According to Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey, the book To Marry an English Lord by Carol McD. Wallace and Gail MacColl was one of his inspirations for the popular series. Considered the definitive book about American heiresses who married English aristocrats in the late 19th century, the book certainly served as our inspiration for today’s “Live By the Book” style guide. Teacup rings, phonograph iPad docks, Downton Abbey paper dolls, an engagement calendar to celebrate the new season, piles of lilac ruffles, and more: our offerings for a modern take on Edwardian society.
To surround yourself with more Gilded Age goodness, visit the author’s Pinterest board. And stay tuned for our next “Live by the Books”…what pages would you like to see us ruffle next?**UPDATED by the editor on November 6, 2012**