Find out the silverware and crystal glasses: It’s ready for new episodes of Downton Abbey. Here’s how to get the moody style.
New season with Downton Abbey is finally under way. How does Mary tackle her new life as a newborn mother and young widow? And how are the lives of masters and servants of the goods? We will get the answer in the new season.
In addition to securing followers worldwide, Downton Abbey has also created a new interest in the majestic interior style of the early 1900s. After years of minimalism, it is again allowed to be extravagant when inviting family and friends for dinner: Cover with inherited silverware and crystal glass with a slipped pattern.
Classic crystal glass
Agent Sorgenfri has an agency in one of the world’s most famous crystal brands, Waterford. Chief Executive Officer Mari Aarhus Thrane applauds the new trend of proper quality glass. “There is something wrong when the wine you drink is more expensive than the glass you drink it from, she sticks.
But over time people’s drinking habits have changed. Before, the red wine glasses were small and filled to the edge. Now the glasses should be large so that the wine gets breathable. Many therefore allow the old, small glasses to be used.
Mari Aarhus Thrane thinks it’s a pity.
– Use these for something else, for example, for water or server dessert in old crystal glass.
If you want to serve champagne on the Downton Abbey show, notice that the Crawley family in Downton Abbey uses old-style champagne glasses, so-called bowl or coupe. Today, narrow and high glass, so-called flutes, are most common. What’s best is up to each individual to consider, and also depends on some of the champagne being drunk. Flutes, ie the narrow glasses, best fit the bubbles in the champagne, and for the most dullest champagnes this glass is probably the most correct. For some sweeter champagnes, and for those who actually prefer a little less bubbles, the champagne bowls are good.
Mari Aarhus Thrane does not doubt what she prefers.
– I like the champagne bowls, and it’s simply for aesthetic reasons: I think they are elegant and festive in every way. The bubbles are getting better in flutes, but as I use to say, it’s only drinking faster, she says with a laugh.
But do not stop by the glass. For a true Downton Abbey style, it’s only a real crystal for all the money: carafes, whiskey glasses and big, heavy vases.
In the vases, you place elegant lilies or long roses. If you want to completely remove the style, the dot is a crystal crown.
Crystal crowns have gained popularity in recent years, like a great statement over the dining table or in the living room. The lucky ones are sitting on an inherited crystal crown, but you can also buy these at a used store or, for example, on Blomqvist’s online auction. If you want to choose quality from top shelf, without regard to price, then go for a crystal crown from Waterford. The price tag on these varies from 23,000 to 430,000 (!) Crowns – and the degree of opulity obviously depends on the price. Know that you get proper quality for your money: Waterford crystals hang in Westminster Abbey. CKL interior also makes beautiful old-style crystal chandeliers – choose between baroque, rococo, empire and Gustavian style.
Is the wallet slim, Jotex has a reasonable variant of just under 2000 kroner – but not in real crystal. And to keep track of the concepts: A chandelier is a lamp with many pears in the system – while a crystal crown has slippery crystals as the light breaks through.
Cover with silverware
To get the true Downton Abbey style, you are wearing silverware. Here’s just finding the inherited silverware – now it can be revered and honorable.
For the complete style, it does not just cater for cutlery. If you want a real British overclass style, you also have a teapot of silver and one holds for toasted loafs. Sugar and cream dishes must also be in silver. Do not forget one or more candelabra – they are an important part of the style. A candelabra must have at least two arms – but here you would like to turn on with three or five. The bigger the better.
Do not forget to table the table – here we speak the finest damask, or tablecloths engraved with English embroidery. If you are not lucky enough to sit on old herring silver, Silverfunn in Oslo has a large selection of used silverware. Or you can try online stores or Blomqvist’s online auction. A goldsmith’s shop will also have a large selection of new silver.
Forget about white walls and minimalism – here is the patterned wallpaper that applies. Everything from deep colors, to pastel and more clear varieties, with a lot of patterns.
British Farrow&Ball has the wallpaper in the right style, Laura Ashley has the same. Keep in mind that wallpaper does not have to be limited to living room or bedroom – for a real British overclass style you can feel comfortable with the wallpaper in the bathroom. For a more homely variant, try the cultural-historical tapes Norsk Arv, which consists of old-fashioned wallpapers.
The series consists of 13 wallpaper patterns in 23 different color combinations. These are to be purchased on TSH Interior Design.
Dark woods apply in “a furnished home”
For the truly true Downton Abbey style, one should strictly have a cargo with more rooms than you can count. Then it’s easier to bet on the right fixtures. For authentic furniture from this period, try Blomqvist’s online auction. It’s also great to get new furniture in the right style.
Steer away from light woods if you want to cultivate the Downton Abbey style. Here is the dark oak and mahogany that apply, neither pine nor birch belongs in this universe. Go for big, deep and soft sofas, either in deep red velvet or with bright floral pattern.
Rokok furniture fits nicely into the style, preferably with rattan in the back. In the library or in the office you can have heavy, deep armchairs and leather sofas, such as the Chesterfield type.
The floors are covered with Persian rugs and the curtains must be heavy and go from ceiling to floor. In the bedroom you can go for a large four-poster bed with curtain.
The bedroom by the way may well be furnished with armchairs, table and sofa. Countess Cora has a chaise lounge in his bedroom, which was typical of the style during this period. An absolute must in a woman’s bedroom is a mirrored mirror. On the dressing table are hairbrushes in silver, perfume flakes and jewelry boxes – usually in silver. On the walls, oil paintings are the thing – either landscape motifs, or portraits of ancestors, with gold-plated frame. Popular among the British upper classes were also tapestry, a picture web from France that was used as wallpaper. We also find this at Downton Abbey. Around the house you place pedestals for flowers and plants. Also place small tea tables or coffee tables next to armchairs, and voila: you have a real, mastery style home.
In the bathroom you go for an old-fashioned bathtub with a lining. Little England Design in Sandvika, outside Oslo, specializes in the import of British basins, baths and fittings in old style and has a wide range within the different epochs.
Here are the servers you need
If you really want to complete the style, you should strictly have a little army with servants: master, housekeeper, lakei, valet, chef and driver. It may get a little worse, but if you have money, you can get a butler in England, for example, there are still educators who work for the upper class or at luxury hotels.
If today’s upper class feels the same ownership of their servants as they do in the Downton Abbey, it’s not good to say. However, it may be a good idea to round off with the following reply from the single-reel Violet (Maggie Smith):
– I was right about my maid. She ends – to marry! How can she be so selfish?
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