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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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.
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
- Giant Season's Greetings postcard framing house
- Traditional Victorian-era Della Robbia garland strung to the roofline and porch
- Festive faux stained-glass windows
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
Knit your own green, white and red Christmas afghan to keep warm on a winter night or to give as a handmade gift.