HGTV Bought 'The Brady Bunch' House: Here's How We Would Restore It
HGTV.com editors share trendy ways they would restore the iconic show's '70s design.
Calling all The Brady Bunch and HGTV fans — your two worlds have collided because we (HGTV parent company, Discovery) bought the iconic show's home IRL. After less than a month on the market, Discovery's CEO David Zaslav announced that "[we] will restore The Brady Bunch home to its 1970s glory as only HGTV can."
That got us editors thinking about how we would incorporate the latest trends while still showcasing the show's classic '70s style. Many of us agree we are still in love with the wood-panel walls, mod kitchen countertops and double-entry doors ('70s style is making a comeback, after all). Check out other trends we'd love to redecorate with (and some we definitely would not).
Native Stone Creates Lovely, Natural Foyer
A fieldstone wall continues from the exterior of this contemporary California home to the interior foyer, literally bringing the outside in. The 24-inch walls are built from stones gathered on the site, embracing the home's wine country setting and fulfilling the owners' desire for indoor-outdoor living.
Gregg De Meza
My purist heart hopes they fix up the interior to look as much like the original BB set as possible. But my design-loving brain hopes they do it with a modern spin (just say no to green wood paneling!). The stone accent wall in the Brady foyer (seasons 1-4) is a must, but I’d swap the fake stuff for an updated fieldstone like this gorg Gregg De Meza design. - Chelsea Faulkner, Assistant Editor
I’m a little obsessed with Leanne Ford's clean-but-quirky style lately, and I think some of her designs could serve as inspiration for an update that mixes '70s vibes with modern, natural aesthetic.
One example is this homey living lounge where she kept the Mid-Mod stone fireplace and wood-paneled walls but brightened up with lots of warm white. - Kelly Smith Trimble, Editorial Director
White Living Room With Blue Chairs
In this living room, a single globe pendant light mimics the bubble chandelier in the adjacent dining room. For color, designer Leanne Ford layers in different shades of blue.
For a little more color, Brady-style, this space from Leanne fits the bill — what '70s enthusiast doesn’t want that bright turquoise chair? - Kelly Smith Trimble
Eclectic Living Room With Piano and Black and White Floral Wallpaper
This lively living room features two yellow midcentury modern armchairs positioned on either side of a traditional piano. The accent wall is covered in black and white floral wallpaper, while a faux fur stool sits in front of the piano, adding a fun touch. Potted plants provide a bit of natural decor.
Wake and Loom
I’d be sure to incorporate vintage wallpaper and midcentury modern furnishings to stay true to the home’s era while bringing in an up-to-date twist. - Lauren Fansler, Editor
Neutral Midcentury Modern Living Room With Paper Lantern
One of the beautiful things about the living room is how open and simple it looks. Items feel hand-picked and there's enough space to really see them all.
Seventies-inspired styles have resurfaced in the design world, and one of my favorites that I hope gets incorporated in the HGTV redesign of The Brady Bunch house is wood paneling. Wood paneling, especially in a lighter shade than you see in the show, would nod to the quintessential '70s design but also give the home a modern, Scandinavian touch. - Laura James, Assistant Editor
Comfortable Sitting Area With Yellow Chairs
White farmhouse with black bungalow on street leaving a small town in the catskill mountains. 1880 timber frame farmhouse with hemlock plank foundation A 1880 farmhouse renovation in the heart of the Catskill mountains including a bungalow that sleeps up to 4 with a kitchenette, outdoor shower.
While the interior design from the show featured a lot of browns and deep oranges, I’d also like to see some brighter pops of yellow in the redesign, like the groovy color marigold we’ve been seeing in both fashion and design lately. - Laura James
The Brady’s kitchen goes all in on orange, from the backsplash to the countertops to the kitchen table. While too much of this hue can feel overpowering, a splash of orange can energize a mostly neutral space. (Plus, orange is thought to stimulate the appetite, making it ideal for the kitchen.) I’d love to see some orange accents (barstools, window treatments or light fixtures, perhaps) as a contemporary nod to the original Brady house. - Shannon Petrie, Managing Editor
Vibrant Orange Barstools Energize Farmhouse Kitchen
Weathered wood cabinets and tin pendant lights combine for a farmhouse-inspired look in this kitchen. Contemporary barstools with vibrant orange leather upholstery energize the space with color and spunk.
