Fox’s Empire Luxe Set Design

Fox’s Empire has been dubbed “The New Dynasty” by the New York Post. “The show is a feast for the senses with fierce fashion, luxe backdrops, fantastic characters, and a plot so chaotic and convoluted that you simply cannot turn away.”

Empire follows the life of fictitious Lucious Lyon, portrayed by Terrence Howard, a former drug dealer turned hip hop music mogul and CEO of Empire Entertainment. Lucious is looking to groom one of his three sons: Andre, Jamal, and Hakeem to take over the family business, inevitably pitting them against one another. Lucious’ ex-wife Cookie Lyon, portrayed by Taraji P. Henson, is the mother of his three sons recently released from prison.

EMPIRE: Lucious (Terrence Howard) toasts his family in the "Devil Quotes Scripture" episode airing Wednesday, Jan. 21 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Pictured L-R: Jussie Smollett, Serayah McNeill, Taraji P. Henson, Bryshere Gray, Grace Gealey, Terrence Howard, Trai Byers and Kaitlin Doubleday. ¨©2014 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Chuck Hodes/FOX

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While most TV series film on set, Lyon’s home is actually a real home located in the Chicago suburban city of Barrington, Illinois. The 20,000 square foot, French-Country estate sits on an 8-acre lot overlooking a lake. To make the home appear to be the home of a hip hop music mogul, the set designers use furnishings that are opulent and luxurious.

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We assumed the furnishings used in Lyon’s home would be ridiculously expensive, but this is just not the case. Thanks to Elle Decor for shopping the set for us, we now know where some of the furnishings were purchased and at fairly reasonable prices.

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  1. L’Objet Evoca Nickelplate Vase with 24KT Gold-Plated Handles, $335.
  2. Century Table Lamp, $229.
  3. Love Thy Prey Faux Fur Throw in Coyote Twilight, $525.
  4. Waterford Lismore Essence Wide Gold Flute Pair, $190.
  5. Elizabeth Lyons Mini Teardrop Vase, $365.
  6. Gaston Hollywood Regency Walnut Wing Back Accent Chair, $1,799.
  7. Worlds Away Half Round Studded Gold Leafed Console Table, $1,200.
  8. Trina Turk Greek Key Embroidered Pillow, $110.


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