According to Netflix, there is a “very long wait” for Downton Abbey discs right now. As tormenting as this may be, it illustrates America’s current mania for the show, and only enhances our obsession, especially for all of the fabulous Edwardian decor! Set in the early 1900′s, Downton Abbey represents a time of elite fashion, where opulence and tradition ruled styles. From the historical castle where the series is filmed, to the gorgeous costumes designed by Susannah Buxton, this period piece channels dreamy elegance. Time magazine recently did a fun video tour of Highclere Castle (where Downton Abbey is filmed) lead by Countess Fiona Carnarvon, who actually lives there!
With Renaissance and Victorian influences, the Edwardian style has a timeless and luxurious appeal. Many of today’s finest designers still draw on influences that graced homes in the early 1900s. WallPops boasts several designs that put a contemporary spin on this posh European epoch. Keys to my Heart and Nouveau Damask, two wall art kits by WallPops, particularly embody these Parisian inspirations, bringing a mod look to romantic skeleton keys and the classic damask design. The extravagantly adorned walls of Downton Abbey are never bare outside of the servants quarters! Gorgeous wallpaper by Brewster Home fashions, such as this Classy Damask from the Piazza collection, and this Glamorous Floral Urn, from the English collection (quite similar to Lady Mary’s bedroom!), can bring such traditional beauty to your walls today. Adding to the sumptuous backdrops, Downton Abbey’s walls are embellished with extensive displays of hand painted art, displayed in decadently gilded frames. Creating your own salon wall of heirloom worthy paintings and photos is easy with WallPops Enamel Frames by Jonathan Adler. After all, “if your heirs won’t fight over it, we won’t make it” is one of Adler’s signature mottos, which is right in line with the tradition of Edwardian finery. Peruse the luscious images below for more Edwardian enchantment!