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Downton Abbey Finds: Season 1 Episode 5

This is the first episode where we really get to meet Sybil which is great since she is definitely the best sister.  She reminds me of my sister with her dark hair and blue eyes.

We see a beautiful shot of the outside of Mrs. Crawley and Matthew Crawley’s “cottage.”  hah cottage!  It is georgous with some lovely climbing roses.  I wish they would take us inside that walled garden sometime.  I’d love to see it!


Sybil is helping the housemaid to become a secretary with an amazing hairdo. I want to see this hair in every wedding magazine for the next 5 years. It’s fabulous.


The staff is allowed to walk down to the Fair in town. Anna and Mr. Bates walk down together and though Mr. Bates doesn’t reveal his secret yet, Anna does sport a charming hat. I love the purple velvet bow and I can see dressing up a rattan basket or purse with a similar touch of velvet.


It seems everyone is enjoying my Downton Abbey finds. I hope some of you will be inspired to start a similar series on Mad Men! I’d love a fashion and decor highlights reel for that show! I’ve also been watching a fair share of Alfred Hitchcock movies so you may see some inspiration from those as well.


Downton Abbey Finds: Season 1 Episode 4

I’ve just got one picture for you today.  Turns out the girls re-use their dresses and coats which makes sense for real life but was not something I noticed or expected the first time around.  The attention to detail.

Here is a great shot of the parlor ceiling and chandelier.  I LOVE it.  Like seriously, LOVE it.  I wish I could do a similar treatment on my closet ceiling.

pink ceiling parlor


And with the sea-foam green walls and the gold-framed portraits.  Awesome!

What’s your favorite room in Downton Abbey?  The Library, the parlor, the dining room, the kitchen.  So many gorgeous rooms!


Downton Abbey Finds: Season 1 Episode 3

Lets start with this beautiful dress that Edith is wearing.  I love the navy and look at those buttons!  Here are 2 pictures so you can get the full idea.  The shape is awesome as a dress but the top would make an awesome shirt.  The contrasting lapel fabric is cut to give that nice sweetheart shape that is so flattering while maintaining that nice modest and comfortable V-neck.

DowntonAbbeyEdress DowntonAbbeyEdress2

Here’s a home inspiration for you.  I love the shades.  There is a foot or so of lace attached to the bottom of the shades.  What a cheap and easy way to spruce up roller shades!  I also love how the desk faces into the Bay window.  It’s an odd furniture arrangement but it seems to work.  Then again, it’s a tv show so it’s hard to tell how well it would flow in real life but I do love a desk facing a window.


And last but not least, this jacket.  Light blue with dark blue cuffs and top half of a notched collar with a bit of the dark blue trim on the pockets.  This would be an easy upgrade to make to a fairly simple wool coat but that contrast just really makes it pop.  I’d definitely wear that jacket right now.



As always, stay tuned for some more DA finds!


  1. 8/23/2013 | 8:19 am Permalink

    Another nice blog as I sit at my desk facing out the window watching all the walkers and such.

Downton Abbey Finds: Season 1 Episode 2

Look at this Hall Tree. Love it! Also the ceramic umbrella stand. Beautiful.


And this was cool, this swivel tea-pot. I’ve never seen a silver service like this. Pretty cool!

Stay tuned for more cool things I saw in Downton Abbey!


  1. 4/21/2018 | 1:38 pm Permalink

    The silver “tea pot” which you are referring to is not a tea pot at all (the dowager countess is holding the actual tea pot in her right hand…). Rather, it’s a ‘hot water kettle’ – a standard piece in any proper Victorian or Edwardian tea service. It comes with a burner in it’s base, which keeps the water hot for serving. Her first act is to add a bit of hot water into the ceramic tea pot, so as to pre-warm it. This step is very important if the ceramic pot is cold, as it will otherwise chill the brewing tea. Once she’s warmed the pot, she pours off the residual water into a silver receptacle designed for that purpose. Next, she measures out the loose tea into the warmed pot, and then will fill it with fresh hot water from the swivel hot water kettle.