This is it, folks—Sunday will mark the final episode of The Good Wife after seven seasons. And while it’s set in Chicago, I had a long conversation with set decorator Beth Kushnick a few years ago when I was planning an event for The Washington Design Center—she was doling out advice for designers to make their projects screen-ready for photo shoots.
If you’re like me and you pay just as much (or more) attention to the rooms in a TV show or movie as you do to the characters in them, you might not be surprised to learn that much of The Good Wife’s clean, transitional furnishings come from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. So much so that Beth created a “Good Wife” line for them (along with a separate accessories collection sold at other outlets, so it’s clear a lot of people are soaking up these sets!).
Here’s a last look at the rooms, along with a Q&A Beth did with MGBW, whose pieces are identified in the captions:
From the perspective of your 30-year career, what was different about this show?
It was a game changer in so many ways, and I’m honored to have been part of it. It brought the craft of set decoration to fans in a way that had never happened before. The incredible media and fan attention to the look of the show made each set an additional character. They took on a life of their own and grew stronger each season.
Which set did you like decorating best?
Alicia’s apartment is a favorite, as it is the closest to my personal aesthetic, but there have been so many character-driven sets that I adored.
What was an especially moving moment during your time there?
When Season 7 wrapped, we dismantled Alicia’s apartment for good. Having all that history with probably what has become my most iconic creation on film brought many emotions. The crew was very respectful and supportive of how intense and personal it was for me, which was very moving.
What made you choose our furnishings for the show?
From day one, my relationship with Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams has been one of creativity and ease. Having the quality as well as an understanding of how rapidly we work allowed us to do amazing things. “The Good Look Of The Good Wife,” as we call it, would never have been what it is known for without this, and of course it was a thrill to collaborate with Mitchell and Bob on designs for each character.
How did the cast respond to the sets?
It was always a pleasure to open a new set and see everyone’s reaction. Many of the cast wanted to know the backstory on my choices and where everything came from.
How do you feel about The Good Wife ending?
It is bittersweet. A lot of life happened over these past seven years, which I will always cherish fondly. However, I’m now working on the upcoming CBS comedic thriller BrainDead, also created by Robert and Michelle King. It is a completely different look, but I’ve already used some Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams pieces. I think fans have much to look forward to, and I will continue to keep everyone updated on Twitter — @BethKushnick.
If you want to know more about decorating from Beth, Country Living magazine ran this great piece with her last year.