We've all been there — sitting on the sofa, reveling in some Shondaland
magic on a Thursday night
, admiring Kerry Washington's way with a trench coat, when all of a sudden it dawns on us: Damn, I could totally live in
You owe that feeling to set decorator Amy Wells, an industry veteran whose career spans '90s hits (Clueless
, American Pie
) and current obsessions (Scandal
, Mad Men
). "Every script and situation requires a different approach," Wells told R29. "I rely on communicating with the director, writer, or creator — and sometimes that's the same person — to get the tone of the script and what they're hoping to achieve. At best it's a group effort with lots of communication and understanding."
We sat sat down with Wells to chat about re-creating the past ("Do it like it was, not how it would look in a magazine"), Sears catalogs, and the one item Kerry Washington would not tolerate in Olivia Pope's apartment.