March 29, 2013 at 04:52 PM EDT

A foyer, a spiral staircase, and a walk-in closet are just a few of the details in Dr. Mindy Lahiri’s (Mindy Kaling) apartment that inspire some serious design envy. And even though Mindy’s TV abode isn’t exactly representative of a typical real-world New York City apartment — a foyer, a spiral staircase, a walk-in closet! — production designer Michael Gallenberg says he strives to make the set look as authentic as possible.

“There are probably some apartments in New York that are the size of that empty 10 X 10 foyer… but Mindy’s apartment is intentionally over-sized so that we can get cameras in there to shoot scenes without [having to] tear the set completely apart,” explains Gallenberg. “The apartment is probably a little bit above her means, but not that much. She’s a doctor in her early 30s, so she’s got some money.”

Click through the photo gallery for a tour of the beautiful brownstone apartment and click here to shop the sets of The Mindy Project

The Walk-in Closet

Mindy’s closet is filled with clothes and shoes… most of which she’ll never wear. “We pull them from shows that no longer need them or shows that end,” Gallenberg says of the prop wardrobe, borrowed from NBC’s asset center. “We do sometimes borrow clothes from [the character’s actual] wardrobe. If she’s going to be getting dressed to go out on a dinner date, we’ll hang some things as evidence in her closet.” A window appears to flood the space with sunlight, but it’s a clever production trick. “J.C. Backings created [the window backings] for the show,” Gallenberg says of the fake view. “We tested various sizes and scales so that… the proportions were correct.”

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