Who knew that Downton Abbey would be such a tremendous tour de force in the 2012 television repertoire?! We love the historical setting, the fascinating characters and, most of all, the lavish interior design shots of real life Highclere Castle.
Of course we are not the only admirers – Design Sponge has a fabulous look at ‘Living In: Downton Abbey’ with lovely show-inspired decor and product ideas.
You can wander through a few other enchanting English country dwelling places on Houzz and click through the gorgeous Vanity Fair look at the aristocratic meets downstairs toilers photo gallery.
How to make your windows look like Downton Abbey
Great costumes and exterior shots be darned, of course our eyes are constantly drawn to the window draperies of any room – televised or in person.
While the lavishly draped windows in the Abbey may not fit into most homes, you can re-create some of the romance with our elegant Laura Ashley swag valances.
Fake those tall ceilings by installing your window drapery panels on a decorative rod above your window frame. Make sure your drapes graze the floor to keep that illusion going.
Make even the simplest window treatment look a million times more ornate by installing a beautiful wood cornice – perfect for a more traditional home or a wood-paneled study to swill bourbon in with a Duke.