As Downton Abbey transitions from the Victorian era to the Edwardian era every do-it-yourself magazine seems to be showcasing kitchens where Mrs. Patmore would feel at home. Of course, the kitchen, then and now is the most important room in the house.
An interesting fact about the Downton Abbey series is that while the entire series is filmed on location at Highclere Castle in England, the kitchens and below-stairs rooms are not. They are no longer in service at Highclere Castle. These areas were re-created on a sound stage. Hard to believe as they have captured these spaces and the bustle and life so well.
As we watch Kitchen Maid Daisy work alongside Mrs. Patmore, we focus on the beautiful copper pots, the white and black tile on the rear wall. Ever wonder what the floors look like?
I wonder if the Gratham’s spared no expense and upgraded to beautiful bathroom and kitchen tiles. Then the other day, I happened to see an amazing idea, originally seen in a New York grill–a penny floor. I think it would have been the perfect eccentric detail for Lady Mary.
It’s rich looking with the various shades of copper–not nearly as gleaming as the copper pots. The best part is it costs just pennies! Even through the depression it would have been a floor that was inexpensive by comparison of most textiles.