Open, Midcentury Modern Kitchen
Sleek white countertops and alternating white and brown cabinets create this clean, midcentury modern kitchen design. The L-shaped island serves multiple purposes as a place to prep, dine and store kitchen essentials. A pop of orange in the backsplash adds a splash of color to spice things up.
The first thing I'd do is showcase those dreamy wood kitchen cabinets, but I'd bring in some white and a lot less orange and avocado green. Sprinkle in modern appliances and sleek furniture, and you have yourself a stylish midcentury modern kitchen. - Farima Alavi, Editor
If I had my way with The Brady Bunch house, I would breathe some updated midcentury modern flavor into it by hiring the Boise Boys, Clint and Luke to do a design overhaul. - Missy Woodward, Content Development Coordinator
Part of the charm of older homes is working with the quirks, not against them. I’d love to see as much of the original elements maintained as possible (including the floor plan and wood paneling!) For instance, this wallpaper is To. Die. For. (Maximalism is IN, y'all.) Not sure if it’s original to the house or not, but I’m a fan. Just add a cane headboard, an ultra-glam Art Deco chandelier and some dreamy drapes. - Molly Miller, Apple News Editor
Ugh, the '70s? Harvest gold and avocado green. How about some of the things we hope they don't do? Like cover the fridge in this. - Camille Smith - Managing Editor
Timeless Cottage Kitchen From Sarah Sees Potential
As seen on season 1 of Sarah Sees Potential, designer Sarah Richardson transformed this once dark and cramped kitchen into a bright, contemporary space that fits the needs of a growing family of three. New stainless steel appliances and pops of light turquoise and green paint give the cozy white kitchen a contemporary, timeless look.
I’m absolutely hoping for avocado green appliances. #SorryCamille - Keri Sanders, Editor
I always loved that modern staircase and the second-story landing. The landing allowed the Brady kids to eavesdrop on their parents’ conversations with ease, and when they didn’t get their way, the kids could pout and storm up the stairs full-on Scarlet O’Hara style. But now looking at that staircase, I realize how absolutely unsafe that railing is. The balusters are like three-feet apart. A kid could fall through there and crack their head open on the built-in planter boxes below. Even though Mike Brady was a top-notch architect, the building codes back in the '70s weren’t as strict as they are today so we can’t totally blame him. I hope HGTV keeps the wood banisters, the non-riser look with the extended treads, but bring that railing up to code so that grand staircase is as safe as it is cool. - Jackie McGilvray, Editor
It has to have a 9-panel TV or it’s not even worth renovating, guys. - Jessica Yonker, Editor
Handmade Kentucky: Cole Borders of Patent Prints
First inspired by a patent drawing of a duck call, Patent Prints founder Cole Borders began producing patent art prints that make distinctive art pieces with an educational flare. Printed on matte cardstock, each one looks authentic while being appropriate for any home or office wall. These prints add a bit of history and personalization to your space.
The one thing I think The Brady Bunch house needs to keep the groovy factor going? Contemporary art! I am convinced if Greg or Marcia had inherited this midcentury modern gem, they would have filled its enormous walls and spotlighted its dramatic interior with art.
Some work to consider: Los Angeles artist Mark Bennett's sitcom home blueprints. The perfect "meta" nod to this classic '70s sitcoms, in Bennett's "SitCom" series, he provides actual blueprints of famous TV homes (The Odd Couple, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Batman and more) based on hours and hours of TV viewing "research". - Felicia Feaster, Managing Editor