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By Ellen Sturm Niz
The "Parenthood" cast sits in the grandparents' magical outdoor dining area. Today

Whether viewers like it or not, there is a chance tonight’s “Parenthood” season five finale may bid a final adieu to the home of grandparents Zeek and Camille Braverman, who recently signed the paperwork to sell their Berkeley, Calif. house. (Could they possibly back out of the sale? Please say yes!)

But it doesn’t have to be a final goodbye.

“Parenthood” production designer Steven Jordan, who created the home’s coveted outdoor dining space, is spilling the details on how fans can recreate the fabulous patio area for themselves.

Everything Jordan used to design the outdoor space came from big-box home stores, yard sales and thrift shops, making the look easy to assemble at any home with a little careful hunting. “Don’t be afraid to roll your sleeves up and dig in,” Jordan says. 

Dining tables

Jordan put one harvest table and one smaller table together to create a seven-foot-long dining surface for the dozen-plus Bravermans, who regularly gather for family meals. “My idea was to have the kids, even though they’re grown, sit at the smaller table, just like everyone does at Thanksgiving dinner,” Jordan says.

Get the look by putting two rectangular farm tables together, or by joining a rectangular table with a square one, like the rectangular Wildon Home Morrison Dining Table ($167) and the square Sundero Table from Ikea ($149).

Mismatched chairs

More than a dozen mismatched chairs give Adam, Sarah, Julia, Crosby and their extended—and changing—families places to sit when invited over for dinner. “Don’t be afraid to mix and match,” Jordan says. “Not everything should be a coordinated set. Even the china they eat off is a mismatched set.”

To gather a collection of various chairs at a low price point, scour local garage sales, thrift stores or Craiglist, where a hearty supply often awaits. 


“So many scenes there happened at night, so the lighting was a huge part of the equation,” Jordan says. He created the sparkling effect with strings of rattan-covered globe lights, lanterns and glass chandeliers hung from the trees.

Get the look by zigzagging a canopy of string lights overhead, such as these Thresholds String Lights from Target ($12.99). Add extra sparkle by hanging a vintage-style hurricane lantern, like this one from Lights for All Occasions ($24), from a tree branch, and install this dramatic Calhoun Glass Indoor/Outdoor Pendant from Pottery Barn ($169) on a nearby porch.


Jordan placed indoor/outdoor bamboo rugs on the ground surrounding the dining table, adding to the inviting ambiance. “They add different textures and a Middle Eastern vibe,” Jordan says. Get the look by combining two or more patterned rugs that share a common shade, like the Mila Medallion Rug from Pier 1 Imports ($300) and the Jaipur Barcelona Rug from Lowe’s ($345). Another option is to make your own on an inexpensive outdoor rug with a simple stencil and spray paint. Blogger Monica Mangin shows how to do this on the D-I-Y site Infarrantly Creative


“Everything is surrounded by greenery and fresh flowers,” Jordan says. Create the lushness that frames the space with ferns and decorative plants in a variety of terra cotta and solid-colored planters set on potting tables, repurposed sideboards and retaining walls. 

Ellen Sturm Niz is an editor and writer living, parenting, and working in New York City. Follow her on TwitterPinterestTumblr, and Google+.