Downton Abbey Style: The Conservatory

Downton Abbey Style: The Conservatory

Downton Abbey is the most popular new series around the globe.  While English Manor House Style has not been an interior design trend for decades, conservatory garden rooms, typical of estate homes, are popping up thanks to the popularity of period dramas.  Carrying on from the design trend for living room comfort on garden terraces, the conservatory is up for reinvention.lady mary in conservatorySeason Four of Downton Abbey, Lady Mary (in the blue suit) lunches with a beau in a palm court pavilion.


Screen shot 2014-05-17 at 8.41.11 PMAgatha Christie stories are also set in stately homes. The conservatory makes an attractive location for scenes such as this one with Francesca Annis as a titled young lady.

How do we translate this look into 2014 style?

Trellised walls set the background.  The treillage in the Orangerie from Kilruddery House in Ireland is diamond patterned, typical of late 18th- early 19th century.Screen shot 2014-06-18 at 6.22.52 PMFor our updated version, a square trellis makes the shift to modern.  We painted 4 x 8 PVC lattice with Farrow&Ball Skimming Stone and attached them to walls painted with Strong White.98 Hazelton ConservatoryPalm trees in beautiful planter pots are the next essential element of this design. Our contemporary planters are styled with neutral colours and deco shapes as opposed to the ebullient Victorian urns used in the past.photo13-1Screen shot 2014-05-11 at 9.04.23 AMlady mary in cinservatory

Lady Mary’s chair is a white Louis XV caned dining chair. Savoia Chair Frames has a wide selection including this caned frame ready for a soft colour such as Farrow&Ball Strong White. Our Louis XV chairs have oyster paint with silver leaf highlights and light taupe linen upholstery (large photo above).

What is neo-classical reinvention without columns? We’ve used simple smooth columns as plant stands in a basalt black finish inspired by Wedgwood&Bentley.  Simpler still – a white fluted shaft.
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Full height columns are easy to come by through crownmoulding.com. Turned column table bases are another good choice for your garden room. Ours is indoor/outdoor with a 36 inch glass top.
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Morning meals in a winter garden room are a fitting way to start the day for duchesses and those who follow their stories in film and television.
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