Farewell Downton Abbey – Best Dressed Walls
Farewell Downton Abbey. After 6 fabulous seasons Downton Abbey is coming to a close. Those of us who have loved every minute of it are wondering what can take its place. Hopefully Julian Fellowes is working on his next masterpiece. In my blog on the The Classical Drawing Today I showcased images of the beautiful damask drawing room in Highclere Castle. Part of Downton Abbey’s allure is Highclere Castle, the primary filming location for the series. George Herbert, the 8th Earl of Carnarvon and his family live in part of the house while the rest is used for the series and tourism. In 2009, the castle was in dire need of major repair, with only the ground and first floors remaining usable. Water damage had caused stonework to crumble and ceilings to collapse; at least 50 rooms were uninhabitable. According to Lord and Lady Carnarvon the dramatic increase in the number of paying visitors has allowed them to begin the major repairs estimated around £12-£18 million. The family attributes this increase in interest to the on-site filming of Downton Abbey. The family now live in Highclere during the winter months, but return to a cottage in the summer, when the castle is open to the public. So here are a collection of images of Downton Abbey/Highclere Castle followed by some amazing Best Dressed Walls. Frankly a truly great room has to include fabulous walls at the least.
Highclere Front Door is a wonderful inspiration to add rosettes to a paneled door.
Saloon Detail – Spanish wall coverings made from embossed leather, circa 1680.
Best Dressed Walls – One of my favorite categories. This collection of images are terrific. Enjoy.
Versailles Best Dressed Walls
Love this child’s room. Best Dressed Walls that can last for years.
I was saving this one for future post Best Dressed Tile Rooms, so you may see it again.
I love this panel.
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