I really wasn’t going to watch it. Nope…wasn’t going to. The horribly sad ending of Downton Abbey season 3 was more than enough to make me say, “No more.” But then…my daughter has been watching season 4 already (don’t ask me how…) and I asked her if the new season was worth watching now that you-know-who is gone. She said, “Most definitely.” So I had her pick up a package of Mincement Tarts for me at World Market last week, and I will be making a pot of tea in my old teapot to settle in and watch tonight’s American season premiere. I have never tasted mincemeat but thought it would be something different to try. What I really wanted were these:
But those items were sold out. I have heard that they will be back in stock in February if you are looking for them.
There have been soooooo many programs, books, magazine articles, and blog posts written about Highclere Castle that I have been on overload on it. And even beyond that, I think the characters and the part of the house I really like the best are the servants and their quarters. Here is a cutaway of the layout of the sets to give you a refresher before tonight’s show.
The upstairs is filmed in the castle, but the servants quarters are actually filmed in sets built for the show since that area of the castle has been changed from how it looked long ago. I would not want a kitchen identical to the one in the series, but there are a number of elements of English kitchens that I do love.
Like all that copper!
And the gorgeous cabinets.
Linda Merrill did a fun board to get the look of the Downton kitchen. Click on the photo, and it will take you to her page where you can find the links for the products on her Pinterest board.
She also did one on the servants quarters that you might enjoy. The bed and cabinet are beautiful, and that bed is the Coleman bed from Pottery Barn (now on sale) that I had planned to use in our sons’ room before we decided to build their beds.
The writers at Design*Sponge did a great post on Downton Abbey and featured it as part of their Living In series. Here is their board. Again if you click on it, you can find the sources for the products shown (including that wonderful yellow English mixing bowl.)
And since everyone has jumped on the Downton Abbey marketing bandwagon, it was high time for the paint to come out. Mylands (who has been around since 1884 and supplied the paint for every James Bond and Harry Potter film) makes the paint that is used in the servants quarters of Downton. It is available through their Colours of London collection. Mrs. Patmore’s kitchen is painted with their Amber Grey, and Mr. Carson’s pantry is Empire Grey.
I am not sure how well received they have been in the UK since not everyone wants their rooms to look like servants’ quarters. 🙂 I understand that the kitchen does get a new..um..character??
I am looking forward to Maggie Smith’s zingers and kind Anna and Daisy.
Will you be watching, and if so, who is your favorite character? I’m off to brew my tea! 🙂
Looking forward to hearing from you.