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Fact and Fiction: Lady Almina and the real Downton Abbey. Cora Crawley’s vast dowry, which she brought to her marriage from America, helped keep Downton afloat, but we don’t yet know much about her background. Perhaps we will in Season Three, when Shirley MacLaine arrives to play her mother. #downtonabbey

Summer Home: Commit the ultimate sin on your cottage’s wood walls — paint them. When it comes to cottages and cabins, I have a not-so-hidden agenda: My plan is to paint knotty pine one summer home at a time. Oh, the horror! Yes, I’m another one of those decorators who wants to paint the wood.

Summer Home: Brush up on paint. There is something so rewarding about taking the most grungy and dilapidated kitchen and making it gorgeous without tearing out the cabinets. #paint

Lord & Taylor (American, founded 1826). Jacket, ca. 1883. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Patricia D. Silver, 1988 (1988.77) #halloween #costume

Child's striped silk taffeta dress with mother-of-pearl buttons (back), probably American, late 1870s.