U.S. Congressman's 'Downton Abbey'-Inspired Office? Fail, Says Show's Set Decorator

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"He'd never seen 'Downton Abbey,' and I don't think his decorator has either," Judy Farr tells THR.

This story first appeared in the Feb. 20 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Abbey-gate — the kerfuffle that hit U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., when it came to light that his new office decor was inspired partly by the set of Downton Abbey — doesn't get a thumbs-up from a real authority on the redo: the show's set decorator.

THR checked with Abbey's Jude Farr, who sent her response via email. "Mmmmmm, as he said," wrote Farr. "He'd never seen Downton Abbey, and I don't think his decorator has, either. Possibly it's a very loose American interpretation of the show. Maybe it's more a political look, rather than a Hollywood look."