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Touring a Victorian Christmas Living Room

Come along with me and tour my Victorian inspired Christmas Living Room – it’s my new favorite holiday design for this room!

I’m so excited to share the full Christmas living room tour with you for 2023! As you may have seen in my Porch & Bedroom Tours – I’m going with a Victorian and Edwardian theme for the house this Christmas, and the darker moody vibes are turning out even better than I had imagined!

I’ve been seeing “Little Women” Christmas inspiration all over Pinterest for this year, and I think the Victorian look I’m sharing fits in perfectly.

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Handmade Holidays was a Huge Success!

You’ll see me reference “Handmade Holidays” or “HH” throughout this post, and in case you haven’t heard about that yet, I want to fill you in!

It was an impromptu group that I started based off an idea I shared on Instagram that blossomed into a beautiful celebration of holiday DIY creativity and at the same time sparked motivation and encouragement to get our projects done by the beginning of December!

For 6 weeks I shared free weekly emails, each with 4 DIY projects or holiday preparation tips.

We’ve already finished out the series for this year, BUT I have great news – it’s not too late to get your copy of all 6 emails to see for yourself!

Enter your email address below and you’ll receive a simple recap email with all six of the links that will share tutorials for all 24 projects!

The recap will no longer be available after Christmas – but you can let me know below that you’d like to participate when we start Handmade Holidays for 2024.

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Onto the Victorian Christmas Living Room Tour:

First thing first, my Christmas tree! This tree was a post-season find that I found on clearance after Christmas last year!

I just love the metallic vintage tinsel look!

I know sometimes right after Christmas you might want to just settle in and stay at home – but I’ll encourage you, that if you can find the time, you can often find really amazing deals on holiday decor right after the season ends.

When I’m organizing my seasonal decorations, I actually leave 1 entire Christmas bin empty to add in treasures that I find during the “off-season”. It makes for a really exciting time getting to open that box up come Christmas time and see all of the things that I had purchased months before and not yet seen styled in my home.

It’s a real test of delayed gratification, but it saves you a lot of money and adds a fun element of surprise at Christmas time.

The doll house was built from a kit years ago by my son when he was 8 years old, and the doll was my Mother’s – who passed away last year. She received it as a gift from her father when he met her for the first time upon returning from WW2.

The tree is decorated with “Merry Christmas” banners, flocked ornaments and pinecones. I’ll be sharing more about the banner and ornaments in future blog posts – stay tuned!

The tiny embellished bottle brush trees on the front porch of the house were created during week 5 of Handmade Holidays.

Next comes the Piano – all dressed for Christmas.

On the front of my piano, I styled my $2 thrifted metallic wreath with a cream satin bow.

On top I added aged tin houses (Week 2 of HH), a small collection of bottle brush trees from Target and Macaroni trees – inspired by one my Mom made in the 70s.

I also added these really interesting white ferns across the top of the piano. I love them so much I’m considering growing more ferns next year so I can harvest them myself to recreate this look.

My Favorite Part of the Whole Room

My favorite part of this entire room is the window-seat! I just LOVE that it looks like a Victorian store front window decorated for Christmas.

I used some velvet ribbon to hang my pair of ice-skates between the windows, and hung some DIY Honeycomb ornaments made out of cardstock and muffin tin liners (HH week 6) to add some whimsy!

I lined the seat with some of my favorite pillows for the season, especially the white velvet pillows with pompoms! They remind me of tiny snowballs and feel like the perfect fit for the season.

Next: Santa’s Victorian Christmas Desk

I didn’t start out with a plan to make Santa’s desk in this corner, but as I was working, that’s the story that became more and more clear!

On the wall we have patent prints that I found for free online of Christmas lights & a sleigh.

Santa of course needs both a globe and a magnifying glass.

Moving Along…

On the next wall, we added a curtain across the closet doorway to help give that space a level of separation from the rest of the room, even with the French door open.

I purchased a beautiful vintage ice-skating art print for my Frame TV from Etsy.

I love how it ties in with the skates hanging in the window.

The Center of the Whole Room:

When I shared this space on YouTube, someone commented that I was missing a nativity – but it’s actually right there in the center of the room on our gilded coffee table.

I love that it’s front and center in our room – as well as in our minds as we enter the Christmas season.

This nativity set was purchased a few years ago at a yard sale. Once I had it home, I painted it all solid white (heirloom white spray paint by Rustoleum). I love how easy it can be to reinvent Christmas decorations!

Last But Not Least:

The final corner is back on the other side of our front door – my secretary desk!

I added a vintage typewriter and accessorized with printable vintage postcards (HH week 1) an some tinsel sprigs that I found at Joann’s last year during their post-Christmas clearance.

I’m so pleased that you could join me for this next entry in my Christmas home tour! Stay tuned, I have more coming soon!

Don’t Forget Your Handmade Holidays Recap:

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