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.

 

Downstairs Kitchen

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.

 

 

Carson’s Office

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!

 

 

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As an interior designer, it is extremely important to be up to date with the latest design trends for all things home whether it’s the newly named Color of the Year or the latest home automation innovations. Last week, I was able to attend the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Orlando and was granted VIP access to tour some of the top exhibitor’s booths with the Editor of Connecticut Cottages & Gardens, DJ Carey. What an amazing experience for a KBIS newbie like me! Take a look below to see a few of the pieces that inspired me during the tour.

FANTINI

 Love the Murano glass faucet handles in the Venezia collection.

The Fukasawa collection was inspired by the oversized volume knobs on stereo equipment from the 80’s.

COASTAL SHOWER DOORS

 This collection reminds me of Japanese shoji screens. Beautiful, clean & simple.

 Just a small sample of the color options available.

 

ROHL

“Bubble Girl”

Beautiful rock crystals knobs in the Lombardia collection.

An example of the Perrin & Rowe “English Gold” Finish which is plated with 14K gold. So luxurious!!

Black Stainless Steel finish in one of their classic sinks.

 

GROHE

Just before the show, the Northeast experienced a deep freeze phenomenon called a “Bomb Cyclone”, during which I personally had a frozen pipe issue. With this so prominent in my mind, the product that stood out the most to me was the Grohe Sense Guard. See the video below…

 

FLORIM STONE

The options are endless.

The “Black Gloss” finish reflects like a mirror.

Walls, countertop, sink and flooring are all created using Florim’s product. Beautiful!!

 

KOHLER

The most amazing new “Ombre” finish combines metals to transition from light to dark. Two fabrications are available: Vibrant Rose Gold to Vibrant Polished Nickel & Vibrant Titanium to Vibrant Rose Gold. While there were lots of new finishes debuted at the show, this was the most unique. 

Stunning alabaster walls from Ann Sacks lit from behind.

One of my favorite installations using all Kohler family products.

Another installation using all Kohler family products.

 

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