How about a little white excess in honor of Downton Abbey’s new season, which, by the way, I am hopelessly addicted to. Season five has been more than entertaining thus far. This living room reminds me of what modern-day-Mary might choose for her home if she lived in this era. Ladylike and refined, with a nod to tradition.
Every Sunday I get out my big silver tray and favorite china, brew a pot of tea (or pop a cork), put together simple hors d’oeuvres, and curl up on the sofa with the husband to relish an hour of style and scandal. I can never get enough. It’s nice that we both love the show – we do some serious analyzing after each episode.
I stumbled across some Downton delectables, including their own tea and cookies. I might add the butter cookies to my tray on Sunday. Sold out online, I think these are in store only. But so adorable!
The Downton Abbey plot twists keep me laughing, perplexed, annoyed, anxious, hopeful, and surprised all at once. It’s a great escape from reality and quite an emotional roller coaster. I would love to find a book that’s as interesting as the show. Any suggestions?
Mini review: Right now my heart goes out to Edith. I keep waiting for her to just take her little girl and run. Wouldn’t blame her! Mary full of surprises lately. Or is she? Call me a sap, but I’m still not over Matthew. Don’t think I’ll ever get over him. Lady Cora (who always talks like she’s been sucking on a lemon) misses feeling useful during the war and is trying to find meaning and purpose… something useful to do besides rearrange church flowers, manage servants, and wear pretty outfits. I wonder what’s next for her. Bates is starting to creep me out, like the way he creeps all around his sweet wife, Anna (whom I adore)…I can’t tell if he’s a major controller, serial killer, or just a protective husband. The new girl (teacher) totally annoys me. Mrs. Hughes has such a big heart. Lord Grantham can be a tool. Love, love, love Carson. Dowager Countess is still hands down my fave.
If I had to pick a white for Downton Abbey, it would most certainly be in the cream family. A current cream with depth and richness, and no buttercream undertones. Something that could hold it’s own with all of the English tack, tweed, antiques, and opulent oil paintings.
I’m thinking Benjamin Moore’s Papaya, #957.
I’d pair it with Bejnamin Moore’s Whitall Brown, HC-69, which would be striking against gilded frames, crystal chandeliers, and all things British.
In case you missed the Harper’s Bazaar UK August issue (and cover) which photographed/interviewed the female cast donned in elegant gowns, you can check it out here.
Do you have a favorite Downton character?