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This August 29, 2012 publicity photo provided by The Deorologist shows Downton Abbey-inspired decor in home of Kristie Barnett.  Intrigued by the drama and inspired by the sophisticated lifestyle of British aristocracy, many
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This August 29, 2012 publicity photo provided by The Deorologist shows Downton Abbey-inspired decor in home of Kristie Barnett. Intrigued by the drama and inspired by the sophisticated lifestyle of British aristocracy, many "Downton Abbey'' fans are plotting to bring the PBS series' style into their homes. From gilded finishes to opulent upholstery to portrait paintings, the style holds appeal to those trying to inject a little more formality and glamour into today's casual home decor. (AP Photo/The Decorologist, Melanie G Photography)

Casual decor meets 'Downton Abbey'

By Amy Lorentzen

The Associated Press

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Intrigued by the drama and inspired by the sophistication of British aristocrats in “Downton Abbey,” some fans are plotting to bring the series’ style into their own homes, from gilded finishes to opulent upholstery to portrait paintings.

“We’ve gone so casual in the last decade in terms of home decor. I think there is a desire to be a little more formal, or a little more glamorous,” says Kristie Barnett, an interior design blogger in Nashville, Tenn. “That doesn’t mean it can’t be family-friendly.”


“Downton Abbey,” in production for its fourth season, features the noble Crawley family “upstairs” and its servants “downstairs” in a sprawling country estate. The characters are struggling to bring the estate and their traditional sensibilities into the 1920s, a time of social and political ferment.

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