Saturday, January 5, 2013

Downton Decor-Edwardian Roundup and some predictions

Downton Abbey and Highclere Castle interiors |
While Highclere castle furnishings are used throughout the scenes, and remain constant, I wouldn't be surprised if they start infusing more DECO, CRAFTSMAN and other 1920s era furnishings into the rooms at Downton over the course of this season.  I think the major '20s influence will obviously be in the characters clothing and hair style, keep your eyes open for little hints of the '20s more modern style of furniture.

Here's a refresher on Edwardian style {1901-1919, although this end date is debated, some say earlier 1910 (think Titanic), many say 1914, the start of WWI, others say 1919}. Edwardian comes after Victorian (King Edward VII was Queen Victoria's son Albert, don't you know...he was the wild Prince of Wales that liked women and horseracing).  The Edwardian era corresponds with the French BELLE EPOQUE time frame.

Here are the stills from last season's episodes.
There are a few things that stand out to me that pretty much scream EDWARDIAN:
The Look:
Downton Abbey and Highclere Castle interiors - drawing room
Pale walls, gold gilding, chandelier, oriental rug, pastel upholsterey with detail such as tassles, fringe, tufting, lots of velvet and needlepoint, portrait paintings. 
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Silver candelabra, Sheraton style reproduction chair
Downton Abbey and Highclere Castle interiors |
Oriental rug, sconces, tufted upholstered chairs, ferns, grand scale. 

Downton Abbey and Highclere Castle interiors |
Pastel wall paper, gold gilding  auboson rug, marble fireplace, portraits, french uphostered chair.
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Pastel chair, Auboson rug, dark furniture and fern.
Downton Abbey and Highclere Castle interiors - fireplace |
Earl Scrumptious, his fancy vases (pronounced  "vaaaases", gold accents, pastel wall paper and FERNS...lots of FERNS. 
Downton Abbey and Highclere Castle interiors - bookcase |
Architectural built in book case library
Downton Abbey and Highclere Castle interiors |
Pastel wall, Gold gilded mirror, tufted chairs, 4 poster bed with floral canopy
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Everyone loves an Oriental rug.
This season, I think we'll see a few "Roaring '20s" and "Jazz Age" influences such as:

Tiffany style lamps

Arts and Crafts Movement furniture, wallpaper and  fabrics (William Morris), and ceramics

as well as Deco modern flair table settings, silver and trinkets

That's my prediction!
This will be a series. I'll be posting every Monday about what I see in the sets on Downton this season!


  1. I am watching it right now. I can't wait to hear what you have to say about it.

  2. I loved last night. SO much fun. I'll be posting my thoughts today!