23 January 2012

Welcome to Downton Abbey!

Just coming down from the high of my new favorite series, Downton Abbey, which airs on PBS Sunday nights at 9pm EST.  Have you seen it?  If not, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!  In my opinion, it's the most addictive Masterpiece series since Upstairs Downstairs which I remember watching as a little girl with my family over a bowl of chocolate ice cream, slowly drifting off as the calming British series lulled me to sleep.  It is not just me who adores this series...it's so popular that articles have been written about how to host a Downton Abbey style cocktail party and dinner, as well as jewelry and home decor in the style for sale on the PBS website. 

By now you're probably wondering what all the excitement is about.  Rather than try to sum up the series in my own words, I enlisted the help of the PBS website and found a brief synopsis to share with you:

It's 1912, and life in the Edwardian country house of Downton Abbey is idyllic and bustling for the Crawley family, aided by their cadre of servants. Robert, Earl of Grantham, his American heiress wife Cora, and their three daughters, along with Robert's mother Violet, have lived largely uncomplicated lives. But the sinking of the Titanic hits home in an unexpected and dramatic way — Lord Grantham's heir, James Crawley, and his son Patrick have perished.  It's personally agonizing (momentarily) for daughter Mary who was supposed to marry Patrick. On a grander scale, suddenly all the predictable succession plans have gone terribly awry, and unheard of questions now loom large — Who will be the new heir to the earldom? And what will happen to this distinguished estate, now in jeopardy?

Okay, if that's not enough to pique your interest, why don't we take a look at the real life estate that is featured in Downton Abbey:

Exterior of Highclere Castle, Newbury, England

Aerial view of the Highclere Castle exterior, Newbury, England

The ornate saloon at Highclere Castle, Newbury, England

The ornate saloon at Highclere Castle, Newbury, England, upper level

Staircase within Highclere Castle, Newbury, England

The drawing room within Highclere Castle, Newbury, England

And last but not least, a glimpse of the cast...

I do hope I've convinced you to catch up on what your Sunday nights have been missing, even if it's just for the scenery and the costume design!  Speaking of which, these are a few favorites from the Downton Abbey Collection available through the PBS website:

{Kings Road Redux Mugs}

{Queen Victoria Canvas Tote Bag}

{Wool Felt Cloche Hat with Rosette}

{"Notes" Objet D'Art Paperweight}

To view the articles I mention above, visit here and here.  As for another great Masterpiece series, I recommend you delve into The Forsyte Saga (2002).  You won't regret it!

Have a great Monday!  xo, Alicia

credits: pbs.org, shine.yahoo.com


  1. Alicia, i just LOVE that soft green room with chandelier and peach couch. SO pretty!

    1. It is so pretty! Hope you'll check out this series if you haven't already.

  2. Downton abbey is my favorite TV addiction! I'm so in love with it! I was heartbroken that they left us up in the air last year, so it's such a pleasure to have the story continue.
    I haven't seen the Forsyte Saga so thanks for the heads up! Vanna

    1. So happy to hear you're in love with it too Vanna! I think those are the perect words to describe it. I think I read that this season ends on Feb 19th!!!! I might cry... Let me know what you think of the Forstye Saga. Alicia


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