Downton Décor

Are you a fan of a certain British period drama that takes place at a fictional “Abbey”? Then check out La Crema design blogger, Dave Masin’s post featuring a quartet of old-world English-style furnishings.

I’m not a staunch traditionalist, but our Seattle-area furniture and interior design showroom has always featured a variety of classic, traditional furnishings and accessories. These elegant accents are terrific statement pieces and mix well with a variety of design styles. Due in part to the immense popularity of recent British period dramas (including a certain fictional “Abbey,” filmed on location at Highclere Castle in Hampshire, England), we’ve seen renewed interest in items that celebrate the grandeur and elegance of the past. So for this post, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite period-inspired pieces that capture the allure of old-world English style.

Cocktail Castle

First, whip up your favorite vintage-inspired cocktail at Theodore Alexander’s whimsical liquor cabinet in the shape of Althorp, the grand ancestral estate of the Spencer family in Northamptonshire, England.

Royal Rack

Or if sipping on a fine wine is more your style, select your favorite bottle from Maitland Smith’s “Brulee” brass and mahogany wine rack, where you can stash your La Crema collection in appropriately aristocratic style.

Comfy ‘Throne’

Next, nestle into Baker Furniture’s charming ‘Lion’s Head’ pull up chair from the Stately Homes collection. This impressive chair is based on a c. 1820 English Regency original at Bayham Abbey, home of the Marquess of Camden and one of England’s grand country houses.

Knightly Light

Add a soft, period-inspired glow with Fine Art Lamps’ ‘Brighton Pavilion’ floor lamp. This handsome piece is inspired by George IV’s famous royal residence in Brighton, England, and features a bronzed finish, amber crystal accents and a hand-made neoclassical style shade.

Regal Reflection

Finally, add depth and drama with John Richard’s ‘Colonnade’ wall mirror. With carved detail, aged eglomise glass and touches of gilding, this stately piece will add old-world style to any space.

Now settle in and revel in the majestic English-inspired surroundings.