American Horror Story is a critically-acclaimed anthology television series that is as stylish as it is scary. In this Set Stylings post, we are going to focus on the interior design that made season 3 of the series, Coven, a standout. Read more below!
It’s October and that means that spooky season is officially underway. To celebrate, we wanted to call out one of the spookiest shows on television: American Horror Story. The FX show has been captivating audiences since 2011 with its horrifying, distinctly different storylines and incredible style.
One of our favorite seasons was American Horror Story: Coven. Coven was a particularly special season because it was set in New Orleans, which is filled to the brim with its own ghoulish history and local superstition, so it added an extra element to its already great storytelling. Another reason why AHS: Coven was such a huge success (aside from its amazing cast) was its impeccable set design.
The majority of the season took place in Buckner Mansion – or, as it’s known in the show, Miss Robichaux’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies – which is a historical landmark in the heart of New Orleans. The interior of the mansion is draped in traditionally Victorian design, but we wanted to show you how you can put a modern twist on this witchy haven.
Buckner Mansion is a dream for any history buff, but, when you look at it from a set design point of view, you can see the little details that take each scene to the next level. For instance, the only decorations of any sort are old photos in antique frames that are generations old, harkening back to the school’s formally rich history. Along with that, the house is sparsely decorated. So much so that, in some scenes, it feels like no one lives there at all. That feeling of a huge, abandoned space immediately adds a level of eeriness to the overall ambiance of the season.
But, even though the house does function as an eerie relic of the past, it’s also the picture of a glamorous present. Everything from the ceiling to the floor is pristine, which is to be expected when considering the witches who live there. The women of this season have three things in common: they’re witches, they all want to be The Supreme, and they have immense pride in themselves and their home.
One of the most fascinating details of Buckner Mansion’s set styling is the absence of color. Pretty much every room in the house is shown to have the exact same color palette: black, white, and wood. It’s almost as if the set designers wanted the house to simultaneously sink into the background of the scene and come into the spotlight to add a very necessary aesthetic element to the people who live in its walls.
While we don’t have merchandise that’s completely in line with Victorian design, you’ll still be able to achieve the set styling from this season. All you need to do in order to recreate American Horror Story: Coven in your own home is to embrace your inner witch and find things that are soft, luxurious, and, most importantly, black. Focus on incorporating furniture and decor items that maintain clean lines throughout the design, but try not to be afraid of pieces that are a little more elaborate. After all, if you’re going to embrace your witchy side, you have to accept the bit of glamor that comes with it.
Happy Spooky Season and happy shopping! Which season of American Horror Story is your favorite?