If you’re familiar with the popular British period drama, Downton Abbey, you might have also enjoyed admiring the opulent set’s palatial interiors, lavish furniture and stately decor. It’s no wonder then, that many of its fans are now inspired to furnish their own abode with similarly elegant and classic furnishings that call back the period of charming, endearing luxury.
The Downton Abbey set is based at Highclere Castle, South of England, and just a little outside of London. The sumptuous decor and furnishings within its walls have provided a source of drool-worthy inspiration for those struck with Edwardian-period nostalgia.
It may be somewhat intimidating, but with a bit of research, one can easily recreate that Edwardian-style and you don’t have to be an Earl or Duchess to do so. A decadent dinner setting, for example, need not have a high price tag.
Creating a luxurious table setting like the one above may be easier than you think. Try starting with Savannah Collections’ Monterey Dining Set, which imparts a stately and dignified ambiance, without spending a fortune:
The classic carvings and rich, antique walnut finish creates a beautiful dinner setting that would make even the Dowager Countess of Grantham swoon.
For an exquisite living room, an ornate console can give just the right amount of dramatic flair, especially when situated in a prominent part of the room. This Victoria Console, for example, has gorgeous, hand-carved seashell design, and classic cabriole legs:
If a luxurious sofa is what you seek, This Canterbury Sofa, with its effortless elegance, bestows an opulent context with its eloquently carved trim. Its impeccably matched accent pillows provide an irresistible warmth to keep things cozy.
An important tip to note when in the market to purchase luxury furniture, is that as a significant investment, you’ll want to ensure you get the highest quality and craftsmanship. Some brands already known for their high quality and also carry select Downton Abbey-style furnishings include Drexel Heritage, Henredon and Savannah Collections, to name a few.
While it may be a lofty dream to ever live in such surroundings as those found on the Downton Abbey estate, hopefully we’ve shown here that it’s not an unreasonable wish to recreate the Edwardian magic and charm in one’s very own home. And then you too, can say as Lady Grantham says, “Good heavens, what am I sitting on?”