Decorating for a Victorian Christmas

It is the Millers' second Christmas in their Tudor-style home, and they would like to give it the feeling of a Victorian Christmas.

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This house can use some serious updating to make the most of its architectural charm.

Kimberly and Dick Miller are a young couple and recently purchased their first home, a Tudor-style fixer-upper. The bright yellow and red paint made the home look like a fast-food restaurant and there was no landscaping to speak of.

It is the Millers' second Christmas in their home, and they would like to bring back the feeling of a Victorian Christmas. They didn't have time to decorate last season, and this year they want to make a big splash and invite the neighborhood over for some holiday cheer in the tradition of A Dickens Christmas.

A more subdued color scheme is a better background for holiday decorations.

Here's how they updated the house:

  • A new shingled roof
  • New wood-framed windows
  • Tear out existing driveway and put in cobblestone walkway and driveway
  • Install wooden gate across driveway to add privacy
  • Strip paint from door and repaint
  • Paint house a neutral tone with brown wood-like trim
  • Add new landscaping filled with seasonal flowers and plants
  • Copper gutters
  • Add light post and new lights to give the house a true Tudor look
  • Add stone terraces to play up their English-style home

An L-shaped "frame" creates the illusion of a giant greeting card with this house as its highlight.

Holiday projects:

  • Giant Season's Greetings postcard framing house
  • Traditional Victorian-era Della Robbia garland strung to the roofline and porch
  • Festive faux stained-glass windows

Now the house has a cheery holiday glow.

Other holiday decorations:

  • Poinsettia topiaries
  • Sheet music luminarias
  • Oxen cart on the front lawn filled with holiday abundance
  • Victorian traditional porch table filled with holiday sweets to welcome visitors
  • Gold gilded pinecones, birdhouses dressed in garland, grapevine balls filled with lots of lights

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