To glean ideas for decorating our Victorian home, my husband and I enjoy visiting historic homes when we travel. I'm always looking for ways to dress up the many tables in our home. I think the reason I like tables is because they offer a place to display my many collectibles and trinkets. I loved the way this table in one of the Victorian homes we visited a few years ago was decorated. I have a weakness for lamps and it's getting increasingly difficult to find room for them in my house!
I inherited this old lamp from my great grandmother. Its glass globe was missing, so my husband and I had to search for a fitting replacement. The cranberry-tinged top of this new-but-looks-old glass globe complements the nearby cranberry hobnail glass pieces.
A soft penny rug is the perfect way to perk up a tabletop. This is one of the first penny rugs I made. It predates my love affair with wool as only the black background is wool. I used wool felt for the rest of the pieces. This project was a great way to practice my blanket-stitching and French knot skills.
As I've mentioned in earlier posts, I've long admired antique doll beds. I saw this delightful little bed at Living History Farms in Urbandale, Iowa. I was intrigued by its ornate headboard, elongated shape, and of course, the little quilt that adorned it.
Several years ago, I found this small Victorian-era bed at a local tag sale. The price was right, so I snagged it, brought it home, and placed it at the base of our four-poster bed—just like the one I'd seen at Living History Farms. To make my little bed cozy, I dressed it in one of the doll quilts I made and some members of my teddy bear and bunny collection.
It's amazing what inspiration those old homes hold. Even one small idea can spark a fun decorating possibility for your home!