Home design inspiration from Downton Abbey

 

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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. 

 

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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.

 

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Laura Ashley swag valance in Casualle Raspberry Rouge

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.

 

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Grandiose wood cornice

 

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.

 

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We want to know!  Be super awesome and share what Downton Abbey character you are in the comments below.  I apparently identify with Lady Mary and I'm okay with that.  What about you?

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Katie Laird

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6 Comments

  1. Ian

    Mr. Bates all the way!!

  2. Patricia Corron

    YAY! Apparently I am out for World Domination; Your results: You are Thomas Barrow, head footman (Rob James-Collier). Nothing will stop you in your quest for world domination. Nothing. And certainly not the second footman. Guess that what I get for answering 'Raw Steak' on #6.

  3. Apparently I am out for World Domination; Your results: You are Thomas Barrow, head footman (Rob James-Collier). Nothing will stop you in your quest for world domination. Nothing. And certainly not the second footman. Guess that what I get for answering 'Raw Steak' on #6.

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  5. I could definitely see my house looking like this. I love the aesthetics embedded in the architecture. It's simply breathtaking.

  6. That is a good theme to pattern your interior design theme on. It's space efficient and classy, I love it.