5 Ways to Bring Home Downton Abbey Decor

About 500 gazillion people watched the Season 3 premiere of Downton Abbey last night, and I bet a few of you would like to know how you can bring a little Downton Abbey vibe into your own little abode.  In the words of Mr. Carson, "If you are tired of style, you are tired of life."  You may not live in a castle or manor, but these tips will bring you just a little closer to living the life!


1.  Paint it Gold

Add metallic gold paint to detail chairs or furnishings, or simply spray paint with metallic gold paint.

gold paint horse

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2.  Hang Family Portraits

Vintage portraits are a fun collection to own, adding personality to living and dining rooms. They don't have to be portraits of anyone you know!

vintage portrait

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 3. Inject Jewel Tones

Painting one piece of furniture in a beautiful jewel tone adds a little glam to any room.

jewel tones

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4. Light Some Candles

Pull out some candles (and candlesticks), turn off the lights, and make every dinner a romantic affair.


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5.  Bring Back the Library

Reading actual books is oh-so-much more fun than reading them through electronic means. And books are beautiful decorating accessories for your home!


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My recent Downton Abbey dinner party was featured in The Tennessean over the weekend in celebration of the  season premiere!  Shopping Diva, Cathi Aycock, covered the story beautifully  I am still trying to convince her to jump on the bandwagon and watch Downton Abbey for herself!

decorologist in Tennessean

Party Like It's 1917!


Did you watch the premiere?  What did you think?



  1. Brilliant discussion and I love the ideas.  Everything old is new again!


  2. Oh my Love this post!  :)  And just finished season 1.  Starting 2 now!  Cant wait.


  3. Did I watch it?!!! Oh yes indeed! So worried for Bates!


  4. jeannie casey says:

    well in the room where they eat breakfast they had breathtaking huge wall size. it was breathtaking.


  5. Leslee in TN says:

    Absolutely, I watched last night's Season 3 premier!!  I'm totally addicted!  Your ideas above are terrific!  Also, I've been looking for that very Weathervane for longer than 3 years now… have had no luck finding one.  :o(

    The Secrets of Highclere Castle was very good as well.  Also, watched the HGTV episode this past week, titled Castles on Camer: Royal.  The first half hour was devoted to Highclere Castle and Downton Abbey.  Gosh, I guess I just can't get 'enough' of it!

  6. webmaster says:

    Loved watching the Downton Abbey Season Three Premier at my own private viewing party with The Decorologist!  I know the rest of you are jealous!!!

  7. Susan Telfer says:

    Funny, I have never seen that show but have all five elements in my house! Maybe it is because of my love of English literature.

  8. I love the vintage portraits! Thank you for turning me on to the show- I received season two for Christmas and I have not had a chance to catch up yet. Love it!

  9. I'm a huge Downton Abby fan too. I can't get enough of the clothes, decor and dialogue…just love it! So much fun reading about your party…great job!

  10. Great post kristie, I too am a huge Downton Abby fan..love it all, the decor, the clothes and the dialoge. Loved reading and seeing the photos of your Doenton Abby party..such fun!

  11. Am I the only person who was disappointed in Shirley McLaine? Her acting and comic/dramatic timing were just off. I thought she was supposed to be a foil to Violet, but she came off a clown. And, Kristie, congratulations on all your great press!!!


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