Last week I had the great pleasure of visiting the Downton Abbey exhibition in New York. I have been a fan of the show since first hearing the opening theme song and the beautiful Jacobean home we now know to be Highclere Castle filled the screen. And while the show is no longer in production, getting to witness the craftsmanship of the costume and set designers made me “feel the feels” all over again. Below are just a few of my images of the interior sets and a few antique pieces I’ve curated from 1stDibs that emulate the spirit of Downton Abbey.
The stove and ovens….complete with real steam!
A close up of the copper bakeware. What a functional yet attractive way to display your favorite bundt pans!
Distressed cabinetry laid with the practical yet beautiful crockery on display.
Antique Farmhouse Table – Perfect for prep work or gathering a family for Sunday breakfast.
Farmhouse Dresser – A handsome piece to display your creamware or blue and white serving pieces.
The exquisitely crafted costumes of Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes on display in Mr. Carson’s office. An amazing partner’s desk was used on set for many of the scenes depicting life below stairs.
Edwardian Mahogany Partners Desk – Beautiful in a man’s library.
Upstairs Dining Room
If only I had a room large enough to seat this many people, I’d pull out all my silver and china and host a dinner party every night with a table set like this.
Set of Hepplewhite Style Dining Chairs – The shield back is classic and would never go out of style.
Lady Mary’s Bedroom
A bedroom fit for a lady…A luxurious bed, the warmth of a fireplace and an exquisite antique vanity.
Parquetry Empire Style Bed
Louis XVI Style Vanity
There are so many rooms we didn’t get to see at this exhibition and even a larger number of iconic pieces from the show that weren’t displayed. While I wasn’t disappointed by what I was able to see here, it left me yearning for more. I guess I’ll just have to plan a trip to Highclere in the future!