Madam Secretary’s Tea Leoni Looks pensive as she stands at the kitchen coffee maker in her home.

Madam Secretary's Téa Leoni in her townhouse’s kitchen

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Why I Love Madam Secretary’s Kitchen

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While Elizabeth McCord’s wood-paneled West Wing office on Madam Secretary was a hive of heated arguments and political jockeying, her Georgetown home with its serene color palette, cozy reading nooks, and overstuffed chairs was a place to exhale.

The star of the renovated, three-bedroom townhouse was its kitchen. Soft-gray cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and marble and teak countertops helped soothe frayed nerves caused by the latest diplomatic crisis. Toward the back of the kitchen stood a wall of glass cabinets, showcasing a whimsical mix of ’60s vintage goodies: colorful bowls, carafes, vases, and glassware. The worn, wooden farm table, illuminated by a simple yet striking antique brass chandelier, created a respite for the McCords’ overachieving family of five.

Madam Secretary\u2019s Tim Daly smiles as he prepares a salad at the center island in the kitchen

Tim Daly as Henry McCord

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So when it came time to think about my own kitchen renovation, which I may or may not ever do, I didn’t pour over Houzz or Pinterest or everything designed by Chip and Joanna Gaines. I grabbed my notebook, clicked on Paramount+, and binge-watched Madam Secretary.

Of course, I knew the McCords’ townhouse wasn’t real. It was just “Soundstage G,” a cavernous space in some frowzy section of Long Island City, New York, where the show filmed. But I kept taking notes. This kitchen wasn’t a place where you grab a cup of coffee and rush out the door. It was a feeling—a calm pleasure—that I wanted to recreate: a room perfect for a banter-filled family breakfast before setting out to conquer the day.

— Susan Pocharski

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