Saturday, January 11, 2014

Winter Market Day Five

We began our day with a great unexpected find that is exciting! The line was designed based around Downton Abbey, including the characters, set and costumes.
The showroom was set up to show merchandise from the "downstairs" life of the servants, as well as the "upstairs" life of the privileged .

So enchanting, these aprons and tea towels with the Downton monogram embroidered on it. We loved these. The merchandising was clever as well, note the kitchen utensils and crock of flour in the background! Just below is a portion of the "upstairs" collection, with pillows that have quotes from the dowager. I gave them a few of my own favorite quotes to consider!

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What a great merchandising plan, an easy to love collection of pillows, aprons and linens with the clever marketing tied into Downton Abbey. All are based on the story lines and quotes of the major characters. We were hooked immediately, and I think you will be too!!

The set and costume designers for Downton Abbey were consulted in the design of the product and their was even a cute jewelry line designed on the same premise.

Pictured here are linens to set your formal table with. Tablecloths, napkins and guest towels. Ironing required, naturally. Hopefully, you have your own "downstairs" staff to carry that out. Personally, I enjoy ironing fine linens!

"You'll soon get used to the way things are done here", one of a great collection of pillows we ordered. Can't wait! Linda's children chimed in one by one on Instagram that this one sounded like their mother speaking! Oh. Dear.

Cute staging for more tea towels...

The "upstairs" offering was staged like the formal library with volumes of fine leather bound books, velvet settee and phonograph.

The Butler's Pantry complete with chafing dishes and fine linens...

Linda posed in the "upstairs" parlor with another famous quote pillow, " What is a weekend?". One of our favorites was the pillow quote, " You'll soon get used to the way things are done here".

This is a sampling of some of the Downton inspired jewelry. Dainty and pretty, and the collection was designed with the collaboration of Downton Abbey's costume designer.

We also placed orders for the newest paper runners from one of our favorite vendors, Kitchen Papers. Our offerings will soon include custom monogrammed placemats and this new garden runner, perfect for a Bucks County summer.

We had a productive if not too long day on our feet and had a little break from Christmas designing. Tomorrow it's back to Christmas orders for a good part of the day. *sigh*

I'll keep you updated on the Downton Abbey collection ship dates! We are loving it all!

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