February 5, 2013
We've been polishing our English accents around the house lately (we're quite good actually), and afternoon tea has never been more popular. Do you think I'm getting carried away by my new love? Absolutely.
Matchbook has put together a splendid selection of wall art that is sure to inspire the redecoration of your dear abbey. You can find a few Edwardian style furnishings and accoutrements over on the Huff that will surely outfit your rooms in proper English style. (You may even be able to find some Downton inspired home decor in a store near you very soon.) I'm rather fond of hunting prints, Aubusson rugs, and fine English china. You can find scads of it all over eBay.
If fashion is more your thing, then I suggest popping on over to Holly's Pinterest page, or take a peek at some of the frocks from season 3 (no corsets to worry your pretty little head over) featured in Stylist magazine. Take a look back and catch up on all the gossip from Ms. Fashionista herself. Or get it straight from the horses mouth (costume designer Susanna Buxton) over on PBS. And because there's always a bit of gossip to be had, you must visit Secrets of Downton Abbey Style.
English food was once considered very bland, but you may disagree after perusing the Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook. You must also check out culinary historian Pamela Foster's blog, Downton Abbey Cooks, and her Eat, Drink & Be Merry board over on Pinterest. (Hmmm, great minds do think alike.) Heavens, the English aristocracy surely ate a lot. From breakfast, lunch, tea, and dinner, ranging from 6 to 22 courses, it's a wonder they weren't bursting out of their corsets. Perhaps that is why the flapper fashions of the 20s became de rigueur. Here is a visual sampling of some of these delights over on HuffPost Taste.
And if this is till not enough Dowton information for you, I suggest you view the many boards over on Pinterest to keep you occupied until season 4 arrives.
Until then, I will continue to watch with bated breath while wearing my best dressing gown. "You'll find there's never a dull moment in this house."
Image via Matchbookmag.com