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Downton Abbey / Uptown Alley

The opulence of the drawing rooms, the decadence of the salon, the placement of the calling cards – the end of the Victorian Era reached a fever pitch in meticulously crafted displays of fiscal success. Then, a chinoiserie vase would have been hand-crafted and one of a kind bone-china. A floral, damask printed wallpaper would be sold by the roll and individually tailored to match wall treatments, furniture’s fabrics, wainscoting, and hand-spun carpets.

Although gilded millworking might be a dying, if not already dead art form, the individualized and sometimes ostentatious designs of the Victorian era can still be yours. Before we sit down for high tea, let me remind you that the year is 2012. Be sure to mix and match the vintage with the new, function with form, and if you’re going to cover your walls in fabric, invest in a duster.  For every vintage piece or one of a kind item found, match the object with a modern and inexpensive item from Target, JCPenney, West Elm, or Ikea. This will keep one’s life from becoming too much of a period drama or too costumey.

Real Life Example – Grande Bretagne Hotel, Athens, Greece

Items Featured:

Glass jewelry

Marrakech Curtain |
€118 –

Beverly Sofa | Williams-Sonoma
$2,650 –

IKEA Portis
$30 –

Real Life Example – The Four Seasons, Manor House, Hampshire, England, UK

French Furniture – French Mirrors
£129 –

Waterworks Studio Tile Sculpted Hand Towel
$18 –

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Keren Veisblatt Toledano is a User Experience Designer at Berya LLC. In her spare time she can be found soaking in Epsom salts, admiring copper pots, reading dystopian science fiction or sneaking a slice of lemon into her drinks. Her motto is, “A morning without coffee is sleep.” She lives in Philly with her cat, Cagney, partner, Michael, and son, Josiah.