Bitches love Downton

Are you a Downton Abbey fan? Rejoicing more than a little to have season 4 finally air in the US?  If by some miracle you haven’t started watching yet you MUST.   Clear your calendar for three days and settle down with netflix and a cuppa (the Brits would say of tea although bitches might be more inclined towards tequila).   I have yet to meet anyone  able to stop watching once they start the series.  Last winter I watch 14 episodes in 2 days. Children that needed to be cared for?  Huh?  I’m watching Downton Abbey – do.not. disturb.

After watching Downton Sunday night I was inspired to fix myself a lovely tea this afternoon complete with china, silver and flowers.  Preparing tea in suburbia might mean resorting to golden oreos instead of some biscuits fresh from the bakery but with a pretty place setting who really cares?

downton abbey inspired tea ~ suburban bitches

Forget about simply inspiring a bit of short-lived teetotaling in me, the fashion & sets of Downton make stepping back to a time without antibiotics, microwaves or the internet an appealing idea.

In addition to being gorgeous the dresses actually seem like they might even be comfortable.  I could handle wearing them especially if they came with a diamond crusted headband.

mary downton abbey

Mary

edith ~ downton abbey

Edith

rose ~ downtown abbey

Rose

the gang ~ downtown abbey

The Downton Gang

Oh and then there’s the decor. Can you even imagine calling a place like Highclere Castle home?

downton abbey

 via lovewall.visitbritain.com

kitchen ~ downtown abbey

My daydreams of eating lobster beautifully prepared by others will last all season long.  As will my longing for the Downton decor – even for the servants’ areas.

servant dining room ~ downtown abbey

This French farm table would look perfect in a modern recreation of a Downton kitchen.

kitchen work table

As would this Restoration Hardware ceiling pendant.

kitchen light

And what about bringing the posh upstairs into our modern day homes?

dining room ~ downtown abbey

saloon ~ downton abbey

Naturally you’d need to start with an antique Persian rug.

persian rug

And a plush tufted couch – bring it on Anthro!

anthro couch

If only I had a house that could handle an oversized crystal chandelier.

abbey-drawing-room

Either this chandelier from One King’s Lane

onekingslane chandelier

Or the 1920s chandelier would work perfectly.

19th century chandelier

If you go for the modern take on the Downton drawing room don’t forget the potted plant and the bombe cabinet in the drawing room.

bombier chest ~ downton abbey

Make that a fiddle leaf fig and a silver metallic chest and you’ve got yourself the basics for a Downton Abbey-esque decor. bombe chest

Four more days until episode 3 airs.     Can you stand it???  I’m hoping to keep my withdrawal symptoms to a minimum until then.  If you need more Downton Abbey inspiration to keep you going until then check out our pinterest board.

*All photography courtesy Carnival Film & Television Limited  for MASTERPIECE unless otherwise noted.

 

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2 Responses to Bitches love Downton

  1. Katrina says:

    Matt wants me to start calling him “my Lord” . Think the next party you give should be a Downton hat party!

  2. That’s a great idea Katrina! (the hat part not the Lord part).
    We’ll keep you posted! :)

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