Just about every set in Game of Thrones is meticulously designed and gorgeous. One of my favorite spaces is the tent that Daenerys uses as a reception room at the gates of the slaver city Yunkai. My description below is based on season 3, episode 7, The Bear and the Maiden Fair.
The tent is an elegant combination of simplicity and luxury. Basics like removable wall panels – it is a tent, after all – get elevated by fabulously rich accents and details. Woven surfaces of grasses, reeds or the like repeat throughout the space.
Plain panels reminiscent of bamboo shades screen the tent from both sun and stray looks, and turn the tent into a more room-like space. At the head of the room, there is a wood dais. On the floor, there is a large, undyed grass rug with a stripes-and-diamond pattern made with naturally darker materials.
The real show-stopper is the furniture: Daenerys’s upholstered sofa with lavish textiles and carved end tables on the dais, and a table and visitor’s chair off to one side. There is also a wooden chest of drawers on the opposite side, which can be seen briefly during the episode. An elaborate decorative element hangs behind Daenerys, leading the eye to her and framing her head almost like a halo.
I started my room re-do with imagining a sofa set against a window with bamboo shades to imitate the tent. The bottom edge of Daenerys’s sofa looks like leather that reaches all the way to the floor. Based on that, I went with an armless but chunky chestnut-colored leather sofa. Unlike Dany’s, the end tables in my re-do are not gilt and there’s and extra shelf on the bottom, but the general shape is similar enough. To disguide the oh-so-very-not-Westeros-or-Essos glass surface, I chose round 23” brass trays to top the end tables. An ornate mirror (sometimes called a peacock mirror) stands in for the decorative element behind Daenerys.
Other than the leather sofa and wooden end tables, it was quite difficult to match materials. I chose therefore to try and find the best pattern match I could. For instance, the rug I found is made of wool instead of reeds, and I selected a fleece blanket to drape over the sofa in my re-do.
- Arrow orange body pillow cover, 20” x 54”, Vintagechicdecor on Etsy, $50
- Orange sunset ikat diamond pattern fleece blanket, 50” x 60”, by JKLDesigns, Zazzle, $59. This print is missing the olive green on Dany’s sofa, but otherwise it’s close.
- Vintage Beni Ourain style rug, BoutiqueMaroc on Etsy, $1,211. Not a bad resemblance.
- Kasbah large brass trays, Jayson Home, $72 / ea.
- Vintage Turkish kilim body pillow, 35” x 16”, Sukan on Etsy, $290. Olive green and orange!
- Churchill end tables, Standard Furniture, $300 / ea. No gilding, but the concave leg shape and volute ornamentation are close.
- Gold velvet bolster, 13” x 36”, Monsoon Craft, $56
- Tuscan bamboo Roman shade, 74” long, Overstock, $29-$59
- Golden medallions mirror, Pier1, $100. Almost an exact match!
- Belgian Classic Shelter Arm armless sofa in chestnut leather, Restoration Hardware, $2,745-$4,495
- Large metal fruit bowl, RawRevivals on Etsy, $31
- Vintage copper pedestal compote bowl, Rebekahsretro on Etsy, $9
- Oversized pillow-bolster in veranda red, 6” x 48”, Swings ‘n Things, $60
- Nuno felted neck roll pillow, 6” x 13”, by AlfalfaHill on Etsy, $118
That was fun. 🙂 What would you change or replace?