I admit it…I love Downton Abbey. The characters, the trials, the intrigue, the scandals…I can’t seem to get enough. But I’m also fascinated with the house itself. I find myself pausing the show at times just to study the details of the rooms–the carvings around the doors, the way the pictures are hung, the shape of a sofa.
While these things aren’t what I would choose today, I still find myself being whisked away in my mind to that place of “what if?“. What if I were born in that place and time? What if I were raised in a sprawling home like that? What if I couldn’t choose my furnishings and decor, because my house and everything in it was inherited? What if we still “dressed” for dinner every evening? What if….?
First of all, could you even imagine living in such a grand and sprawling place? I would imagine there would be bedrooms…even wings…of the house that would go unused for years at a time.
The grand hall is filled with gorgeous archways and exquisite architectural details.
One of the things I really like is the use of massively overscaled artwork, such as this one on the stairway…
And then this one in the dining room…
Do you notice how the bottom paintings on either side are hung? One of the many details that caught my eye…
This sitting room gets quite a bit of screen time. I think the wall color is so pretty, and I’m fascinated with the detail on the doors.
And a pink sofa? I’d take it! But just take a look at those doors. What detail and craftsmanship!
One thing that caught my eye is how high the paintings are hung. Did you notice that?
Cora’s bedroom has a very understated elegance to it. Notice how the door and moulding are painted the wall color? I think I actually like that look.
And do you spot the ceiling in the mirror in this photo? Another beautiful detail…
Robert’s room (I believe he calls this his dressing room) definitely has a more masculine look to it, with the dark walls and the dark furniture. I admit that I really like this dark wall color, especially for a bedroom.
The library is another main area of the house that gets quite a bit of screen time. I really do like this library, filled with books, dark walls and furniture, but also loads of light from all of the windows.
This sofa is actually one of my favorite pieces of furniture in the whole house…although I’m not crazy about the pillows.
I’m telling you…I have a fascination with the doors in this home. The detail is amazing…
Aside from the house, I also can’t seem to get enough of the clothes. Could you imagine if people still took this kind of care in their appearance?
So are you as enamored of Downton Abbey as I am? Do you also find yourself fascinated with the details of the home? Could you ever live in and care for such a place if it was passed down to you?