First, I'll give you the color info for this Cotswold-inspired palette...then some backstory. :)
PINK STONE #D4B9B0 / DARK PINK STONE #B39690 / ROOFTOP #777175
COUNTRY BLUE #8A909C / CHARMING BLUE #B0C3C9 / ENGLISH SKY #DAE1E7
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On to the backstory...
Several years ago, my mom stayed with us for a night and her only request was to watch Downton Abbey. We set her up on our tiny sofa bed in front of the TV and she was content 'til morning. Now, I know this may not sound weird to you, but my mom is one of those go-go-go types who does more in one day than I usually do in one week. It's because of this that I STILL remember how mesmerized she was with the series. Three years later, when Andrew took a summer internship in a different city, I decided to give this Downton thing a try.
I. was. hooked.
And so...before Andrew and I headed to southern England for a wedding last week, we took a trip to the Cotswolds and visited Bampton, the village where Downton Abbey was filmed. (Yep, huge nerd. We were the only tourists under the age of 60 there.)
The village is smaller than you'd expect, but its charm does not disappoint. I wish we could have biked through the town so I could stop and photograph ALL of the beautiful, flower-covered cottages...but, lucky for Andrew, we were in a car and couldn't stop traffic. Here are just a few Downton highlights:
"DOWNTON HOSPITAL" (formerly a grammar school, now a library)
"ST. MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS CHURCH" (ST. MARY'S)