‘Yellowstone’ TV Set Decorator Reveals How a Set Comes Together

by Thad Mitchell
(Photo Credit: Yellowstone Gallery, Paramount Network Press Center, Viacom)

With an enormous and still growing fan base, the hit television series “Yellowstone” prides itself on giving viewers a taste of the cowboy life.

The Western-style ranching life is a central theme on “Yellowstone” and the show goes to great lengths to make it feel real. Everything from the cowboy hats to the photos on the walls must feel authentic. That authenticity that the show brings is a big reason for the show’s immense popularity. Watching the show you can hardly tell the difference between actors on the show and actual cowboys. Much of that quality is obtained by the show’s impeccable attention to detail regarding the set. The responsibility of creating the true-to-life feels of “Yellowstone” falls on set decorator Carla Curry.

The designer excels at bringing an authentic and modern western feel to “Yellowstone” because she’s lived the life. Curry has lived and worked on a cattle ranch for the last 20 years — and it shows in the “Yellowstone” experience. She is also longtime friends with actor Forrie J. Smith, who plays senior bunkhouse statesman Lloyd Pierce. Like Curry, Smith has lived the ranching lifestyle for most of his years. Smith provides his thoughts and shares his ideas with Curry on a regular basis. In a 2020 interview, Curry talks about the efforts in creating a set for “Yellowstone.”

‘Yellowstone’ Decorator Shares Thoughts

“It’s all in the details,” the Instagram post proclaims. “Set decorator Carla Curry and her team focus on the details to make ‘Yellowstone’ feel as real as possible.”

“This is definitely not your average TV set,” Curry says. “The logs are real. The antiques are real. There is a ‘fake’ anything in here. We shoot it totally like a big ol’ feature film.”

The work that Curry and her team put in to decorate the set is obvious to “Yellowstone” watchers. One example is the photos hanging about Smith’s bunkhouse bed. The pics are of Smith actually competing in a rodeo in his youth. It is yet another reason why fans are incredibly loyal to the Paramount Network series.

“I have been on the show since the beginning — season one,” she continues. “I have done a lot of different genres in my time. When they called and asked if I would be interested in doing the show, I read the first page of the script and it really spoke to me. When I first met Taylor Sheridan we pretty much had a shorthand.”

With a new season arriving this fall, Curry worked her set magic to make season four everything it can be. “Yellowstone” fans are beyond excited to see what the veteran decorator has in store for the new season.

Hang in there fellow “Yellowstone fans. The wait will be over before you know it.