I have recently discovered the decadent PBS series Downton Abbey. The show is rich with storylines revolving around the Grantham clan and the numerous other people in their lives, but that’s only half the reason to watch. The Edwardian era of style is back in full swing with the interior design, architecture, and fashions. Every scene is filled with breathtaking views whether inside the castle or on the grounds. The show is filmed in Hampshire at Highclere Castle, which sits upon 1,000 acres. However, the kitchen and quarters to the servants are filmed in London on a soundstage due to the fact that the Highclere has since updated those rooms. Below are some shots of the grandeur style of the Castle and the elegant fashions of Downton’s early 20th century.
Highclere Castle was built by architect Sir Charles Barry in 1842. Barry also built the House of Parliament (aka. Palace of Westminster).
What are your thoughts on the luxurious style? Too much or too fabulous? Do you watch the show or have at least heard about it?
I highly recommend it!
(Photos are courtesy of Google Images, PBS.org and Imdb.com)
Hope you all had a good Valentine’s day and were cuddled by someone whether it was your spouse or your fur babies. I recently came across this amazing design company based in Greenwich, Connecticut by the name of Muse Interiors. I’d like to share some of my favorite designs from their portfolio. Enjoy!
All photos are credit of the highly talented designers at Muse Interiors. See more of their work here.
As you probably know V-day is among us. Some people take it very seriously while others don’t acknowledge it at all, or even detest it. I’ve shared my feelings about it last Valentine’s day which you can check out here. I’d say overall, I’m pretty neutral about the whole thing. I like the idea of a special day to focus on your lover but I also recognize the whole corporate side of it. I feel like it’s only as commercial as you make it. My fella doesn’t have to sweat about fancy reservations or what gift to get me, which in a way, is my Valentine’s day gift to him. He never reads my blog so I’m safe sharing my plans for this year. My gift is going to be a pair of my old pajama pants that are riddled with holes and so over washed you can see right through them. “Weird” you say? I know, but he’s been begging me to throw them out for over a year and I keep putting up a fight so I’m going to show my love by surrendering and tossing my beloved old jammies in the trash thus, finally ending the epic battle. That’s about as un-commercial as it gets right?
One thing I can’t resist for most holidays is the decorating! I didn’t go to over the top this year since we are in the midst of some renovating (more on that later) but I did do a little display in our dining room which I figured I’d share with all you fellow lovers of decorating and just plain lovers ;)
To add a touch of V-day spirit I tied little pink ribbons around my white Ikea candle sticks and stacked some of my amour inspired books under what is actually a gold stocking holder but I really liked the look of it for year round decor.
The fleur de lis style of this golden gem makes me think of France, which makes me think of Paris and what’s more freaking romantic than the city of love for Valentine’s day? The books below it are some random sweetheart-esque picks from my collection. Starting from the top; English Romantic Poetry: An Anthology, Pride and Prejudice, The Love Poems by Yeats, Smitten, and People Magazine’s: The Greatest Weddings Of All Time.
I made the framed “Love” picture with some scrapbook paper and dollar store stickers. The dried flowers are from my fella’s high school graduation a billion years ago. His mom made the corsage for me and I cherish it; I have his framed in another room. The owl is a bookend from Chapters that I really wanted and stalked for weeks until it went on sale then I snatched him and his twin partner up on a steal.
This glass dessert stand holds four cute little white candles that I also tied some pink ribbon around.
Up top I have another owl friend displaying some blooming hearts and a baroque style frame that I previously repurposed which you can see here. I hung some little felt hearts from string with clothes pins which I also found at the dollar store. The LOVE sign was another dollar store find which I’d say pretty much gets the whole “Valentine” message across. As for the pear, well, my fella loves pears and I liked the way it looked so that’s a good enough reason as any in my books!
So that’s how we’re rocking Valentine’s day in my little house! How about you? Any special plans or pretty decorations buzzing love songs around your life? Feel free to share your sweet nothings here.
"I believe in manicures. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing alot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles." -Ms Audrey Hepburn
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