Merseyside’s our reality and Manhattan’s our fantasy when it comes to ‘TV show homes’ How you decoratin’?

While a fifth of Britons admit the outside of their homes look like the cul-de-sac in Brookside, if you’re invited in, you’ll be transported from Merseyside to Manhattan. Research from online marketplace,, reveals that Friends and Sex and the City have influenced our homes and interior style more than any other TV show (16% and 9%).1

Despite coming off air in 2003, Merseyside based ‘Brookie’ looks most like home for Brits, with the Dales based cottages of Emmerdale coming second (12%).

However, it’s the iconic apartments in Friends, which turns 21 this year that continue to inspire our interiors. Depending on whether you would have lived with Rachel and Monica, or Chandler and Joey, is your ‘Friend’ when it comes to getting the look. eBay currently has more than 3,750 listings for reclining leather armchairs, over 1,800 fussball tables and 2,000 cream sofas. While listings for (well built!) home entertainment units are in excess of 4,000 and, unsurprisingly, there are nearly 38,000 gold frames.²

Most influential TV show homes for style:                               TV show homes ours most resemble:

1. Friends (16%)                                                                                  1. Brookside cul-de-sac (21%)
2 = Sex and the City (9%)                                                                  2. Emmerdale cottages (12%)
2 = Downton Abbey (9%)                                                                  3. Coronation Street terraces (9%)
4. Gogglebox (7%)                                                                              4. EastEnders townhouse (8%)
5. Game of Thrones (6%)                                                                  5. Downton Abbey (4%)                            spokesperson, Laura Wilkinson-Rea, says: “Despite the huge popularity of reality stars and their lives – like the Kardashians – it appears we only like to glimpse in to them, rather than live them. It is interesting to see that Brits have taken the most inspiration from the Big Apple, wherever they live and they’ve got an opportunity with to truly shop the world when it comes to getting the look.



1All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from One Poll. Total sample size was 2,000 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken on 26th June 2015. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).

² Data taken from 07.07.15

eBay delivers one of the world’s largest online marketplaces to customers via any connected device, connecting people with the things they need and love.  Founded in 1995 and opening in the UK in 1999, eBay has more than 18 million unique visitors per a month in the UK and Ireland. Around 70% of listings are for new, fixed-price items and the UK site is home to more than 100 high street brands and retailers. 



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