniture

Monica’s apartment features a lot of antique and vintage-style furniture. Classic details are most evident in her choice of console tables and buffet tables that double as a media stand. From acanthus leaf motifs to cabriole legs to the antique hardware, it really is all in the details.

Calana 3 Drawer Console Table
Calana 3 Drawer Console Table

Drawer console table with delicate hand painted accents and fluted legs

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Labrosse Console Table
Labrosse Console Table

A touch of classic with its turned legs and antique brass hardware pulls

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Stacey Console Table
Stacey Console Table

Curved solid wood console table featuring a distressed finish with timeless and elegant French country-style details

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Norcastle Glass Top Sofa Table
Norcastle Glass Top Sofa Table

Antique console table with acanthus leaf detail and cabriole legs

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Norwood End Table
Norwood End Table

Tempered glass top end table with chrome legs

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2-Tier Round End Table
2-Tier Round End Table

Round glass top end table with a silver base

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Leick Oval End Table
Leick Oval End Table

Oval end table in medium oak finish

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Wood Buffet Server/Sideboard Console Table Cabinet
Wood Buffet Server/Sideboard Console Table Cabinet

Buffet table with acanthus leaf accents and egg and dart detail in walnut finish

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Stone & Beam Parson Buffet
Stone & Beam Parson Buffet

Traditional and ruffet table in oak finish

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Ralene Dining Room Server
Ralene Dining Room Server

Rustic wooden buffet table in medium brown

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Color, Color, Color! (and Prints)

The color palette for Monica’s apartment is anything but boring. From the curtains to the seat cushions to the accent chairs in the living area, mix and match to your heart’s content. Take it a little further by choosing different textures.

Rivet Clover Modern Glam Velvet Brass Arm Accent Chair
Rivet Clover Modern Glam Velvet Brass Arm Accent Chair

Plus velvet and brushed brass metal accent arm chair

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Eshow Ottoman Foot Stools
Eshow Ottoman Foot Stools

Ottoman footstool with wooden legs and plush fabric cover

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Michaela Mid Century Light Lavender Velvet Accent Chair
Michaela Mid Century Light Lavender Velvet Accent Chair

Ottoman footstool with wooden legs and plush fabric cover

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Round Ottoman Grey
Round Ottoman Grey

Tufted round ottoman in a neutral grey shade

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Window Curtain Valance
Window Curtain Valance

Curtain valance with yellow floral print

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Blackout Curtain
Blackout Curtain

Tie-up curtain with vintage floral pattern in sage and brown

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Deep Seating Cushion
Deep Seating Cushion

Floral seat cushions

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Wicker Chair Cushions
Wicker Chair Cushions

Floral seat cushions

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Get Ready to DIY

Aside from the obvious task of painting your walls, think outside the box when it comes to your furniture. If you find something in the form or shape that you like but in a different color, there’s nothing that a free afternoon with a brush and a can of paint can’t fix. If you’re on a budget or if you’re living in a rental apartment, peel-and-stick bricks (or any finish you fancy for that matter) does the trick.

Comparable Match of Benjamin Moore San Jose Blue
Comparable Match of Benjamin Moore San Jose Blue

San Jose Blue

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Benjamin Moore Springhill Green
Benjamin Moore Springhill Green

Springhill Green

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Benjamin Moore Delightful Yellow
Benjamin Moore Delightful Yellow

Delightful Yellow

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Stuccoed Brick Peel And Stick Wallpaper
Stuccoed Brick Peel And Stick Wallpaper

Brick peel and stick wallpaper

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Accessorize with Abandon

From picture frames to ceramic knick-knacks, no shelf nor wall is left bare. Show off your pictures with these antique-style frames, or pin up some vintage French posters on your wall, just like Monica.

Ornate Swept Antique Style French Baroque Style Picture Frame/
Ornate Swept Antique Style French Baroque Style Picture Frame/

French baroque antique style picture frame

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Baroque Antique Dark Gold 27x27 Frame
Baroque Antique Dark Gold 27x27 Frame

Baroque-style dark gold square frame

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Metal Photo Picture Collage Frame
Metal Photo Picture Collage Frame

Antique picture frame with fleur-de-lis detail

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Dance at Folies-Bergere by Jules Cheret
Dance at Folies-Bergere by Jules Cheret

La Loie Fuller Dance at Folies-Bergere by Jules Chere poster

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French Riviera Vintage Poster
French Riviera Vintage Poster

1939 Cannes Film Movie International Festival French Riviera vintage poster

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The style of Monica’s apartment from the Friends series is definitely not for everyone, but if you’re an old soul or just someone who fancies the eclectic, granny-style, anything-goes kind of vibe that her space exudes, we hope that our guide will help you re-create one for your own.

Interior Design Ideas from Joey and Chandler’s Apartment from Friends

From the hit 90s TV series Friends come two iconic spaces that still spark the decorating fancies of the young and young at heart up to this day.

Joey and Chandler’s apartment was a stereotypical poster boy for a bachelor’s pad in the 90s.

If you’re looking into recreating or adopting some of the iconic elements from this icon set design, we have some tips for you.

