November 3, 2014



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The 19th century's "middle-class" left behind an unprecedented inventory of housing, and with it copious amounts of ornatious furnishings and decorations which have been treated heretofore as, well, ghastly....

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This rooms strong architecture was left in tact and balances the cooler, simpler mid-century modern decor. 

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By using a minimalist, modern approach the furnishings don't overplay the glorious plaster-work in the room. 

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Victorian architecture is often brooding or masculine, but here, the bold blue usurps the ornate fireplace and crown moulding, making it feel brighter and more feminine.  

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A mish-mosh of furniture; Victorian, English, Asian and French all fit seamlessly in this whitewashed Victorian townhouse.

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Many historic districts restrict the owner from altering the facade and requiring what's visible from the street to be "period appropriate." But who says you can't get your freak on behind the hedges?

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A typical narrow Victorian entrance hall is made brighter by keeping it simple and using a high-gloss floor finish, which reflects the light through the windowless hall.

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The room is Beaux arts - the chairs are tweaked-up Victorian reproductions mashed up with some modern pieces - and it works!

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An old, shingle-style Victorian beach house kicks it up with re-cycled Victorian furnishings.

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A "high-Vic" house combines Frenchie-fied Victorian with real period French furniture. The crisp black and white looks modern and "feels right" in the space.

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Oh! No she di'nt....
Yup, blew that dark, nasty old dining room out and popped in a kick-ass kitchen...

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For the traditionalist: Regency decor fits quite nicely into 
this Georgian-ized Victorian home.  

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Rooms in Victorian townhouses are usually an enfilade of dark and small spaces parallel to a narrow hallway. Here, all superfluous walls were blow out to create an open, more modern floor plan.

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Victorian homes either had no  bathroom or a very small, primitive one. Don't renovate the small, existing one, conjoin it with one of the other rooms - spread out, relax. 

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By adding bookcases and paneling to this room whilst retaining the original fireplace, the space retains its 'old house' warmth and charm.

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(Source: Stoel Emerald)
'Decorating trends' seem more decennial, therefore, houses will endure dozens of makeovers in its life. It's nice to find the original architectural details have remained and not removed for some heinous provisional decor.

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Yes, you can have a contemporary interior in a Victorian house!

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Yes, you can have an trendy decor in a Victorian house!

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Yes, you can have an eclectic decor in a Victorian house!

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This farshtunken old caterpillar morphed into a sexy butterfly!

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Love this wacky mix with the modern table, Empire console and Victorian chairs covered with Louis Vuitton vinyl...  

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A Victorian "Eastlake" style armchair painted and recovered is charming and whimsical at the same time. 

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Gilt-plaster Victorian mirrors have come full circle as we now appreciate them for their schmaltz and scale.

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An Eastlake settee and coat-tree work amazingly well in this funky-ass room.

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These two Victorian Rococo armchairs shoot a little breeze up the skirt of this French country house! 

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Contemporary decor gets a dose of whimsy with this Victorian 'Eastlake' side chair juxtaposed with the primitive plank table

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Need a single chair to bring a lot of style and patina to a room?
 Victorian Rococo...Done! 

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The Victorian chairs offer humor and make the space less precious...(sorta)

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I LOVE this juxtaposition!
French faux-bois garden table, primitive art and an Anglo-Indian Victorian Rococo chair upholstered in cowhide......snap!

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These Victorian Rococo settee's would look a-m-a-z-i-n-g  in a bedroom, nursery, beach house or cabana  

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New/reproduction Victorian furniture makes me gag....

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Palette hand picked by the Easter Bunny...

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Ever wonder where Macy's gets their Santa Claus chairs?

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Really, you want to live like this, huh?

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Disney Rococo?

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Gold radiator pain on the tin ceiling? Barf-o-rama...

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There's good Victorian, and there's bad Victorian.

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Too museum'y

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This is perfect for the nursing home lobby...

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Too cute  -  wayyyyy  too cute....

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To begin to understand the Victorian style, which began at the end of the Georgian era you have to understand some of the social and industrial movements of the time.
Click this link for a very interesting synopsis. 
The Victorian Era

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