We Need to Talk About Beck’s Apartment in Netflix’s “You”
First of all, why does she own so many lamps?
Published Jan 24, 2019 7:00 AM
When You, the Lifetime thriller series about Joe, a psychopath who falls into a deep obsession with an MFA student named Beck, made its debut on Netflix earlier this month, it rapidly became a major topic of conversation. When I finally sat down to watch the show and consumed its 10 episodes in just a few days, I was perpetually on the edge of my seat, yet always, somehow distracted: I had a lot of questions about Beck’s apartment.
Beck lives in a pretty posh first-floor apartment in the West Village, allegedly subsidized through student housing in New York City. The apartment has massive windows, which in spite of its location both in a major city and at street-level, she does not hang curtains. This doesn’t necessarily cause her problems (let’s be clear about one thing: Beck is in no way deserving of or responsible for her stalker and the problems he creates), but it certainly makes them worse.
But that’s not the only peculiarity of Beck’s apartment. Not only is her apartment nice, but its furnishings are also pretty high-end. Not including a bed frame she eventually purchases, a large quantity of Beck’s furniture appears to be vintage—really nice vintage. Mid-century lamps (a lot of them) and ’70s-style lounge chairs combine to create Beck’s perfectly artsy apartment. In a show that’s teeming with drama and some seriously upsetting plot twists, at least we can find some solace in a good room accent.
If there’s any kind of behavior in this show that can be encouraged, it’s Beck’s decorating decisions. These picks below will help you to bring her style into your home—just please, please invest in a good pair of curtains and maybe a secure home security system while you’re at it.
The bed that Beck picks up on a furniture store jaunt with Joe never failed to lose my attention in every scene it appeared in thereafter. Though it’s not quite the same, this option’s mix of wood and metal strikes the same chord.
Of course, a mid-century shell lamp gives a cheeky nod to Beck’s childhood in Nantucket. It’s nautical but in a totally classic way.
Close to her window (that, as previously stated, does not have curtains), Beck has a rattan chair, which feels just bohemian enough for a poetry MFA student.
Simple blue sheets look positively relaxing against a wooden bed frame, offering the viewer a rare moment of calm in a turbulent, dramatic show.
A cane rattan tallboy dresser provides ample storage space in Beck’s already spacious student housing—so why does it seem like she keeps all of her belongings on her sofa and tabletops?
One of Beck’s many lamps has a paper shade, similar to this ever-popular Noguchi style. It’s a great design choice, but her decision to place it near her curtainless windows in her street-level apartment is perhaps not so great.
Though her apartment has some more colorful vintage chairs, this retro style by Joybird also suits her eclectic yet casual interior style.
In addition to being a writer, Beck also seems to be a collector of light fixtures. A vintage-looking table lamp sits near her bed, which is also totally in view of the street through her large uncovered windows.
Throughout her apartment, Beck has a selection of colorful artworks that feel at home in her perfectly mismatched home. This illustration has a bright and relaxed vibe—a vibe that Beck, if aware of her circumstance, should not feel.
A black-and-white lumbar pillow is a versatile piece to add to your bed upon which you can rest easy—until the events that unfold in your life start to feel a little bit suspicious.