Don’t Be Afraid of Color

Color takes center stage both in Central Perk and in Joey and Chandler’s apartment. The tufted orange velvet sofa plays a focal point in the café, while the bright yellow leather sofa in the apartment is not to be outdone either. Whereas the former has that rustic, granny’s living room kind of vibe, the apartment sofa is definitively laid-back, reminiscent of a cross between a college dorm and a bachelor pad. Which one better suits your style? See some options below.

Barryknoll Chesterfield Settee
Barryknoll Chesterfield Settee

Chesterfield settee with rolled arms and turned legs in walnut finish, perfect for small-scale seating

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Liza Sofa, Burnt Orange
Liza Sofa, Burnt Orange

Chesterfield sofa with lush cushioning in burnt orange button velvet imitation fabric

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Nevada Leather Sofa
Nevada Leather Sofa

Butter yellow sofa in genuine leather

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Valencia Leather Sofa
Valencia Leather Sofa

Plush yellow leather sofa with polished stainless steel geometric legs

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Complement the Sofa with the Tables

Match the coffee and side tables with the style of the sofa. In Central Perk, a rustic coffee table with distressed paint charmingly complements the orange sofa. The boys’ bachelor’s pad has a mid-century modern beat going on, especially evident in their choice of coffee and side tables. See our top picks below.

Callery Coffee Table
Callery Coffee Table

Rustic farmhouse style coffee table with turned legs detail

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Airelle Coffee Table
Airelle Coffee Table

Rustic 2-tier coffee table made from solid pine wood in a rich distressed finish

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Carter Mid Century Modern Coffee Table
Carter Mid Century Modern Coffee Table

Mid-Century Modern coffee table with solid poplar legs and birch veneer in a gorgeous walnut finish

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Lux Coffee Table
Lux Coffee Table

Sleek mid-century style coffee table with angled legs and an open shelf feature

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Coffee Table Tempered Glass Oval Side
Coffee Table Tempered Glass Oval Side

Geometric tempered glass coffee table

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Throw in Elements of Fun

If you like hosting house parties or if you simply like having friends over for some downtime on the weekends, having some games around will always be a good idea. Take your cue from Joey and Chandler and engage your friends in a game of darts or foosball. If you’re into video games and having a dedicated room isn’t an option, opt for ultra comfortable TV chairs and you’re good to go!

Warrior Professional Foosball Table
Warrior Professional Foosball Table

Foosball machine with cup holders

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TG Champion Tournament Bristle Dartboard
TG Champion Tournament Bristle Dartboard

Dart board

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Massage Recliner Chair Heated PU Leather Ergonomic Lounge 360 Degree Swivel
Massage Recliner Chair Heated PU Leather Ergonomic Lounge 360 Degree Swivel

Massage recliner chair in PU leather

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Real Leather Oversize Recliner Chair
Real Leather Oversize Recliner Chair

Plush recliner chair in dark brown leather

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An Area Rug Pulls Everything In Together

Area rugs pull in different elements to give a unified look. From the sofa to the side and coffee tables, there’s something about a nice area rug that anchors everything in an orderly way. In Central Perk, the traditional Persian style rug beautifully keeps all the furniture in place, while in Chandler’s apartment, a more neutral rug with a minimal geometric motif does the job.

Modern Area Rugs and Carpet
Modern Area Rugs and Carpet

Light blue traditional Turkish area rug

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Luxe Weavers Howell Collection Oriental
Luxe Weavers Howell Collection Oriental

Kilim-style oriental area rug, 8’x10’

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Well Woven Isometry Gold & Grey Modern Geometric Triangle Pattern
Well Woven Isometry Gold & Grey Modern Geometric Triangle Pattern

Gold and grey area rug with a modern geometric pattern

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Well Woven Melody Mint Blue Geometric Tile Modern
Well Woven Melody Mint Blue Geometric Tile Modern

Mint and blue geometric runner area rug with a distressed finish effect

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Pin It Up!

While we saw a handful of French posters all over the purple wall of Monica’s apartment, Joey and Chandler’s apartment is noticeably sparse in comparison. Nonetheless, what stood out in the boys’ apartment are the framed picture of Laurel and Hardy and the poster from the 1914 French film and novel Les Mysteres de New-York. If you want to dig deeper, you’ll also find a poster of Alfred Hitchcock and one of Scarface tucked inside Joey’s room.

As Seen In Monica's Apt
As Seen In Monica's Apt

Les Mysteres de New-York poster

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Laurel and Hardy Poster
Laurel and Hardy Poster

Laurel and Hardy black and white poster

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Scarface Movie (Al Pacino, Black and White) Poster Print
Scarface Movie (Al Pacino, Black and White) Poster Print

Scarface movie poster

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Best Match

While you will most likely be hard-pressed to find the exact same furniture as in the show, be open to best match finds. Look for pieces that have a similar silhouette or a similar prominent feature, like a high back or tufted upholstery. See our best match finds for the high back lounge chair from Central perk below.

Mullins Manual Recliner
Mullins Manual Recliner

Reclining armchair in faux leather upholstery with a trendy nail head trim detail

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BrylaneHome Queen Anne Style Tufted Wingback Recliner
BrylaneHome Queen Anne Style Tufted Wingback Recliner

Queen Anne style leather armchair

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Friends will remain to be one of the most well-loved TV shows of all time, and for good reason. If Central Perk and Joey and Chandler’s apartment isn’t your thing, be sure to check out our tips on how to recreate Monica’s apartment.